Mainland Scotland is now in lockdown. Find out more in our Advice for Visitors.

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Our advice for visitors to the National Park

January 5, 2021

With national restrictions changing, it’s important to understand how this may impact on your visit to the National Park and how we can all take action to stop the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus.

From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes.

Everyone is asked to stay at home as much as possible and stay as local as possible during this time. The Scottish Government has published new guidance on travel and transport.

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


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 new guidance to stay at home and check the travel restrictions when thinking about visiting the National Park.

The Scottish Government advises those on mainland Scotland to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel.  By law, you can only leave your home for an essential purpose.

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 on a nice day, even in Winter.


What is open where?

With the majority of Scotland moving into lockdown on Tuesday 5th January, many facilities and businesses will not 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.


What do I need to do?

Having considered the national guidelines and checked whether there are facilities you might need to use (remember to check the status of car parks and toilets) remember to:

‘Go before you’  – 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).

Whatever you bring with you, take it home – This one is easy! 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.

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. 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.

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