Wild camping banned from east side of Loch Lommond

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New laws will come into effect starting 1 June 2011 banning wild camping along the section of the East Loch Lomond shore between Drymen and Rowardennan for approximately 9 miles< during then months March through to October. An Extensive consultaion by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority was held last year where the respodents from Ramblers Scotland together, Angling groups and others gave a 60% support for this new camping byelaw proposal.      

Along this this new bye-law, there are also improvements being made to Rowardennan car park which gives access to the Munro Ben Lomond< and West Highland Way. Work has been started on a new informal camp-site at Sallochy< which will have composting toilets and provide up to 20 pitches when at full capacity. There are also two other commercial camp-sites in the area (Milarrochy Caravan and Camping Club< and Cashel Caravan Park and campsite) which provide over 300 pitches for both caravans and tents which is more than the western side of Loch Lomond.

Roseanna Cunningham the Environment Minister who approved the byelaw said: 

East Loch Lomond has come under increasing pressure from litter, campfires and anti-social behaviour over recent years which has threatened to spoil the visitor experience for the many thousands who travel to the area each year. Camping will still be permitted at designated caravan and camping sites and a new semi-formal camping site is being made available at Sallochy Bay, near Rowardennan.These measures are designed to protect and preserve the beauty of the area whilst still providing access for responsible campers. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

Public drinking is often a nuisance and can greatly hamper the quality of life for residents in a particular area. Every local authority in Scotland now has alcohol byelaws in operation to tackle public drinking in designated places and that demonstrates how seriously local authorities are tackling the problem of reducing the nuisance and disorder commonly associated with public drinking.

I will continue to support other councils that come forward with similar byelaw proposals for designated places.

The eastern side of the Loch will be continuned to be monitored for illigal campsite activity by both The National Park Ranger service and Central Scotland Police. Tents including bivouacs are not permitted at any time with restitions for windbrake and sun shelters duting the hours 7:00 - 19:00.

The National Park Ranger service will continue patrols along the east side of the Loch and will work with Central Scotland Police to monitor camping activity. Penalties for breaching these restrictions could reach a maximum of £500.

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Wild Camping at Loch Lomond

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While I agree that Loch Lomond's shores had been left in such a disgrace in recent years by wild camping or young locals partying I do think the ban was a bad thing, other measures should have been taken to police the specific areas to which the littering and tree cutting was caused. If they had implemented bin areas every hundred yards or so im sure people if warned before hand would use it. If there was designated camfire areas ( like a concrete pit )every 50 yards or so Im sure again they would be used and would be easier to maintain. I am a Scot in my 40's, Ive been a wild camper for 20 years and always been responsible. Wild camping in Scotland is an amazing thing, we suffer bad weather here most of the year, not all of us can jet off to sunny climes, or want to. So when the sunshines we head for the lochs and mountains and rightly so. A ban on camping at loch lomond will only spur future bans on other lochs and areas enjoyed not only by Scots but by people from all over the globe. Its there to be enjoyed, LIFT the ban and try other methods of keeping it natural.

Dave Lawson, West Lothian

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 18/07/2011 - 15:35.