Wild camping in Orkney is allowed, just as it is anywhere in Scotland but is is important to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access code.
If you really want to find your inner explorer and wild side, there is nothing quite like camping in the wild. As part of Scotland’s access legislation, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, you are allowed to camp on most unenclosed land.
Wild camping in Orkney is a great way to experience the remote areas and may be the only option on some of the smaller Orkney islands.
Ensure that when you wild camp in Orkney, you do so responsibly and follow the guidelines laid out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
It is important that you leave the area as you found it.
Wild campers should apply the good practice ‘leave-no-trace’ guidelines as detailed on Scotland’s Outdoor Access website.
- Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location
- Carry a trowel to bury toilet waste and urinate well away from water courses
- Use a stove or leave no trace of any camp fire. Never cut down or damage trees
- Take away your rubbish and consider picking up other litter as well
- If in doubt, ask the landowner. Their advice might help you find a better camping spot.
If you are not quite ready to go wild camping in Orkney, you can find a number of campsites and hostels around the islands with great facilities.
Outdoor Access Scotland website – Know the code before you go. Everything you need to know before you go wild camping in Orkney.