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Ever wondered how to wild camp in Scotland? It might sound daunting, but it’s actually very simple! Here’s our beginners guide to wild camping in Scotland to help you out. 

We’re lucky in Scotland, with the Right to Roam the opportunities for camping and adventuring in the wild are endless. It's something we fully embrace at Trakke. 

However, this freedom comes with responsibility: treat the land well. That's why the Scottish Outdoor Access Code was put in place; to protect our, and everyone's wild places.

Here’s a run through to bear in mind next time you head for the hills.

Spread out

A white tent is pitched high on the edge of a cliff, over looking a road that is winding down the valley

You very often have the place to yourself if you’re wild camping, but if you arrive where others are already camped move on to a different spot. Don’t camp in the same spot for too long. The maximum stay should be no more than 3 nights to reduce the impact on the landscape.

Early Birds

A women and man awake early on a mountain in their bivvy bags

You should only set up camp in the evening - roughly after 5pm - and have your camp cleared early in the morning at roughly 9 am.

The later you pitch and the earlier you leave, the better.

Bring a Trowel 

A man climbing to the ridge line to possibly go and take a shit

Human waste has to go somewhere. It’s not enough to cover waste and toilet roll with plants and rocks: it must be buried at very least 100 feet from any water source.

But female sanitary products must be taken away, animals will dig those things up!

Chemical Free

four packets of soap by Scrubbed by Nature stand on a hillside in the snow

Don’t use soaps and detergents in natural water sources. Biodegradable cleaning and hygiene products are available online. We dig Scrubbed by Nature!

Fires and Trees 

A wild camp fire sits and burns surrounded by rocks

A good campfire can make a trip great but they can also leave a bad mark. Bury the embers and ashes to leave no trace of your fire or use a stove for cooking on. Fallen dead wood is fine to fuel your campfire but you shouldn’t chop down or damage any trees.

We hope this guide on how to wild camp in Scotland has inspired you to get out there!

Happy Camping!

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