Our Campsite Picks for 2022
Mainland Scotland & the Isle of Skye
As you travel around Scotland you will come across a number of really special campsites which stand out either because of their amenities and hospitality, or simply because of their exceptional location. If you’re lucky, maybe even all three.
Here’s our list of the best campsites to pitchup (or park up!) in Scotland. Some of these campsites are our personal faves and some we know are good because our customers recommend them again and again. We’d love to hear your thoughts on our recommendations, as well as any other special campsites you have stayed in that should be on the list.
The perfect places to park up or pitch up in Scotland
Campsites on the North West Coast
Applecross is a special village, a lovely pub, walks and views towards Raasay, Rhona and Skye. The campsite is large and a mix of tents, shepherd huts, static caravans, tents and electric hook ups. There are lots of showers and a wee shop. There are stone circles and plenty of red deer! Don’t forget to arrive via the famous hairpin road Bealach na Ba. Applecross is on the NC500 route.
Ardnamurchan Campsite, Ormsaigberg, Kilchoan, Acharacle
This campsite sits on the rocky land that is as west as you can go in Britain. Approach is via the Corran ferry and single track road. Once you arrive you have wonderful views down the Sound of Mull to Morven. Once an old croft it nows boasts just 20 tent pitches and 4 campervan hook-ups plus facilities. There are no campfires allowed.
We stumbled across this campsite one November afternoon. There is no reception and nobody telling you where to pitch. A sweet, small campsite with an honesty box, showers, a bothy and a small cottage. Set on the shores of Little Loch Broom and surrounded by beautiful wild countryside this is a stunning wee spot to find yourself.
100 metres from the beach, sea and hill views surround this site. Clachtoll is just an hour north of Ullapool and perfect for a night on the NC500 tour. This is a family run and award winning campsite. You will need to book as it is very popular.
This campsite is right at the top of Scotland. Sango Sands is set directly by the sea and the views and skies are so open you can watch the sun rise and set. Amid a windswept, clifftop landscape, the site has 120 pitches and plenty of facilities, including a kitchen that everyone can use. No campfires allowed. Great for the NC500.
Scourie Campsite sits in an elevated position overlooking the sea. The site is in the village so there is a wee supermarket, hotel and restaurant, as well as the Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant. The village is near the ferry which runs daily to Handa Island, a must for wildlife lovers. Scourie is a great campsite if you are on the NC500.
Four miles from Lochinver this lovely family run campsite is in a beautiful spot. The site is pretty informal and they try and fit everyone in but it is worth booking ahead.
This is a big campsite but one of the only ones on Loch Lomond that mixes tents, camper vans etc so it has a nice, friendly vibe. There are 160 pitches, all with great views! The campsite has a shop and all the facilities you need. as well as being right on the shores of Loch Lomond. It’s an all round great base for swimming, boating, walking or just relaxing.
Set by the sea in a large area of ground, this well set up campsite is a really lovely spot to spend some time. Great views, a small shop and just three miles from the bustle of Oban.
Mountains and lochs surround you at Caolasnacon. This site has a relaxed atmosphere and allow guests to pitch were they like and have campfires. Some campers arrive by canoe! There are 50 pitches, a number of which have electric hook-ups. All the facilities you require are there, including the ability to buy gas at the farm.
Isle of Skye
Glenbrittle Campsite is located on the shore of Loch Brittle and under the peaks of the Cuillin Mountains. This is a very popular campsite and booking is a must. The campsite has a shop and cafe that offers fresh bread and pastries alongside camping and climbing equipment.
Set between Arisaig and Mallaig on the road to the Isles, Camusdarach has views across to Skye, Eigg and Rum. There are footpaths to a choice of three sandy beaches and an on site shop serving coffee, croissants and pizza.
With beautiful views over the Moray Firth this could be your first or last stop on the NC500. The campsite sits alongside the proper seaside village of Fortrose and a lovely beach.
One of ‘Camping in the Forest’ campsites, Glenmore is a well-run site in the most idyllic spot on the edge of Loch Morlich. The Loch has a sandy beach and there are open views to the Cairngorm mountains. A pitch under the trees is lovely. You can’t stay here without spending some time in the Pine Marten Bar which is also a wee shop and the place to hire ski gear when it snows! Most evenings a local will rouse the punters with some tunes.
This is a personal favourite of ours. We really love this spot. There are two beautiful shepherd huts and three hook up points for camper vans in this secluded spot with open views towards the Cairngorms.
Set on the South shore of Loch Ness this is the perfect spot to stop over if you are keen to stare at the water for a few hours! A great spot to start/finish your NC500 tour as well as drink in the scenery. The site is nicely landscaped and has a good shop. If you fancy a bar supper or something more fancy then the Foyers Lodge Hotel looks over the campsite from the hill side and is worth the walk.
In a glorious setting, with ample wildlife to enjoy, the Red Squirrel campsite is understandably very popular. There are no electric hook-ups but there are facilities at the site. You can choose where you pitch or park up. There is also a swimming hole in the river. The campsite has fire pits for people to use throughout the site, there is also a non-firepit area, if you prefer. Campfires are allowed until 11pm. After that, you’ll only here the sounds of the night wildlife.
North East Coast
The northern most corner of the British mainland with views to Orkney from Hoy and towards Flotta, Swona and South Ronaldsay. The near by Sandy Bay is beautiful. Ideal for the NC500. There is plenty of space and open sea views, as well as all the facilities offered by the campsite.
This is a big campsite on the outskirts of Thurso and overlooking the Pentland Firth and on towards Orkney (90 mins away). The town is a good place to stock up while on the NC500 and there is a lovely beach and path along the coast.
Close to Big Sky Campers – easy first or last stops
This campsite has amazing panoramic views across to St Andrews. It is family run and set in 9 acres of green fields. The site has a farm shop and cafe on site and it’s not too far from Big Sky Campers HQ.
Based in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and on the banks of the river Forth, Cobleland is a remarkable natural site. There are lots of walks along the river and through woodland can be taken directly from the site and it isn’t too far from Big Sky Campers base so great for the last night of your holiday.
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