Best Campsites in Scotland

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By Jade Hadden

As the summer holidays draw closer, it’s the ideal time for you to grab your camping gear and set off into the outdoors! If you’re in the neighbourhood, you should try out some of the best campsites in Scotland.

VisitScotland has analysed Instagram and TripAdvisor data to discover which of Scotland’s campsites are getting the most commendation for their Instagram views.

Here are VisitScotland’s recommendations for a fun, family summer:

 

Spectacular Stargazing

Horgabost Campsite, Isle Of Harris

The remote campsite of Horgabost boasts views over the water of Taransay Island, which is believed to be the largest island in Scotland without a permanent population. Visitors may even be lucky enough to glimpse the flickering Northern Lights, due to being so far North, so unsurprisingly, TripAdvisor reviews are 92% positive.

 

Invercaimbe Caravan And Camping, Arisaig

Surrounded by a rocky shore and a beach not so far away, this is the perfect west coastal spot to grab your telescopes and gaze into the night’s sky. With a 5star TripAdvisor rating, this is a must visit spot.

 

 

Beautiful Beaches

 

Fidden Farm Campsite, Isle Of Mull

 Escape to somewhere more tropical when visiting Fidden Farm, as their white sandy shores and crystal clear waters would make you question if you were still in Scotland. As the campsite is only meters away from the water, doze off to the sound of the natural waves crashing on the rocky shores. Visitor’s gave Fidden Farm 94% positive ratings.

 

Sands Caravan And Camping Park, Gairloch

Perched between a valley, moorland hills and golden sands, the north-west Sands Caravan Park prides itself with panoramic views. With a high rating of 91%, relax at this idyllic park.

 

Wild Woodlands

 

The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge

Take yourself back to nature as amongst the acres of pines are cosy rustic lodges for you and all the family to enjoy. TripAdvisor 90% rating surely recommends visiting during the winter months, when the snow dusts the surrounding thicket, encouraging you to grab the hot chocolate and snuggle under the blankets.

 

Ruberslaw Wild Woods, Scottish Borders

As the spring begins to blossom, this 98% positive rated woods is a must see as beautiful bluebells begin to sprout and lighten up the ground. It truly provides a magical feel.

 

Magnificent Mountains

Lomond Woods Holiday Park, Balloch

Be in awe of the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and dare to hike the marvellous mountains which surround Loch Lomond. This wooden park has been awarded Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award and boasts a mixture of luxury hot tub accommodation or glamping pods to suit every budget.

 

Kilvrecht Campsite, Pitlochry

The steep mountains on the southern shore of Lock Rannoch have been voted 100% positive by TripAdvisor due to their challenging hikes but beautiful botanical views.

 

Stunning Sunrises

 

Port Mor Campsite, Isle Of Islay

This peaceful isle encourages the sun to sneak across the rocky ridges and surrounding water. Just a short walk to the local village, it’s not surprising that 84% of TripAdvisor reviews recommend this campsite.

 

Ardnamurchan Campsite, Lochaber

Stunning views down the sound of Mull, the westerly campsite reassures the early morning light to slither in and brighten any lingering clouds. With a 92% rating, escape to this Scottish Highlands retreat.

 

Soothing Sunsets

 

Wheems Organic Farm, Orkney

This family friend farm is perfect for the summer holidays, with a mixture of animals and horticulture facing the sea on the Island of South Ronaldsay. Due to the horizontal land, this is ideal location for a sunset, as 85% of TripAdvisor reviews agree.

 

Tantallon Caravan & Camping Park, East Lothian

Enjoy nature as this camping site as it has unparalleled views of the Bass Rock and the world’s largest colony of gannets. With the nearby Tantallon Castle, 75% of reviewers recommend this spot for its natural beauty.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about camping in Scotland, go to  https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/accommodation-ideas/campsites-scenic-views/ 

 

 

And finally if you enjoyed this post on the best campsites in Scotland, go and check out another post on the best campsites of Norway.

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Living in Manchester, UK.

37 thoughts on “Best Campsites in Scotland

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    Oh gosh! I want to go to Scotland SO bad, but camping there sounds so fun. What a great combo trip of camping AND exploring.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 5:16 am
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    I have never done camping in the UK before but I am so tempted to try it once. Scotland has always been on my list and we wanted to visit when we were in the UK recently but couldn’t as I was expecting and we didn’t want to strain myself. Next trip I am definitely covering Scotland! ☺️

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  • August 21, 2018 at 12:24 am
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    I just recently came across an article about the Isle of Skye and I fell in love with the place. Looks magical! What I didn’t know is that there are so many nice isles in Scotland. Oh my gosh! New place in my bucket list. 😀

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  • August 20, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    I have never been camping before but I do live in Scotland, these all sound like a wonderful place to go camping at.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    I have always wanted to visit Scotland. This is such a beautiful list of campsites. If I ever visit Scotland, I would definitely want to camp at any of these places.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:47 am
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    I would love to visit Scotland where I could have a camp that incorporates all of this from the mountains to the sunrises and sunsets. Just beautiful.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    Wow. Those campsites are so amazing. Scotland is one destination on my travel bucket list. Sure will look into staying at one or more of these camping spots one day.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 1:48 am
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    I’m now considering calling out sick from work this week and jetting to Scotland with my backpack….

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  • August 20, 2018 at 1:31 am
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    All of those campsites look pretty awesome. I would love to be out there Camping in Scottland. And going up into the mountains would be incredible.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    I love how you grouped the campsites into what the best views are in each. I would love to go camping in some of these areas of Scotland someday, or at least hike there! I also would love to see the botanic views in the Kilvrecht Campsite.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    i’ve really only ever been “glamping” but would love to try real camping. And Scotland is such a bucket list destination for me.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    You have compiled an awesome list. All the places look great. I would love to seek the sunrise views on my Scotland trip.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm
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    WOW! The landscape in Scotland is magical. I went a long time ago but after seeing these photos I think it just jumped up my bucket list!

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  • August 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    This list looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to explore the Scottish islands….now the hard part will be which one to choose. Thanks for the amazing list.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 11:31 am
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    What a brilliant post. Scotland is a beautiful country so camping there looks like such a great idea. You highlighted some really lovely places.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 7:04 am
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    Wow, so many lovely spots, and each is as good as the other! I’d love to camp with a view of the spectacular mountains as much as I would next to a beach. And stargazing would be so amazing in all of these places as well. Can’t wait to get to Scotland, I can’t believe I haven’t already made it there yet.

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  • August 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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    Never been to Scotland but these images and locations are all a beauty to behold. One will have such nice experience here for some outtings and camping with family.

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  • August 18, 2018 at 5:56 pm
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    Scotland is my absolute favorite place to travel to! I never actually thought about camping there but looking at these pics I may have to. 🙂

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  • August 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    Its a great list put together but would have loved to see more images.

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  • August 18, 2018 at 11:14 am
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    Although we’re still in summer, I most love the sound of the lazy duck! Snuggling under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and appreciating the Scottish landscape sounds wonderful to me. I’d also love to see Orkney one day; I’ve only seen photos and it looks simply stunning!

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  • August 18, 2018 at 9:59 am
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    I bet camping in some of these locations would be absolutely stunning. Camping there would also be a great way to save money on holidays x

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  • August 18, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    These all sound like incredible places to camp out and spend time adventuring in! Scotland is definitely one of my dream destinations.

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  • August 18, 2018 at 4:43 am
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    As much as I love nature, I’ve never taking to raw camping. I won’t say no to glamping with its amenities but I respect those who go out into the wild with just a tent and a burner stove to boil water for coffee. More power to ya!

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  • August 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    This is a good helpful list. Makes it easier to choose couple of them. I hope to be at least 2 of them when in Scotland.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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    I got to visit Scotland about 10 years ago! I would love to go back with my family!

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  • August 17, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    Wow. You have put together a great list. I especially loved the views at Invercaimbe Caravan And Camping, Arisaig.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 10:41 am
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    I never thought of Scotland as such a beautiful place to go camping. There are so many stunning options here.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 8:41 am
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    Oh my goodness, these photos are breathtaking! I love embracing nature when visiting new countries and I have been dying to be in the Scotland countryside. Def going to save this for a future trip!

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  • August 17, 2018 at 4:56 am
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    I would so go camping in these locations. Scotland has such beautiful landscapes and mountains.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    What an incredibly picturesque post! I’d certainly love to see all those beautiful views. That first image of the mountains from inside the tent is amazing. Waking up to that would be such a dream! Haven’t been to Scotland. One day!

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  • August 16, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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    We never camped when I lived in Scotland, so I’m amazed at the variety of camping sites. Funny how the East coast campsites seem to have higher ratings than the West coast ones — I’m more of a sunset person! But when you suggested that there might be northern lights visible at Horgabost, that made it rise to #1 for me!

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