Anger as human poo found on path to one of Scotland's beauty spots


Anger as human poo found on path to one of Scotland's beauty spotsAlamy

Human excrement has been found by a team of avalanche risk forecasters on a footpath leading to one of Scotland's beauty spots, Creag Meagaidh.

The BBC reports that the waste and rolled up tissue were discovered in Coire Ardair near Creag Meagaidh, a 20-minute walk away from a public toilet.

Sportscotland Avalanche information Service's local forecasters said the area was almost pristine.

Part of a national nature reserve, Creag Meagaidh lies between Inverness and Fort William.

One of the avalanche information service's forecasters said Scottish Natural Heritage built a toilet for visitors in the area two years ago.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: 'As toilets go it's a good one. It's clean, well-lit, has copious amounts of bog roll. It's even got its own heating system.

"You can't miss this particular public convenience because it's exactly as stated: very public and very convenient.

"Almost all visiting Creag Meagaidh will have passed right by it. It's difficult to miss, so please use it."

Five years ago a 'poo chute' was installed for Cairngorms Ranger Service to tackle problems with human waste being left on their mountain range.

There were worries the waste left in snow holes was contaminating the River Nethy and Loch Avon Basin so it was set up near the Cairngorm Ski Area car park.

Visitors are given bags and light, rigid bottles with a screw top from the ranger base free of charge.

Walkers and climbers then deposit the bags down the chute and place the bottles in a sterilization barrel.

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