People across Scotland have flocked to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park which left car parks full within hours of Covid travel rules relaxing ahead of the Easter weekend.

The Rowardennan car park near Ben Lomond was reported as being full by 10.25am on Friday while Balmaha in Stirling was said to be almost at full capacity.

The previous stay-at-home order was lifted on today and replaced with advice to stay local within your local authority.

Last year, the Reporter reported on emergency services being delayed in helping an injured walker on Ben Lomond after cars were reported to be illegally parked on a designated clearway.

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Officers were forced to hand out more than 70 fines due to badly parked cars in August.

Police Scotland have issued an appeal for residents to follow the rules and to park responsibly when visiting popular tourist sites after previous issues in the area.

Chief Inspector Marlene Baillie, Area Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Policing Division, said "We are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and safe lives.

"Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to continue to use our enforcement powers as a last resort.

"If you are visiting local beauty spots, within your local area, do so safety and respectfully - leave no trace of your visit. Please also park responsibly to allow emergency access if needed."