View Full Version : Wild Camping in Scotland

Mick H
05-07-2011, 07:21
We have recently returned from a 6 week tour of Scotland and had no problems finding wild camping spots for overnight stays.
We only stayed on official campsites for 5 nights during that time, and this was by choice, not necessity.
Particularly in the Highlands, there are many "No overnight" signs, in lay bys, but invariably, we found nearby places with no signs, although it looked as if signs might have existed, but had been removed.
If, like us, you are touring, then all you need to do is head towards your next planned destination, and keep your eyes open for a place to stop. It's as easy as that.
You will find some great spots, fantastic views, and with less noise than many campsites, all for free.

Mick H.

31-07-2011, 22:21
I'm new to motorhoming and have aignorant question to ask.

How did you manage to get a fresh water supply for your trip and get rid of your chemical waste?

31-07-2011, 22:33
I'm new to motorhoming and have an ignorant question to ask.

How did you manage to get a fresh water supply for your trip and get rid of your chemical waste?

01-08-2011, 09:12
Water - most petrol stations have a tap outside, you only have to ask. Public toilets also have fresh water, as do church yards. We have also found that local people will come up to us and tell us that we only have to give their door a knock if we need any water.

Loo emptying - the public toilet is the best place.

01-08-2011, 15:08
Best to use green chemicals as many public toilets in rural areas have septic tanks

01-08-2011, 15:56
Some like those at Drumnadrochait and at Dornie forbid any emptying of chemical toilets.

03-08-2011, 19:42
we have just spent two fantastic weeks in scotland,we have always got to loch lomond and turned left towards the highlands from nottingham,but not this time.we were planning to go to mull this visit but got side tracked with this new expericence.thanks to this site we stayed at some recommened sites and a few we found which we will share later. we did not stay on any sites,or where it stated no overnighting.lovely.

04-08-2011, 11:11
We have camped wild in Scotland and Hebrides several times. Best buy for us was a second toilet cassette. Now we (2 of us) can wild camp for 6 days (a full week at a stretch) before needing to empty the cassettes. Takes the pressure off finding a public loo to dispose of it.

Take care with water supplies though....we fill up at garages that have a car wash facility - their turnover of water is such that it can't be hanging around in a storage tank for very long - effectively it comes straight from the mains.

Gadabout 2