Campsites in Scotland
A small country, Scotland boasts a history as diverse as its landscape; from the gentle rolling hills of the south, the towering peaks and magnificent mountains of the north, to the rugged coastlines of the north east, Scotland has been both occupied and independent throughout its human habitation.
Not only is this campsite in the grounds of the fairytale Culzean Castle, it also enjoys spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Arran where the sunsets have to be seen to be believed. Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the park covers nearly 600 acres of Ayrshire’s finest woodland and coastal paths. Staying here you will benefit from discounted entrance fees to the castle, which is only a ten-minute walk from the site. You can also catch a ferry to the beautiful Isle of Arran where Goat Fell dominates the rugged landscape.
The perfect place for exploring the Highlands, this campsite is a place you will definitely want to stay and relax for a while. Leave the car behind and let the train take the strain to see some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. Catch the train to Inverness, or go further north to Wick/Thurso on the most scenic of railway lines. The campsite is so peaceful and quiet it feels like it is miles away from anywhere, however, it is only a few minutes from the centre of Dingwall. There are some wonderful walks from the campsite, all with stunning views.
Located on Scotland’s east coast, dubbed the ‘sunshine coast’, this campsite has a sandy surfing beach nearby. During July and August you can join guided walks of a local wildlife reserve, and the John Muir Way coastal trail is nearby. Edinburgh, with all of its fantastic history and wonderful shopping opportunities, is just a car journey away. A visit to Bass rock from North Berwick is highly recommended if you are visiting the campsite before the end of August.
Set in a stunning location with pitches enjoying spectacular views of the mountains, this campsite is surrounded by woodland managed by the National Trust for Scotland; perfect walking country. This campsite has been described as one of the prettiest Club Sites ever by our Club members, situated next to the Glencoe Visitor Centre and Glencoe village which are easily accessible via a woodland path. The site is perfect for a stop off en route to the Highlands and Islands.
Inverewe Gardens Poolewe
Our most northerly Scottish campsite in the Western Highlands has the complete package; extra hours of daylight in June, wildlife on your doorstep, otters and seals in the waters of Loch Ewe, stunning views of the hills of Wester Ross, and the most spectacular sunsets anywhere in Scotland. Offering great facilities, the local shop is only a ‘stone’s throw’ away and carries all your camping essentials. There are wonderful walks available from the campsite, and you can also cycle to Inverasdale around the Loch.
This campsite is a peaceful retreat from which to explore the vibrant history and rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders. Within easy reach of the campsite are many restaurants, take away eateries and pubs. Jedburgh is a lovely town – Mary Queen of Scots House and the town castle and jail are well worth a visit. Jedforest Deer and Farm Park is also worth taking the time to visit; perfect for the family, there are lots of animals to see and plenty of walks around the surrounding countryside too.
A beautiful river runs the full length of this peaceful and tranquil campsite in the Scottish borders. With plenty to see in the local area, and a short drive away from Edinburgh, this is the perfect site to explore Scotland’s lush border country with a number of ancient abbeys and castles in close proximity. The campsite itself offers great facilities with clean toilets and showers, and a well-stocked shop for all of your camping essentials. A nice restaurant close to the site entrance offers an extensive menu of good food at reasonable prices.
Loch Ness Shores
Loch Ness, one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, provides the stunning backdrop to one of the Club’s newest campsites. Located on the Loch’s south shore, near the tranquil village of Foyers, the 99-pitch site offers year-round camping and utilises innovative green technologies to heat and light its modern facilities. There are also five luxury wooden wigwams on site for those who are interested in glamping in this beautiful part of the Scottish highlands.
Perfectly situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, this campsite and the village of Luss are set in a conservation area in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Pitch on the banks of Loch Lomond, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. For walkers and cyclists there is a new footpath and cycleway from Balloch to Tarbet which is directly accessible from the campsite, and for the more adventurous campers who are looking for an adrenalin rush there is the sport of canyoning available.
Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond with its tranquil sandy shores, this campsite is the perfect base for walking the West Highland Way - a long distance footpath that runs for 95 miles from Glasgow to Fort William. The campsite boasts great facilities including toilets, showers, dishwashing and laundry. There is also a children’s play area and boating on the lake available. With so much to see and do, Milarrochy Bay is the perfect base to enjoy the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
An ideal stop over point when travelling through Scotland, this campsite is also a beautiful place to spend some extra time and explore the splendour of the Scottish Lowlands. The campsite is very close to the picturesque town of Moffat with everything you need on the doorstep. With plenty of places to eat and drink, and lovely walks that start around the town, you can forget about your car and enjoy everything that this beautiful part of Scotland has to offer.
A level and sheltered campsite in a beautiful Highland forest, this campsite is situated near the town’s blue flag, sandy beach (which holds a Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award). Whilst on the campsite you might be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel, or catch sight of dolphins playing in the Moray Firth close by. Directly accessible from the campsite is a lovely circular walk which passes through stunning scenery along the way. In addition, there are many castles in the area to visit, including Cawder, Kilravock, and Brodie.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery, and set in a beautiful, Victorian walled vegetable garden, this campsite is ideally located for enjoying Scotland’s west coast and islands. The town of Oban is around 13 miles away, from where you can take a ferry to one of the Western Isles – you can even leave your unit on site whilst you take time to visit the islands (ask for more information when booking). For avid walkers and cyclists, there are fantastic walks to enjoy accessible from the campsite, and the Oban to Fort William Cycleway passes the campsite.
A popular campsite on the shore of the Moray Firth, this campsite has it all – beautiful hills and woodland behind, stunning views over the bay, and a glimpse of a dolphin or two playing in the sea. A short walk away from the campsite is Chanonry Lighthouse which is the perfect place to watch seals. There are two restaurants at the end of the beach, with a delicatessen in the tiny high street selling fantastic pies, quiches and fresh bread. The perfect campsite for all the family!
This campsite is a wildlife lover’s paradise. Osprey, deer and rare black rabbits are all visitors to the estate of Scone Palace, on which this site is located. Nearby Quarrymill Woodland Park has a colony of red squirrels and many way marked paths to enjoy on foot. There are also great walks along the river direct from the site to keep the whole family active. Perth is a short drive away with a large supermarket, as well as a great selection of fast food eateries, restaurants and bars.
Set on the shores of Loch Greshornish, on a working croft, the site is perfectly positioned to enjoy the isle’s stunning scenery and dramatic history, alongside the area’s famous Highland cattle. The campsite offers great facilities with toilets and showers, and a well-stocked shop for all your camping essentials. Skye is a place where time is irrelevant and where history greets you at every turn. Memories of this beautiful place are sure to live with you forever.
Speyside by Craigellachie
Just a ‘stone’s throw’ from the camp site you will find the infamous whisky distilleries of Speyside that draw upon the area’s ancient springs to create the national drink. Set on a gentle, south facing slope, the campsite is lightly sprinkled with trees, providing shade but also preserving its open feel. From the campsite you can access some beautiful walks, including a 45 minute walk down peaceful country lanes to the pretty highland town of Aberlour.
Tarland by Deeside
An area renowned for its spectacular scenery, just outside the Cairngorms National Park, this area has been favoured by royalty for many years; indeed Queen Victoria chose the area for her Balmoral home in the 1850’s. A tranquil park set in the most exquisite part of Scotland. For walkers, this is an amazing site to stay at and there is a book of local walks available from reception. The campsite facilities are clean and first class, and you will always be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome from the staff.
More about Scotland
Edinburgh is the country’s capital and second largest city (Glasgow is the largest) and was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses in Europe.
Scotland’s only land border is with England and runs for approximately 60 miles coast to coast. During the last ice age, Scotland was covered by massive ice sheets, and owes much of its rugged beauty to the effects of glaciation. The varied climate has resulted in a wide range of important habitats, and the relatively sparse population makes Scotland a fantastic place for studying a wide variety of wildlife.
The Highlands and islands of Scotland are culturally distinct and rich in heritage. Expect a warm welcome from locals who are proud to share street theatre, storytelling, music, and their famous ceilidhs - influenced by their ancient history, strong cultural heritage and the Gaelic language. With so much to see and do there has never been a more perfect opportunity to come camping in Scotland!
All campsites in Scotland offer plenty of activities and major attractions including angling, golf, the Highland Games, the Edinburgh Festival, majestic castles, stately homes, ancient stone circles, national parks, science centres and craft workshops.
With a plethora of activities available, and fabulous attractions to visit, camping in Scotland is the perfect holiday choice!
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