Seasonal camping management byelaws are in place from 1st March until 30th September. During this time you will need to camp in a camping permit area or campsite in certain parts of the National Park.
Camping permit areas are now open and can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.
The National Park Authority’s campsites at Loch Chon, Loch Achray and Inchcailloch will open again on the 1st April 2023 and can be booked 4 weeks in advance.
In order to protect some of our most cherished lochshores, byelaws covering camping and firelighting are in place in certain areas from March to September.
During this time, you need to either book into a campsite or use a permit to camp or (in some locations) to stay overnight in your motorhome in these Camping Management Zones.
Camping Management Zones include a number of defined camping “permit areas” within which a number of permits are allocated. A camping permit allows you to camp anywhere within your chosen permit area – you are not allocated a specific space. Permit areas provide the opportunity to have a ‘wild camping’ experience in popular parts of the National Park and have no formal facilities, so please make sure you come prepared.
You’ll find permit areas within the camping management zones. You can explore our permit areas using the map below.
Organised groups such as Duke of Edinburgh, Scouts, and youth organisations, who wish to camp in a Camping Management Zone can apply online for permission. There is no charge for these types of groups to camp in a Camping Management Zone.
If you’re not sure where in the National Park you would like to camp, our Lochs in the National Park guide might help.
Don’t just take our advice on it, our guest blogger Kathi @watchmesee shared her camping experience after visiting Loch Voil and Loch Achray!
If this is your first time camping, watch our new video with Des Clarke and Ranger Jenny for some helpful tips.