The Outer Hebrides is a very popular area to visit, and is becoming increasingly so for campers and visitors with caravans or campervans. There are a number of licensed sites throughout the islands which are well equipped with good facilities. Some of these may be shut or have restricted availability so please check before you visit.
The following guidance leaflets for touring caravan and campervan users list the locations of chemical disposal points and recycling banks to help keep the islands clean and tidy.
Barbecues and camping go hand-in-hand. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when using barbecues by reading the following safety guidance.
Toilets and Chemical Toilet Disposal Points
The official Tourism Information (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website for the Outer Hebrides has an updated map of the facilities that are known to be open. The list is available on Welcome Back! What's Open in 2020 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).
Both visitors and islanders should check this list as a number of facilities that would normally be available are closed. Those with chemical toilets are advised to plan their trip so that they can safely dispose of chemical toilet waste at a suitable facility.
Toilet facilities are only open in certain locations and at reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing and hygiene measures. Make sure to ‘go’ before you go and only use public toilets if you really need to. If you cannot use a proper toilet then here are some tips:
- Be mindful of your surroundings and try and be discrete.
- Carry hand sanitiser
- Carry nappy bags for keeping used paper/wipes
- Pees - do at least 30 metres from lochs or streams or other open water
- poos– do as far away as possible from well used areas, buildings and farm animals as well as lochs, streams or other open water
- poos – bury in a shallow hole and ensure well covered/turf replaced or bag it and bin it
- bag all wipes/paper and dispose of all waste properly
- wash/sanitise hands
Following this advice will help protect the environment and minimise the health risks that occur when the proper facilities are not used.