The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Camp­site to of­fer lim­ited ser­vice as de­mand soars

- Scottish Government

In Suther­land, Ste­wart and Shar­lene Moore run the Hal­ladale Inn restau­rant and bar and the North Coast Tour­ing Park, with 18 tour­ing pitches, 10 tent pitches and six glamp­ing pods.

They have been kept busy dur­ing lock­down pro­vid­ing meals for the vul­ner­a­ble and of­fer­ing drive-through takeaways.

Now they have set them­selves a pro­vi­sional tar­get of re­open­ing on July 18, for pre-book­ing only, and say the pent-up de­mand is ob­vi­ous.

Mr Moore said: “On the day the Scot­tish

Gov­ern­ment men­tioned July 15 was a pos­si­ble date for re­open­ing, we had 77 emails from peo­ple want­ing to book.”

The cou­ple say they will not re­open the restau­rant or bar but have pre­pared the camp­site to com­ply with so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Mr Moore said: “We have spent a lot of time mak­ing sure the pitches are wellmapped, num­bered and clear.

“For the toi­let blocks, which we in­vested heav­ily in last year, for­tu­nately we have enough room for dis­tanc­ing, so we will op­er­ate a tag sys­tem.

“If there isn’t a tag hang­ing up out­side the door, peo­ple have to wait un­til some­one ex­its with a tag and then go in.

“We op­er­ate high stan­dards of hy­giene op­er­a­tion any­way and want to look af­ter every­one’s safety, in­clud­ing our own.

“So­cial dis­tanc­ing go­ing down to one me­tre would help every­one.”

The cou­ple will open their waste dis­posal and wa­ter ameni­ties to every­one but say, like the rest of the com­mu­nity, they fear many wild campers will be head­ing north.

“The gov­ern­ment should look into that,” Mr Moore said.

“Th­ese are par­tic­u­larly un­pleas­ant is­sues for the lo­cal com­mu­nity to deal with.”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Sandy McCook ?? Shar­lene Moore of North Coast Tour­ing Park at the Hal­ladale Inn, Melvich.
Pho­to­graph by Sandy McCook Shar­lene Moore of North Coast Tour­ing Park at the Hal­ladale Inn, Melvich.

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