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jann
08-01-2006, 19:37
Follow the B855 to Dunnet Head . There are several possibilities on this road. We stopped in a small quarry a couple of miles before the end of the road on the right. There is also a hard standing area on the left before this.

notjustanycampervan
25-08-2008, 13:24
We spent a nice quiet, if a little windy night at the car park at Durness Head itself. There were no "No Overnight Parking" signs there, and another van was there for the night. In stronger winds I would probably recommend further down the hill - some really nice sheltered spots with hard standing (I'm pretty sure it's an old military installation), still well worth an overnight stop.

Hippyvancrustie
28-10-2009, 19:20
We've just got back from a bimble and planned to stop there as we do from time to time...BUT....there is now one of those orrible "NO OVERNIGHT PARKING"
signs...
do they have any legal standing ?

John Thompson
28-10-2009, 20:30
Under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act (1960). It is illegal for a landowner to permit Caravans (including Motorhomes) to park on their land without a licence except under certain exemptions laid out in the act.


CARAVAN SITES
Licensing of caravan sites
1.—(l) Subject to the provisions of this Part of this Act, flO Prohibition
occupier of land shall after the commencement of this Act cause of use of
or permit any part of the land to be used as a caravan site unless land as
he is the holder of a site licence (that is to say, a licence under this caravan Site
Part of this Act authorising the use of land as a caravan site) for si e
thetime being in force as respects the land so used.
(2) If the occupier of any land contravenes subsection (1) of
this section he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary
conviction, in the case of the first offence to a fine not exceeding
one hundred pounds, and, in the case of a second or subsequent
offence, to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty pounds.

By erecting signs they are indicating that they do not allow Caravans to stay overnight on their land. Therefore they can claim that they do not "cause or use or permit" the land to be used as an unnoficial caravan site

It is the landowners responsibilty to uphold the law. The "Caravan Code" requires users to not park caravans on land without the owners agreement.


4) In this Part of this Act the expression "caravan site"
means land on which a caravan is stationed for the purposes of
human habitation and land which is used in conjunction with
land on which a caravan is so stationed.

A licence from the local Authority must be in place for a site to become a legal Caravan Site


29.—(l) In this Part of this Act, unless the context otherwise Interpretation
requires— of Part 1.
"caravan" means any structure designed or adapted for
human habitation which is capable of being moved
from one place to another (whether by being towed, or
by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer) and
any motor vehicle so designed or adapted,

Therefore any vehicle adapted for living in is a Caravan.

It is up to the Local Authority Planning Department to enforce the Act. Some do some don't. The Act is outdated and not fit for purpose. This is recognised by DEFRA but there are no plans to make any changes at the present time. Natural England who are the current agency administering this for DEFRA are tending to "turn a blind eye" to certain activities.

The moral here is do your wilding discretely and you will be OK. If you are asked to move on do so with grace and do not argue.

derekfaeberwick
28-10-2009, 21:13
Natural England who are the current agency administering this for DEFRA are tending to "turn a blind eye" to certain activities.[/COLOR]

The moral here is do your wilding discretely and you will be OK. If you are asked to move on do so with grace and do not argue.

I don't think they hold much sway in Dunnet Head.

Hippyvancrustie
28-10-2009, 21:39
Cheers guys...
We've been wild camping with campervans of various types for over 20 years and over the last few years these things seem to have gone up everywhere..
we've been a bit vanless for the last 2 years so since 07 they seem to have spread somewhat..
thanks

rosstheboss
03-01-2011, 18:00
I've been thinking about staying in the actual car park itself when I read that there are the dreaded yellow signs up, however, on Google street view I can't see any sign and there are a few vans parked up Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=58.670333,-3.376579&spn=0.086401,0.220757&z=12&layer=c&cbll=58.670411,-3.376368&panoid=QoJS9vVtED_l1IpmvMxrcQ&cbp=12,268.6,,0,19.19)

Has anyone got any more recent information?

maingate
03-01-2011, 18:43
We were there in Sept/Oct. 2010 and there is a sign saying no overnighting. I think it was attached to the fence at the car park entrance. You need to remember that Google earth can be a bit out of date.

As previously mentioned, there are a few places back down the road aways that are OK for a stay and in the off season (when things are quiet) it is worth taking a chance with the car park. The car park is quite exposed to the weather, so you might get rocked to sleep. ;)

Canalsman
03-01-2011, 18:43
I've been thinking about staying in the actual car park itself when I read that there are the dreaded yellow signs up, however, on Google street view I can't see any sign and there are a few vans parked up Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=58.670333,-3.376579&spn=0.086401,0.220757&z=12&layer=c&cbll=58.670411,-3.376368&panoid=QoJS9vVtED_l1IpmvMxrcQ&cbp=12,268.6,,0,19.19)

Has anyone got any more recent information?

There is another thread that I have read that confirms this.

The suggestion is to park at one of the following three alternatives:

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/3x6w8fe)

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/3ylteaw)

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/32pl5xm)

rosstheboss
03-01-2011, 18:53
There is another thread that I have read that confirms this.

The suggestion is to park at one of the following three alternatives:

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/3x6w8fe)

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/3ylteaw)

58.67022, -3.37603 - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/32pl5xm)

Thanks for your reply.
Those spots look pretty good too and not too far from the main car park.


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