Best campsites in Scotland

THERE IS something romantic about a night in a tent surrounded by nature.

And more people than ever seem to agree as 4.5 million holidaymakers across the UK have tried camping or caravanning for the first time in the past three years.


Camping holidays are booming
Wild camping on Calgary Bay


Wild camping on Calgary Bay

So-called Covid campers have taken to their tents in droves, with 16.4 million people enjoying a trip in 2021.

With the cost of living hitting families in the pocket, hot summer weather delaying a break from camping is a perfect way to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank.

Now new research, from commercial property firm Savoy Stewart, has revealed the most beautiful campsites across the country, from Glen Nevis in the Highlands to Calgary Bay on Mull.

Darren Best of Savoy Stewart said: “Although camping has been a common practice in the UK for a long time, its popularity is growing steadily and a new generation is exploring camping trips. Not only is it an affordable way to enjoy your vacation, but it brings you closer to nature and the environment more than any hotel room ever will.

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“And there’s no need to travel overseas, as the UK is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and regions of exceptional beauty. With a diverse range of landscapes, coastlines and mountains to fields and forests, you need look no further than a car or train ride to find your next perfect camping spot.

Here are the eight most perfect places to settle down.

Glen Nevis – Highlands

Set in beautiful surroundings, this award-winning campsite has Ben Nevis as its backdrop.

Glen Nevis has a stunning backdrop


Glen Nevis has a stunning backdrop

There are five fields of tent pitches on the site, near Fort William.

But if you don’t feel like roughing it, there are also glamping pods and caravans for rent.

And the site is also offering a special for later in the year, offering four nights for the price from September to early November.

Rothiemurchus – The Cairngorms

HIDDEN in the towering Caledonian pines of Rothiemurchus Forest, campers can get closer to nature.

The land is owned, managed and maintained by Johnnie Grant – the 16th Laird of Rothiemurchus – and his family, who have looked after the area for centuries.

The park offers sheltered camping in a wild setting as well as sheltered flat pitches for touring caravans.

And there’s plenty for visitors to do, too, with activities ranging from pony trekking to ax throwing.

Glenbrittle – Skye

THIS site presents itself as an “antidote to the pressures of modern life”.

Founded in the 1960s, it is located on the rugged west coast of Skye, just at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains.

And it offers the heights of back-to-nature wilderness camping with facilities nearby, for those in need of some pampering.

If you are a fan of climbing and hiking, this is the ideal base.

Calgary Bay – Isle of Mull

If you want to get off the beaten track, this is the place.

Other than a few public toilets, there are no facilities here – just a stream for washing and drinking.

But if you’re ready to go wild, the views are worth it.

Campers can open their tents in the morning at sunrise over the beautiful white sands and turquoise waters of Macchair Beach.

Fidden Farm – Isle of Mull

ANOTHER location on Mull, this site has more amenities – and just as many jaw-dropping views.

Fidden Farm campsite is directly on the beach


Fidden Farm campsite is directly on the beach

The family-run place is located on the shore, which gives the impression of camping directly on the beach.

It is also the ideal place to observe Scottish wildlife, such as nesting birds and seals.

And it’s only a mile from the ferry port to Iona, so it’s ideal for a day trip and island hopping.

Ruberslaw Wild Wood – Borders

THIS unique camping haven is set on 500 acres in the heart of the Teviot Valley,

The site turns 10 this year and they are marking the occasion by planting an impressive

There are plenty of quirky places to set up shop in Ruberslaw, from the walled garden to the wild woods, that guarantee no neighboring campers.

And if you’re looking for something more luxurious, there are also woodland safari tents on offer with cooking facilities and composting toilets.

Marthrow of Mabie – Galloway

NESTLED on a forest track, it’s the perfect woodland retreat.

You can pitch your own tent at the site, located in Mabie Forest, Dumfries and Galloway.

Or for something different, campers can rent a yurt or teepee and enjoy a wood-fired sauna or dip in the hot tub under starry skies.

The site has even advertised itself as an alternative wedding venue, with beloved couples getting caught under the forest canopy or inside its Celtic rotunda.

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Campsite Kilvercht – Perthshire

IF you’re looking to get away from it all, this place offers some serious peace and quiet.

This campsite is the place of calm and tranquility


This campsite is the place of calm and tranquility

The camp’s website boasts, “If you’re looking for a campsite that offers nightly entertainment, bars and restaurants, this isn’t the place for you.”

The only sounds you’re likely to hear at the site – located above scenic Loch Rannoch in Highland Perthshire – are birdsong.

There is plenty of space to settle in and great facilities are on offer.

Sally J. Minick