If you’re seeking epic mountain views, stretched white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water, there really is no other place like the home of the loch ness monster, Scotland. As soon as you hit that border, your mind is continuously blown as you drive the scenery on offer. One moment you’re in the middle of tall mountains, tipping above the clouds and next you’re greeted by long stretches of irresistible water, which often look too good not to jump into.
With vanlifers still very much being welcomed in Scotland (Check out VisitScotland for the latest Covid Guidelines and Wild Camping tips) there really is no better place to escape to this year. Whilst many visiting Scotland in a campervan will look to venture off the beaten track, we know that some of you still enjoy the comforts and security a campsite has to offer – plus we all need to empty and refill out tanks right?
Take a look at some of our favourite campsites and pitch ups in Scotland, all tried and tested by a member of the Quirky team. For the off-grid campers, we’ve added a couple of wild park ups just for you – you’re welcome!
Do you dream of stargazing by the water? Then this campsite is definitely the one for you. Fit for the queen herself, this campsite offers you picturesque views and direct access to Loch Tummel. Bring along your swimming shorts, small boat and/or canoe and explore Loch Tummel your way.
You can also take advantage of your free fishing permit and enjoy your catch of the day fresh that evening on the bbq. What more could you ask for?
Located in the magnificent county of Perth, surrounded by picture perfect forests and rushing rivers, there are plenty of hiking opportunities and mountain bike trails nearby. With the Cairngorms National Park, arguably one of the most beautiful national parks in the UK being approximately an hours drive away, this really is the perfect place for anyone wanting to experience the true nature of Scotland.
Notable Features: Dog Friendly | Loos & Showers | Pub Closeby
This wonderful family run campsite is set on the world famous Isle of Skye, known for breathtaking mountain landscapes, fairy pools and uninterrupted coastline. Enjoy views from every angle, as Kinloch Campsite sits directly on the shores of Loch Dunvegan. With hot showers, toilets and laundry facilities, this pet-friendly campsite has everything a camper could possibly dream of. It’s also been said that if you’re lucky, you may spy the northern lights!
This campsite is perfectly placed for those wanting to partake in some site seeing on their camping holiday. You can even take the historic Glenelg ferry to visit the outer hebrides. Whether you choose to catch a theatre show in the local town of Portree or take a dip in the blue/green pools in Aalt Daraich – Kinloch Campsite is a wonderful base to come back to in the evening.
Notable Features: Electric Hookup | Loos & Showers | Dog Friendly | WiFi
This motorhome, camping and caravan park is perfect for those seeking a bit an R&R. Maybe you’re looking for a peaceful place to lay your head after a long action-packed trip? Maybe you’d simply just like to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and have some quiet time to yourself? Either way, The Walled Garden offers all that and more.
There’s even a small putting green on site for those looking to partake in some gentle sport. There’s a separate play area for children and even a playground suitable for children below 8.
Drenched in history, this campsite which was once a maze in Victorian times, then went on to become a vegetable patch during the war. For keen swimmers, there’s even a small stream a short walk away, perfect for a wild dip.
It may be easier to state what is nearby in this case; no matter what kind of camping trip you’re wanting to experience, The Walled Garden has you covered. From horse riding to castle tours, there are plenty of attractions nearby to keep you and your family entertained. This is the ideal campsite to begin or end your holiday in Scotland as it’s not too far from the Scottish borders. There are plenty of hiking trails and dog friendly walks nearby, with some directly accessed from the campsite.
Notable Features: Electric Hookup | Loos & Showers | Dog Friendly
Wanting to experience wild camping without going too off-grid? Then have we got a treat for you! This beautiful park is set along Cowal’s longest sandy beach. With BBQ and toilet facilities, it really is the perfect place to eeze you into parking up on the wild side.
Spend your days splashing in the sea or hiking well-known trails nearby and your evenings playing games sat around one of the many picnic tables available.
Located in Argyll Forest Park, you will be truly spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking trails. Take a trip to the Dunoon, hire a boat, visit the Castle House Museum or watch a film at the local independent cinema. If you’re looking to experience something truly unique, how does Alpaca trekking sound? Situated in the beautiful Renfrewshire Countryside, Larch Green Alpacas hosts regular meet and greet sessions, alongwith treks and much more.
Notable Features: BBQ Spots | Loos | Picnic Tables | Free Spot
As it’s namesake suggests, this park up is the ideal stop over on a romantic getaway. Whilst this spot does not boast any facilities, it does offer exhilarating mountain views, surrounded by tall trees so green and perfect that you may just have to pinch yourself. For anyone seeking action during their Scottish adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to take on the great honeymoon bridge climb and there are lots of great bouldering spots nearby. This spot is also completely free!
Prepare to be blown away by the magnificent views at the famous Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint. It’s situated at the base of the Glen Coe, there are plenty of adventure spots closeby, including bouldering opportunities. Loch Lomond is approximately a half an hour’s drive away. It’s also the perfect stopping place for those exploring the West Coast of Scotland.
Notable Features: Picnic Tables | Free Spot | Bouldering Close by