Several car parks across the North Coast will reopen tomorrow (June 19) as part of the Scottish Government’s move into phase two of the routemap out of lockdown.

North Ayrshire Council is phasing the reopening of car parks across the authority, with those in less densely populated areas the first to open followed by those in town centres.

In Largs, the Bowencraig car park west and east at the marina is to open tomorrow, as well as the A760 picnic site on the Haylie Brae.

The Largs seafront and Vikingar car parks, as well as Main Road and Pier Road in Fairlie will remain closed for the time being.

Portencross car park will also not be opening in this phase, however car parks on Cumbrae which were temporarily closed will now reopen, with travel restrictions for the ferry still in place.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “None of the measures we have introduced were taken lightly and closing our car parks was one of them.

“It became really clear after speaking with our partners at Police Scotland that people were still driving to Ayrshire from all across the country to enjoy our scenic views as part of their daily exercise.

“Obviously now we are in a phased recovery approach to providing a greater degree of flexibility for people to enjoy more outdoor recreation.

“There are still clear guidelines that people should only be travelling locally and physical distancing should be maintained.

“That’s why car parks will reopen on a phased basis, mirroring the approach we took entering lockdown when certain car parks closed first as a result of concerns around mass gatherings and physical distancing.

“We will now take that approach, in reverse, with ongoing reference to the national guidance.”