Images of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Camping

The National Park is a very popular area for camping with a variety of formal campsites in beautiful surroundings. Most are located on loch shores such as Loch Long, Loch Lomond or alongside rivers such as the River Forth, Teith or Balvaig.

Further information on campsites can be found on VisitScotland' website and through Forest Holidays, who provide three sites in the National Park area at Ardgarten, Cashel and Cobeland near Aberfoyle.
 
The National Park Authority run a campsite on Inchcailloch and Forestry Commission Scotland run one at Sallochy, East Loch Lomond. These sites are semi-formal with basic facilities.
 
New camping byelaws have been introduced covering East Loch Lomond. For more information on the restrictions click here.

Wild Camping

Camping wild is a great way to experience the spectacular scenery of the National Park, providing you act responsibly and leave the countryside as you found it.

Wild camping is permitted in the National Park under the Land Reform ( Scotland) Act 2003 as part of the public’s right of responsible access. However, this does not allow car or vehicular access to camp nor does it permit long stays that impact on the local environment.

Access rights (non-motorised) extend to wild camping. Wild camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place.

You can camp in this way wherever access rights apply, but 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. Please note the following:

  • Lighting fires - Use a stove if possible. If you must have an open fire keep it small and under control. Remove all traces before leaving. Never cut down or damage trees.
  • Human waste - Bury your own toilet waste and urinate well away from open water, rivers and burns.
  • Litter - Take away all of your rubbish, particularly bottles, cans and plastic. Leave your campsite as tidy as your found it.
For further information on wild camping and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, download Wild Camping - A Guide to Good Practice produced by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.