A motorhome owner has spoke out to say “we’re not all the same” after a petition sparked a social media frenzy with many blasting motorhome and campervan behaviour.
The petition, which asks “stop the parking of motorhomes and cars in designated cemetery parking spaces”, was launched by Lynne Mackay, a widow in Harris, Scottish Hebridean.
The main cemetery on the island is right beside Luskentyre Beach beauty spot, which appears regularly on lists of the best beaches throughout the world.
Mrs Mackay say she’s been unable to get near her husband’s grave during the summer months.
However, Sue Brown, from North Yorkshire, contacted The Press and Journal to let people know that not every who drives a motorhome is the same.
Having visited the island for more than 25 years with her partner, she says they may have had their last visit because they are starting to feel unwelcome.
Mrs Brown said: “A large number of owners use recognised sites, visit local attractions and spend money within the local community.
“In my case I would say we have made a positive contribution visiting Scotland for many years now and love being here.
“However, this anti motorhome sentiment is starting to make me feel unwelcome.
“I know there are examples of poor behaviour with regard to parking, dumping of waste, not spending money locally and so on.”
Meanwhile, another tourist took to social media to say she’s decided against visiting this summer, despite having already booked a ferry.
She said “gutted” to read about the problems tourists, motorhomes and campervans bring to the island.
She wrote: “I’ve watched this group closely over the last few days and have just cancelled all our arrangements. Reading some of the comments has actually been really upsetting and I don’t want to come anywhere I don’t feel welcome.
“Nor do I want to feel my presence creates a nuisance for locals.
“We’re still hiring our motorhome but will go somewhere else.
“Hopefully we’ll make it to your beautiful island another time.”
Mrs Mackay, who started the petition, said motorhome users are “more than welcome” in Harris and other islands.
She said: “All we ask is for a wee bit of respect for the cemetery car park.
“They should be booking into campsites, not parking in cemetery car parks.”