Wild camping in Scotland

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  1. Stevenubie

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    Hi there. We are new to motorhoming as have had a caravan for the last 30 odd years. We pick up our motorhome at the beginning of May and want to tour Scotland. We want to camp on the side of lochs or in picturesque surroudings as we have previously been restricted to conventional campsites. Is this allowed in Scotland?
     
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    The Land Reform Act more commonly called the 'right to roam act' does not apply to motorised vehicles or caravans

    The same laws on off site camping , parking, overnighting, wild camping, whatever you call it.. apply in Scotland.. no different from England.

    You will find lots of nice places to park overnight but bear the above in mind.. all land is owned by someone...

    there is no 'right' to camp, other than a camp site.
     
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    Hi and welcome. You can park up almost anywhere in Scotland. Just use your commonsense. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints. Which route are you taking?
     
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    Scotland is a fantastic place for wild camping.. The more remote areas the easier it becomes... just a bit of common sense..and I like to try and support the local shops and businesses so mh's are looked on as an asset.
    I'm told the islands are the same and they are my next to do over coming years..
    Ta Andy
     
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    Thanks for the replies. We hope to travel up the west coat as far as Syke and then across vis loch ness the down to the whisky trail. Having had a caravan we found camp sites were few and far between hence the need to park "wild"
     
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    The further north and west you get, the easier wild camping is. Just be sensitive to locals and remember that any off-site camping is prohibited in the Lomond and Trossachs national park.
     
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    Only on the east side at the moment. Some good overnight parking around Tarbet and Luss areas.
     
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    We were there in September and were surprised and disappointed that very many towns don't allow you to overnight on their car parks. There are a few harbour side places which were great and we used Britstops and were made very welcome by them all. (y)
     
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    @Badknee which towns couldn't you park in? There,s usually someone that knows somewhere to park...Just ask :)
     
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    In the Highland Council area the 'No Overnight Parking' signs are not enforceable but as already been mentioned be considerate where you park.
     
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    We wanted to stop in Ullapool on the carpark next to Tesco but signs all over the place. But as I say we were very surprised how many places didn't want us there or our money.

    France on next years tour list I think which is a shame as there's some of the UK we haven't seen yet.
     
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    Theres a couple of large laybys suitable for overnighting on the A835 closeby.
     
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    As a lifelong occupier of south west Scotland I can seriously recommend turning left as soon as you arrive at the border. The scenery is beautiful with easy parking in most towns. Wild camping is easy & safe, if I was you I'd follow the coast right round & it'll eventually lead you up to the west highlands. Your life will be richer for visiting this undiscovered corner of Scotland, most people just plough on up the A74 or A1 & they miss the true heart of Scotland. The highlands are stunning & the majesty of the mountains is breathtaking so by all means enjoy your trip & please come back for more, so whatever you decide to do, here's wishing you a safe & pleasant journey.
     
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    We camped roadside in Luss 1 night no problem, then another night had a meal in the loch fyne oyster bar, we pre booked and asked if we could stay overnight on their car park so we could both have wine with our meal. No problem they said. Very welcoming.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. We want to try Scotland first to get used to the van as having had the caravan we know it's a different type of touring so hoping to get feel for this new way of seeing the country. If all goes well will be traveling through France, Switzerland towards the Italian lakes at the end of August and through till the end of September. Looking forward to meeting other motorhomers on the way. You all sound a great bunch!!!
     
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    You will now have to pay your tenner to interact anymore it is well worth it.
    Advice on all of europe can be had by experienced travellers on here. Whatever you do enjoy your travels.
     
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    My posting was on the basis that they have no legitimate use. If they have then obviously they should be allowed to be advertised.
     
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    I think that statement is out of date.
    Some years ago, in an attempt to stop camping which was becoming a nuisance in some areas, the Highland Council erected No Overnighting signs. However, in order to save money, they didn't put any parking orders in place, which meant that the signs were unenforceable.
    When Andy Strangeway found out and started creating a fuss (probably the only time he has had real justification for doing so) Highland Council removed the signs.
    Since that time, however, new signs have appeared in certain places and this time they are backed by legal orders meaning that they are enforceable. Ignore them at your peril :)
     
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