Is this what happens when 'wild campers' aren't considerate?

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    I've often wondered just exactly 'No Overnight Parking' meant. :)

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    That is a step to far that may bite them in the bum
    clearly from such a detailed and informative sign it can be assumed that unless its says you can't, then clearly you can! whatever it is you have in mind
     
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    Negative lot on Iona, why don't they just say NO Tourists!
     
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    Sounds like a friendly place to visit
     
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    Surely not parking a car though? :Eeek:

    Seriously, it probably reflects all the restrictions in the parking order and is probably in detail because too many people say (i.e. pretend and lie) that they don't know the difference between parking and camping, or think that they are so important that restrictions don't apply to them :Smile:
     
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    Perhaps they just want considerate tourists :Smile:
    Probably is so long as one is friendly back :Smile:
     
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    Iona .. like any other place welcomes tourist, who are vital for the economy

    Iona .. like any other place doesn't want freeloaders.

    How many visit these islands by motorhome and pay not a penny into the local economy.. they want free camping, free facilities and come with a van stuffed full of food from a mainland supermarket.. Is it any wonder they are not welcome.. ?

    When people ask about visiting Scotland I've often suggested staying on a site for a few nights and buying local.. only to be told.. you can free camp anywhere in Scotland..
     
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    Well.... By the time you've parked gone to read the extensive list they will have done you for parking anyway as it took so long!
    Which jobs worth thought of all those things ?
     
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    Maybe the sign would have been nicer if it was headed.
    "Iona Welcomes Tourists"
    Then the list of negatives
     
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    I see that there is a 1.5 ton weight limit for the car park. Could it simply be that the car park isn't suitable for heavy vehicles and the rest of it is just for the benefit of the idiots who think such restrictions don't apply to them? That sort of moron normally needs things explaining very slowly using simple words.
     
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    Maybe one who's had to clean up after some idiot that thinks they have a god given right to park wherever they like and then leave a load of mess behind when they leave.
     
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    Which of course you can't, but it has turned into some sort of motorhomers urban myth. Yes there are less restrictions than in England but you can't legally just park overnight anywhere.

    BTW Iona was a very friendly place and we also did the boat trip out to Staffa and Fingal's Cave - very highly recommended.

    Anyway, one picture does not tell the whole story. :)

    There is a large and 'legal' car park about 200 yards away where you can park your motorhome. There is also a brilliant (and cheap) campsite right next to a beach with stunning views and clean white sand just about 4 miles away.

    The car park subject of the 'comprehensive' sign is for the ferry, including coaches and , and is FREE, however obviously at some time there has been a problem with inconsiderate parking, hence the need for the sign.

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    Oh no @NickNic , he won't be the cleaner sat in his office in a suit.it will be some other council worker .And I'm not condoning it for a minute , I hate to see any litter and dumping by any Scroats !( and have cleared others crap up if necessary although fag buts I leave but hate.)
     
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    Thanks KH that paints a much better picture, you cant beat the full story in these cases.

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    It won't be any "jobsworth". The sign reflects the restrictions which exist in most car park orders and are there to protect the purpose of the car park from those who think it is there for whatever is their convenience :)
    Many car parks (especially ones originally built many years ago) were not constructed for heavier vehicles - and you're right about the idiots (not only motorhomers, many height barriers are in place to stop drivers of Transits and the like who don't know the weight of their vehicles).
     
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    Just a thought.. being a bit of a devils advocate ..........

    Is Iona a self governing and financing island that has zero support from the mainland ?

    If it is then the above is a fair comment..
    If it is not then anyone driving a motorhome ( or indeed any vehicle ) does pay and is not free loading

    We all pay considerable taxes in the form of VEL's and fuel tax.
    Part of that tax is used in environmental support across the UK.. the WHOLE of the UK
     
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    I'm not saying some or many don't contribute to the local economy Jim...but most of the 'Wild Camping' folk we've met in our travels around Scotland and the Isles do make a good contribution in the local shops eating and drinking establishments and not forgetting the numerous distilleries! Part of the pleasure for us is sampling local produce.
     
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    As I understand, if you visit Iona you can't take your vehicle.. you can only go by foot on the ferry.. only locals are allowed vehicles ..

    There is one camp site.. for tents

    I imagine most people will be day visitors.. hence the parking restrictions at the ferry port

    http://www.welcometoiona.com/index.php?id=2
     
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