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Motorhomes and campervans in the National Park

Travelling and staying in a motorhome or campervan is one of the most flexible ways to get about and enjoy the National Park, allowing you to move around and stay in difference places.

Whether you are an experienced motorhome user or hiring a vehicle for the first time the information on these pages will help you plan and have a great visit to the National Park.

 Places to stay

There are loads of great places to stay in a motorhome or campervan in the National Park whether you want to spend time on a site or wild camp.

There are a number of campsites spread throughout the National Park offering pitches for motorhomes and campervans with a wide range of facilities.

Official lay-bys that form part of the roads network in the National Park are there to allow drivers to stop and rest on their journey, including overnight. You do not require a permit to stop in a lay-by in the National Park, however please remember that these short-stay stopping points are designed as rest stops and are not suitable for extended stays. If you do choose to stop in a lay-by, please make yourself aware of all road traffic regulations associated with this type of facility.

Passing places, unlike lay-bys, are not meant for stopping and are a crucial part of the single track road network in the National Park. Passing places must be kept clear to allow the free flow of traffic.


Understanding the map: The blue circles represent campsites and the orange markers highlight camping permit areas.

Motorhome permits

Between March and September, seasonal Camping Management Zones are in place in certain areas of the National Park. This is primarily to manage the volume of people camping in tents in order to protect the environment and improve the experience for all visitors.

The National Park provides permit areas specifically for motorhomes and campervans within the Camping Management Zones at Firkin Point and Inveruglas on the west side of Loch Lomond and the Three Lochs Forest Drive north of Aberfoyle in the Trossachs.

The Three Lochs Forest Drive is an 11 km forest track offering an opportunity to spend time in the woods, allowing you to take in some of the best scenery the National Park has to offer. Motorhome and campervans are welcome to use the Drive however it is less suitable for bigger units. Permits for motorhome/campervans are spread along the length of the Drive allowing an amazing wild camping experience.

Permits cost £3 per motorhome/campervan per night at Firkin Point and Inveruglas and £5 per night for the Three Lochs Forest Drive which includes the £2 drive access charge. It is possible to book the same permit site for up to three nights.

Permits can be booked online up to eight weeks in advance.

These permit areas are not suitable for caravans due to the ground conditions and in some cases the tight turning areas. There are however many campsites located around the National Park with great facilities for caravans.

Facilities

Motorhomes and campervans offer the freedom to move around for a number of days but sometimes it will be necessary to fill water containers and dispose of any waste. You should plan your trip accordingly to ensure you are not caught out as irresponsible disposal of waste causes both environmental problems and issues for facilities like public toilets.

Campsites throughout the National Park offer these facilities and you should check with them directly for availability of services and costs.

The use of eco-friendly chemical products assists greatly in the disposal of chemical toilet waste.


To find out more, view our camping and motorhome FAQs.

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