Explore Scotland's camping sites

A land of contrasts, Scotland is rich in history and culture, scenery and cities. It’s famous for the romantic landscapes and mountain views we often see on postcards – the jagged crests of the Highlands, glens that are lush with plants in summer, and wide, deep lochs which may or may not hide mythical beasts.

But there’s much more to the country than this. Sweeping bays of golden sandy beaches and chiseled headlands plunge into foamy waters where you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins and seals; vibrant cities combine long-standing tradition with modern amusements; and in winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky in a magical display of greens, blues and yellows.

Camping in Scotland gives you access to all this and more – you can delve into Scottish history at its various castles and museums, sample its diverse whiskies at distilleries across the nation and enjoy the lively atmosphere at its festivals and events.

 

Aberdeenshire

Home to the Cairngorms National Park and miles of unspoilt coastline, Aberdeenshire is an ideal destination for an active holiday.

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Edinburgh

Scotland’s vibrant capital is perched high above the Lothians and mixes historic attractions and modern entertainment, with plenty to keep all ages occupied. 

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Scottish Borders

Rolling hills, moorland and agricultural plains make for a peaceful and relaxing holiday camping in the Scottish Borders, where you choose how active you are.

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Angus

Set on Scotland’s east coast, Angus is a beautiful region with lots of historic sites to explore and outdoor activities to try. 

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Fife

Bordered on three sides by water, Fife has a lot to offer visitors, from rural landscapes and quaint fishing villages to exciting attractions and adrenaline sports.

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South Lanarkshire

Scotland’s most populous county, Lanarkshire combines industrial towns with fine countryside – and through it all runs the rushing River Clyde.

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Dumfries & Galloway

This southern stretch of Scotland combines crumbling coastline with old smugglers’ coves, abandoned castles and world-class hiking.

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Highlands

One of Britain’s last great wildernesses, the Highlands are a splendid backdrop for outdoor activities, tranquil escapes and experiencing Scottish culture.

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Reasons to visit Scotland

Listing all the reasons to visit the camping sites in Scotland would take hours, but here are some of the highlights.

Adventure sports

Scotland is the perfect place to step outside your comfort zone and get your pulse racing. Its landscapes lend themselves to a huge variety of adventure sports, from land-based pursuits such as mountain biking, through water sports like white water rafting to snow sports. Beginners can enjoy taster sessions with qualified instructors across the country, while seasoned adventurers can take themselves off to trails and lochs to explore.

The Cairngorms National Park is ideal for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, with three of Scotland’s resorts being based here. The Lecht is great for families and beginners, while CairnGorm Mountain is a popular haunt for snow enthusiasts and has a fun terrain park with rails and kickers.

White water rafting brings plenty of thrills if you’re visiting in spring or summer. It’s a fun activity for families and groups of friends – usually accompanied by lots of laughs and splashing. You’ll find several companies offering excursions on the River Spey and River Findhorn, with highly qualified guides putting you through your paces.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on land, head to Fife to try land yachting. This combination of sailing and karting whisks you over the sandy shoreline, giving you a buzz alongside a dose of fresh air. After a demonstration, you’ll have chance to practise your ‘sailing’ – it’s a great workout and highly entertaining.

Tranquil escapes

Not everyone looks for unbridled thrills on their camping holidays, so if it’s a tranquil escape you’re seeking, there are plenty of Scottish campsites that give you the chance to switch off and lose yourself in nature.

There’s nothing like fishing for indulging in some quiet contemplation surrounded by exquisite scenery. The beautiful Highland rivers are prime salmon fishing spots, but also have a good stock of brown trout between April and July. For pike and coarse fishing, head to Loch Awe, Loch Tay or Loch Lomond. As always, be sure to check permit requirements and restrictions before heading to the water.

Scotland has plenty of places to ramble too, and in some of the country’s more remote parts, you might spend a whole morning without coming across another walker. The Great Trails are waymarked paths that are mostly off-road and traffic free, and can be walked in part or – if you’re feeling ambitious – in full.

Conic Hill on the West Highland Way takes in stunning views of the banks of Loch Lomond and is easy enough for families to tackle. There are also short tracks around Montrose Basin in Angus, which little legs will manage easily, and the chance to spot seals and otters will keep them going.

Entertaining events

Scotland has developed a fascinating culture which it’s fiercely proud of. A great way to sample it is by attending one of the nation’s fantastic events.

Between May and September you can visit one of the many Highland games that take place across the country. Watch competitors test their strength in a tug-o-war or caber toss, be dazzled by Highland dancers and awed by piping bands. The biggest games, such as the Cowal Highland Gathering have lots for children to get involved in, such as crafts, archery, water zorbing and puppet shows too.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is another way to immerse yourself in Scottish culture. With theatre, dance, comedy and more, there’s something to suit all ages. Kids can listen to storytelling, watch magic shows and marvel at circus acts, while adults can enjoy folk music, stand-up comedy and visual art exhibitions.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

With some of the best campsites in Scotland on our network, Experience Freedom is the ideal place to start when you’re looking for a camping or glamping holiday. You’ll have a choice of both peaceful and family-oriented sites that are near to a wealth of attractions and wildernesses. Select a region to find out more about the campsites there or use our Search and Book tool to book your holiday online.