VISITORS flooding to the Devil's Pulpit have led to parking restrictions around Finnich Glen.

An emergency “no waiting” restriction has been implemented by Stirling Council on the roads around the glen in a bid to protect public safety.

It is a temporary measure and will remain in place until next Thursday, July 16.

The local authority says the decision came after visitors started flocking to the area in the droves, parking vehicles in a dangerous and inconsiderate manner.

It “caused serious problems” according to a local representative, preventing residents from going about their business.

Councillor Jim Thomson, convener of Stirling Council's Environment and Housing Committee, said: “We are putting these measures in place to protect our communities as we hopefully continue to emerge from lockdown.

“The influx of visitors to this location and their irresponsible actions are causing serious problems and preventing local residents from going about their day-to-day business.

“We will continue to do what is necessary to keep people safe.”

The move comes following consultation with locals.

It affects the A809 from outside the property known as Dualt to the boundary of Dalnair over a stretch of more than two miles.

Also, the B834 from its junction with the A809 to where the road meets the A81 – a stretch about one mile long.

Cones and signs with the restriction notice have been placed at the areas of greatest concern as well as along approaching roads.

Cllr Danny Gibson, vice convener of the committee, added: “Finnich Glen is one of the many beauty spots we are blessed with in the Stirling Council area but it can’t cope with such a flood of day trippers, particularly when they behave so recklessly and without consideration for local residents and other road users.

“This temporary restriction means parking is not permitted on large stretches of road and that enforcement action can now be undertaken by the council.”