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21+ Campsites in the Scottish Highlands

Camping in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are unsurprisingly a popular camping destination in the UK as it's flooded with dramatic coastlines, breathtaking views, sandy beaches and picturesque castles and gardens. Camping in the Highlands is a great way to escape city life and embrace the wonderful outdoors. View our Highland campsites and discover everything you can do on a holiday in this breathtaking part of Scotland below.

Highland camping FAQs

What are the best campsites in the Scottish Highlands?

We have a variety of campsites scattered around the Highlands. Here are some of our popular Club Sites in and near the Highlands.

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Can you wild camp in the Highlands?
The rules for wild camping in the UK can be complex and vary depending on where in the UK you choose to camp. Check out our wild camping guide for all information you’ll need.
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Can I camp near Ben Nevis?
Our Glencoe Club Site is just a 30-minute drive from Ben Nevis. To find member-exclusive campsites near the famous mountain, click here.
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Are there any family-friendly campsites in the Highlands?

Yes. We have several family-friendly campsites in and near the Highlands. Our most popular campsites are,

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Which campsites in the Highlands allow dogs?

All of our campsites in the Highlands allow dogs. Just look for the dog-friendly facility icons on the campsite page. You can find all our dog-friendly campsites here or look below for our popular dog-friendly Club Sites in the Highlands.

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Things to do and see while camping in the Highlands

No matter how long you plan on staying in the Highlands, you'll never have a dull moment as there's so much to explore. Here's an insight into all the fun things you can do whilst camping in the Highlands.

Explore the outdoors

The Highlands are known to be home to the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Not only does it have an influx of visitors eager to tick Ben Nevis off their bucket list, but the North of Scotland is also very well known for its beautiful landscapes, greenery, waterfalls and, of course, the Loch Ness Monster.

If you love walking, hiking or cycling, there are tons of places with charming scenery and picturesque views that make for a great day out. These include,

You can also check out the outstanding views from the Highlands' many lighthouses, including,

No matter what time of year you visit the Highlands, you'll find stunning waterfalls scattered all around. Some popular waterfalls include,

Take a moment to visit a Scottish loch

Whether you believe in the Scottish folklore of the Loch Ness Monster that lives in the large freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, or you're after breathtaking landscapes and fun watersport activities, a visit to one of the Highland lochs is a must. You can take your camera and snap beautiful pictures of the calm waters or enjoy watersport activities such as canoeing and kayaking.

Some of the most popular lochs in the Highlands include:

  • Loch Lomond
  • Loch Katrine
  • Loch Ard
  • Loch Morlich
  • Loch Tay

Wonder through medieval castles and stunning gardens

Mountains, picture-perfect scenery and lochs are just some of the things that come to mind when you think of the Highlands. Scotland ranks highly for having the most iconic castles in the world. The Highlands house 16 of these magical buildings, so whilst you're camping in the area, take a moment to explore the castles and take in the country's rich history. Here are some popular castles and gardens to visit in the Highlands.

Relax on Scottish sandy beaches

If you're visiting our Highland campsites in the summer months, you must spend a day on the beach. Here are some beautiful beaches in the North of Scotland.

  • Nairn Beach
  • Sandwood Bay Beach
  • Achmelvich Bay
  • Camusdarach Beach
  • Melvich Beach
  • Dornoch Beach
  • Balnakeil Beach

You can also plan ahead and pack all the things you'll need for the beach with our beach packing checklist.

More things to do in the Scottish Highlands

If you need a break from all the outdoor exploring, you can enjoy plenty more fun activities that the Highlands has to offer. You can visit the Highland Wildlife Park and see great museums such as the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum or the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. You can also explore caves, go skiing, biking and tree climbing with Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and you can visit The Singleton Distillery.

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