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Camping Management Byelaws 2017

Camping is welcome throughout the National Park but in order to protect some of our most cherished lochshores, byelaws covering camping and firelighting will come into effect in some parts of the Park between March and September. Camping from October to February is unaffected.

The byelaws will create Camping Management Zones covering less than 4% of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Camping outside of these areas is unaffected.

Overview_of CMZ

Camping within these Zones (March – September) will only be possible in campsites or with a camping permit.

In addition to the many campsites already within the National Park, alongside the byelaws the Park Authority has committed to providing at least 300 low-cost camping spaces across the Camping Management Zones.

Permit areas

A number of camping places will be in permit areas (some with basic facilities), where you can still have a ‘wild camping’ experience as described in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (Outdooraccess-scotland.com), but want to stay within one of the Camping Management Zones.

The cost of camping permits within the permit areas will be £3 per tent or motorhome/campervan per night. Permits can be booked online here.

Campsites

In addition to the many campsites already in the National Park, there will also be Your Park informal campsites with bookable pitches, parking and basic facilities. Your Park campsites at Loch Chon and The Cabin at Loch Lubnaig will cost £7 per adult per night, with under 16s going free.

The cost of camping at private campsites will vary depending on the level of facilities on offer.

Fires

The byelaws also cover irresponsible fire-lighting, including collecting firewood. If you want to have a fire when you are camping, make sure you build it in a place where it will cause no damage or use a fire bowl. You must bring your own wood, as collecting firewood has a damaging effect on wildlife in the area.

Respect Your Park

We want everyone to be able to make the most of the National Park.

National Park Rangers will always offer advice and continue to encourage visitors to enjoy the Park responsibly through sharing our Respect Your Park advice.

However, please be aware that refusal to comply with the byelaws could result in a report to the Procurator Fiscal and a fine of up to £500.

If you are coming to camp in the National Park please make sure you plan ahead.

You’ll find some useful questions and answers about the byelaws here.

 

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