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Forestry and Land Scotland ‘stay the night’ scheme allows overnight camping at selected car parks

Forestry and Land Scotland’s popular ‘Stay the Night’ is returning to around 36 car parks, across Scotland for the 2023 season, including six across Dumfries and Galloway.

Self-contained motorhomes and campervans will be permitted to park overnight, for one night only, in selected Forestry and Land Scotland car parks until until 31 October.

Stays are for one night only between the hours of 6 pm and 10 am, with no return visit for 48 hrs.

Visitors who stay the night are asked to pay a modest charge of £7 per stay, payable via the RingGo app.

Stuart Chalmers, national visitor services manager at Forestry and Land Scotland, said: “Stay the Night has proved to be hugely popular with motorhome and campervan users, many of whom have indicated that they would be more than happy to pay a small charge for their stay.

“It’s really gratifying to know that the motorhome community really respects our sites and the other visitors that will stop for the night.

“However, there is always the small minority that doesn’t play by the rules and to make sure that they don’t spoil it for everyone else, our seasonal rangers regularly check each of the participating car parks.

“The modest £7 charge per night will help us to cover those additional costs and make sure that our visitors all enjoy a great experience.

“We know that the motorhome and campervan communities are a major part of Scotland’s tourism traffic.

“Stay the Night helps to meet the growing demand for stopping places and by encouraging people to stop at locations they would otherwise have passed through, should also provide a boost to many small rural businesses.”

No booking system is in place and the participating car parks will operate on a first come first served basis.

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