Why not try island hopping in one of our campers? Here’s where to park up for the night.
Scottish island hopping holidays – the perfect adventure for those who want to see more of Scotland and get off the beaten track. With the freedom that a campervan gives you, you can explore the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish islands at your own pace.
The Scottish Islands are made up of the Inner Hebrides which include Islay, Jura, Mull, Iona and the Outer Hebrides which include Harris, Lewis, Barra and Uist. If a Scottish island hopping holiday in one of our campervans sounds like it might be for you, check out our top recommendations for campsites.
Everyone loves the idea of the freedom of hopping from island to island but these are increasingly popular holiday destinations so if you are intending to travel to the islands then make sure you are not disappointed – you will need to book a ferry through Calmac.
It’s also a good idea to book yourself a space at a campsite before turning up. Many of the campsites are quite small and may not be operating normally this year because of Covid. Also check the facilities that campsites offer before you turn up. Some of these campsites are quite simple and won’t have shops or many other facilities available.
There is no official campsite on Jura however the Jura Hotel field fills up with tents over the summer months. There are also a number of coves and bays you could spend the night at, one being Corran Sands. Keep to the edges of the grassy plain as it doubles as an airfield. If you sleep here you will wake up to views of the Paps of Jura. Stunning. Please camp responsibly and make sure you leave no trace of your camp behind you.
Totally off the beaten track and with easy access to the sea and hills around it, this beautiful and new campsite is a perfect place to stop for a few nights. They also offer rental of paddle boards and kayaks and are very close to local amenities.
This working farm is located at the end of 7 miles of sandy beach. It is a large space, rarely crowded and a great spot from where you can enjoy the views, the surf and the amazing sunsets. The campsite has an honesty reading library, laundry and washing up facilities, showers and flush toilets but there are no electric hook-ups or other facilities. At the time of writing only the self-catering cottages were open in 2021.
There are a couple of stunning grazing spots that double as campsites. No facilities (public loos) and no hook-ups. Who cares when the scenery is as good as this?
This is a small family run campsite in the heart of a crofting community on North Uist. The site is situated in the RSPB’s Balranald Nature Reserve so you will be able to enjoy an abundance of bird life. You will also be able to see the Monarch Isles and St Kilda.
There are some wonderful independent campsites – here are a couple of our favourites.
Set in picturesque scenery and from where you can see an abundance of wildlife such as seals, otters and eagles, this campsite has washing, cooking and laundry facilities available in a historic Blackhouse.
This site doesn’t take bookings but has lots of pitches, including 50 for motorhomes, so there is usually space. It is set right by the beach and surrounded by beautiful views and has good facilities. There is a beach shop open in the evenings and a mobile shop twice weekly. Campfires are allowed.
A full list of all the places and the facilities available for camping on Harris can be found here. According to their website, they are accepting bookings for 2021. As with all the island communities, they are worried about the impact of Covid so are encouraging people to take a Covid test before travelling to the islands.
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