You don’t need to look too hard to find stories about people messing up the countryside this summer. Here’s one for reference just in case you don’t believe me. There was also coverage of the issue on the BBC Scotland news programme The Nine on 30 July. You can catch Isla Todd’s report, with a bit of input from me, from roughly the 43 minute mark on the iPlayer (until 6 August). I’m the guy who needs a beard trim wearing a Lady Hale T-shirt; a T-shirt which unfortunately got cut out of the shot (sorry, Brenda).
As is inevitably the case with features like this, only a snippet of my verbose contribution was used. Anyone interested in my more developed thoughts on the topic can now find them in a blog post I wrote for the Strathclyde Law Blog, which is available here. That sets out some of the background and (I hope) explains the legal basis of the right of responsible access (aka the right to roam, from Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003) including how camping is treated under that law and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
For information, the photo in that post was taken by my friend Gary after we had camped overnight near Corrour Bothy (at the Lairig Ghru). I should stress that we annoyed no locals and left no trace of our being there, honest.