Care for our communities

Learn more about road safety and being responsible in Scotland

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Care for the communities you visit. People live and work in holiday destinations, and although tourism can be fantastic for an area, it's also important to mitigate the negative effects.

Avoid overcrowding areas, if it's too busy, move on. Ensure the benefits of tourism go back into the community and choose local where possible. Buy locally-sourced food, choose small family-run businesses for your meals and accommodation and support local cultural activities. Minimise disruption to the normal daily life of the places you visit. Be conscious of how you drive and where you park, moderate noise pollution and take your litter home with you.

We have put together some simple tips and links that will help you on your journey as a responsible visitor and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read about ‘Your Commitment’ to caring for our communities:

    • Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
    • Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location if it's already a busy spot.
    • Wherever possible, use a stove rather than an open fire. Never light an open fire during dry periods or in sensitive places like forests or peaty ground.
    • Take away your rubbish and consider picking up other litter as well.
      If in doubt, ask the landowner. Their advice just might help you find a better camping spot.