It has been one of the driest and warmest Septembers for decades, so why not make the most of the last of the summer sun and head out on a camping trip? There are a multitude of places to choose from that will not be far from home, but Scotland is always a great choice — not least because wild camping is widely allowed.
Get a true taste of the great outdoors by packing up your sleeping bags and tent, such as a ProAction 4 Man Tunnel Tent, and heading off to the Pentland Hills. This is a great choice because of the great walks, fresh air and scenery, but it is also quite literally on Edinburgh’s doorstep, making the area easy to get to and perfect for those who get twitchy if they are too far away from civilization.
You can set up your tent almost anywhere in the area, except in enclosed fields containing either animals or crops, and it is best to steer clear of roads, historic structures and buildings. It is also a good idea to have a good scout around before setting up camp to ensure you will not be disturbing any agricultural activity, game shoots or any land management operations.
At the end of your trip, make sure you take away any litter and remove all trace of where you pitched your tent and any barbecues or fires you lit. It is best to light a stove during a camping trip, but if you do build an open fire, make sure it is small and constantly supervised.