Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is preparing to welcome campers to its loch-shores as the second season of camping management byelaws (which cover parts of the National Park between March and September) come into effect on 1st March.
The byelaws were introduced in 2017 in order to protect some of the area’s most popular lochshores from environmental damage caused by the high volume of visitors and issues with antisocial behaviour. They involved the creation of 'Camping Management Zones' where, between March and September, campers need to camp in a designated camping permit area or a campsite.
The National Park Authority is reminding anyone coming to camp this season to be aware of the byelaws and plan their trip in advance.
In 2017, more than 16,000 people camped in the new permit areas and the newly created low-cost campsite at Loch Chon. Feedback gathered from people who camped was extremely positive with 87% of those who responded said they would recommend staying in a permit area to others.
The byelaws also cover irresponsible firelighting, including cutting down trees and the removal of dead wood which is damaging to the environment and wildlife. Anyone planning to have a campfire should bring their own firewood and keep fires small, under control and away from tents and buildings.
Wild camping, in accordance with the Outdoor Access Code, is still permitted outside of the Camping Management Zones. There are also a great range of private campsites throughout the National Park offering a full range of facilities.
To find out more and book a permit go to www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/camping