Wild Camp - Yours by right.
MEM ran a section on the NC500 road that runs around the Scottish Highlands and in there we touched on the fantastic fact that riders can camp pretty much where they want. When looking at England you pretty much have to camp where you're told in designated campsites (other then Dartmoor! more on that another time). In Scotland they have the Access Code that gives you the right to kip down for the night where you please. Some of the most amazing views to be had are yours for free with your bike and your tent.
The Access Code says:
Access rights extend to wild camping. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place. You can camp in this way wherever access rights apply, but help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. Take extra care to avoid disturbing deer stalking or grouse shooting. If you wish to camp close to a house or building, seek the owner's permission. Leave no trace by:
- taking away all your litter
- removing all traces of your tent pitch and of any open fire (follow the guidance for lighting fires)
- not causing any pollution.
- Seasonal camping restrictions and byelaws
Byelaws restrict camping on the east side of Loch Lomond from the 1 March to the end of October. These byelaws make it an offence to camp or sleep outdoors or in a vehicle overnight on the east side of Loch Lomond outside designated camping sites. Full details of the restrictions, where they apply and designated camping sites can be found by visiting the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority website.
It's really as simple as that folks. So on top of the blistering views of the Highlands and the abundant wildlife you get to camp like a real explorer out in the wild!
Here are a few links for more information:
About 'toilet' needs: