There has been a Scout Campsite at Invertrossachs for over 40 years, during which time we have enjoyed cordial relationships with the various owners of the Estate and local residents. Once past the public car park at the lodge gates, the estate road is private and is not subject to traffic, other than estate residents, service vehicles, and passing walkers and cyclists, so the site should be relatively undisturbed. Please challenge any strangers you find on site.
We do not own the site, but lease the ground from the Estate Management, so the sensible behaviour of all users is paramount to our continued occupancy of the site. We ask you to note the following and comply with certain conditions in order to maintain this cordial relationship.
The Scout Centre, which includes East and West Burnside and the Woodland campsites, is the only location where scouts can camp on the Estate - wild camping and bivouacking is not permitted anywhere else. Fires must not be lit elsewhere within the Estate other than on the scout campsites.
You are free to explore, on foot or bike, the paths and tracks throughout the estate, but vehicles must not be taken beyond the Scout Centre. Invertrossachs House and the Estate Cottages at the west end of the Estate road are on private land, and their privacy should be respected, as should other properties on the estate.
Over recent years there has been some unauthorised and unwelcome felling of trees, by scouts, on the hillside immediately behind West Burnside. DO NOT fell any trees on the Estate, alive or dead – they are not ours to fell. Axes and saws need not be taken into the woods; there is plenty of windblown timber on the ground, and some pioneering poles are available in the rack adjacent to the boatshed. The use of chainsaws is not permitted.
During the summer months the Scottish midge can be a bit of a nuisance, and Invertrossachs gets its share of these tiny biting insects. There are plenty of articles on the internet telling you the best ways to avoid getting bitten, but if you are bothered by midges (usually from mid-May to mid-September) you should cover up and apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Wearing a midge head-net may look silly but should be considered.
Ticks are becoming more prevalent throughout Scotland due to climate change. In a very few cases a tick bite can be serious if the tick itself is infected with Lyme Disease. Leaders should be aware of this so that you know, in advance, what precautions to take to reduce the chances of being bitten, how to deal with tick bites and what action to take if you suspect something more serious.
For information on ticks visit: www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/