Canalside informal camping

Canalside Informal Camping

Wayfarers travelling the Great Glen by boat, boot or bike can now pitch their tents at several dedicated informal camping spots on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Whilst wild camping isn't normally permitted on Scheduled Ancient Monuments (which the whole length of the Caledonian Canal is designated) Scottish Canals recognise that some wayfarers are seeking a wilderness experience and want to 'wild camp' on their journey through the Glen.

The following informal pitches are available for use by individuals and small groups with 1 or 2 man tents for single nights only :

Site                          Maximum Numbers      Nearest Commercial Campsite                                Notes                                                       
Moy Bridge x4 tents or x8 people Gairlochy Holiday Park T: + 44 (0)1397 712711 No campfires or BBQs permitted here, no access to a toilet at this site
Gairlochy Locks x6 tents or x12 people Gairlochy Holiday Park T: + 44 (0)1397 712711 Use designated fire pit only, canal toilets & showers
Aberchalder Bridge x3 tents or x6 people Cumberland's Campsite T: + 44 (0)1320 366257 No access to a toilet at this site
Kytra Lock x3 tents or x6 people Cumberland's Campsite T: + 44 (0)1320 366257 Use designated fire pit only
Dochgarroch Lock x4 tents or x8 people Bught Park Municipal Site T: + 44 (0)1463 236920 No campfires or BBQs permitted here, canal toilets & showers
Seaport Marina x4 tents or x8 people Bught Park Municipal Site T: + 44 (0)1463 236920 No campfires or BBQs permitted here, canal toilets & showers

Access to Canal Toilets & Showers

Wayfarers can access the canal toilet and shower blocks and the waterside composting toilets during their expedition for £10 per person (under 12s free) by renting a key from Corpach Sea Lock, Fort William or by calling the Caledonian Canal office on +44 (0)1463 725500 to pay by credit or debit card and have a key and swipe card posted out.  Keys and cards should be returned to the Canal Office or  Sea Lock at the end of the trip.  All income from the rental of keys and cards goes back into the servicing and maintenance of the toilet blocks and composting toilets.   Canal toilet blocks can be very busy - please leave them clean & tidy and don't use them for drying equipment, cooking or sleeping!

The informal camping area at Kytra Lock is designated as a Trailblazer Rest site. Find out more information about these sites, and how to access the composting toilets at other Trailblazer Rest sites here.

Limited Camping Space

Wayfarers should please note that the Informal Camping Spots have not been designed as 'proper' campsites. They are simple grassed areas, often with a toilet nearby, where Scottish Canals can accommodate small numbers of tents without risk of damage to the Scheduled Ancient Monument.  As only small numbers of tents can be accommodated all users should have a 'Plan B' option for each overnight stay in case their preferred spot is full when they arrive.  Scottish Canals reserves the right to deny access to sites for operational reasons.

 

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