||Yesterday saw the introduction of a new camping ban along the east shore of Loch Lomond.
The law introduced by the National Park Authority and approved by the Scottish Government means that from 1st March to 31st October each year, camping is banned along a nine mile stretch between Drymen and Rowardennan in a bid to stamp out “irresponsible camping”
Official campsites still remain in the area though, where visitors will be able to pitch their tents within the law.
The ban is welcomed by local residents who have been complaining for many years about the informal camping along the lake, and the damage it does to the environment.
The ban will be enforced by park rangers and Central Scotland Police and those caught camping risk a fine of up to £500.
A bye-law has also been passed to ban people from drinking alcohol in the same area as the camping ban.
Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said east Loch Lomond had come under "increasing pressure" from litter, camp fires and anti-social behavior.
"These measures are designed to protect and preserve the beauty of the area whilst still providing access for responsible campers,"