Queen's Balmoral estate being used as outdoor toilet by 'filthy' hikers after public loos shut due to coronavirus

REVOLTING hikers and tourists are infuriating royal staff — by using the Queen’s Balmoral Estate as an outdoor toilet.

Rangers at the Scottish country park have had to clear up “increasing quantities of human waste” on hiking trails and in bushes around the 50,000-acre estate after public loos were shut by Covid-19.

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Local Ann Kemp said: “These people are filthy and disrespectful.”

The Balmoral Ranger Service have been forced to remove soiled wet wipes and toilet paper dumped next to monuments, on hiking trails and among trees and bushes.

One annoyed staff member said online: “If you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go!

"However if you need to pee, please do so at least 30 metres from lochs or streams.

“If you need to defecate, do so as far away as possible from buildings, open water or rivers and streams and farm animals.

“Bury faeces in a shallow hole and replace the turf.


“Use biodegradable toilet paper rather than wipes.”

Another staff member said: “People are choosing to relieve themselves right next to busy paths or monuments rather than move a little bit further away to avoid contamination.”

There are at least 18 walking routes through Balmoral, said to be the Queen’s favourite estate.

Locals shared their disgust after photos of dirty wipes and toilet roll were posted online by Balmoral rangers.

Victoria Scarlett said: “The fact that you even need to write this post just shows what is wrong with people.”

Ann Kemp said: “For people who profess to love nature and wide open spaces — just why?

'FILTHY AND DISRESPECTFUL'

“I despair at some people’s total disregard for others.

“These horrible people are filthy and disrespectful.”

Kimberley Tingley said: “Sorry to all those that have come across the filth and had to deal with it.”

Rangers on the Scottish estate maintain footpaths, fences and bridges but also pick up litter.

Buckingham Palace chose not to comment today.

The row comes a year after Balmoral staff revealed “disgusting” piles of rubbish were left next to a campfire including McDonald’s cups and meal trays.

Prince Charles has previously attacked our throwaway society and litter louts who treat the countryside like a dustbin.


The 19th century Balmoral Castle is the Queen's favourite summer retreat and she goes there every year with her family.

The estate and its original castle were purchased privately by Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, and to this day remain the private property of the Royal Family.

The Government has told councils to reopen public toilets “as a matter of urgency” over fears the public’s health is at risk.




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