This weekend is the final weekend to ‘Stay the Night’ in Highland Perthshire before the Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) initiative closes for the season, on Monday 31st of October.
The ‘Stay the Night’ initiative was first introduced in 2020, as the country moved out of lockdown, and was brought in to alleviate some of the pressure on honey-pot tourism sites, local communities and businesses.
FLS’ National Visitor Services Manager, Stuart Chalmers, said: “Once again we’ve had great feedback from campervan and motorhome users and communities and partners remain positive.
“Having run this for three seasons now means we now have a much deeper understanding of how the trial has impacted on our car parks, on visitor numbers, on local communities and businesses, and on our resources. We will assess all of the information and feedback and make a decision over the next few months about how we go forward from here.
“We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the initiative and who has taken the time to give us their views – or air their concerns.
“Everyone’s views will be taken into account as we consider our options and we hope to have made a decision early next year.”
The initiative, which was part of FLS’ contribution to the Scottish Government Visitor Management Strategy, allowed for campervans and motorhomes (which come equipped with all facilities) to safely park overnight in one of the participating carparks. Campervans and motorhomes are permitted between the hours of 6 pm to 10 am and no returns are permitted within 48 hours.
This years participating carparks in Highland Perthshire are:
Douglas Fir Wood, Dunkeld
Drummond Hill, Kenmore
As of Tuesday, 1st of November, all participating carparks will revert to no overnight parking.
To find out more about the initiative, the participating carparks, and the rules of staying the night, visit: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/staythenight