Wild Camping Tips Scotland

Wild Camping Tips Scotland

by Scottish Tourer November 24, 2018

Wild camping tips Scotland In this article we give Ideas and Advice for  Motorhome Camping in Scotland.   Wild camping in a beautiful, peaceful spot can be one of the most rewarding aspects of motorhome hire / rental travel especially in Scotland. The view from a Motorhome when wakening up in the morning in a wild camping spot up the west coast of Scotland can be stunning ...But  It can also be illegal, dangerous and anti-social – it all depends on whether you apply a bit of respect, courtesy and common sense to your parking decisions. 

Wild camping in an Islay Motorhome








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Our  Top 10 Wild Camping Tips Scotland

1. Don’t park your hire / rental motorhome if there is a sign prohibiting it, unless in Scotland and parking up late at night  and leaving early in the morning,  breaking the rules just causes them to become more severely applied. Only park in places with no obvious restriction and if an overnight parking fee applies, then please pay it.

2. Leave no trace of your presence Consider even picking up some litter and binning it if there is a rubbish bin nearby. Don’t dump waste water unless there is a proper drain for it and never dump toilet waste. Don’t wild camp if you don’t have a toilet in your van. The only thing to take is photographs and the only thing to leave is your footprints.

 3. Keep everything inside your vehicle please remember that you are parking and not camping . The same restrictions apply at many European motorhome parking aires – no awnings, picnic tables, chairs, etc.

4. Park in a  manner  that you can drive out easily even in the dark if necessary. Try and avoid using levelling wedges if you can – if you do, make sure you can drive off them easily in an emergency and be prepared to leave them behind.

5. Don’t stop anywhere that doesn’t feel right ,Usually you will have no trouble at all ,but we all know that there are places that are not safe overnight. Use your instinct and look for evidence of unsavoury night-time activities – broken glass, excessive litter,marks left by the boy racers,  vandalism, etc…In Scotland particularly up the west coast you can park your hire / rental motorhome? in absolute safety.

Enjoy the freedom wild camping







Wild camping on a White sandy beaches on the outer Hebrides,

6. Make sure you are not in anyone’s way – that includes farm tracks,driveways and blocking lorries in lay-bys. Get well off the road and out of the way of passing traffic.

7. Stay sober – at least one person should not drink and be able to drive if a problem occurs, if necessary. This is a good idea for practical and legal reasons – assuming you are on public land.

8. Find your parking place in daylight, It much better to find a place during daylight hours rather than  in the dark and making sure it is suitable is not easy if parking up in the dark. Don’t be too stubborn – use a campsite if you cannot find anywhere sensible and legal.? ?In Scotland? there will probably be a campsite within 10 or 20 miles radius no matter where you are.

9. Make sure you won’t get stuck if it rains overnight please check for firm ground. wild camping tips Scotland.

10.Don’t park up right by a campsite – they will see you as taking their business and may choose to complain about you. How would you feel if you ran a butchers shop and a van parked up outside your shop selling cut price butcher meat ? For more information on wild camping tips Scotland, or more information on motorhomes please follow this link, https://www.scottishtourer.co.uk

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