People have reacted with anger over the "disgraceful" mess left behind near a historic countryside beauty spot.

Residents condemned the behaviour of those who dumped barbecue equipment in the glen area behind Fairlie Castle - and have called for improved signage to deter litterbugs, after some locals stated that the problem has been going on for years.

One upset villager said: "People are out in nature having a barbecue and a few drinks but this is disgraceful. 

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"I was out a lovely walk at the back of Fairlie. 

"My husband and I will do a few trips to clean what we can. 

"It would be great to see people having a bit more respect for the land - it is very upsetting to see in the fields up behind Fairlie Castle.

"The photos don't illustrate just how much glass is scattered all over the place - it is very upsetting to see.

"The place is popular with children who like to make dens and play; and this is the last tine you want to see with the area strewn with glass and rubbish.

"It is also frequented daily by multiple dog walkers, not to mention the wildlife and livestock.

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"I have been told that apparently this problem has been going on for years. Something needs to get done to address this."

Councillor Todd Ferguson told the News he was very upset to see the rubbish dumped in the countryside - and vowed to take the matter up with North Ayrshire Council to get improved signage in the area to deter litterbugs.

He said: "This is so disappointing to see - and it falls under anti social behaviour, and people not following the Scottish outdoor access guidelines which encourage people to pick up any rubbish rather than just leaving it.

"It is not acceptable behaviour in any shape or form.

"The area behind Fairlie Castle is popular with visitors and locals and they do not want to be presented with that kind of sight.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Todd FerugsonTodd Ferugson (Image: Todd Ferguson)

"It is unsightly and unwarranted.

"I am going to take this up with North Ayrshire Council and look into having more advisory signs. Unfortunately there are always a small percentage of people who do not clear up after themselves but we have to make this clear that it is unacceptable and need to stamp this out."

The council have been contacted for comment.