First trip to scotland

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  1. Jagtazman

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    Visiting parents in Scotland.
    Only one problem with our new MH.

    Why the hell did it take this long to buy it lol
     

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  2. Bart

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    Looks Sweet :)
     
  3. JFD

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    Enjoy, and also enjoy the freedom to wild camp in Scotland - it's a freedom we don't enjoy South of the border, so make the most of it before some bureaucrat decides that it's "against the national interest"!
     
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    Have fun and enjoy. Whereabouts in Scotland are you off to? You will need to print off a funster sticker to put in your window so we can all spot you now.
     
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    what freedom do you refer ?

    The The Land Reform Act Scotland does not include camping in motorised transport..

    The laws on off site camping are the same as the rest of the UK ..

    Wild "Camping' is done in small tents for two or three nights.. not in a caravan or motorhome..

    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,
     
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    Hello and welcome to Scotland.
     
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    I think the point is that in Scotland you can wild camp in a lot of places without any hassle from the locals. There are many car parks where overnight camping is not banned and there is a lot of freedom in being able to wild camp. In England a lot of councils have banned overnight parking from laybys and car parks.
     
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    We are in Nairn
     
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    yes.. I agree.. it is easier in Scotland.. but it is not a 'freedom' nor a right, or a difference in the law from the rest of the UK

    Overnight camping in a lay-by on major roads is covered by @GJH in his excellent web site http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk/roads.htm
     
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    This FOI reply is also helpful.

    With reference to your enquiry regarding the legality of ‘No Overnight Parking’ signs, I can confirm that they are not enforceable in the Highland Council area.
    I cannot confirm that this is the case on trunk roads and I can only advise you to contact Transport Scotland and make enquiries with them or Bear Scotland who maintain the trunk roads in the Highland Council area.

    Regards


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    Operational Support Officer
    Highland Council
    94 Diriebught Road
    Inverness


     
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    We go for a weekend camp on the west or north coast all the time, never have a problem and the views are fantastic. Though to get to the west coast, Achiltibuie or Scourie for instance is only an hour or so for us as we live near Cromarty (just above Inverness).

    Do it, you'll not regret it at all. There are plenty of sites about too if you need to top up batteries empty tanks etc.
     
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    Yes, Scotjimland is spot on. The right to wild camp in a tent is often confused by motorhomers with the right to park up anywhere for the night.

    It is more free and easy up here at the moment, however the recent proliferation of MHs on the NC500 and thereabouts, 'wild camping' is beginning to grate with some locals.

    I have previously mentioned that I am a Director of Tarbat Historic Trust and Trustee of Tarbat Discovery Centre, we offer free overnight parking to members of Britstops and have also mentioned this on the NC500 website. This has brought extra visitors to our museum and also into the local village of Portmahomack.

    It came to my notice very recently that some member/s of the local Community Council had complained that we were doing local business out of trade, which is of course quite the opposite of the case (just look at the Aires system in France where local councils encourage motorhomes to visit and stay).

    However this does illustrate the growing attitude of SOME local people towards the motorhome community.

    Come, enjoy, park sensibly and spend some money locally - that is the answer.

    KH
     
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    Hope no funster been caught out with the skimming devices found on two machines in Mallaig since 08.00 Friday. Both RBS abd B of Scotland ATMS involved.
     
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    It isn't the case that English councils have banned overnight camping (not parking) in off street car parks, the facility was never there in the first place. That is broadly similar in the rest of the UK, including Scotland.
    The reason why overnight camping is allowed in some car parks in Scotland is that the legal order did not restrict it. That, also, is the case in the rest of the UK (including a car park a quarter of a mile from where we live on Tees-side).

    See the entry for Highland Council Here for more information.

    By the way, we are also in Scotland at the moment - THS at Dalkeith :)
     
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    Currently making a slow route back from Shetland via Orkney to Thurso tonight at Cairngorm, couldn't believe how many MH on the 500. Think these honeypot routes risk losing a lot of local goodwill due to pisstakers.

    Would have stayed with the Rev last night at Portmahomack apart from the Sunday moving restriction.
     
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    You could have stayed overnight for free at the Tarbat Discovery Centre Fastpat which is just up the road!

    Your comments are interesting, this is what I said in a previous thread:

    SWMBO and I live on the Fearn Peninsula just a handful of miles off the NC500 and we have noticed a large increase in motorhomes on the A9 this year. Various parts of the NC500 have been our regular stomping ground for many years (and for the past 2 years in our own motorhome) and also as a part of my own business taking photographers out in the area.

    One of the attractions for visitors is the 'remoteness', tranquillity of the area and the fact that you could drive for miles without seeing another vehicle. We spent a few days away up on the North Coast last week and we both commented on the number of motorhomes and motorcycles we were encountering, especially on the single track sections.

    We began to wonder how long it would be before Highland Council came under pressure to widen the roads for safety purposes. Then we speculated at what point the popularity of the route meant that so many vehicles were using the NC500 that one of the very reasons for it being popular was so diminished by the number of visitors that people stopped visiting the area? Can you imagine it, every roadside spot occupied by a motorhome 'wild camping', roads clogged with traffic, all viewpoints full of parked cars (a bit like the Lake District when we were there last year)!

    Of course there have been many benefits to businesses along the route. Many tea shops, restaurants, B&Bs, campsites, museums and local attractions have seen an increase in business. Although I have heard that people in motorhomes often stock up with fuel and supplies at the big supermarkets in Inverness before setting off on the route due to the cost of fuel and goods up here. Indeed the
    Tarbat Discovery Centre (free overnight parking for a couple of motorhomes) of which I am a Director and Trustee has seen extra visitors whom we know have been following the NC500.

    When I saw Robert's post it made me think if SWMBO and I may indeed be seeing portents of the future.

    So I would say to Robert and others, please come up and visit our wonderful area with its spectacular views and wildlife, just make sure you spend a little money locally, be sensible and sensitive where you park up and if you really want to see the area with all its peace, tranquillity and remoteness and have a real adventure, do the NC500 in winter when the roads really are empty and quiet. Well, not too many of you though as we don't want it spoiled do we?

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    But in practice, informal off-road parking takes place in many parts of rural Scotland, often in well-established places, without causing undue concern. In my experience concern sprouts from those who don't camp responsibly. This is an issue whether the camping is formal or informal, so it's probably best to focus on that rather than the definition of formal, informal, wild, access etc. Education may be a good place to start.
     
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    We still have to start out ventures in our MH , but if i was going to somewhere Quiet / remote then i would be one of those people who made sure everything was stocked up , as you would not know when you would next be able to get re stocked.
    Especially with petrol & Gas
     
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    Remember to wear your hard hat and flack jacket the next time you post :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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