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What you need to know before you go

Planning a camping trip to the National Park this summer? Here’s what you need to know before you go….

Where can I camp?

This short video explains all the camping options available:

Why we have Management Zones

  • The Camping Management Zones were created by byelaws introduced in March 2017.
  • They help protect some of the area’s most popular lochshores from environmental damage caused by the high volume of visitors and issues with antisocial behaviour from some campers going back a number of years.

If you want to find out more about why we have them, watch this video:

Permit areas

  • Permit areas are natural stretches of land close to some of the Park’s most beautiful lochs.
  • They have great views but don’t have set pitches or any facilities so please bring what you need and remember to take everything away with you.
  • Between March and September you need to book a permit to stay in these areas.
  • You don’t need a permit between October and February.

Find out more here:

Camping responsibly

The National Park is a special place and we can all help to look after it. There are a few things you can do when you are camping to make sure you have as little impact as possible and still have a great time:

  • Always follow the Outdoor Access Code.
  • Take your litter home with you, including used toilet paper and sanitary items.
  • If you need the toilet and there isn’t one nearby, make sure you  go at least 30 metres away from open water, people or buildings.
  • Bury your waste and replace the turf or bring resealable bags or containers and take your waste away with you.
  • Check our handy map of Last Chance Loo Stops around the National Park to see where your nearest toilets are.
  • If you’re planning a campfire, bring firewood and a firepit or similar with you. Cutting trees or moving dead wood damages the environment and wildlife.

Here’s one of our rangers telling you more about how to camp responsibly:


  • If you prefer some basic home comforts like toilets and running water, there are low-cost informal campsites at Loch Chon, Loch Achray, Loch Lubnaig and Sallochy on East Loch Lomond.
  • Or if you fancy something a bit even more luxurious, there’s a great range of private campsites throughout the National Park too.

Most importanly, have a great time!

Planning a trip to the National Park?

You can now download a quick guide to the byelaws in German, Spanish, French or Polish.

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