There are few places more famous for their landscapes than Scotland. From the rocky peaks of the Highlands to the green and pleasant hills of the Scottish Borders, natural beauty is an art that Scotland has mastered.
The views you see and the photos you take are sure to be the highlight of your next Scottish camping trip. Perhaps it’s the blossoming flowers of the forest you crave, or maybe you’d like to fill your feed with jaw-dropping sunsets.
To help you find the view you’re looking for, we turned to TripAdvisor, to discover which of Scotland’s campsites are getting the most praise for their enviable and instantly instagrammable views.
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Here are some of the top Scottish campsites:
For Spectacular Stargazing:
Horgabost Campsite, Isle of Harris
Nestled away at the south of Harris, Horgabost Campsite has many incredible assets, but its best might just be its remoteness. With views out over the water interrupted only by the gentle rise of Taransay Island – thought to be the largest in Scotland without a permanent population – it’s an excellent place to set your camera out towards the Atlantic and shoot the stars. This far north; you might even catch the Northern Lights. TripAdvisor reviewers consistently mention stunning night skies; that may be why 93 percent of its reviews are good or above.
Invercaimbe Caravan and Camping, Arisaig
Located on the west coast of Scotland, it’s no surprise that light pollution is nigh-on non-existent at Invercaimbe Caravan & Camping. Sitting on a dramatic and rocky shore, the site’s adjacent beach is the perfect place to gather as night begins to fall, with cameras and telescopes at the ready, for a spot of stargazing. This dreamy darkness has earned Invercaimbe a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor.
For Beautiful Beaches:
Fidden Farm Campsite, Isle of Mull
At the far-westerly tip of the Isle of Mull, Fidden Farm Campsite is wonderfully remote. Its camping grounds back right onto the beach, meaning you can set up camp just metres from the water, and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. The combination of white sand, crystal clear water and rocky outcrops make this one of Scotland’s most beautiful camping spots. TripAdvisor reviewers mention the magic of this beach time and time again – giving the site 94 percent positive reviews in the process.
Sands Caravan and Camping Park, Gairloch
The clue’s in the name at Sands Caravan and Camping Park. In the north-west Highlands of Scotland, this site sits in a valley between two moorland hills, running the length of a golden sand beach. While the view from the shoreline’s a sight to behold, TripAdvisor reviewers claimed the panoramic views from atop the mounds are not to be missed. That might be why Sands has 94 percent reviews at good or better.
For Wild Woodlands:
The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge
Nestled at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the Lazy Duck sits surrounded by hundreds of acres of pine forest, streams and meadows. With hut-style lodging deep at the heart of the woodland, it’s the perfect place to get lost among the trees – day or night, spring, summer or winter. It’s particularly picturesque in the winter months, with its snow-capped pines and scrubs. This woodland beauty helped the Lazy Duck receive 91 percent of its reviews as good or excellent.
Ruberslaw Wild Woods, Scottish Borders
Ruberslaw Wild Woods is set amongst rolling green countryside – making it an ideal spot for camping in the Scottish Borders. The surrounding landscapes are packed full of picturesque woodland walks, with dense patches of forest just a short cycle ride to the south and west. It’s particularly photogenic in spring, when seas of bluebells blossom beneath the tree canopy. This fairytale charm has scored this site 98 percent good or excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
For Magnificent Mountains:
Lomond Woods Holiday Park, Balloch
Sitting at the southern tip of Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater loch by area in Scotland, you can expect fantastic views when you visit Lomond Woods Holiday Park. The water stretches for some 36 kilometres, flanked by tall but gently-sloping peaks on all sides, making the region perfect for walking and hiking in. The contrast of the loch’s gentle waters with the forest and moorland that blooms from the mountain slopes is incredibly picturesque, and this surely helped the campsite achieve its 87 percent good or excellent rating on TripAdvisor.
Kilvrecht Campsite, Pitlochry
At the very heart of Scotland in the Tay Forest Park, Kilvrecht Campsite is wonderfully situated on the southern shores of Loch Rannoch. The mountains that surround it are steep and dramatic, with the rare conical peak of Schiehallion towering over the waters below. The journey to the top is long but rewarding, and you’re sure to take some great photos of heathers, mosses and blaeberry as you go. A repeat visit might even be in order, as the botanical life dramatically changes colour with the seasons. This outstanding natural beauty has earned the site an incredible 100 percent of reviews at excellent.
For Stunning Sunrises:
Port Mor Campsite, Isle of Islay
Over on the quiet island of Islay, Port Mor Campsite sits on the east-facing edge of a sweeping bay. From the edges of its rocky outcrops, visitors are able to watch the sun rise to illuminate the ridges on the other side of the water, before casting its vivid shadow across the gentle waves below. Online reviews mention this spectacular show of light time and time again, and this no doubt helped the site hit 93 percent of all reviews at good or excellent on TripAdvisor.
Ardnamurchan Campsite, Lochaber
With its east-orientated shoreline, you’re perfectly set to take in a sunrise at Ardnamurchan Campsite. You’ll marvel in amazement as the sun climbs above the distant tips of the northern Highlands, with the Sound of Mull below helping the early morning light beam and illuminate any lingering clouds. The campsite boasts 95 percent of its feedback being good or excellent, so you’d be in good hands if you’re looking for campsites in the Scottish Highlands.
For Soothing Sunsets:
Wheems Organic Farm, Orkney
Facing southward out to sea on the island of South Ronaldsay, Wheems Organic Farm is a six-hectare horticultural and animal smallholding. With the surrounding land, relatively flat, the region offers spectacular skyward views; the gentle sweeping bays of the island provide the perfect perspective from which to take a sunset snap. These sunsets are at their best in early summer, when the island’s greenery will be in full bloom. With 87 percent of its online reviews being good or excellent, visitors certainly agree.
Tantallon Caravan & Camping Park, East Lothian
With views spanning across the Firth of Forth all the way across to the Fife coast, Tantallon Caravan & Camping Park is well placed if you’re seeking a show-stopping sunset. With great views of the Bass Rock and the world’s largest colony of gannets nearby, there’s plenty of extra touches that’ll really bring those sunset shots to life. With plenty of natural beauty on offer, Tantallon boasts 74 percent of its TripAdvisor reviews rating it as good or excellent.
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