There are already a number of businesses running camping and motorhome/caravan sites in the National Park as well as some informal, low-cost facilities where the National Park has invested in putting in place facilities like toilets, fresh drinking water, camping pitches, picnic areas and car parking.
Our ambition is that the combination of the camping provision that already exists in the National Park and (where there are gaps) our investment in encouraging new camping facilities will provide the right range and number of opportunities to camp in the National Park. This is a long-term plan that requires joint working with:
- our communities
- landowners – from both the private, public and third sector
- local businesses and community enterprises interested in running camping facilities
- other Scottish Government partner agencies including Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- scoped out existing camping/caravan provision within the National Park
- spent time listening to the needs and ambitions of many user groups
- gathered information from our partners and existing camping providers across the National Park
- reviewed learning from our investment on east Loch Lomond and at Loch Lubnaig
- considered the trends in both camping, caravan and motorhome use
- looked at where the gaps are in each area
- 470,000 camping trips were taken in Britain in 2011
- there are 176,000 motorhome owners in the UK
- research indicates a 23% increase in the number of people interested in buying a motorhome
Based on our research, our proposals are based on there being four main types of additional opportunities to camp in the National Park, these are:
The broad areas within the three proposed Management Zones, where we think there is opportunity for these types of provision, are marked on the map below. It is important to remember that these areas are indicative at this stage. Any facilities would be subject to a full planning application and the necessary assessments that go along with that.
While we will focus our investment in the proposed Management Zones, we are keen to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in providing camping facilities throughout the National Park.
We want to hear from you if:
- you are a landowner and you are interested in becoming involved in developing new camping facilities
- you are a business, charitable organisation, individual or part of a community organisation interested in getting involved in setting up or running new camping facilities.
*This figure has been generated based on the experience of the National Park Authority and its partners in undertaking feasibility studies and developing sites across the National Park.