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22-09-2011, 11:02
Callop Picnic Area- Glenfinnan 56.857901,-5.406801
Site now has a sign requesting no camping or wilding of any type

Rest and be Thankful 56.226081,-4.856565
Has no Camping (Tents and Caravans) and is no patrolled by Rangers and the Police

Duck Bay, Alexandria, Loch Lomand 56.018151,-4.614133
Now has signs showing now overnight parking

22-09-2011, 13:29
Thanks for the updates - I have removed Callop and Duck Bay from the POI database.

I think the Rest and Be Thankful spot can remain - after all, we are not caravans or tents!



22-09-2011, 13:53
I have just read in this weeks Oban Times about a Lochaber Tourism Group ( Glen Spean and Great Glen) I have copied most of the article
" urging action over uncaring camper van owners who block parking areas and laybys and dump rubbish at beauty spots.They also heard a report that "one camper had even emptied toilets near the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge It was also claimed that a van website lists laybys including some near Loch Lochy where vans could park - although stopping overnight is illegal The group decided to raise their concerns with the community council and Forestry Commissions Scotland "

22-09-2011, 18:20
"Callop Picnic Area- Glenfinnan 56.857901,-5.406801
Site now has a sign requesting no camping or wilding of any type"

Can you please describe this sign..I stayed there on the 20th. Sept and did not see it.

I've also checked with my Forestry contact who says that he is unaware of any notice of this sort being authorised by the Fort Augustus or Inverness area offices and that "wilding" is not a term they would use.
I do know that one local has, in the past, disturbed vanners with warnings of "wild animal" or "the river will flood", could that be a possible source of a notice?

22-09-2011, 18:36
No problem.

Visited the site on 5th or 6th of September

Down in the picnic area there is a Forestry Sign down near the river bank next to the telegraph pole. That request visitors not to wild camp in the car park area. Its a properly printed sign and its heading is "Wild" it does however recommend that tents can be pitched away from the car park in the wooded area.

Spoke to a couple of locals who were tending their horses in the field opposite and she didnt know anything about it. Shame as its a great quiet spot.

cyanide steve
22-09-2011, 19:44

I was at The Callop picnic area with Jo and I happened to take a photo of the sign while I was there.

22-09-2011, 19:51
In my opinion, thats refering to people using tents.
they'd still have to park their vehicle in the CP!! So i'd say we're safe in an MH to stay

22-09-2011, 20:07
I've reinstated it :)

22-09-2011, 20:48
Nice one, has to be one of my favorite spots in the area

10-11-2011, 20:01
Those "No Overnight Parking" signs in lay-bys all over the Highlands are only advisory and unenforceable, as long as you don't create a public nuisance. Scotland on Sunday (http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scotland/law_wrong_on_lay_by_restrictions_1_1950361)