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The guidance on camping in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code relates to 'wild camping', also sometimes referred to as 'informal camping'. This type of camping should be interpreted as 'camping in the wild' and does not include camping on organised camp sites or with groups such as the Scouts or Guides.

The Access Code says:

Access rights extend to wild camping. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place. You can camp in this way wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. Take extra care to avoid disturbing deer stalking or grouse shooting. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner's permission. Leave no trace by:

  • taking away all your litter
  • removing all traces of your tent pitch and of any open fire (follow the guidance for lighting fires)
  • not causing any pollution.

Seasonal camping restrictions and byelaws

Byelaws restrict camping in some areas. Full details of the restrictions at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, for example, can be found by visiting the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority website.