New camping regulations at Loch Lomond from next month

As from 1 March 2017 new regulations on camping will come into force in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park  The park authority has made available 300 places, a significant number of which will be located on the National Forest Estate managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland. There will also be a new informal campsite at Loch Chon and camping permit areas in locations including the Forest Drive at Aberfoyle.

The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Camping Management Byelaws 2017 cover less than four percent of the National Park’s 1,865 square kilometres (720 square miles).

The objective in making the first set of camping byelaws on East Loch Lomond in 2011 was to tackle the dual challenges of protecting fragile lochshore environments from damage, and providing good quality camping experiences for visitors. At that time an informal campsite was built on land managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland at Sallochy Bay near Rowardennan. Previously damaged by high volumes of camping and antisocial behaviour, the new campsite has helped transform the area.

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said that the current investment strategy aims to protect the loch shores and improve the experience of people camping, visiting and living in the National Park.

Gordon Donaldson, Head of the Forest Enterprise Scotland team in Cowal & Trossachs said that the campsite at Sallochy Bay had been successful in protecting the lochshore environment and creating a great, safe, informal place to camp for five years. This is the model for the new site that will be built at Loch Chon. Like Sallochy, the shore of Loch Chon has seen significant damage from high volumes of campers and antisocial behaviour.

More than GBP5m has been spent over the previous three years to improve access, develop and enhance long distance routes and support other outdoor recreation activities in the National Park.

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