From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes.
If you love the solitude of a ‘wild camping’ experience and a night under the stars, there are plenty of great places to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the National Park.
In Scotland, you can ‘wild camp’ as part of your right of responsible access through the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place.
‘Wild camping’ is an amazing way to experience the National Park, whether it’s watching the sun rise over Ben A’an or backpacking your way along the famous West Highland Way.
If you are ‘wild camping’, 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.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code doesn’t allow car or vehicular access to camp or long stays that impact on the local environment.
You can find out more about your rights and responsibilities on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.
Please be aware that ticks (which can carry Lyme disease) are present in the National Park, especially during the Spring and Summer months. Read up on tick safety and precautions before your visit.
Camping is welcome throughout the National Park but in order to protect some of our most cherished lochshores, byelaws covering camping and firelighting are in effect in some parts of the Park between March and September.
Byelaws for 2019 came into effect on March 1st, and will remain so until September 30th. October to February will be unaffected.
The byelaws create Camping Management Zones covering less than 4% of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. To camp in these zones you must have a permit or stay in a campsite. You’ll find some useful questions and answers about the byelaws here.