TOURISTS have been fined after leaving their cars at a famous Scottish attraction.
Motorists visiting the Glenfinnan Monument in the Highlands and the famous Harry Potter train have been criticized for their “dangerous, cumbersome and illegal parking”.
The attraction is operated by the National Trust Scotland says their parking lots tend to be very busy and encourages visitors to use alternative ways to get to the site.
But the Trust took to social media after having to call the police to crack down on the illegally parked cars.
Photos uploaded by the foundation show police officers on a tight bend in the road directing traffic while another stands next to a line of cars.
A 24-hour recovery vehicle was also on hand to assist in towing some vehicles.
The Trust wrote on Facebook: “Today some visitors to Glennfinnan walked away some £180 poorer after police gave them the choice of paying a fine or having their vehicle towed.”
“They have chosen to park dangerously, cumbersomely and illegally on a busy stretch of the A830 which veers onto the road at a blind bend and in the open.
“As a result, the road became one lane and if buses, trucks or campers tried to pass the parked vehicles, they would end up in oncoming traffic.”
“We are witnessing several near misses as well as pedestrians, some with children and strollers, risking their lives by walking in the middle of the road.
“Regrettably police have had to conduct daily patrols through Glenfinnan of late and intend to continue such law enforcement efforts to combat parking violations.”
The Trust has tripled the number of parking spaces at the attraction to improve parking facilities.
They continued: “If you are visiting at this time of year we strongly recommend taking the BUS or TRAIN from Fort William, Mallaig and the stations in between.”
“The train gives you the chance to actually cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct yourself (instead of just watching others do it) and we guarantee it will be one of the highlights of your holiday!”
“If you still want to come here, please bring a PLAN B with you. If you can’t find parking, keep driving, try again later or come back another day.”
The Trust’s website recommends taking the bus from Fort William, which runs daily.
You can also take a ScotRail train to Glenfinnan station and walk to the visitor attraction.
They highly recommend returning at a different time or visiting the park on a different day if parking lots are full.
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