Colin Prior forged his career taking pictures of the world’s remotest peaks
Colin Prior, who forged his career taking pictures of the world’s remotest peaks, blames marketing
campaigns and social media for encouraging hordes of tourists to popular beauty spots.
Prior, who is launching a project to raise awareness of the threat to wild birds’ habitat, spoke out before a BBC documentary.
He said: “What’s protected the north-west Highlands for so long has been its isolation. Driving from Mallaig to Glasgow I’m astounded by the traffic… The North Coast 500 has brought significantly more, and the dualling of the A9, which we’re all looking forward to, is inevitably going to bring even more people.
“If you go to key photography hot spots at Glen Coe like the River Coupall, it looks like a herd of wildebeest goes through daily. It’s completely churned up.”
Tourists are now coming from all over to visit the stunning highlands and leaving their mark Beauty of Scottish nature Sat, September 19, 2015
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The beautiful Glen Coe
A Scottish Government spokesman said officials are working with VisitScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure developments including the North Coast 500 and A9 lead to sustainable tourism growth.
Colin Prior Mountain Man – North West Highlands BBC2 tonight at 8pm
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