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 and campsites are open and can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.
Popular areas are expected to be really busy again this year so please make sure you plan ahead by using our Advice to Visitors page.
Travelling and staying in a motorhome or campervan is one of the most flexible ways to get about and enjoy the National Park, allowing you to explore and stay in different places.
Whether you are an experienced motorhome user or hiring a vehicle for the first time we’ve put together some tips to help you plan and have a great visit to the National Park.
Between the 1st March and 30th September, seasonal Camping Management Zones are in place in certain areas of the National Park. Within these Zones there are motorhome permit areas at Firkin Point and Inveruglas on the west side of Loch Lomond and the Three Lochs Forest Drive in the Trossachs, north of Aberfoyle, where you can stay overnight if you purchase a permit
Permits can be booked online up to four weeks in advance and cost £4 per motorhome/campervan per night, plus a £3 vehicle access charge if you stay at Three Lochs Forest Drive. You can stay at the same permit area for up to three nights.
Unfortunately these permit areas are not suitable for caravans due to size limitation, ground conditions and in some cases the tight turning areas, but there are many campsites in the National Park which cater for this setup.
From 1 April to 31 October, Forestry and Land Scotland have introduced Stay the Night, allowing motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities to be able to pay to stay overnight at some of their car parks. For more information on these locations visit the Stay the Night Forestry and Land Scotland website.
Understanding the map: The blue circles represent campsites and the orange markers highlight camping permit areas. Green circles are Forestry & Land Scotland Stay the Night areas.
Campsites and Facilities
There are a number of campsites across the National Park offering pitches and full facilities for motorhomes and campervans. Campsites benefit from having lots of space to relax in and are situated in some of the best locations the National Park has to offer.
While motorhomes and campervans offer the freedom to move around for a few days, you will need to take on water, dispose of waste, recharge batteries or just enjoy the benefits of an electrical hook-up!
You should plan your trip to ensure you are not caught out as irresponsible disposal of waste causes both environmental problems and issues for facilities like public toilets. Please remember, the irresponsible disposal of the contents of chemical toilets in the countryside is a criminal act.
If you are moving around you’ll find a chemical waste disposal and water point at Tarbet on Loch Lomond. The following campsites also offer these facilities for a small charge; Trossachs Holiday Park, Loch Lomond Holiday Park and Pine Trees Leisure Park. You should always check with them for availability of services and costs.
The use of eco-friendly chemical products helps greatly in the disposal of chemical toilet waste. Please remember, the irresponsible disposal of the contents of a chemical toilet in the countryside is a criminal act and carries a maximum fine of £40,000.
Not every location you visit in the National Park will have a bin to put your litter in, so please carry it with you until you find a suitable place. Zero Waste Scotland have provided a search to help you find the nearest recycling bins from where you are, not just in the National Park.
If bins are full when you arrive, don’t leave them next to the bin even if others have. Respect your Park and please dispose of litter responsibly.
To help you prepare for your visit to the National Park, our Advice for Visitors page has some more useful information so you are ready to explore this summer.
Please be aware that ticks (which can carry Lyme disease) are present in the National Park, especially during the Spring and Summer months. Read up on tick safety and precautions before your visit.
To find out more, view our camping and motorhome FAQs.