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Overnight parking.

We are mature and responsible. We travel in a small campervan and prefer to camp overnight in quiet secluded places. Routinely, we are faced with signs saying "No overnight Parking". In Eyemouth, there is even a threat of a £60 fine for cooking in our van.
We have no desire to break the law, but wonder: What is the legal justification for these restrictions?
What is Visit Scotland's view on this?
Throughout Europe there are dedicated 'Aires' for campervans. These are much appreciated and contribute significantly to the local economy as well as encouraging travellers to feel welcome. Perhaps we should learn form our European neighbours.


  • David_WheaterDavid_Wheater Member
    Hi John,

    I'm really sorry that you've found it difficult to find overnight parking, which I do sympathise with. As a Scottish resident it's always disappointing to hear from a visitor that's been unhappy with their visit to Scotland.

    You may find the following article helpful on the "Open Road Scotland" website: which explains the position fairly well. As a camper myself, I do know there are lots of wonderful places to park up for the night all across the country, but it can be frustrating, especially in the central belt.

    We do enjoy a statutory right of access on foot, but it would appear that this doesn't extend to motor vehicles over private land. The restrictions and fines that you refer to will probably be down to local byelaws which will often be operating to safeguard people's welfare or to ensure traffic flow - but I agree that sometime's it doesn't appear to make any sense.

    I hope that this won't put you off visiting Scotland.

    Best wishes,
    David Wheater
    Tours of Edinburgh
  • Pat03Pat03 Member
    Je pratique le camping car depuis plus de 34 ans. Je n'ai jamais vu d'aussi mauvaises infrastructures routières qu'en Ecosse. Le revêtement de la chaussée est en très mauvais état , routes très étroites et parkings insuffisants dans des lieux très fréquentés ( Quiraing et Old Man Storr par exemple )
    L'Écosse n'est pas non plus à la hauteur en ce qui concerne les aires de services ( vidanges wc eau... )
    Decevant compte tenu de la publicité faites sur Visit Scotland.
  • guaciguaci Member
    hola, en octubre viajare a escocia por segunda vez. ya la primera vez fui dos semanas pero me quede con ganas de mas. esta vez quiero disfrutarla en caravana. podrian decirme si es facil acampar por algun lugar tranquilo¿? quiero ir por la zona de  glencoe, fort william, isla skye, de alli pasar a harris y lewis.
    otra pregunta, saben si se puede viajar con la caravana a isla de harris y lewis? quiero ir a callanish. gracias de antemano
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