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Camping in the Cairngorms

Campsites in the Cairngorms

Famous for its royal connections and Balmoral castle, the Cairngorms National Park is great for those looking to camp in north east Scotland. Discover our campsites near the Cairngorms here.

1 Cairngorms Campsite

Tarland by Deeside
Scotland, Aberdeenshire
4.5 (92)

Enjoy this peaceful Aberdeenshire campsite in the east of Scotland just outside the Cairngorms National Park, in an area favoured by royalty.

Key Facilities
  • There is a motorhome service point on site for disposal of grey waste and filling up of fresh water. Some Club Sites may also offer a stop off service for none camping members on payment of a small fee (please check with site or on dedicated web page).
  • Pets welcome on site.
  • There is a designated dog walk on site.
  • Wireless internet access through various other providers. Note: may only be available on parts of the site.
  • The site has flushing toilet facilities.
  • Showers on site.
  • There are washbasins on site.

Tarland by Deeside

The Club’s Tarland by Deeside campsite lies just outside the Cairngorms National Park, and shares the same stunning scenery as Balmoral Castle.

More about camping in the Cairngorms

Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the national park includes Aviemore, the Angus Glens, Atholl, Glenshee and the Royal Deeside and Donside area. This gives those camping in Cairngorms a huge area to explore and plenty to do.

The parks native forest, moorland, wetlands and tranquil lochs are home to many endangered species including the golden eagle, water vole and red squirrel. Cairngorms’ camping gives you a real look into the nature of Scotland and all it has to offer.

Things to do in the Cairngorms

Those looking for camp sites in Scotland with plenty of sporting opportunities will be interested to know that Cairngorms is a great place for all outdoor pursuits. Mountain biking, canoeing, cycling, climbing, skiing, fishing, horse riding and shooting are just a fraction of the activities on offer.

When camping at Tarland by Deeside you’ll be surrounded by plenty of history and cultural heritage (there are castles, fortified houses and estates to explore!). There are plenty of local distilleries to explore which pride themselves in making authentic Scottish tipples like Caorunn Gin and chocolate whisky.

Active campers at Cairngorms National Park can get involved in organised guided walks, talks and other outdoor events.

Places to visit

Balmoral Castle and Gardens to the south west of Tarland Club campsite has been the Highland holiday home of the Royal Family since 1852. Explore the grounds and enjoy a guided walk or Land Rover safari.

Find out how Scotch whisky is made at the Royal Lochnager Distillery Visitor Centre near Balmoral Castle.

Nine miles west of Balmoral is the village of Braemer with its imposing castle and the Braemar Highland Heritage Centre.

You’ll find the ruins of Kindrochit Castle here also.

Head north to see the striking Corgarff Castle with its star-shaped fortification and the Glenlivet Estate which offers a wide range of visitor attractions and places of interest including the Tomintoul Museum, Glenlivet Distiliery and Blairfindy Castle.

There’s also a host of waymarked walking and cycling trails and fishing available.

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