Many of Caledonian Campers customers prefer to Freedom Camp and luckily Scotland is the only country in the UK that allows you to do so legally! Freedom Camping is also a great way of getting out into the less discovered parts of Scotland’s stunning countryside.
However with this right comes some responsibilities. Campers should leave these wild places unblemished by their visit and protect them for future visitors and campers. Over the last few years there has been an increasing number of high profile cases of antisocial and careless behavior at freedom camping sites. Concerns have been raised after some locations were affected by vandalism, out of control fires, rubbish, abandoned equipment and pollution from un buried human waste.
Freedom Camping is encouraged throughout Scotland provided campers apply the good practice ‘leave-no-trace’ guidelines as detailed on the Outdoor Access Scotland website. These are:
– Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location;
– Carry a trowel to bury toilet waste and urinate well away from water courses;
– Use a stove or leave no trace of any camp fire. Never cut down or damage trees;
– Take away your rubbish and consider picking up other litter as well.
– If in doubt, ask the landowner. Their advice might help you find a better camping spot.