Parking woes at a west Stirlingshire beauty spot could be helped by plans to extend a car park.
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park planners have approved an application by Forestry and Land Scotland to extend Ben A’an car park at Loch Achray near Brig O’Turk and upgrade vehicular access.
The car park serves the popular hillwalking route up Ben A’An and lies on the south side of the A821 west of Tigh Mor, Ben A’an and Brenachoile Woods Site of Special Scientific Interrest – which lies around 300 metres to the west. Loch Achray forms part of the River Teith Special Area of Conservation.
The existing car park has capacity for around 30 cars but no spaces are marked out and cars often park on side verges, with up to 45 cars using the site.
The proposal seeks to extend south-west to increase capacity to a total of 70 spaces.
In their decision, park planners said: “Whilst providing additional parking is not sustainable, the proposal relates to the relatively small scale expansion of an existing car park…