Mass civil disobedience and a legal challenge will be inevitable if Scottish ministers endorse a plan to crack down on camping in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, veteran campaigners are warning.
Hundreds of people will be turned into criminals for pitching tents on the loch shores leading to a “summer of discontent”, they say, arguing that the proposed curbs will breach legal rights of access to the countryside.
The Loch Lomond park authority is planning four “camping management byelaw zones” covering long stretches of its loch shores. Aimed at combatting littering and anti-social behaviour by summertime campers from urban areas, the new byelaws will ban camping without a permit.
The park authority wrote to ministers earlier this month urging them to endorse the plans. The public has until 21 June to make comments, and then the Scottish Government will decide what to do.
Dennis Canavan, a vice president of Ramblers Scotland and former independent MSP, called on ministers to reject the park’s “draconian” plan. “The proposed by-laws are a recipe for widespread civil disobedience,” he told The National.