Golfer Colin Montgomerie has angered walkers by obtaining an 800-acre (325ha) exclusion zone on land at Loch Lomond for his wedding yesterday.
His marriage to furniture heiress Gaynor Knowles took place at the Loch Lomond Golf Club near Luss on the loch’s western shore. The golfer obtained an order from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority banning the public from the area.
Ramblers’ Association Scotland access campaign officer Helen Todd expressed concern at the exclusion. She told the Daily Record: “I haven't heard of these orders being given for weddings before. I hope it doesn't become commonplace.
“If a normal sign is instead put up asking people to avoid an area then the vast majority of people will respect this.”
The public were banned from the area for five days, and the only approach to the golf club was by boat on the loch. The park authority issued the order ‘to enable security measures during a private golf function’.
Guests included Prince Andrew, actor Hugh Grant, former rugby player Gavin Hastings, model Jodie Kidd, Morrisons supermarket face Alan Hansen and various other minor ‘celebrities’.
A national park spokesman said it was the first time an exclusion order had been granted for a wedding.