It seems the authorities have been trying to discourage the use of the Kingsteps Car Park for some time. Ironically the recent publicity has probably encouraged even more people to head for this popular and convenient car park. Here's an extract from an article that appeared in the Nairnshire Telegraph in October 2003.
The article goes on to quote a Reserve Warden Mr Steve Elliot: " The car park at Kingsteps was being overused and householders were sometimes blocked in. It had implications for emergency services. They were also being bothered by people asking where the beach was and where the toilets were."
At the time there was an ongoing wrangle about where to best place signs to the RSPB Culbin Reserve.
In November another article appeared: "No end in sight for sign wrangle" and the picture seems to be very confused between the Forestry Commission, the RSPB and Highland Council over where to put the signs. Mr Elliot is again quoted stating that the East Beach is more suitable because it has toilets. Aren't those toilets closed at the moment however as part of the cuts? Does anyone know exactly what year the road to the Kinsteps car park was tarred? Was it before or after these discussions and attempts at discouraging use of the car park?