National Park facilities have begun to reopen but this will be a phased approach. Please Think, Check and Plan ahead by going to our Advice to Visitors page.

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Our advice for visitors to the National Park

September 25, 2020

With the national guidance on travel restrictions easing, visitor facilities around the National Park are beginning to open. However this does not mean that it is ‘business as usual’ and we must all continue to take action to stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus.

New lockdown measures have been put in place from Wednesday 23rd September which may affect how you visit the National Park.

We are asking anyone considering a visit to the National Park to Respect Your Park and play your part in moving out of lockdown safely together.

If you are planning a visit to the National Park please Think, Check and Plan before you come.

We will be providing up to date information on the status of our car parks and toilets.

Think

Is now the right time to visit?

Before any visit please think carefully about whether the time is right and if your visit is in keeping with the Scottish Government’s guidance.

Scotland introduced new lockdown measures from Wednesday 23rd September with updated advice on how households can mix indoors and outdoors, in private and public spaces, and in vehicles as well.

This follows the move to Phase 3 of the route map for moving out of lockdown on Friday 10th July.

The current guidance remains to: Stay safe, protect others, save lives.

To prevent spread of the virus we should all follow the FACTS.

FACTS:

Face coverings.
Avoid crowded places.
Clean hands regularly.
Two metre distance.
Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, we have now opened all of our camping and motorhome permit areas and our campsites at Loch Chon and Loch Achray. Please note that households should not mix, therefore we would advise multiple households should not stay in the same tent.  Inchcailloch campsite remains closed at this time.

As everybody looks to get back and enjoy the National Park, popular areas are likely to be busier than usual, so please make sure you book permits and pitches in advance and read our guidelines on how to camp responsibly.

Camping Management Byelaws are still in effect and being enforced in Camping Management Zones across the National Park.

Many people will have the same idea of visiting popular areas around the National Park. You can play your part by avoiding the most popular areas or postponing your visit a little longer.

Check

What is open where?

Not all facilities are opening at once. This goes for those managed by the National Park Authority as well as by other public bodies and local businesses.

We have only opened facilities when we are confident that it is safe to do so. This is to keep both our visitors, our staff and our communities safe.

Please check the most up to date information on the location and status of our visitor facilities, including car parks and toilets before you come. This page will be kept up to date so please use this to plan your visit.

Car parks and toilet facilities in the National Park began to reopen from 3rd July. The Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway reopened for launching and retrieval on Saturday 11th July.

From Friday 17th July we reopened National Park campsites at Loch Chon and Loch Achray as well as camping permit areas.

Plan

What do I need to do?

Having considered where you might go and checked whether there are facilities there that you might need to use (remember to check the status of car parks and toilets) we also suggest you think of alternative options as some places are likely to get busy quickly.

Toilet facilities are only open in certain locations and at reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing and hygiene measures. Make sure you ‘go’ before you go and only use public toilets if you really need to.

Bring everything you need with you – Please remember local shops are providing essential supplies for our rural communities and you can help them by bringing your own food, drinks and kit with you.

Whatever you bring with you, take it home – This one is easy! Bins are not being collected as regularly as normal right now. Respect your Park and don’t leave your waste behind, including next to bins. Pack two extra bags so you can take your litter away safely and leave some space in your car or bag to carry it home.

What to expect when you get here

As lockdown restrictions ease you may find you’re not the only one eager to get back out in the National Park and regardless of whether you are visiting for the first or 100th time, your experience is likely to be different than usual.

If it looks too busy, it is too busy – Remember that popular areas will be busier than usual – if car parks are closed or full, don’t park on roadsides. Seeing other people do this doesn’t mean it’s ok.  If you can’t park in a car park please go somewhere quieter.

Be patient, everything will take a little longer – There is likely to be queues for toilets, car parks and shops, so plan this into your day. In some places measures are also in place to manage traffic. Traffic Scotland has implemented temporary speed restrictions on the A84/A85 at the Cabin on Loch Lubnaig, and on the A82 at Falls of Falloch. A temporary clearway to prohibit parking on the roadside is also in place on the A82 at Falls of Falloch.

Be kind and show respect for others –  We are all coming out of lockdown and we all enjoy getting out into nature for the same reasons: to enjoy the peacefulness, wildlife or scenery. It’s also important to remember that many people live and work in the National Park. Please Love it Like a Local and treat the area as you would wish your community to be treated.

We hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for your patience as we welcome you back to the National Park.

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