Flag of Scotland

Flag of Scotland

  • Capital » Edinburgh


  • Population » 5 million (2001 census)
  • Languages » English, Gaelic
  • Major religion » Christianity
  • Currency » 1 pound sterling = 100 pence


  • Area » 78,772 km² (30,414 sq miles)

Cycle Touring

Travelling Overland and Road Safety

  • Driving « Left side of the road
  • Scotland’s Land Reform Act of 2003 permits wild camping when you adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code »
    • Avoid enclosed areas (such as fields with crops or animals) or close to buildings and historical monuments.
    • Camp away from roads.
    • Leave no trace.
  • Scotland’s Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, due to overuse and damage to the local environment by the park’s 4 million visitors per year, is subject to management bylaws stating that campers in tents, motorhomes, and campervans must purchase a permit to camp in the park’s defined camping zones. These bylaws are in effect from March 1 to September 30, so if you are visiting Scotland off-season, you may camp in the Camping Management Zone without a permit, which usually runs around £4 per motorhome per night. (Source, May 2023)


  • Rainy days and midges are the main threats to your visit.



This page was updated May 20, 2023