Summers coming, you have flights booked to Scotland and you finally get around to looking up location then WOW!…Its super expensive, or worse… GASP! All sold out! Not to fear, I have you sorted with this, my Wild Camping in Scotland Guide!
A priceless view to wake up to in the morning that, well, didn’t cost a penny!
First of all, what is Wild Camping? Well its actually exactly that, camping in the wild! In many Western countries this is illegal or frowned up but in Scotland thanks to the freedom to roam, it is the general public’s right to access certain public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise! This literally means you can pitch a tent anywhere in the open (with a few caveats discussed below) absolutely free of charge…Seriously how cool is that!!
This right has actually been enshrined for centuries in the Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but its passage into law came only in 2003 in Scotland..Better late than never though right! And so perfect for all that wide open Highlands, the least densely populated part of Europe.
I mean technically you could even pitch a tent right under the Fairy Pools in Skye…but best to just swim in her icy cold pools and camp nearby!
Wild Camping in Scotland Guide
- Cross any fences or open gates! Private property is private and should be respected.
- Camp close to main roads, houses or businesses. Try to stay as out of sight as possible.
- Overcrowd any location. It creates pressure on the environment and ruins it for everyone, just move on.
Thought I mean really could you ever get sick of these views! You may never want to stay in a cheap motel again!