Are Campervans Still Welcome in Scotland?

#camping #campervans #ebikes If you relied solely on what you read on social media then it would seem that every Scot is prejudiced against campervans and motorhomes and will do anything to make you feel unwelcome. The reality is very different. Scotland welcomes RESPONSIBLE campervanners and motorhomers and a lot of work is going on at the moment to create a much better infrastructure for overnight park-ups. However, we are asked to observe a few common-sense rules…

I’m based in the Scottish Highlands and I use a VW campervan to access the great outdoors, where I climb hills, ride my e-bike or gravel bike and just visit some of those places I’ve never been to. I’ve been climbing hills and mountains all over the world for 50 years and I’m a former editor of Climber Magazine and The Great Outdoors Magazine. Scottish Access Legislation CAMpRA UK Ltd Forestry & Land Scotland Stay The Night Part4Night Search For Sites

23 thoughts on “Are Campervans Still Welcome in Scotland?”

  1. Fcking brilliant am Scottish aye travel all over our beautiful country with hidden cctv outside my van aswell as wearing night vision camara two catch there reg plate aswell as the offence been done…. respect the land as u see it # u stopped in that spot cos in your head was beautiful spot leave that way for the next one,s please u don’t want cctv over the Internet with reg photo of you ? Happy camping @ caravan in Scotland

  2. Hello Cameron we’re new to your channel and i must say totally agree with you, We’ve been coming to Scotland for over fifty years camping/ caravaning/ and small Motorhome for last ten years and all ways use small sites or off grid were it’s quite and always use local communities and local shops , We keep well clear of these over priced sites We also use Aires and contribute to the owners now in in our seventies still come to Scotland for a month every year from Yorkshire and where ever we camp never leave any trace which is so nice to do. Thankyou Chris⛰️

  3. We did it last week in a hired motorhome. It was amazing and everyone we met was really welcoming. However, Idiots will be idiots. Doesn’t matter if it’s wild camping, hiking, campervans, there’s some idiots everywhere. Absolutely loved Scotland.

  4. Agree with you on most of the points Cameron. Well said. However, the point on campervans not leaving their parking space early in the morning i don’t. Dog owners or walkers don’t have any more rights than the campers when it comes to parking spaces. After all, these walkers/dog owners have a lot more freedom to go wherever and whenever they like compared to people in campervans. There are as many irresponsible dog owners who leave their plastic bags with dog waste in them hanging on trees or beside a pathway rather than take it to a bin or home. If someone has decided to park up overnight in a carpark in Scotland you have to assume it was through desperation and/or tiredness rather than choice. 👍

    1. i agree about the “moving on by 7am” thing – dog walkers or walkers wanting to park don’t have extra special rights/entitlement. I’m also not too keen on this idea that people living in these areas have greater entitlement either. they bought a house there perhaps? well, they own the house and garden, but not the local countryside. anyone can visit.

  5. People and businesses who offer ‘Free’ overnight stops for campers in exchange for the campers patronage, need to be aware that they too need to contribute to the campers human needs, like access to toilets etc. Its not a new phenomenon, People do actually need to relieve themselves.

  6. Returning from fort William to Glasgow with my caravan in tow end of September early Saturday morning I was staggered to see nearly every lay-by full of campervans worse still I had driven to achintee pub at base of Ben Nevis 5am that we’d to find 28 of the 30 spaces taken by campers god help the locals mid summer must be a nightmare

  7. Not sure I agree on the point about ‘moving on’ by a certain time. I’m an astrophotographer and landscape photographer, and I’m often nocturnal when I’m out and about, or at least sleeping/awake at odd times. So i tend to be ‘parked’ overnight and then tend to ‘camp’ i.e. ‘sleep’ mid morning, sometimes in the afternoon and a little bit more in the evening etc. I don’t carry this feeling that I have to hide anything, be ashamed of anything, as if I shouldn’t be there, like I’m doing something wrong. I think a big, and somewhat unspoken part of the issue, is that many rich folk have bought second homes in these nice places and therefore feel miffed that others are visiting the general area ‘for free’. They feel as though they ‘own’ more than just the house and garden they bought, extending their ‘mental ownership’ to the countryside, the beaches etc. But the sight of campervans and wild campers generally makes it feel less ‘exclusive’. Hence the scapegoating and blanket hostility.

  8. I can’t disagree with anything you say. Having traveled the western isles on a couple of occasions I have been surprised by the number of campers that do not know of the facilities at sea terminals. Fresh water grey and black waste disposal and bins for rubbish. On Barra water is available at the airport and Vatersay village hall as well as the sea terminals. I haven’t traveled the NC500 yet as it is far too busy, but I will in good time. I just hope the welcome is as good as the islands.

  9. We have a space outside our exit gate so larger vehicles can turn more easily into the lane.
    “Wild” campers use it.
    No probs if they pull well in .
    Surprised how many £90k camper vanners shit in a bucket and chuck it out on the “layby” in the morning.

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