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Wild camping

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Wild camping

Hi, does anyone know where we can park our campervan overnight whilst visiting?

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1. Re: Wild camping

Please read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

There is no such thing as "Wild Camping" in a campervan - Motorised recreation is specifically excluded by the legislation.

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2. Re: Wild camping

I have the same question so am following with interest :)

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3. Re: Wild camping

Agree....No such thing as wild camping in a vehicle 😊

Just pay and go into a camp where you can hook up to electric use the toilet and shower facilities, possibly a club house where you can have a drink 🥃 and help the local Scottish economy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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4. Re: Wild camping

We are touring in a fully self contained motorhome next year. You mentioned 'club house'. Is this a golf clubhouse? Do they let you stay in their car parks overnight if you play golf/ eat & drink in their clubhouse?

Edited: 27 October 2018, 21:29
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5. Re: Wild camping

SH4RRY, Frances-Jane is referring to a "club house" on a camping site i.e. somewhere with a centre building and possibly a bar and/or entertainment.

Haven't heard of Golf Clubs letting anyone park overnight in their Car Parks, but you never know.

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6. Re: Wild camping

Oh dear. PMSL.... Thanks for explaining Sandra & Alan.

With the fees the Golf Clubs charge, no one is parking overnight in their Car Parks.

Edited: 27 October 2018, 21:56
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7. Re: Wild camping

You can "wild camp" if you are in a tent, subject to certain conditions, If you are in a vehicle you can't.

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8. Re: Wild camping

Some places will let you park-up overnight in their car parks and others are very easygoing about vans overnighting - esp if you spend a little money and/or are polite enough to ask but you cannot absolutely rely on it, esp in the areas that are under pressure from far too many people overnighting with no respect for anyone else.

Argyll is one of these areas. Last year, Oban council came within a gnats-whisker of banning overnight stops on public roads and property in/around the town altogether - incl the lorry park by Tesco because the numbers were getting out of hand.

Now they charge a tenner a night for what used to be free and since April, have been ticketing overnighters at Ganavan - Locals using the car park have to pay now and were getting rightly annoyed at the vans trying to use it at night for free.

Edited: 28 October 2018, 02:58
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9. Re: Wild camping

And I have seen one or two golf clubs that do let people use their car parks overnight but not any around Oban that I'm aware of.

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10. Re: Wild camping

Kiwibaby rules for campervans in Scotland are completely different to New Zealand. Having a fully self contained unit for waste etc makes no difference here, it is the fact it is a motorised vehicle which affects wild camping. There are no regulations about being able to stop outside of town boundaries in Scotland. Also you won't find garages and councils etc providing waste dump facilities as in NZ.

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