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Loch mess sparks monster clean up

Rubbish found at Foyers Point
Fridges and washing machines were found dumped at the loch

Enough rubbish to fill four pick-up lorries has been cleared away from the shoreline of Loch Ness.

Fridges, washing machines, trolleys, tyres, oil drums and a kitchen sink were removed from Foyers Point.

The waste was taken to Highland Council's recycling centre at Longman in Inverness.

The clean up involved the local council, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Destination Loch Ness (DLN).

Unesco World Heritage status is being sought for Loch Ness and the Great Glen.

The image that we portray to our visitors, both domestic and overseas, is vital to the local economy
Graeme Ambrose
DLN executive director

Last November, outstanding qualities that could earn the designation were set out - but with no mention of Nessie.

At the time DLN, a not-for-profit group campaigning for the status, secured a £25,000 sponsorship package to progress the bid.

But its press release did not mention the loch's iconic monster.

Tourism expert Prof Terry Stevens, who assisted in putting together the list of outstanding qualities, said it was important to broaden knowledge of the area beyond "the myth".

If successful, the area would join recent addition, the Antonine Wall, on the Unesco list.

Securing World Heritage status for Loch Ness and the Great Glen could generate £25m for the economy and 250 jobs within three years, according to research commissioned by DLN.

It is hoped to achieve status around 2012.

Graeme Ambrose, executive director of DLN, said more than 70 member businesses were dependent on tourists attracted to the loch and keeping it clear of rubbish was crucial.

He said: "The image that we portray to our visitors, both domestic and overseas, is vital to the local economy.

"We know that there is a demand to ensure that the area is kept clean and tidy and we are making every effort to ensure that this happens."



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