Campervanning in the wild

Campervanning in the wild

Campervanning in the wild

Campervanning in the wild

 

Do you want the freedom to sleep around? That was an innocent enough question, it’s your mind that’s the problem!

Now, we’ve got that out of the way, jump in one of our luxury Rockinvans and head into the Scottish wilderness.

We say Scotland, not only because we’re based in Kilmarnock, but because it’s the only country in the UK that allows you to wild camp.

By wild camping, sometimes referred to as freedom camping, you are able to escape the holiday parks and campsites and get out in the real outdoors. You’ll see so much more of Scotland and it’s completely free!

The only thing that you do have to do in return for the luxury of wild camping is abide by the Outdoor Access Code.

This code is largely common sense and respect, but it’s surprising the number of campers that ignore it. Wild camping is a privilege so make sure you follow the code and leave no trace of your stay when you leave.

There have been a number of cases in the media where campers have behaved poorly, vandalised and polluting sites. It is this lack of respect that could lead to wild camping becoming illegal.

Wild camping guidelines

  •  Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location
  • Carry a trowel to bury toilet waste and urinate well away from water courses
  • Use a stove or leave no trace of any camp fire.
  • Never cut down or damage trees
  • Take away your rubbish and any other litter you see.
  • If in doubt about whether you can camp, ask the landowner.

 

Good spots

 Although you can wild camp just about anywhere in Scotland, we think there are some spots that just shouldn’t be missed.

Mar Estate: this National Trust estate is a great place to visit. It occupies around 7% of the Cairngorms National Park and contains four out of the five mountains in the UK.

Loch Lomond: this is genuinely one of the most beautiful places in the whole country. You will have spectacular views across the loch at just about any site.

Ben Nevis, Fort William: where better to camp that on the UK’s highest mountain? A trip to the summit and you can say you’ve bagged your first Munro.

 ‘Almost wild’ campsites

The majority of wild camping spots won’t be accessible in the camper, but you can always park up somewhere nearby and head out into the wild with a tent.

Alternatively, Rockinvans has selected their top 5 Scottish campsites that offer an ‘almost wild’ camping experience.

Killegruer Campsite

Address: Woodend Glenbarr, Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6XB

Telephone: 01583 421241

Open: April-October

Red Squirrel Campsite

Address: Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HX

Telephone: 01855 811256

Open: All Year

Dales Farm Cottage

Duloch (Hamlet), Near Inverkeithing, Fife, KY11 7HR

Telephone: 01383 417681

Open: All Year

Garden House Camping Site

Address: Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TB

Telephone: 01879 230374

Open: April-September

Lazy Duck

Address: Nethy Bridge, Cairngorm

Telephone: 01879 230374

Open: May-October