With the summer upon us and many looking to explore Scotland, knowing some of the rules governing camping across the country is important.

Making sure you are a responsible camper and following all of the laws will not only help protect Scotland's countryside but will also ensure you have a good stay.

To help you get to grips with some of the rules, here are some of the most commonly asked questions answered.

Is it legal to camp anywhere in Scotland?

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Across Scotland, there are dozens of Camping Management Zones known as permit areas. In these places, campers must have a permit to camp and must book these spots at least four weeks in advance.

Outside of these clearly marked areas, it is not required that campers seek a permit, meaning those who "wild camp" can do so freely. Wild camping is legal in Scotland.

Can you legally camp on a beach in Scotland?

Yes, wild camping on a beach in Scotland is allowed but campers should be mindful of where their tent is set up and that it is above the tideline when bunking down for the night.

Can you have a fire while camping in Scotland?

Lighting a fire while wild camping is allowed if done so responsibly.

Campers should never light an open fire during long dry periods in forests, woods, farmland or on peaty ground as this could cause the fire to spread.

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What are the disposable BBQ rules in Scotland when camping?

Using a disposable BBQ in Scotland while camping or when at a beach isn't explicitly banned, but certain national parks or areas may have different policies governing the use of these barbeques.

There are some safety tips you should follow if you are thinking of using these.

According to Aberdeenshire Council, campers should elevate their disposable BBQ above flammable surfaces such as grass.

Campers should also ensure their barbecue is completely extinguished before removing it and disposing of it.

It is advised that they should use facilities where provided as many campsites provide picnic areas for barbecuing.

Finally campers should leave no trace behind, removing everything they brought with them including their BBQ.