Our Camping Management Byelaws have come to an end for this season. Between 1st October 2022 and 28th February 2023 you do not need to purchase a permit to stay in busy loch shore areas.
If you are wild camping in the National Park during this time, please remember to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
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.