The new camping byelaws in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park come into effect on 1st March. These byelaws mean informal camping is banned from certain zones within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park between 1st March and 30th September each year. The byelaws make it a criminal offence to camp, light fires or sleep overnight in a vehicle in many of the park’s most popular camping areas unless you’re in a campsite or pay in advance for a permit to stay for up to three nights at a designated camping spot.
- in a 'Permit Area': £3 per tent/motorhome/campervan per night
- in Managed Campsites at Loch Chon and Loch Lubnaig: £7 per adult per night, children under 16 go free
What To Expect
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code permits responsible wild camping in areas where access rights apply. However, if you camp in a byelaw zone without a permit you may be found to be committing a criminal offence, even if you’re observing the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. You could be liable to a conviction and a fine of up to £500.
Although not yet in place, signage will shortly be installed to inform visitors to the area about the byelaws and where to camp. In the week leading up to implementation of the byelaws, LLTNPA have scheduled drop-in awareness raising events across the Camping Management Zones. There is also a website where you will be able to buy permits.
Please ensure that you are aware of the areas of the Camping Management Zones, especially if you are paddling and plan to camp loch side - it might not be immediately obvious if you're in a camping management zone or not when you arrive.
Wherever you camp, please ensure to camp responsibly and leave no trace by:
- taking away all your litter
- removing all traces of your tent pitch and of any open fire (follow the guidance for lighting fires)
- not causing any pollution
For more information, please see Ramblers Scotland Guide to Responsible Camping in LLTNP, the links to the LLTNP website below and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.