July 3, 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.
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.
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 moved to Phase 2 of the route map for moving out of lockdown on 19 June 2020. The current guidance is to: Stay safe, protect others, save lives.
While from, Friday 3rd July, the five-mile restriction on travel has been lifted and some visitor facilities and self-contained accommodation is reopening, the Scottish Government guidance is that there should be no camping in tents, where campers would have to rely on shared facilities, or in the wild, since this is not ‘booked’ in advance so numbers cannot be managed.
Those who want to camp in tents in the wild, or in campsites using shared facilities, are asked to wait until it is confirmed that Scotland’s tourism sector can re-open. The Scottish Government hope to do this on 15 July 2020.
All the National Park camping permit areas, motorhome permit areas and campsites remain closed. Camping Management Byelaws are still in effect and being enforced in Camping Management Zones across the National Park.
Please take a moment to think whether this is the right time and whether your visit will be adding unnecessary pressure on rural facilities which are not fully up and running as normal.
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.
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 will only open 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.
Our provisional timeline for reopening facilities is:
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.
As lockdown restrictions begin to 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 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 prepare to welcome you back to the National Park.