Campsites in Scotland

From the rugged coastlines of the north east to the magnificent mountains in the north, our campsites in Scotland allow you to explore the whole country and its varying landscapes. Discover Scotland’s past and its many ruined castles, explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster or visit the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Wherever you choose to go camping in Scotland, you’ll find spectacular scenery, outdoor pursuits and attractions to keep you entertained. Read more.

Culzean Castle

culzean

Not only is this campsite in the grounds of the fairy tale Culzean Castle, it also enjoys spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Arran where the sunsets have to be seen to be believed.

Top site for photography
Top site for dogs
Top site for beaches
Top site for photography
Top site for dogs
Top site for beaches

Dingwall

dingwall

Perfect place for exploring the Highlands, Dingwall is a place you will definitely want to stay. Leave the car behind and let the train to see some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.

Dunbar

dunbar

Located on Scotland’s east coast, dubbed the ‘sunshine coast’, this campsite has a sandy surfing beach nearby. Edinburgh is just a short car journey from the campsites.

Top site for beaches
Top site for beaches

Glencoe

glencoe

Set in a stunning location with pitches enjoying spectacular views of the mountains, this campsite is surrounded by woodland managed by the National Trust for Scotland; perfect walking country.

Top site for photography
Top site for photography

Inverewe Gardens Poolewe

inverewe

Our most northerly Scottish campsite in the Western Highlands has the complete package; extra hours of daylight in June, wildlife on your doorstep, and the most spectacular sunsets in Scotland.

Jedburgh

jedburgh

This campsite is a peaceful retreat from which to explore the history and rolling countryside of the Borders. Within easy reach of the campsite are many restaurants, take away eateries and pubs.

Milarrochy Bay

milarrochy

This site is situated on the eastern shore of the picturesque Loch Lomond with its tranquil sandy shores. It's the perfect base for walking the West Highland Way - a long distance footpath that runs for 95 miles from Glasgow to Fort William.

Top site for watersports
Top site for photography
Site within National Park
Top site for fishing
Top site for watersports
Top site for photography
Site within National Park
Top site for fishing

Loch Ness Shores

Loch-Ness

Loch Ness, one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, provides the stunning backdrop to one of the Club’s newest campsites. Located on the Loch’s south shore, the 99-pitch site offers year-round camping in picturesque surroundings.

Top site for fishing
Top site for fishing

Luss

luss

Perfectly situated on the banks of Loch Lomond, this campsite and the village of Luss are set in a conservation area in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Pitch on the banks of the Loch, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Top site for watersports
Top site for photography
Site within National Park
Top site for fishing
Great site for couples
Top site for watersports
Top site for photography
Site within National Park
Top site for fishing
Great site for couples

Moffat

moffat

An ideal stop-over site when travelling through Scotland, this campsite is also a beautiful place to spend time and explore the Scottish Lowlands. The campsite is very close to the picturesque town of Moffat with everything you need on the doorstep.

Great site for couples
Top site for walking
Great site for couples
Top site for walking

Nairn

nairn

A level and sheltered campsite in a beautiful Highland forest, Nairn is situated near the town’s blue flag, sandy beach. Whilst on the campsite you might be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel, or catch sight of dolphins playing in the Moray Firth close by.

Top site for play area
Top site for beaches
Top site for play area
Top site for beaches

Oban

oban

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, and set in a beautiful, walled vegetable garden, this campsite is ideally located for enjoying Scotland’s west coast and islands. The town of Oban is around 13 miles away, from where you can take a ferry to one of the Western Isles.

Rosemarkie

rosemarkie

On the shore of the Moray Firth, Rosemarkie has it all – beautiful hills and woodland behind, stunning views over the bay, and a glimpse of a dolphin or two playing in the sea. A short walk away from the campsite is Chanonry Lighthouse, the perfect place to watch seals.

Top site for beaches
Top site for beaches

Scone

scone

This campsite is a wildlife lover’s paradise. Osprey, deer and rare black rabbits are all visitors to the estate of Scone Palace, on which this site is located. Nearby Quarrymill Woodland Park has a colony of red squirrels and many way marked paths to enjoy on foot.

Skye

skye

Set on the Isle of Skye, on a working croft, the site is perfectly positioned to enjoy the isle’s stunning scenery and dramatic history, alongside the area’s famous Highland castles. Skye is a place where time is irrelevant and where history greets you at every turn.

Top site for photography
Top site for fishing
Top site for dogs
Top site for photography
Top site for fishing
Top site for dogs

Speyside by Craigellachie

Speyside

Just a ‘stone’s throw’ from the campsite you'll find the infamous whisky distilleries of Speyside that draw upon ancient springs to create the national drink. Set on a gentle, south facing slope, the campsite is sheltered with trees, providing shade but also preserving its open feel.

Tarland by Deeside

tarland

An area renowned for its spectacular scenery, just outside the Cairngorms National Park, this area has been favoured by royalty for many years; indeed Queen Victoria chose the area for her Balmoral home in the 1850’s. A tranquil park set in the most exquisite part of Scotland.

Site within National Park
Site within National Park

Lauder

lauder

A beautiful river runs the full length of this peaceful and tranquil campsite in the Scottish borders. With plenty to see in the local area, and a short drive away from Edinburgh, this is the perfect site to explore Scotland’s lush border country.


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Things to do: Camping in Scotland

Explore Scotland’s cities

Edinburgh is the country’s capital and second largest city (Glasgow being the largest) and was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses in Europe. Today there’s plenty to do in and around Edinburgh.

Climb to the top of the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat which perches above the city and is visible from most places. It’s a relatively easy hike for most and gives you a good view of the city and surrounding area.

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Scotland and sits on top of the city’s other extinct volcano. Look out for the regular events and re-enactments for a taste of what life was like at the castle.

Glasgow sits in Scotland’s Lowlands and is the third most populated city in the UK. There’s plenty to do in the city, with options for family days out as well as great eateries for couples camping in Scotland. Head to the awe inspiring Glasgow Cathedral for a delightful example of Scottish gothic architecture. Glasgow Science Centre is great for the whole family, offering education on all things space, the human body, quantum physics and more. On the quieter side, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has one of the best collections of art in Europe. Just like with most big cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow have bus tours available so you can see the sights from the comfort of a double decker bus.

Delve into history

Scotland boasts many castles in various states. Some of the best to visit are:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Stirling Castle

One of the most historical buildings in Scotland, Scone Palace is well worth a visit for its exhibitions, events and outdoor activities. Learn all about the castle, the crowing place of Robert the Bruce and Macbeth and explore the grounds which span 100 acres.

Skara Brae is a Neotholic settlement in the Orkney Isles. Travel to the site by ferry and discover what life was like over 5,000 years ago. Being the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Western Europe, a walk around the village is eye opening for all ages.

One of the most scenic rail journeys in the world is on the West Highland Railway Line. Travel along the Glenfinnan Viaduct which was used in the filming of the Harry Potter films, go past Loch Awe to Oban or journey the wilderness of Fort William.

Scotland has plenty of museums to keep all ages entertained. We recommend:

  • Museum of Scotland
  • Museum of Flight
  • National War Museum
  • Highland Folk Museum

Enjoy a taste of Scotland

It’s believed whisky making began in Scotland and today there are over 120 distilleries’, many of which you can visit. Cardhu in Speyside was founded in 1811 and offers a range of guided tours. You’ll get an insight into the brewing process as well as a taste of the final result. The Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Dalwhinnie are others worth visiting. Wherever you camp in Scotland, you’ll find a nearby distillery to discover.

Scotland’s national dish is haggis which was traditionally served as the star of a Burns Supper. Onions, oatmeal, various meats and spices are combined to make the delicious dish. Served with tatties and neeps (potatoes and turnips), you’ll find the dish to try in eateries throughout Scotland.

Shortbread, Cranachan and Scottish tablet are among the traditional sweet treats to try throughout your stay.

National Parks

With two national parks and a huge variety of landscapes to explore, Scotland will never leave you looking far for outdoor adventures.

The Cairngorms National Park is home to a spectacular mountain range, offering plenty of activities for all ages and abilities. There are hundreds of trails and paths for walking and cycling with routes available at the visitor centres throughout the park. There are eight castles, 12 golf courses, nine nature reserves and a bridge based bungee jump to fill your days. The Cairngorms are also renowned for being great for UK snowsports and watersports.

Camping within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park give you access to outdoor activities galore. The park has a number of hillwalking opportunities including Gouk Hill which provides views over Loch Lomond, Callander Crags with the nearby Bracklinn Falls and Strone Hill, offering views over the Firth of Clyde and the sea lochs. There are plenty of cycling and walking trails varying in difficulty with some suitable for the whole family. With its varying landscapes of sea lochs, mountains and rocky coastline the park boasts a range of rich habitats for local wildlife. Read deer, red squirrel, black grouse and birds of prey can all be seen.

Other Scottish Attractions

Here are a few of the best places to visit and things to do when staying on a campsite in Scotland.

Loch Ness is not only the home of the mythical Loch Ness Monster; it’s also surrounded by scenery and history. The ruins of Urquart Castle can be found on the hillside above the water, arrive by boat or view from a distance on a Loch Ness Cruise.

The Riverside Museum in Glasgow is free to enter and has exhibits on vintage cars, ships, trams and much more. Just outside of the museum on the river you can board the S. S. Glenlee which is a real favourite with kids.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers a huge 72 acres of land to explore and views of Edinburgh’s fantastic skyline with no entry cost. Enjoy the world-famous Rock Garden and a wide range of different fauna and flora.

With animals from every corner of the globe, great facilities and activities to keep kids entertained, Edinburgh Zoo makes a great day out. The UK’s only giant pandas are housed at the zoo which is part of RZSS, one of Scotland’s conservation charities.

To find events taking place near your campsite or to see more things to do in Scotland, visit our What’s On guide.