The new ticket machines at the popular tourist spot will assist with the management of parking in the local area and will be coupled with an increase in the total number of parking spaces and new relining work on parking bays.
Stirling Council has invested in these infrastructure improvements following engagement with the local community and other key stakeholders, including Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park (LLTNP).
The machines will go live at the same time as the Council launches RingGo mobile parking payments at all Council-operated spaces, meaning users at Balmaha will have both a cash and mobile phone option to pay for parking from 6 September.
Used more efficiently
Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “Balmaha is one of Stirling’s most popular beauty spots and illegal parking in the area has caused significant problems for visitors and residents.
“Introducing pay and display and a pay-by-mobile option at the car park, along with the other improvements, will ensure the facility is used more efficiently, deter abuse of the car park and allow more motorists to get a parking space.
“I would, however, reiterate our message to visitors coming to Balamha and our other rural areas to play their part by acting responsibly. It’s down to you to plan ahead, avoid over-crowded places and dispose of litter correctly.”
An hour of free parking will be permitted but a ticket will need to be displayed. This provision will be closely monitored and penalties will be issued if drivers overstay the hour.
Parking charges for the car park will be active between 8.45am and 5.30pm (Monday to Sunday) and will be in line with the Council’s other rural car parks:
- Up to 1 hour – Free
- Up to 2 hours - £2.10
- Up to 4 hours - £2.60
- All day - £3.20.
Focus on managing parking in the surrounding area
Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “Tourism is vitally important for supporting the local economy, particularly as we recover from the pandemic, but we need to make sure it doesn’t negatively impact on local people and the environment.
“The new parking machines along with the option of paying by mobile at Balmaha will allow our Enforcement Officers to focus on managing parking in the surrounding area.”
The Council is continuing to work in partnership with the LLTNP, Police Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland and other partners to support responsible tourism and visitor management in rural Stirling.
Cllr Gibson added: “During the rest of the tourist season, I would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors to our beauty spots to respect our rural communities and head elsewhere if it’s busy.”
RingGo Cashless Parking
More information on using RingGo can be found on the Stirling Council website.