Recently we were in Scotland for two weeks and it soon became abundantly clear that many of the interesting parts of the world are clearly suffering from too many of us tourists. Our guide on a five-day-tour was making his last trip and seeking greener pastures due to the overcrowding on many of Scotland’s roads, which he maintained had become extremely dangerous due the massive increase in self-drive holidays, and after experiencing some of the craziness in the Highlands and around Skye I had to admit he has a point.
Skye in particular is ruined, he said. A once beautiful fishing village has morphed into a tourist hot spot where the exhausted cashiers at the local mini mart can no longer service endless stream of customers.
Want to buy a nice piece of local fish for dinner, good luck with that.
Berlin also has mass tourism, but the city’s size helps to absorb most of the problems. Not so the picturesque small villages and mountain tops of Scotland, which are collapsing under the strain. I shot this picture from a window at Edinburgh airport. This photo is nothing less than remarkable when you think that on a Tuesday afternoon, a city with a population of 500,000 citizens can fill to capacity a car park this size.
It’s a clear indication that too many are trying to do the same thing in the same place.
Fuji X20, f5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 200