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

April 14, 2021

With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, we are looking forward to welcoming you 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.

From Friday 16th April groups of up to 6 people from 6 households will be able to meet outside. Travel will also be permitted anywhere in Scotland for the purpose of outdoor socialising, recreation or exercise. For all other activities please remember to stay local.

Please check the latest Scottish Government guidance on travel and transport for more information.

We know from last summer that after a long time staying home, lots of people will want to travel again to 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.

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.

Please familiarise yourself with the latest national guidance.  

Overnight stays outside your local authority are not yet permitted.

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 lockdown may be beginning to ease, many facilities and businesses will not yet be open or 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 live updates on the status of car parks around the National Park at weekends between 8am-4pm.

We intend to open our camping permit areas and campsites on Monday 26th April. You can now book your camping trip on our website 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 will open on Friday 23rd April.

These dates are subject to confirmation of the national restrictions easing as planned.

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 closed or open at reduced hours/capacity. 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 many businesses may be closed and local shops are providing essential supplies for our rural communities. You can help them by bringing your own food, drinks and kit with you.

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 (whilst remembering to stick to the national guidance on travel).

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.

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

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