Yes, you can. Scotland’s access rights extend to camping, so long as it’s done responsibly. As lockdown following the COViD-19 pandemic eased, there was an increased number of people camping outwith formal campsites, which lead to problems and the need to clarify what responsible wild camping means.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code says:
In relation to lighting fires, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code says:
There has been a lot of press coverage about dirty camping, but it is important to remember that Scotland’s access rights do not permit this anti-social behaviour. People who behave in this way do not have access rights and their actions can be dealt with under existing legislation. Mountaineering Scotland has a Considerate Camping Campaign to help people consider the impacts of camping, both individually and cumulatively. Their website also provides practical guidance on how to be a responsible camper.
Malcolm Combe, author of the ScotWays Guide to the Law of Access to Land in Scotland, has written a Strathclyde Law Blog article on camping and public access rights.
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