Mountaineering Scotland have launched a campaign to promote considerate camping in Scotland this summer. This comes alongside calls from local councils for further allocation of resources to tackle irresponsible camping and over-tourism which has lead to parts of Scotland being overcome by the number of visitors and campers.
Hillwalkers and climbers urged to help keep hills clear of litter
The Chair of the National Access Forum – of which Mountaineering Scotland is a member - has written to the Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP, to highlight the importance of adequate resourcing for outdoor access in Scotland. The letter outlines the challenges faced by both walkers and landowners in managing access arrangements to enable daily exercise under recent lockdown restrictions. The letter also raised the need for greater investment in infrastructure such as paths and car parks.
Mountaineering Scotland and the mountaineering community are concerned about groups of informal campers, whose anti-social behaviour and littering threatens to undermine the activities of the many people who enjoy camping responsibly both by the roadside and in the wilderness in keeping with the Scottish access laws. Wild camping is lightweight camping with a tent, done in small numbers for up to two or three nights in any one place, and usually done well away from roads and buildings. Roadside camping is lawful if done responsibly, according to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
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