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Cars are often necessary to reach the rural locations in which we enjoy our activities, and increasing car use has an adverse effect on the environment.

However there are some ways we can minimise our impact even here.

  • Consider using public transport where it is possible Ė matching up timetables is possible, although not always straightforward, and can be invaluable for non-circular routes in the hills.
  • Active travel can be combined with public transport to extend the range of options. Take a bicycle with you on the train to go that bit further without a car.
  • If you have to use a vehicle, consider closer locations which may be quicker to reach, so more time on the hill rather than in the car.  More economical but just as enjoyable.
  • Try car share through friends, clubs or apps.  If you are in a group, consider hiring a minibus or coach. It can be more fun travelling together and often cheaper.
  • Car parking - Use designated parking places where available, as this will reduce the visual impact and conflict with other road users. There may also be useful facilities nearby. Careful parking maximises the useable space for other hillgoers.
  • If you do need to park away from a car park, do not block gates and make sure that you donít obstruct the road or track for other users, such local residents or the emergency services.  
  • Take care parking on verges, and look for firm surfaces. Soft verges can be easily damaged by cars. 

Don't block gates or farm tracks

You can also take action on the climate crisis by ensuring that a tree is planted in Scotland for each trip you make into the hills for recreation.

See our Tree A Trip initiative to make a difference.