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A Guide to Camping in Scotland
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Caravan Holidays and Camping in Scotland

For those who love caravanning and camping holidays, there is nothing more relaxing than arriving at your campsite, pitching up and chilling out while surrounded by nature.

Whether you are a traditional camper, have a camper van, or prefer to glamp in style, Scotland is one of the best places to go on a camping or caravan holiday in the UK, with a superb range of places to camp to suit all budgets, tastes and itineraries.

You can find helpful advice and tips on how to look after the Scottish countryside as you explore with our Outdoor Access Guidelines during Covid-19 page.

Plan ahead with the Lockdown Loo website - an interactive map showing all open facilities across the UK.

BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER

If you are planning a camping or campervan trip around Scotland, it is always advised that you use official campsites or designated overnight parking areas. This will help preserve Scotland's natural landscape and benefit our small local communities and residents.

There are hundreds of campsites in scenic coastal or beach spots across the country, complete with facilities and docks for your campervan too.

Browse Scotland's top campsites with scenic views.

Please remember to:

  • Plan and book ahead. It's always useful to have a plan B ready.
  • Be considerate. If you arrive somewhere and it's fully booked, contact nearby campsites to see if they have availability. Please don't stay overnight in an undesignated area.
  • Always take your rubbish home with you and pick up after your dog.
  • Keep a safe distance from any land management operations.
  • Be very careful not to disturb or destroy a plant, bird, animal or geological feature.
  • Don't damage or disturb cultural heritage sites.
  • It's important to remember that access rights don't include motor vehicles. If public or private land owners restrict or regulate parking on their land, you should stick to their rules.

Find out more about being a responsible traveller.

#RespectProtectEnjoy

Planning Your Camping Holiday - Are You a Camper Or A Glamper?

Before you choose your camping holiday in Scotland, first find out what kind of camper you are:

  • You are a camper - if you love waking up in a tent, don't mind a little condensation, and would never admit to owning an airbed around the campfire.
  • You are a glamper - if you love to book the quirkiest accommodation Scotland has to offer and prefer to shut the door at night to keep out the midges.
  • You are a caravanner - if you like to take the comforts of home with you, including a double bed and all the mod-cons.
  • You are a campervan fan - if you like to travel around seeing lots of Scotland and don't mind compromising on living space.

Whichever you prefer, here's how to plan your perfect camping or caravan holiday in Scotland.

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Choosing Your Caravan or Campsite in Scotland

Scotland has a wide array of campsites that are perfect for a fun family break. Whether you're looking for somewhere packed with on-site activities, an off-the-grid site with a little more peace and quiet, or a site where you can have campfires on the beach - we can help you find the perfect place to pitch your tent.

Wild Camping in Scotland

Wild camping is a great way to discover the most remote parts of Scotland, whilst helping you get away from it all. Although wild camping is legal in Scotland, it's important to keep in mind this simple formula: respect the countryside + be safe = happy wild camping!

Campsites in Scotland For Road Trippers

On the road and looking for the perfect spot to pitch up? With facilities such as hot showers, kitchens, drying rooms, and waste disposal areas - Scotland has lots of campsites for those travelling around - whether you're in a camper van or bringing a tent.

Campsites Which Allow Campfires

Not every campsite in Scotland allows fires, but those that do offer the chance to relax outside, watch the stars, or even cook your dinner on an open fire.

Campsites With On-Site Activities

Looking for camping holidays in the UK? There are lots of campsites in Scotland which offer on-site activities such as mountain biking trails, fishing ponds, kayak and paddleboard hire, or even dog sledding.

Family-Friendly Camping and Caravan Parks

These caravan parks offer a great range of facilities for campers with children's play areas, cafes and shops, Wi-Fi, electric power supplies, and even swimming pools - not to mention lots of space outdoors to run around.

Get Planning

Browse VisitScotland Quality Assured caravans and holiday parks in Scotland. Or if you are already touring in Scotland, why not pop into one of our VisitScotland iCentres to pick up our Caravan and Camping Parks map?

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Ensure your camping trip in Scotland's great outdoors is a safe and responsible one by reading the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go. It's full of tips on camping in Scotland, including where you can camp, when you can light fires, and how to make sure you leave no trace.

Camping Inspiration

Looking for somewhere to pitch up? Here are a few great places to camp in Scotland:

  • Fort William and Glen Nevis - want to climb the biggest hills in Scotland? There are lots of campsites in Fort William where you have access to Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain, along with the stunning Mamores and Nevis ranges. Don't like heights? From Fort William, you can also visit the Caledonian Canal and the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
  • Glencoe - camping in Glencoe makes for an awe-inspiring outdoor adventure. Explore Glencoe by day, and at night, light your campfire to watch the stars. Why not head to one of the glen's famous local inns to hear old tales of clan battles and cow rustling in the surrounding mountains.
  • Loch Lomond - Scotland's largest loch offers up 720 square miles of National Park to explore. Pitch your tent or campervan at one of the campsites at Loch Lomond to bag one of the 21 Munros, paddleboard around the loch's 22 islands, or hike along the West Highland Way. Wild camping at Loch Lomond is restricted from March to September, but you can still 'wild' camp in designated spaces with a permit from the National Park.