What is wild camping?

The best thing about hiring a campervan, is the freedom to roam and the ability to voyage off the beaten track and stumble upon some hidden gems. If you fancy a holiday with no pre-meditated route, no set-in stone destination, no time schedule, then wild camping of the obvious way to achieve this.

You may wonder, what is wild camping exactly? Well, the clue is in the name, it is simply camping in the wild and what better way of doing this than in a VW campervan rental. Let’s be honest, with Scotland’s erratic weather forecast, most of us will prefer to be sheltered by the home like warmth of a VW campervan than the probable wetness and chill of a pop-up tent.

Wild camping in Scotland

What are the rules of wild camping?

Wild camping rules in Scotland are pretty unique in comparison to the rest of the world. First and foremost, it is legal to wild camp in Scotland, however, you must, of course, respect the countryside, leave no trace and most importantly stay safe. Wild camping can also be referred to as ‘free camping’, because once you are within Scotland’s borders you can simply park your campervan in an acceptable place, such as a beach, a scenic viewpoint and camp for free. Camping is perhaps a misleading term when you are bounded by the luxury of a new VW California campervan, the word ‘glamping’ may be more appropriate.

However, the trend of hiring a campervan in Scotland and touring the NC500, have had some effects on the environment due to the high volume of visitors during peak seasons. Therefore, there are some wild camping rule and restrictions in certain Scottish highland areas, such as the Loch Lomond National Park from March and September. However, this does not prohibit you from camping here at all, you simply need to book a permit area or campsite.

Wild Camping in a VW Campervan

If you are interested in wild camping in a VW campervan, get in touch with our friendly team at Clarkie’s Campers in Aberdeen or Edinburgh. As a leading VW campervan hire company in Scotland, we are your first stop for everything you need before heading off on your wild camping trip in a VW campervan in Scotland. If you would like more information on our campervan hire options, get in touch now! We look forward to speaking with you.