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Wild camping

Access rights extend to wild camping except where there are seasonal camping restrictions such as on the shores of East Loch Lomond. (More info on byelaws below.)

Wild 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.

You can download our various leaflets and posters that were produced to promote responsible camping behaviour.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has summarised advice about how best to deal with human waste in the leaflet "Where to 'Go' in the Great Outdoors external site "


Seasonal Camping Restrictions for East Loch Lomond

Camping byelaws will restrict camping on the east side of Loch Lomond from the 1 March 2013. The camping byelaws will make it an offence to camp or sleep outdoors / in a vehicle overnight on the east side of Loch Lomond outside designated camping sites. The restrictions are seasonal and will last from the 1 March to the end of October.

Details of the restrictions, where they apply and designated camping sites can be found by clicking here and visiting the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority website. external site

Last updated on Monday 22nd April 2013 at 11:41 AM. Click here to comment on this page