With its stunning scenery and the plethora of activities on offer, Loch Lomond is one of our very favourite places to visit of a sunny weekend, and it seems many of our customers here at Rockinvans agree with us (they have impeccable taste, after all!). With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to put this little guide together for your convenience. Don’t say we’re not good to you!
The banks of Loch Lomond play host to a long list of formal and semi formal campsites. The list is so long, in fact, that the kind folks at Visit Scotland have written it out here, so we don’t have to. Thanks, Visit Scotland!
If you prefer the freedom and flexibility that camping wild brings, and you don’t fancy paying those pesky campsite fees, simply follow these instructions to ensure both your safety and the preservation of the land while wild camping at the Loch.
It is an offence to camp in the East Loch Lomond Restricted Zone at any time of day or night, except if you are using one of the official designated sites. You can find a map of the restricted area below. These byelaws apply from 1 March to 31 October every year, and apply to:
An overnight period is deemed to be 7pm to 7am, and a maximum fine of £500 applies to breaches of the byelaws (uh oh).
Now that we’ve established that wild camping on the east side of the Loch is a big no-no, what about the non-restricted areas? Wild camping is permitted in such areas of the National Park as part of the public’s right of responsible access. However, this does not allow car or vehicular access to camp. But fear not! ‘Wild Camping, A Guide to Good Practice’ informs us that that while roadside camping is not usually considered wild camping, it does take place, and it is lawful. Hurrah! To make sure that the kind people of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland keep letting us camp by the roadside in our Rockin’ vans, please follow these simple guidelines in order to keep Loch Lomond safe and beautiful:
So go on, unleash your inner Bear Grylls…just be sure to do it in a safe and respectful manner!