Scotland has many beautiful camping and caravan sites, set in amazing landscapes so you can retire to your tent and take in the views of mountains, lochs, beaches and even castles. Discover the history behind some of Scotland’s castles and pitch your tent just a short distance away – sometimes within the castle grounds themselves!
1. Huntly Castle Caravan Park
This caravan site takes its name from its neighbour, Huntly Castle. Also known as Strathbogie Castle, the magnificent ruin of this motte-and-bailey style castle dates from the 12th century. With its splendid architecture, Huntly Castle served as a baronial residence for five centuries. The earliest stronghold on the site sheltered Robert the Bruce in the 14th century.
Nearby, you can also take a tour around the Malt Whisky Trail and discover some of Speyside’s wonderful whiskies. Or discover more castles on Scotland’s Castle Trail, which will take you to 18 properties around the area.
2. Blair Castle Caravan Park
Set within the historic grounds of Blair Castle, this park offers breath-taking views of the surrounding Cairngorms National Park and Highland Perthshire. Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and is the home of Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders.
3. Culzean Castle
Stay in the grounds of a fairytale Scottish castle on the coast of south Ayrshire. Culzean Castle sits on a cliff looking out over the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig.
Take a guided tour and learn about the best features of the castle, including the stunning oval staircase, as well as the fine collection of painting and furniture. The property is set in nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and miles of paths lead visitors through majestic woodland and past secluded ponds. Head for the deer park, the cliff top walk or explore the beaches. Seek out the parks hidden treasures such as the ice houses, the Camellia House, the pagoda or the caves.
4. Hoddom Castle Caravan Park
This park sits in a beautiful wooded parkland within the grounds of a 16th century keep.
Just to the north and east of the park, you’ll find the River Annan, where you can enjoy a spot of fishing, and Hoddom Castle Golf Course, perfect for practising your swing.
Take a walk around the estate with the Countryside Ranger to learn more about the local wildlife – including birds, deer and flora. Or why not enjoy the adventure or racing around the mountain bike trail through the bushes and trees?
Hoddom Castle was originally built in the 1560s by Sir John Maxwell of Terregles, possibly as a barracks and defensive building against English invaders. It was updated in the 19th century to give it more of a Scots Baronial style, though many of the Victorian additions have since been demolished.
5. Castle Bay Holiday Park
This park enjoys beautiful views of Dunskey Castle and looks out beyond it to the Irish Sea from a spot on the coast, near Portpatrick.
Dunskey Castle was a massive tower-house built in the mid-16th century for the Adairs of Kinhilt – the same family that owned the castle of St John in Stranraer – and the long wing to the north was added in the 1620s. By 1700 the whole building was derelict.
You can continue along the coastal path that runs past the castle to visit the town of Portpatrick, a pretty town of pastel-coloured houses.
6. Scone Camping & Caravanning Club Site
Pitch up in the ground of Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s fascinating palaces, where Kings were once crowned.
At Scone Palace you will find yourself in one of the most historic family homes in Scotland. It is the crowning place of many memorable Scottish monarchs, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. Witness the place where the Stone of Destiny once stood, discover some of the rooms Queen Victoria would have relaxed in on her visit in 1842, and admire the crafty needlework of Mary Queen of Scots.
A day at the palace would not be complete without a spot of afternoon tea in the café, or even a picnic in the magnificent grounds.
7. Camping Pods At Brodick Castle
This grand castle has stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Firth of Clyde. Explore the grounds which include landscapes gardens, woodland trails, wildlife ponds and even waterfalls. Inside the castle you’ll find treasures too, from the impressive collection of period furniture to the silverware, paintings and sporting trophies.