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      Leave No Trace

      Our Commitment

      Wilderness Scotland is committed to the principles of ecotourism. We work very hard to ensure ourengagements with
      local communities, wild lands and wildlife are positive.

      We are a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which enhances our commitment to responsible activity in Scotland’s wild lands, as enshrined in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). 

      The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

      1. Plan Ahead & Prepare Read More
      • Before you go check, where possible, if access is allowed and your activity is permitted in the area you wish to visit.
      • Respect any signs, regulations for the area that you wish to visit.
        Where possible travel by public transport or share cars; consider the availability of parking.
        Ensure you have the skills and equipment needed for your activity and to cope with emergencies that could arise.
      • Check the weather forecast and always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
        For environmental and safety reasons, and to minimise your impact on other users, keep group numbers small; split larger parties into smaller groups.
      2. Be Considerate of Others Read More
      • Respect the people who live and work in the countryside. 
      • Park appropriately – avoid blocking gateways, forest entrances or narrow roads. Remember that farm machinery, local residents and the emergency services may need access at all times.
      • Take care not to damage property, especially walls, fences and crops.
      • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
      • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Keep noise to a minimum.
      3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife Read More
      • Observe wild animals and birds from a distance. Avoid disturbing them, particularly at sensitive times: mating, nesting and raising young (mostly between spring and early summer).
      • Keep wildlife wild, don’t feed wild animals or birds – our foods damage their health and leave them vulnerable to predators.
      • Farm animals are not pets; remain at a safe distance.
      4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground Read More

      Durable ground includes established tracks and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

      In popular areas

      Concentrate use on existing tracks and campsites.

      To avoid further erosion, travel in single file in the middle of the track even when wet or muddy.

      In more remote areas

      Disperse use to prevent the creation of new tracks and campsites.

      Avoid places where impacts are just beginning to show.

      If camping

      Protect water quality by camping at least 30m from lakes and streams.

      Keep campsites small and discreet.

      Aim to leave your campsite as you found it, or better.

      5. Leave What You Find Read More
      • Respect property. For example, farming or forestry machinery, fences, stone walls etc. Leave gates as you find them (open or closed).
      • Preserve the past: examine – without damaging – archaeological structures, old walls and heritage artefacts e.g. holy wells, mine workings, monuments.
      • Conserve the present: leave rocks, flowers, plants, animals and all natural habitats as you find them. Fallen trees are a valuable wildlife habitat; do not remove or use for firewood.
      • Avoid introducing non-native plants and animals e.g. zebra mussels in rivers and lakes.
      • Do not build rock cairns, structures or shelters
      6. Dispose of Waste Properly Read More
      • “If You Bring It In, Take It Out” – take home all litter and leftover food (including tea bags, fruit peels and other biodegradable foods).
      • To dispose of solid human waste, dig a hole 15-20cms deep and at least 30m from water, campsites and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
      • Bring home toilet paper and hygiene products.
      • Wash yourself or your dishes 30m away from streams or lakes and if necessary use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Bring home any solids and scatter strained dishwater.
      • For more information on sanitation in the outdoors read the “Where to go in the outdoors” leaflet.
      7. Minimise the Effects of Fire Read More
      • Fires can cause lasting impacts and be devastating to forests, natural habitats and farmland. Therefore when camping use a lightweight stove for cooking.
      • Where fires are permitted: Use established fire rings, barbecues
        or create a mound fire.
      • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Do not use growing vegetation for use as firewood.
      • Avoid burning plastics or other substances: which emit toxic fumes.
      • Burn all fires to ash, put out fires completely, and then scatter cool ashes.

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      Learn more about Wilderness Scotland’s commitment to sustainable tourism.

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      Our holidays reviewed
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      Wilderness Scotland is the best. I chose it by chance on the Web, and as the trip went on, I was more and more convinced that I had lucked into an outstanding organization--well orchestrated, high quality, wonderful people.

      Darsie Bowden
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 07/06/2016

      Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 4,382 reviews

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