Many of Caledonian Campers customers prefer to “wild camp”

Did you know that as part of Scotland’s access legislation (The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003) you can camp on most unenclosed land.

This is just one of the aspects which gives Scotland some of the most progressive access legislation in Europe and wild 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 behaviour at wild camping sites. Concerns have been raised after some locations were affected by vandalism, out of control fires, rubbish, abandoned equipment and pollution from unburied human waste.

SNH is keen to reinforce the principles of responsible behaviour for visitors wild camping in the countryside. Scotland’s Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) provides guidelines for people accessing the countryside and choosing appropriate camp sites.

Wild 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.

Fuller information is available online at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

Caravan & Camping Parks
Instead of wild camping, take advantage of the facilities offered by the excellent caravan parks in Scotland, many of which welcome campers. Not only will you find modern shower and toilet blocks, as well as perhaps a shop and a restaurant, but if you have the kids with you, they will soon make friends – then everyone is happy.  Some parks also have leisure facilities to keep you entertained should the weather be less than clement!  By staying on a caravan park, you won’t leave your imprint on the environment.

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