Five years on the trot

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30 MAY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16274

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A Cairngorms beach - 300m above sea level and on the shores of a freshwater loch - has won a prestigious national award for a fifth time!

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s (KSB) Seaside Awards 2014, last week announced that Loch Morlich had again taken the Rural Beach Award, which it has held since 2009. It is one of twelve Highland Beaches to win an award.

What makes it all the more astonishing is that Loch Morlich is in the heart of Glenmore Forest Park, which is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Jack Mackay, for the Commission’s team in the Inverness Ross and Skye District said:

“Even though forestry is our stock in trade, we’re pretty comfortable with managing our award-winning beach. Winning this accolade is testament to Loch Morlich being one of the best beaches in the country, which is a great boost for Aviemore and a pretty unique claim for any highland community. 

 “It’s one of the few Commission sites in Scotland where you can go sailing but it’s also surrounded by some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in the country - and great opportunities for outdoor activities like walking, cycling, orienteering and bird-watching. It all adds up to the great character of this beautiful, surprising location.”

Beaches considered for the awards are assessed against international standards for quality and cleanliness and are graded on water quality, litter management, information provision, risk assessment and safety procedures.

Loch Morlich is one of around 61 beaches around Scotland to have been recognised in the awards scheme.

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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.