Planning a sweet escape this summer? Why not take in the incredible sights of the Scottish countryside? Better yet, why not do it from the comfort of your very own campervan?
From serene loch-side pitches to rugged cliff-top spots, Scotland is full of incredible campsites. So how do you pick just one? We’ve put together a list of our personal favourites, to help you get off to the best start possible when you finally sit down and begin planning your trip of a lifetime.
Some Scottish campsites enjoy a scenic setting shrouded by mountains, others sit by an ice-blue loch or a wee burn that ripples through the heart of the site. Caolasnacon boasts all three, as well as catatonically relaxed owners who let campers pitch where they want and light campfires too. Yes, they take caravans and have some statics, but they also treat campers with respect and nothing really detracts from what is definitely the most appealing campsite in the area.
The pitches by the loch are ideal for kayakers and canoeists, who can just launch out into Loch Leven, while walkers will want to pitch further inland for the easiest access to the mountains – the Mamores across the water to the north, and Glen Coe’s epic mountainscapes to the south.
Ormsaigberg, Kilchoan, Acharacle
Ardnamurchan clings to the coast just a few miles from the tip of a rocky finger of land that’s as far west as Britain goes. You approach it (slowly) via a ferry and a sinuous single-track road that hems in the crumpled and craggy landscape and makes getting here an escapade in itself.
The site is situated to the west of the village of Kilchoan, on a small south-facing croft that has stunning views down the Sound of Mull to Morven and Mull. This far-flung location makes it the most westerly campsite on the British mainland. Remarkably, it is the brainchild of one man, Trevor Potts, who has turned an old croft into this Elysian camping field.
Loch Lomond, Rowardennan, Dunbartonshire