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Where to go Camping in Scotland

Scotland is one of those places to visit that feels like it was made for a camping trip. The wild hills and mountain tops make the perfect backdrop for feeling like you are truly getting back to nature and experiencing everything the natural world offers.

28 April 2022
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Scotland is one of those places to visit that feels like it was made for a camping trip. The wild hills and mountain tops make the perfect backdrop for feeling like you are truly getting back to nature and experiencing everything the natural world offers. 

Here are a few ideas of places you can go on your next camping trip to Scotland.

The Scottish Highlands

The highlight of any Scottish camping trip has to be a visit to the Scottish Highlands. This is a region so beautiful that it can leave you breathless. The towering mountains, endless skies and abundant wildlife offer a natural wonderland to walk, hike, cycle and explore to your heart's content.

The Highlands are the place to visit if you want to experience a little of everything that Scotland has to offer. You can walk along serene beaches and try and spot the fascinating marine life that makes its shores home. If you are lucky, you may even catch sight of a dolphin or two. Once you have visited the beaches, you can head inland to the rugged coastlines and even more rugged mountains and magnificent scenery.

After a hard day exploring, you can head back to your tent or find some dinner and a drink with the friendly locals in a pub. There is always plenty to see and do!

Jacobite Steam Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Jacobite Steam Train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Reraig Caravan and Camping

Loch Alshe is situated in the Scottish Highlands between the Isle of Skye and the Highlands, and this is where you can find Reraig Caravan and Camping. The park is located not too far from the Loch, ensuring you have ample opportunities to explore and get back to nature while ensuring you have somewhere comfortable to come back to in the evenings.

The park is small, but you will need to contact the owner ahead of time to ensure there are the facilities available to you for your trip.

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Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site is another park situated not too far from the banks of a beautiful Loch. This time it's Loch Greshornish, and it's the perfect opportunity to have a peaceful and tranquil camping holiday. The park has some fantastic facilities that are well maintained and a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy. The Loch shores are part of the campsites property so you can enjoy a spot of fishing with a licence too.

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Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park

Ben Nevis is an impressive sight to see, and if you stay at Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park, you can wake up every morning to a view of this mountain and the magnificent scenery surrounding it. Due to its location, this can be a busy park that attracts sightseers and those looking for a more adventurous holiday packed full of outdoor pursuits.

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Whilst in the Scottish Highlands you can take a trip to Inverness. This city is sometimes known as Scotlands Highlands capital, and its reputation certainly lives up to its name! The city is perfectly nestled between the mountains and the sea, offering a beautiful backdrop as you head into the city for a more urban adventure.

While you are here, you can enjoy a fantastic meal or two. You could also try a drop or two of whiskey, and of course, you shouldn't forget to sneak in a quick shopping spree too.

For those interested in history and culture, Inverness has plenty on offer. This is a fast-growing city, but that doesn't mean it has forgotten its roots, and you can still see plenty of evidence of the history that shaped Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Inverness cityscape
Inverness cityscape

Silver Sands Holiday Park

If a holiday park packed full of amenities is what you are looking for, then look no further than Silver Sands Holiday Park. The park itself is set in a peaceful coastal location, although there is an RAF base nearby that is both exciting and a little noisy. The park also has a fabulous range of amenities and facilities to make your camping trip comfortable.

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Scotland's Famous Lochs

When you think of Scotland, you can't help but imagine the beautiful Lochs scattered amongst the beautiful scenery. You may know some of these, such as the famous Loch Lomond and the even more famous Loch Ness, where The Loch Ness Monster is said to call its deep waters home.

But, there are lots more stunning Lochs to explore throughout Scotland. Take a look at Visit Scotland for more information on some of the best Lochs to visit while you are in Scotland.

Loch in Scotland just after sundown
One of Scotland's many lochs

Lomond Woods Holiday Park

You can't get much closer to Loch Lomond than at Lomond Woods Holiday Park. At this park, you may not be quite directly on the banks of this famous Loch, but you are close! This is a lovely well-landscaped park with touring pitches and static caravans. Nearby you can make the most of lots of lakeside activities and travel further afield to visit many of the attractions and beautiful places that Scotland offers. There is a small shop, a children's play area, and wifi on-site.

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Cobleland Camping In The Forest

If you are looking for a park that allows you to enjoy outdoor pursuits and activities, head to Cobleland Camping in the Forest! Set in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and on the banks of a river, this caravan park provides the perfect base to make the most of Scotland's famous Lochs and more. On-site, you can enjoy fishing, a shop and a children's play area.

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The Scottish Lowlands

One area that doesn't get nearly enough interest is the Scottish Lowlands. These might seem like a lesser cousin of the Highlands, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The Lowlands are the region that sits below the Highlands Boundary Fault and covers cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow and the beautiful regions of Dumfries and Ayreshire, and, of course, Lothian.

The name 'The Lowlands' can be a little misleading because the hills are certainly not small! This region is just as breathtakingly beautiful and features some areas that reach nearly 3,000 feet high! However, if you are looking for areas where the hills are more rolling and more manageable than the rugged and wild mountains of the Highlands, then this region is for you.

Pink heather grows on the Pentland hills near Edinburgh, moody sky
Pentland hills near Edinburgh

Loch Ken Holiday Park

This is another wonderful caravan park situated on the banks of a Loch and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Loch Ken Holiday Park is ideal for bird watchers because it is located opposite an RSPB reserve. Although, any nature lover will also enjoy the park's location. Catering mainly for touring caravans, you can enjoy a peaceful break and make the most of the area and all the activities on offer. On-site, you can enjoy sailing, the beach shores of the Loch and all the facilities you would expect, including a shop and play area. Outside of this, there is also golf nearby and plenty of walking and cycling opportunities too.

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Turnberry Holiday Park

Off the Ayreshire coast, you will find Turnberry Holiday Park. This is a static caravan park where you can buy your own holiday home or rent one for a holiday. If you love golf, then this is the park for you. There are many golfing opportunities nearby, and you could turn it into a complete golfing holiday! For those who prefer to hike, explore, or find other things to do, the caravan park is well situated for lots of activities. Nature lovers will love the area surrounding the park, and those looking to shop or visit the local towns will find plenty to do and enjoy.

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