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Wild Camping


On the island there are many beautiful campsites with excellent facilities and, it is preferred by the local community, that people wishing to camp on the island chose to stay at a designated campsite. 

Plan your trip carefully, book travel and accommodation and follow our P.L.A.C.E. Visitor code

Wild camping is described as lightweight camping done in small numbers, for one night in one location. However, there are many rules to follow to protect the island, wildlife and others. 

  • Leave your camp as you found it  

  • Avoid moving or digging vegetation or rocks to pitch your tent 

  • Ensure to dispose of toilet waste safely – bury solid waste 30 meters away from a water supply 

  • Do not use a location which looks overused 

  • Where possible use a stove rather than an open fire 

  • If you do light a fire;
    -  keep it small and supervised 

       -  do not light a fire on the machair or peaty land 
       -  do not light a fire during a prolonged period of dry weather 
       -  ensure any fire has been extinguished completely before you                    leave your area


Wild camping is not legal or possible in a motorhome or campervan. All campervans and motorhomes should book into a campsite or designated bay before arriving on the island. 


Bùth Bharraigh receives no funding for undertaking Barra & Vatersay Visitor Information Service. 
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Bringing a Caravan, Campervan or Motorhome to the islands

  • We welcome responsible visitors to our islands.

  • Please recycle and dispose of all waste responsibility.  Campsites will have bins for separated waste.

  • Most of all, enjoy our beautiful island and all that we have to offer.  We are extremely grateful that you made the trip and helped our local economy.


Safe Driving in the Outer Hebrides

Taking a trip to the Outer Hebrides by car or motorhome is an excellent way to explore the area.  However, single track roads do    have a new set of hazards to cope with.  

  • Please drive carefully.  Many roads are single track and narrow.  Please pull into passing places, let traffic behind you passed and always give way to traffic coming uphill.

  • As the roads are narrow and there are no pavements please take extra care when passing pedestrians, cyclists, horses and other animals on the road.

  • For more information on driving in the islands and facilities please download this leaflet.


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