Loch Lomond: Camping management byelaws come into effect
A violation of any of the byelaws could result in a report being sent to the procurator fiscal – and a fine of up to £500.
The byelaws come into force at the beginning of March every year, and remain in place until the end of September.
They are designed to minimise the environmental impact of the millions of people who visit the National Park, promoting responsible camping across its landscape.
The byelaws create ‘camping management zones’, which cover less than four per cent of the park, with camping outside of these area remaining unaffected.
Among the rules covering each of the zones is a ban on people pitching up or parking motorhomes unless they have a permit.
The zones are scattered across the National Park, covering areas near Luss, Inverbeg, Tarbet, and Rowardennan, as well as parts of the shore further north on Loch Lomond, the banks of Loch Long around Arrochar and Ardgartan, and elsewhere in the Trossachs.
Other byelaws are in place to cover irresponsible fire-lighting, including the collecting of firewood.
Those who do light a fire when camping are urged to ensure they build it in a place where it will cause no damage, or use a fire bowl.
The byelaws were introduced in 2017 and are in force across each camping management zone between March 1 and September 30 every year.
To find out where the Camping Management Zones are found, or obtain a permit, see here.