Concern over Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park camping plan

Campaigners have criticised the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park's camping strategy ahead of new by-laws that will be enforced next year.

Ramblers Scotland said the strategy may fail to provide enough camping pitches to cope with demand.

From 2017, seasonal by-laws will ban camping outside formal sites or without a permit in specific areas of the park.

The national park said it was introducing of 300 low-cost camping places as part of the strategy.

The camping places will be a mix of informal campsites and permit areas. There will also be places for motorhomes to stop off overnight, the park authority said.

It emphasized the 300 camping places related to the number of tent pitches available and not to the number of people who could camp.

The by-laws, which follow a similar legislation introduced to east Lomondside five years' ago, were heavily criticised by some outdoor recreation groups and campaigners, but were approved by the Scottish government in January.

They will be in operation in many lochside areas between March and September from next year.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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