It's good to have a variety of options when it comes to parking up. We always go by our rules of:
- Don't park up near an existing campsite....it's just rude
- Don't park up where people can look out of their front room window and see you cooking your bacon rolls....again it's rude!
- If there is already a number of mohos/vans parked up, then look for another spot....we don't want to deprive locals of a parking spot at their local beach/beauty spot.
- We always leave no trace! No rubbish....no dog poo...
- We always try to shop local wherever we park up for the night....it contributes to the local economy.... and we get to sample some very tasty local delights!
- Every 3 or 4 nights we plan to stop at a campsite....to empty our toilet, take on fresh water and top up the electricity (especially in the winter when the solar panel has limited hours of daylight to to its stuff)
- We also never stay more than one night. We arrive early evening and leave in the morning.
What we get from wild/freedom camping is the freedom.....the unobstructed views....and the lack of rules that campsites usually have. (Usually to do with dogs)
Since we've had our van, we have only stayed on a campsite twice....they were lovely....but not quite the same as the feeling you get wild camping.
To help with planning our trips, I study Google maps/Google earth to identify possible places. There is also a fab Facebook group dedicated to Scottish motorhome wildcampers, they have a map with lots of information on where you can stop and top up. I also I use apps such as 'search for sites' and park4night' ......both very useful!
We have our next trip coming up in a couple of days time...here's our planned route for 7 days....I will of course share the details of our trip....so look out for updates as we travel....from 27th December 🚙😎👍❤😁🤩 I really can't wait!