Please plan ahead before visiting the National Park and read our Advice for Visitors.

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Our advice for visitors to the National Park

June 7, 2021

With lockdown restrictions easing, it’s great to be welcoming visitors back to the National Park. However, it’s still important that we all continue to take action to stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus and understand how this may impact on your visit.

While lockdown restrictions continue to ease, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest Scottish Government advice on travel. In Levels 0, 1 and 2 (all of Scotland is currently in one of these levels) there are no restrictions on travel between areas at these levels. You must not travel to an area in Level 3 or 4 except for a permitted reason. Please familiarise yourself with the current travel restrictions for your area before planning a visit.

We know from last summer that after a long time staying home, lots of people will want to visit the National Park. We have been working hard on extensive preparations to welcome you, including additional staff on the ground, extra toilets and more car parking spaces. However it’s more important than ever to plan ahead before you set off to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Follow FACTS

Wherever you are, to prevent spread of the virus we should all follow the FACTS guidance.

If you are able to get out into the National Park within the guidelines, please play your part by preparing in advance and avoiding popular areas which are more likely to get busy.

What is open where?

While many facilities and businesses are now open they may not yet be operating as usual. This goes for those managed by the National Park Authority as well as by other public bodies and local businesses.

Please check the most up to date information on the location and status of car parks and toilets, and other visitor facilities, before you come. We provide regular updates on the status of car parks around the National Park at weekends between 8am-4pm.

The National Park’s camping permit areas and campsites are now open and can now book your camping trip up to four weeks in advance. Please remember Seasonal Camping Management Byelaws are in still operation between 1st March and 30th September, and the byelaws continue to be enforced by National Park Rangers and Police Scotland.

The Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway is also now open.

What do I need to do?

Having considered the national guidelines and checked whether there are facilities you might need to use, remember to:

‘Go’ before you go  – Toilet facilities may be operating at reduced hours/capacity. Make sure you ‘go’ before you go and check where the nearest public toilets in the National Park will be.

Plan ahead –  Popular places get very busy and car parks fill up early. Please check the most up to date information on the location and status of car parks and toilets, and other visitor facilities, before you come. Have a Plan B if your first choice of destination is going to be busy. We provide regular updates on the status of car parks around the National Park at weekends between 8am-4pm.

Think of alternative options – As some popular places can get busy on nice days, we also suggest you think of alternative options for places to visit within the National Park.

When you get here

Finally if you are out and about in the National Park always:

Be kind and show respect for others –  We all enjoy getting out into nature and this can be especially beneficial in difficult times. It’s also important to remember that many people live and work in the National Park.

Whatever you bring with you, take it home – This one is easy! Respect your Park and be a responsible visitor. 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.

Support local businesses – Many businesses in the National Park have been closed for a large portion of the year. You can help small and local businesses get back on their feet by visiting local cafés, restaurants and shops. Remember you may need to book ahead and should always follow FACTS guidance.

We hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for your patience.

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