Camping wild is one of the best ways to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Scotland's hills, glens and coastlines. When done responsibly, it has minimal impact on the environment. Plan ahead, and consider the impact on the environment. Carry a trowel and bury your human waste and use a stove or leave no trace of any campfire.
For more advice on responsible wild camping, how to keep impacts to a minimum as well as setting out the legal position, explore Scottish Natural Heritage's and their or check out
Site Rules & Camping Etiquette
Most campsites will have some rules and generally they are there to keep campers happy. Although our list is not exhaustive it gives a general feel as to what to expect. Remember some sites will have written rules, while others will not but expect a degree of knowledge about what is acceptable onsite. Some sites do not accept groups or pets, while others are couples only. There are also sites close to roads which do not accept children. It is always better to check ahead with your chosen campsite than arrive and be disappointed. We once had to travel over 60 miles to find that the site would not accept our dog.
Here is what we recommend as general rules:
The site has the right to ask you to leave at any point if you break site rules.
Most sites have speed limits of 5-10 miles per hour to ensure safety. Remember children are often playing near to or around tents and caravans. It is usual for sites to not allow vehicular access between the hours of 10pm and 7am in order to reduce noise. Some have parking areas as an alternative.
Children should be supervised by their parents.
Most sites will not allow open fires and will ask that disposable BBQ’s are not placed on the grass or on tables. Some sites do not allow disposable BBQ’s as a result of previous irresponsible campers. If using a stove do not place hot pans or pots directly onto the grass.
Tents and Caravans / Campervans should be spaced at least 6 metres apart in case of fire.
Many sites accept dogs but they should be kept on a lead at all times and should not be allowed to foul the campsite. Owners should clean up after their dogs.
Washing of dishes and clothes is not allowed in the toilet blocks and hot water should not be carried away.
Most sites will expect all quiet by 11pm and that at all other times noise will be kept to a minimum to avoid disturbance to other site users. Some sites have wardens ensuring that this is adhered too.
Most sites accept groups but check ahead. Some sites will have a separate area for organised groups of walkers etc.
You are expected to leave the facilities as you found them, cleaning up after yourself. If they are dirty please report this to the owner / warden.