Wild camping Scotland

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  1. Lucysmum

    Lucysmum Read Only Funster

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    Does anybody have any experience of wild camping in Scotland? I have vague memories of being told that this is not frowned on quite so much as it is in other parts of the country ie Pembrokeshire where we live! Here every layby and woodland had a 'No overnight stays/camping' sign!'

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    you will find plenty of no overnight parking signs in Scotland too, however doesn't stop us and many others. Depends on where you wish to go, generally the further the north the nicer IMO and of course the easier to wild camp. We stayed one place where we never saw a person for two days. Like most people, the Scots generally will be welcoming if your polite pleasant and pick up your rubbish and take it with you. Also if you dont start winding out awnings and making the great scenery look like a gypsy camp there wont be a problem.
    My best advice would be go out of Holiday season to really get some tranquillity and never be bothered.:thumb:
     
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    It's possibly the easiest country to truly wild camp. Scotland encorages plain common sense thinking and treats adults as adult, rather than wave around potty rule books making peoples lives a misery.

    Leave the battiness of your home county behind and enjoy the welcoming Scottish hospitality, not to mention the open roads and the magnificent scenery.
    You will return again and again and again....:Smile::thumb:
     
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    In Scotland you will actually see signs that say you can wild camp & provide some guidance as to the rules to follow. We stopped at the end of Loch Rannoch on the bank side and as hagnap said you won't see many others - a bit of a drive though, up a dead end road. :Eek!:

    Roads are quiet but a few are narrow with passing places, but that breaks the boredom of driving through the magnificent scenery & taking sooooo many photos. :BigGrin:

    There are so many spots to stop I gave up recording them. :Cool:
     
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    We are heading for Inverness to visit family. I like taking the A82, Glencoe route. Anyone know of any good spots where we can wild camp. Another request, the last time we drove by Loch Ness on the A82, we stopped for a break and noticed a van driving along Loch Ness over the other side. Is there a road there towards Inverness or is it a service road or dirt track road. Would appreciate your knowledge of this area.
     
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    Hi there
    To travel along the other side off Loch Ness:- Take the A82 from Fort William towards Inverness, at Fort Augustus turn right on the B862 to Foyers/Dores. This is mainly single track road with passing places so don't be in a hurry!!
    Ray.
     
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    Its the B852 and yes it eventually reaches Inverness.

    OK......B852 up as far as Dorres then it becomes the B862.
     
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    Thanks for confirming what I already suspected! We love Scotland and the wilder the better! This will be our first trip up there in our motorhome. I'd go so far as to say it's why we bought a motorhome! We are planning on spending 3 weeks touring around and its always been my ambition to spend Midsummer's Day somewhere as far north as we can practically manage - only got to Inverness in the car last year. Planning on Thurso this year!!

    For the gentleman going to Inverness - the dolphins off Channonry Point are well worth the wait. In fact it was there we met our first motorhomers and the seeds were sown for buying our own.:Smile:
     
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    Be aware of some new by-laws under discussion on wild camping in certain parts of Scotland ..

    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Campers-face-500-fines-for.6053758.jp

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/8510202.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/8657817.stm
     
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    In that case you won't go wrong travelling the entire north west coast up to Durness. Take the trip to see the lighthouse there. Inaccessible by car you can either walk, but it's a damn long walk (!!), or pay to be taken up in a 4x4. The cliffs there are amongst the highest on mainland uk and the experience is just breathtaking. Just watch where you walk though.....one drop and you won't be coming back!

    From Durness head across east towards Bettyhill and take the B871. You only need drive a few miles and you are in the most remote area of the uk. It's a narrow single road with passing places and I parked up there once for over an hour, cooked a meal and had a brew, and saw not one other vehicle or person......paradise!
     
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    Right on target, Bulletguy, one of our favourites!! Now everyone will go there...
     
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    We have wild camped all over the place in Scotland and never had a problem. I think the rule of thumb is to be as discreet as possible by selecting your spot if it's in a village and turn up there when it's time to go to bed. We have camped in the main car park in Braemar for the "Gathering" and there has never been a problem, in fact just west of Braemar there is a recognised area for wild camping and in the summer there are tents all over the place.
     
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