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The Best Sites when Camping in Scotland

Impressive landscapes, wild and windy mountains, stunning lochs and beautiful cities; Scotland has it all, making it the perfect place to take a camping trip.

6 October 2021
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Impressive landscapes, wild and windy mountains, stunning lochs and beautiful cities; Scotland has it all, making it the perfect place to take a camping trip. Wild camping is allowed, and the countryside is dotted with wonderful campsites in beautiful locations that have everything you could need for a lovely holiday in scenic Scotland.

If you are stuck for where to head on your camping trip, then look no further; we have chosen a few of the highlights and best places to take a camping trip in this beautiful country.

Edinburgh - one of the most beautiful cities in the UK

Edinburgh is one of those cities that perfectly balances the old and new together whilst retaining its historic charm. There are still plenty of opportunities to visit and marvel at the medieval town. You can visit quaint shops and pubs and then head to the urban areas for shopping or visit a bar or two.

Edinburgh is a place with a rich and fascinating past that dates back beyond Roman times. You can learn about this long and fascinating history as you travel around the city and visit the museums and cultural hotspots.

Whilst camping opportunities in cities are a little more complex, Edinburgh offers the perfect opportunity for a day trip, and there are plenty of nearby campsites to choose from.

Lothianbridge Caravan Park
At Lothianbridge Caravan Park, you can expect a warm welcome and plenty of well-appointed camping facilities. Like many campsites close to the city, this is a busy park, but it is so ideally situated it is easy to see why. Near to the main route into Edinburgh, you can enjoy a great base and spend your days heading into the city to explore the best that Edinburgh has to offer.
Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Providing a great base for exploring Edinburgh and the surrounding area, the Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club Site is open all year and has stunning views of the mouth of the River Forth. The site is well-equipped, leafy, and close to a golf course. Public transport stops nearby and takes you into the city centre in under 20 minutes.

Loch Ness - Beautiful, serene and you might catch a glimpse of Nessie

When it comes to beautiful landscapes, you can't beat the serene waters of Scotland's famous lochs, and there are few places quite as renowned as Loch Ness. This beautiful area might have made its name with the sightings of the Loch Ness monster, but it has much more to offer than myth, legend and stories of monsters.

Loch Ness is the perfect place to take a moment of calm while on holiday. Listen to the clear waters gently lapping at the shores whilst you marvel at the truly magnificent scenery. The area is excellent for hiking and several outdoor sports and pursuits. There are castles and tourist spots nearby to keep the whole family occupied- perfect for a camping trip.

Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Not far from the small village of Foyers, you can find Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site. This campsite offers the perfect opportunity to stay right on the shores of this famous loch and bask in the magnificent mountainous landscapes in the area. There is lots to explore, including hikes, outdoor sports, the loch itself and plenty of historic sites.

The Isle of Skye - Rugged, beautiful and wild

If you love rugged landscapes, picturesque villages and an area abundant in wildlife, culture and history, then you can't go too far wrong than a camping trip to the Isle of Skye. You can either take the famous bridge across to the island or hop on a ferry and explore the island to your heart's content.

Getting bored needn't be a worry here. There are plenty of hikes that take you around the stunning coastline, or you can visit some of the more iconic spots, such as The Old Man of Storr. On your hike, you could stop by the famous fairy pools or, for something different, take a boat trip around the island instead.

Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site
On the banks of Loch Greshrnish, you will find Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site, which is the perfect spot for a peaceful camping trip to this island. The campsite is well-appointed and well maintained with modern toilet blocks and lots to do. The majority of the pitches available cater to touring caravans, but there are a good number of tent pitches too. If you are looking for abundant wildlife and hiking opportunities, this is the campsite to choose from.
Sligachan Campsite
Sligachan Campsite can be found on the more Eastern side of the Isle of Skye. With a brewery nearby, a bar onsite and a golf course within easy reach, you can experience the best of the wild wilderness that Scotland has to offer and ensure you have a few home comforts too. The campsite is wonderfully situated near a river, and with Loch Sligachan nearby, there are lots of places to hike, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ben Nevis - A paradise for climbers and hikers

A haven for rock climbers, hikers and those who love the more adventurous holidays, this area is full of wildlife and exciting explorations in the natural world. It is no wonder this is such a popular spot for campers, especially in the summer months.

Inspiring landscapes, plenty to do and a warm welcome are just some of the things you can experience if you take a camping trip to Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Bunree Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Located on the banks of Loch Linnhe, the site, although seemingly remote, is within easy reach of Fort William, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor mountains. Enjoy the beauty of this site from mid March to November and take advantage of its well-appointed facilities and good WiFi signal!
Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park
If views of Ben Nevis from your tent is what you are hoping for, then head to Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park. The park is spacious and offers facilities for tents, caravans and motorhomes. So, whatever your style of camping, there is a spot for you to enjoy. After a long day exploring the mountains, you can head back to your campsite and enjoy a meal and a drink at the bar or enjoy a good old fashioned camping BBQ with your loved ones.
Invercoe Caravan and Camping Park
Within driving distance of Ben Nevis and the beautiful area surrounding the mountain is Invercoe Caravan and Camping Park. This is a stunning site set right on the edge of a loch with a magnificent mountain backdrop to enjoy. Whilst there you can enjoy the fantastic facilities on offer to ensure your camping trip is as comfortable as it is exciting. The campsite is open all year round so you can travel whenever suits you best.

The Isle of Mull

The islands surrounding the Scottish mainland are among the most beautiful rural spots in the United Kingdom. Wild, windy and not always for the faint of heart, the Isle of Mull is one of these islands and provides everything you could want in a Scottish camping holiday.

Abundant in varied and rugged scenery, wildlife and an island culture to explore, there is lots to see and even more to do. If adventure is your idea of a great holiday, you can hike, climb, bike and more. For the more sedate, you can explore the historical sites and cultural hotspots or take a gentle stroll along the windswept coastline.

Shieling Holidays
At Shieling Holidays you can enjoy the best of all worlds. Situated on the Isle of Mull, you can experience a view right across the Sound of Mull to Ben Nevis - if you get lucky with the weather, of course! You can tent, caravan or even book a holiday cottage and enjoy the surrounding area and the well-maintained facilities on site. The holiday park is situated perfectly to explore the Isle of Mull.

How to plan your Scotland camping holiday

Planning and booking your camping holiday in Scotland couldn't be any easier. First, you need to pick your location and make sure you list all the places you want to go. Next, take a look at our handy online campsite finder and find the perfect campsite for you in Scotland. You can choose your location and then narrow down the facilities to find your holiday campsite. Your Scottish camping holiday is only a few clicks away.