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New chemical toilet waste disposal and showers open on NC500 route

Gairloch waste disposal

New toilet facilities with campervan and motorhome service points have opened at Gairloch beach.

The new facility includes a drive over grey waste, separate black waste facility, showers and freshwater tap.

The toilet block itself features disabled-access and baby changing facilities, with six bike racks, a seated area outside.

Fran Cree , director at Gairloch Area Development Ltd, said: “We are delighted the facilities at Gairloch beach are now open in time for Easter visitors.

“We’ve already received some very positive comments from motor home visitors and members of the local community.

“The new facilities have been a long time in the planning, and we owe a huge thanks to the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund and Highland Council’s Coastal Communities Fund team for all their support.”

Wester Ross councillor, Liz Kraft said: “Delighted to have attended the opening of these facilities.

“No cash is required for the facilities, so no need to go hunting for coins.

“This is a fantastic community initiative, that’s community owned and managed. A huge congratulations to everyone who made this happen.”

Councillor Ken Gowans said: “Gairloch is a popular tourist destination which required upgraded facilities to meet visitor demand, whilst protecting and managing the surrounding landscape.

“This new facility has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the public whilst being sensitive to the area.”

A grant of more than £140k from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, and over £52,000 from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund, put the project into motion.

The two grants were given in a bid to support rural areas that have faced increasing pressure from tourism, and to support the economic regeneration and sustainable development in coastal areas.

The project was created via a community partnership driven by Gairloch Area Development Ltd, supported by Highland Council and Visit Scotland.

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katey jane andrews March 29, 2024 at 9:16 am

Haha, what a laugh, for motorhomes so on whos vans have showers, tollets so on. Think they are missing the point by millions of miles. Waste water is ok but the rest lol.

Be a great idea to stop blocking parking which will free up room.Ass about face UK at its very best.

katey jane andrews March 29, 2024 at 9:17 am

As people give up vans when he novelty wears off, all these places will go the same way as most things in the country and that sleft to rot.

Robert Cusenier March 29, 2024 at 9:28 am

Good morning all. No mention of any parking for large motor homes. It’s a start in the right direction.

Paul Simpson March 29, 2024 at 9:48 am

Obviously the previous two commentators don’t own a campervan or motorhome.
This was the Official opening this week of facilities, that have been available since February, and a great accessory point for those of us who do, and tour around the country. Not every campsite, will allow ‘passers-by traffic’ to use their waste facilities.
These are also traditional toilet facilities for anyone, be it locals or visitors to Gairloch and the beach.

Annie March 31, 2024 at 11:51 am

not all vans have showers or toilets. how wonderful that these facilities have been provided. would happily use them and make sure I contribute to the local economy by spending money in shops etc. Well done Gairloch Beach!!!


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