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!
The First Timer’s Wild Camping in Scotland Guide!
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!
Though I could go missing for a few days here, which coincidentally is what Bond did in his Skyfall film. You can easily camp at the exact location. Find out more here about finding James Bond’s SkyFall location
- 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.
Get creative, the whole of Scotland is your oyster… So many opportunities abound! Next time I want to do the Arrochar Alps Trek….
Now you have a Wild Camping in Scotland guide, go out and explore this gorgeous country and its untamed wilderness’s. Find those special places with no one else around and make memories to last a lifetime. If it your first time here why not consider this one week Scotland itinerary? Just be sure that photos are only trace that you were, so this incredible environment can be preserved for future generations. Also feel free to check out my other Scotland guides including for the Highlands, Isle of Muck, Edinburgh and Skye – or this post for planning a Scottish Road Trip!