Beauty spots rammed as Scots ignore Covid ‘stay at home’ order to go sledding

PARKS and beauty spots across Scotland have been rammed today as groups head out for some sledding in the snow.

Scots ignored the ‘stay at home’ order to drive to slopes for a crack at some winter fun.

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Sledding Scots have flocked to parks and beauty spots today


Sledding Scots have flocked to parks and beauty spots todayCredit: Fife Jammer Locations
West Lothian Council revealed the car park at Beecraigs Country Park is full


West Lothian Council revealed the car park at Beecraigs Country Park is fullCredit: West Lothian Council

People have been turned away from overflowing car parks and told to go elsewhere.

But in some spots, drivers have parked alongside the icy roads, sparking fears over access for emergency services.

And one person claimed someone carrying medical supplies has been blocked due to a traffic jam on a small, winding road.

Cars at Lomond Hills Regional Park in Fife


Cars at Lomond Hills Regional Park in FifeCredit: Fife Jammer Locations

West Lothian Council shared a picture of the brimming car park in front of snow-covered hills at Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow, just after 2pm.

The authority said they were now over capacity with cars and urged locals to go elsewhere, reminding them of Scottish Government guidance to stay away from crowded places.

They also revealed the snow and ice meant they are unable to open their overflow car parks.

Roadsides have been thronged with people ignoring 'stay home' orders and parking rules


Roadsides have been thronged with people ignoring ‘stay home’ orders and parking rulesCredit: Fife Jammer Locations

WLC wrote: “The car parks at Beecraigs Country Park are now full and over capacity. If you are planning on driving up to Beecraigs please consider going somewhere else.

“We are unable to open any additional overflow car parks due to the ground conditions. Please follow the governments guidance and avoid travelling to busy areas.”

And in Fife, punters flocked to Lomond Hills Regional Park, near Glenrothes, for a day out.

One person from nearby Falkland posted a picture of two lines of traffic at a stand-off in the snow, sarcastically saying: “Yeah, let’s go sledding!”

She added: “A friend bringing medical supplies can’t get through because of this madness. Twelve cars just passed my side to add to the pile up so god knows when he’ll get through.”


And the car park at Glenvale, often used by visitors to John Knox’s Pulpit, a rock formation, was also rammed, with the nearby road blocked.

Fife Jammer Locations shared pictures of cars parked alongside the road, and the disregarded signs telling people NOT to park on the grass verges.

They said the car park was “jammed” and the road “practically blocked”, adding: “Let’s hope emergency services don’t need to pass.”

Cops were called to Lomond Hills after concerns over the roadside parking.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We were made aware of concerns about cars parked near the car park for the Lomond Hills in Fife during the afternoon of Saturday, January 23. Officers attended and no further issues were identified.”

All of mainland Scotland, and the islands of Barra and Vatersay, are currently under strict Tier 4 curbs, with Scots urged to avoid non-essential travel.

And the Scottish Governments FACTS advice, which has been in place for much of the pandemic, tells people to “avoid crowded places”.

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