Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland

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Head into the wild and venture north to Scotland’s most remote and picturesque landscapes. Ensure you’re a happy camper by ditching the stresses of city life in favour of dramatic scenery and surreal tranquillity under the stars. Here’s our round up of the coolest spots to camp in Scotland.

Loch Tay

Journey to the dark waters of the Loch Tay, the largest loch in Perthshire and explore the heart of the highlands. Trade in the flimsy tent for a far more glamorous wigwam – a wooden hut-like structure that comes complete with home comforts like a fridge and kettle – and if you really want to push the boat out, bagsy one with an en-suite bathroom. Nestled in the comfort of your wooden abode you can enjoy views of the Ben Lawers mountain range and visit the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, the wife of Alexander King of Scots.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. Stone Age Crannog at Loch Tay © Alanfin/iStock/Thinkstock (http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-stone-age-crannog/467148793)
Stone Age Crannog at Loch Tay © Alanfin/iStock/Thinkstock

Little Loch Broom

Looking for the ideal locale to go off grid? Then Loch Broom in Badrallach is your answer. Situated on the edge of Scoraig peninsula, the area is home to one of the most remote campsites in Scotland. Wet or dry, windy or sunny, there’s plenty of wildlife to observe and an abundance of activities to keep you busy, including travelling further afield to the challenging heights of the Scottish Munros.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. Dawn at the mountains © oceanwhisper/iStock/Thinkstock (http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-dawn-in-the-mountains/470563561)
Dawn at the mountains © oceanwhisper/iStock/Thinkstock

Sandwood Bay

You’ll definitely have to pinch yourself whilst looking out onto the vast expanse of pretty sand dunes at Sandwood Bay to remember you are actually in Scotland. A designated Special Area of Conservation, camping out here offers first-hand experience of one of the most unusual habitats in Europe.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. Sandwood Bay © Jakub Solovsky/Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsolovsky/9305783149)
Sandwood Bay © Jakub Solovsky/Flickr

Horgabost, Isle of Harris

Travelling to the Outer Hebrides puts you in a prime spot to channel you inner adventurer and give mountaineering, kite surfing or a whole host of other outdoor activities a try. Take in the dramatic scenery and enjoy idyllic sandy shorelines. Just don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. Horgabost © Catriona Savage/Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/catrionasavage/2814189173)
Horgabost © Catriona Savage/Flickr

Galloway Forest Park

The enchanting waters of Loch Enoch will mesmerise even the most seasoned of campers. A trip to Galloway is an exploration of majestic landscapes – from rugged mountainous slopes to engulfing forests and moorlands. By day you get to explore the many species of flora and fauna, and by night, plan nocturnal stargazing expeditions, making the most of staying within one of the Scotland’s darkest locations.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. A sky full of awesomeness © Paul Willows/Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcwillows/6661315845)
A sky full of awesomeness © Paul Willows/Flickr

Isle of Lewis

You’ll never be bored camping on the Isle of Lewis. With a number of fascinating prehistoric remains including the famous Gaelic standing stones of Callanish, which offers magical views come sun down, and the ancient Iron Age Broch of Dun Carloway, a trip to Isle of Lewis is like setting up camp in the middle of a museum.

Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland. Northern lights at Callinish Stones © RichardALock/iStock/Thinkstock (http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-northern-lights-callanish-stones/480160051)
Northern lights at Callinish Stones © RichardALock/iStock/Thinkstock

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Coolest Places to Camp in Scotland was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Chantelle Symester