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If you don't mind sacrificing your usual day-to-day comforts and conveniences and want to explore more of Scotland that very few get the chance to visit, then wild camping is definitely something for you. Brave the conditions, read our top picks, and try some this spring!
It's a great way to discover remote parts of our stunning landscape and get closer to nature, as well as giving you the chance to feel the benefits of getting out there and being able to wake up with beautiful views right outside your door. Plus, the experience definitely comes with a great feeling of adventure!
With wild camping, your key consideration should be about the weight of the kit you'll be taking with you. You'll need to be able to carry whatever you'll need for your long weekend adventure, or Munro bagging trip. If you want to get to those remote and beautiful wildernesses, you have to be able to carry your pack – with clothes, equipment and a tent – all the way there. To help you decide which tents are best for your next trip away, we’ve compiled this list which ranges from budget, lightweight tents to high-spec, super-light models for the wildest camping you can dream up.
Before you set off, make sure you're prepared for all weathers and changing conditions. Keep in mind the guidelines of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and 'leave no trace'. It's up to you to keep our wild spaces protected for the next generation, so be mindful of taking litter away with you and be respectful for the environment. Keep reading to see our list of the Best Wild Camping Tents.
The Lightwave t20 Trail tent is an all-out, all-year, all-weather tent and as tough as nails. Its multi-pitch system is very versatile – the integral mode allows it to be pitched in 3 minutes or less. About 60% of the cost of a tent is fabric, and the greatest part of this is invested in the flysheet. The t20 Trail is made from a 40-denier, silicon-coated (both sides), nylon rip-stop fabric, and gives what Lightwave believe to be the best balance between cost, durability and strength, with only a small weight penalty.Shop Online
At the higher end of the pricing scale, the Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT is the perfect choice for all year camping adventures. Both being exceptionally lightweight for it's size at only 2.9kg and performing incredibly well in wind tunnel testing, the extra cost of this tent vastly makes up for itself when you see how well it can cope in any conditions. Made from Kerlon 1200 fabric, with an inner area of 2.8 square meters as well as a vestibule area of 2.2 square meters, this is a great option for those who like plenty of space for their kit. Shop Online
If you are on the hunt for a tent with a little more storage for those kit intensive cycling, mountaineering or paddling trips, you can’t go wrong with the ultra-light Xenon 2+. Boasting a generous sized porch, this is a tent with an impressive space to weight ratio, weighing in at just 1.9KG and packing down to an impressive 45 x 15cm. Fast and easy to pitch, the 3-pole tunnel design, Gothic Arch poles and TBS Pro deliver outstanding stability and protection against the elements. It’s no surprise this is a firm favourite among seasoned hikers and wild campers alike. Shop Online
As a mid-range option for any adventure, the MSR Elixir II is surprisingly lightweight and very easy to assemble. When we took this tent out to test in February, despite the blustery conditions, this tent was perfectly stable. Weighing only 2.64kg, the tent is great for backpacking and fantastic value for all the features. The solid canopy fabric provides ventilation that is so versatile, you could use the tent anywhere at any time and be completely at ease. With multiple set up options and a 2 door entry system, this tent is one of our favourites for the season! Shop Online
A true classic, the Terra Nova Laser Compact 2 person tent is a great all-rounder. Just like its name suggests it’s incredibly lightweight and boasts a tiny pack size of only 30 x 15 cm. Ideal for long distance trekkers, bike packers and cycle tourers, it won’t bog you down on the long road ahead and is even equipped with a good-sized porch for storage. Furthermore, when it comes to protecting you against the elements, the Laser Compact 2 is sure to get the job done, boasting a 20 denier, 5000mm HH Watershed ripstop flysheet with silicone coating on both sides. Shop Online
If you're wanting to make the most of the Spring weather, then get geared up and plan a wild camping adventure. Don't forget to get inspired and share your photos and stories with us using #MyTiso!
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