Camping Wild in Scotland

Q. I am making plans to travel around Scotland alone and explore as much as i can within a 3 week period. I just wanted to know would I be breaking any laws if I was to set up camp anywhere if I couldn't make it to a camp site. I would only be at 1 spot for 1 night and I know I wouldn't camp near peoples' property and I would respected the land. Could you help with my question?

Craig Maddocks, Liverpool


A. Hi Craig. Let me congratulate you on your choice of destination. Scotland is a fantastic place for hiking and camping. Unlike England and Wales, Scotland has different laws regarding access and camping. You can pretty much pitch your tent anywhere and have a small, controlled fire within reason. Just steer clear of private gardens and cultivated farmland and you should be ok. My advice would be to get yourself an Ordinance Survey map(s) of your chosen area(s). That will show you any areas where access/camping is not allowed, just look at the different coloured borders around forests etc. and the key to their meanings. Just one word of warning, if your going in the summer months, Midges! They can be a nightmare. Take plenty of insect repellent and I would recommend a mosquito head-net too. Have a great trip. Jez.

Jeremy Manning, Blackwood


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