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Carry On Camping? Or Not?

This article appeared on the BBC this week about a possible wild camping ban on Loch Lomond.

I wrote here nearly two years ago about the need for something to be done.

I was on Inchconnachan yesterday and the combination of uprooted trees and debris from the recent storms along with the evidence from visitors of campfires and litter made for a sorry sight indeed.

Four of the most accessible islands, Inchtavanach, Inchconnachan, Inchmoan and Inchcruin are sites of special scientific interest and are the ones for which the wild camping ban is proposed.

However I don’t see how this would work. Several other islands in the vicinity and not that much more inaccessible, would surely then inherit the problems. Inchlonaig can be reached just as easily and already has a significant litter problem.

Yesterday on Inchconnachan, I took these photos:

This is the ruin of the house on Inchconnachan, which I wrote about here

Of course the majority of visitors aren’t destructive. Someone has obviously taken great time and care over this mural on the living room wall of the old house.

I have a memory of sailing to the mouth of the narrows (the stretch of water between Inchtavanach and Inchconnachan) on the Maid of the Loch when I was a youngster. The image in my mind is so old it is almost black and white but I can remember seeing the old house and boat shelter when they were still in use.

Whilst it is extremely doubtful that either the Maid or the house will ever be restored to their former glories, Those in charge of the islands have a duty to preserve them in the best way possible to be enjoyed by this and future generations.

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  1. East side of the Loch has always been dodgy for camping I was 17 and got fined £2 for camping on forestry commision ground.
    My only ever court appearance,and I remember being terrified to go home and tell my old Dad.
    People have no respect for nature ,propertyor belongings now,for every tourist we get how many are chased away by behaviour like this.

  2. Rab, you said “Those in charge of the islands have a duty to preserve them in the best way possible to be enjoyed by this and future generations”. Does that enjoyment include camping? As a kid we scouts had permission to camp on the grounds of Arden House (only when Dr. Findlay was on holiday) and of course the official scout camp at Bituruch. Do you just want the non official campsites closed while keeping access open for those who pay or get a permit?

    • Tam,

      Aye of course it inludes camping but I feel that the time has come for the camping to be managed. On Inchcailloch there is a camp site run by the ranger service and it has toilets and some tables and chairs. It’s always booked and isn’t expensive. The rangers on duty are there to remind folk in a gentle way about their obligations to the countryside. It’s the way to go.

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