Wild Camping in Scotland is a very much misused, or probably more accurately, a misunderstood term, especially amongst the Motorhome & Camper Van Community. In terms of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code there are no provisions for using vehicles to ‘Wild Camp’.
We encourage our customers to fully understand the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and adhere to our guidance and Terms and Conditions of Rental which places certain restrictions on what you can do in one of our vehicles.
The Highlands of Scotland is a fragile environment which needs to be preserved. The popularity of the NC500 and other tourist trails have no doubt brought challenges to the infrastructure and environment. But that doesn’t mean we should stop people enjoying this beautiful landscape. It means we all have a responsibility to ensure we preserve the environment by being careful and considerate in what we are doing.
Advice from Scottish Natural Heritage is as follows:
- Managed caravan/camp sites should be used where possible. More information about campsites and caravan parks can be found on the Scottish Camping and VisitScotland websites, and at VisitScotland iCentres
- Follow the Highway Code and observe any local guidance, including specific requests not to park overnight in particular places.
- Follow the general guidance in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: respect the interests of others, care for the environment and take responsibility for your own actions.
- Follow the guidance in the Code on parking, taking care not to block forest, estate or farm entrances, and the guidance on litter and human waste. Only empty any chemical toilet waste in designated chemical waste areas.