With uncertainty remaining over what kind of holidays will be allowed from what date this summer, we thought we would bring you an alternative that should almost certainly be allowed to take place: wild camping in Scotland!
Unlike to the south of Hadrian's Wall, wild camping is permitted on most unenclosed land in Scotland. That means, while respecting the environment by leaving no trace, you can pitch up pretty much anywhere. This is a great way to explore Scotland's rugged beauty, from dramatic mountains and lonely glens to shimmering bays and white sand beaches. Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy a holiday without throngs of fellow tourists accompanying your every move.
Here are 5 spectacular spots we'd recommend:
1. Bonaly Reservoir, Edinburgh
A great place to give wild camping a try is Bonaly Reservoir on the outskirts of Edinburgh. While still remaining within the capital's city limits, the area has a wild feel that will surely give you that sense of freedom after waking up from a night without home comforts.
2. Barrisdale, Knoydart
Known as 'Britain's last wilderness' the Knoydart peninsula is an isolated region, sandwiched between two lochs, that is only accessible by ferry or a challenging hike over mountains. The dramatic scenery makes for a stunning backdrop on the many walking trails in the area.
3. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland
Sandwood Bay is a stunning beach on the far north east coast accessible only by 4-mile walk. Pitch your tent up in the sand dunes and saviour the isolation!
4. Quiraing, Isle of Skye
Watch the sunrise over the spectacular scenery formed by ancient landslides. This area in the northern part of the isle is an iconic section of many famous trekking routes. This part of the world is famous for its whiskey and a tour of the Talisker Distillery further south on Skye makes for a great day trip.
5. Vatersay, Outer Hebrides
Camp on your very own white sand beach on the Outer Hebrides island of Vatersay. A wee dram and a freshly cooked fish supper as you watch the sunset, what could be better?
A full set of guidelines regarding what you should and shouldn't do when wild camping can be found in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code here, some of the most important things to keep in mind are:
-Take all litter away with you
-When possible avoid open fires, a gas stove is a preferable option
-If unsure speak to a landowner
-Avoid crowded areas