With the arrival of the warmer weather and longer days, Spring holidays are the perfect chance to get out with the family, or just on your own for a camping trip! We've got a list of the best places to go for your next trip courtesy of our blog contributor, Fiona Outdoors!
Best for Families
Many campsites are brilliant for families but Comrie Croft Eco Camping, near Crieff in Perthshire offers a great experience for adults and kids. The site provides a wild camping style experience so you can pitch your own tent in a woodland setting yet within easy walking distance of modern and eco-friendly facilities, including hot showers and firepits, as well as a shop. There is also a Tea Garden serving lunches and snacks that opens from Easter to October.
If you prefer to avoid pitching your own tent why not stay in one of the ready-pitched Nordic Kata tents, the hostel or bunkhouse?
Neighbouring the site is a superb mountain bike trail centre plus many walking options in the area! Make sure you take your camera with you for this one, the instagram memories will be well worth it!
Best for Couples
There are campsites in Scotland that are for adults only. The aim is for a more peaceful environment and one site that offers this is Woodland Gardens Caravan and Camping Site in the East Neuk of Fife. There’s a choice of traditional camping, caravan and motorhome pitches, glamping pods and holiday homes at the picturesque site that promises visitors the opportunity to get well away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This campsite offers panoramic views of the Firth of Forth, nearby golf courses, walking and cycle routes, as well as opportunities for exploring the popular East Neuk fishing villages. Make this one a long weekend with some nice weather on the horizon. Make it more romantic by packing a picnic for a lazy afternoon walk or dinner in the nearby village.
Best for Mountain Views
Glen Nevis Camping Park in Fort William, in the Highlands, is surrounded by mountains and whichever way you look you’ll glimpse another peak. You can see the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis from this site, so it's great for those wanting to get out and about on thier next camping trip.
The camping park is spread over around 30 acres of well-maintained grounds, with different areas screened by trees, hedges and shrubs, providing privacy and variety. The campsite has all the usual modern facilities that 21st century campers expect while being in the heart of the natural highland landscape.
Fort William itself is at the heart of the UK’s Outdoor Capital and offers a host of activities for adults and children, including mountain biking, walking, white water rafting and indoor climbing at Ice Factor, Kinlochleven.
Best for Beaches
So many campsites in Scotland are located near beaches but one that stands out because of its wonderful views, and ability to make you feel like you can get away from it all is Clachtoll Beach Campsite at Lochinver in Sutherland. The small and tranquil campsite is located right next door to a fabulous white sandy beach.
There is camping space and 20 serviced pitches with water and electricity hook-up. Facilities include toilets and showers, dishwashing sinks, laundry, chemical disposal points and a public telephone. Book up early to avoid disappointment as this one can become very popular during school holidays.
There are so many great beach campsites across the country, so we couldn’t resist mentioning another as another choice! Machrihanish Holiday Park , near Campbeltown, on the Kintyre Peninsula boasts fantastic views over a vast three miles of sand as well as the dramatic Atlantic Ocean.
You can camp, take a campervan or motorhome or hire a wigwam or bell tent for a glamping weekend. Whatever you choose, make sure you take a stroll on the superb beach. You will usually spot surfers and kitesurfers enjoying the force of the wind and the waves, too. Another great choice for those walkers looking for a stop-off point.
Best for Active Campers
Glenmore Campsite in Aviemore, again in the Highlands is a great place to combine camping with watersports, adventrues and walking at the nearby beach at Loch Morlich. You can try activities such as sailing and canoeing as well as there being numerous nearby trails for walking and cycling, such as at the Rothiemurchus Estate.
The camping is on a site set in a forest with the backdrop of the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Facilities here include pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes, toilets, showers, dishwashing and laundry.
Best for Hidden Beauty
The quiet campsite at Port Bàn Holiday Park is situated on the stunning and unspoilt coastline of the Knapdale Peninsula near Kilberry with amazing views across the sea to the islands of Islay and Jura. There’s plenty for families to do, including wild swimming, canoeing, fishing, cycling, walking or exploring the rockpools on nearby beaches.
As well as the usual on-site facilities there is also a shop and a café (open at busier times through the year).
This one is best to avoid during windy weekends, the west coast can get very cold, so unless you're prepared for an adventure, you'll need to be geared up!
Best for Wildlife
Many campsites in Scotland offer opportunities to spot wildlife, due to thier close proximity to the sea, or the mountains. At Fortrose Bay Campsite you have a better chance than many other places in the UK to see dolphins. The site is located at Wester Greengates on the Black Isle to the northeast of Inverness, and is 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 also located on a pebble beach within easy travelling distance of a golf course and a lighthouse.
Facilities here include tent pitches, electric hook-up pitches, a brand new shower unit, two toilet blocks, kitchen and laundry area with washer and dryer, chemical waste and grey water disposal areas.
Best for First Timers
Most campsites will welcome new-comers with open arms. For an easy to reach campsite from the central belt yet still offering lovely countryside all around, why not try Cobleland Caravan Park and Campsite near Aberfoyle in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. Set on the banks of the River Forth amid fabulous trees, Cobeland was refurbished only a few years ago. The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park offers a wealth of forest trails and picnic sites, as well as cycling, fishing and orienteering. You're also near to th fantastic Go Ape! tree top course which is great for the whole family!
If you're planning to get out there this Spring, get stocked up with the camping essentails and share your views from your tents with #MyTiso to be featured on our social media channels!