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With the summer holidays just around the corner, we're gearing up for a season of family camping! Our contributor Fiona Outdoors rounds up her favourite family-friendly campsites in Scotland. With so many great places for activities and adventure, Scotland is the perfect place for a family camping holiday to keep the kids occupied!
We love to help everyone find their own adventures, and summer is the perfect time to get the family together for an adventure that everyone can enjoy. While you might enjoy the freedom of wild camping, taking your kids with you on a camping trip can be tricky, so we've put together a list of the best places that are great for the whole family to enjoy. If you're planning to head out this summer, make sure you've got all the kit you need before you go.
Combine camping with watersports at this Highlands campsite. The site is close to a beautiful beach on Loch Morlich where you can try activities such as sailing and canoeing. There are also nearby trails for walking and cycling. The camping is on a site set in a forest and with the backdrop of the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Facilities include pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes, toilets, showers, dishwashing and laundry. See Camping in the Forest.
This is a small and tranquil but beautifully located campsite right next door to a fabulous white sandy beach. The camping cost is cheap and there are also 20 serviced pitches with water and electric hook-up. Facilities include toilet and showers, dishwashing sinks, laundry, chemical disposal point and a public telephone. See Clachtoll Camping.
You’ll be struck by the fabulous mountain views at this campsite, including the UK’s tallest, Ben Nevis. The park is spread over around 30 acres of well-maintained grounds, with different areas screened by trees, hedges and shrubs. The campsite has all the usual mod-con facilities. Fort William is at the heart of the UK’s Outdoor Capital and offers a wealth of activities for all the family, including walking, cycling, canyoning, white water rafting and indoor climbing and ice climbing at the Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. See Glen Nevis camping park.
This quiet campsite is situated on the delightfully unspoilt coastline of the Knapdale Peninsula with fabulous views across the sea to Islay and Jura. There’s plenty for families to do, including wild swimming, canoeing, fishing, cycling, walking or exploring the rockpools. As well as the usual on-site facilities there is also a shop and a café (open in busier times). See Port Bàn Holiday Park.
Fortrose is a historic seaside village to the northeast of Inverness and located close to Chanonry point, a spit of land that is famous as a viewing place for spotting a resident pod of dolphins in the Moray Firth. The campsite is located on a pebble beach and within easy travelling distance of a golf course and a lighthouse. Facilities include tent pitches, electric hook-up pitches, a new shower unit, two toilet blocks, kitchen and laundry area with washer and dryer, chemical waste and grey water disposal areas. See Fortrose Bay Campsite.
Award-winning and environmentally friendly, Brighouse offers a country park feel with tons to do for families. There are lovely sea views, a private beach, fishing ponds, and indoor facilities including an indoor pool with a splashing area for toddlers, Jacuzzi, steam room, fitness room and an indoor games room. See Brighouse Bay Holiday Park.
Arrive at this campsite and you will be immediately struck by the beautiful view of Bass Rock. The Scottish Sea Bird Centre is located on the island in the Firth of Forth. The campsite also has sea views, beaches, the family friendly walking hill of Berwick Law, walking, cycling and an on-site games and TV room make this East Lothian campsite a treat for families. You can even ditch the car because the harbour town of North Berwick is a walk away, as is a swimming pool and golf course. The campsite includes free centrally heated WC facilities, laundry, food preparation area and dishwashing facilities. See Tantallon Camping.
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