Kate Forbes MSP has voiced her “deep disappointment” after a popular beauty spot on the Black Isle was vandalised last night (26 May 2020).
Picnic tables were overturned, bins were set on fire and numerous glass bottles were smashed in the immediate vicinity of the Rosemarkie Beach Café – which overlooks the picturesque bay.
A grip mat along the path – which means that disabled users can reach the beach area safely – was ripped away.
After photos emerged on social media today (27 May 2020), representatives from the Rosemarkie Beach Café and Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council have both condemned the “destructive vandalism”.
Kate Forbes, constituency MSP for the Black Isle, said:
“Rosemarkie beach is one of the most beautiful parts of my constituency, and in normal circumstances would attract visitors from all over the Highlands and beyond on a sunny day.
“As you can walk all the way along the beach to Chanonry Point, understandably it’s also been very popular locally with those undertaking exercise or walking their dogs during lockdown.
“Against this backdrop – and particularly as we are still observing the original lockdown measures – I am deeply disappointed to see such destruction and I know it’s been a cause of great sadness to the local community too.
“I hope the damage to the beach café is minimal, and that everything can be repaired.
“The Black Isle community is always so good at rallying round.
“During the summer, though people try their best, there can occasionally be a stray bit of litter left behind from picnics and bbqs on the beach.
“What took place at Rosemarkie on Tuesday evening is mindless vandalism and I hope those responsible will be found and held accountable for their actions.”