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10 Destinations to Take Your Camper Van in Scotland

If we were to create a list of countries with ethereal natural beauty and rich history, one of the top spots would definitely be reserved for Scotland. From the ancient castles dotting the idyllic countryside to rugged landscapes and modern cities, the country has something for every type of traveler.

And what’s the best way to enjoy the most immersive traveling experience in Scotland? It’s in a campervan. Campervanning in Scotland has gained vast popularity in the last few years and is highly recommended if you’re planning a trip to the Scottish highlands.

But what are the destinations you should add to your campervan trip in Scotland? Here’s a list of the top 10-

Top 10 Destinations for Campervanning in Scotland

1.  Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Many of you might have heard about Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. It is a creature from Scottish folklore inhabiting this freshwater loch. While you might not catch sight of Nessie at Loch Ness, what you will definitely witness is the ethereal beauty of the area. Spreading over 20 miles, the loch is surrounded by stunning scenery and picturesque villages.

The cruise trip is the best way to fully explore the beauty of this loch. Then there’s also the Urquhart Castle which deserves a visit. As Loch Ness is one of the most popular locations among people touring Scotland in a campervan, there are many campervan parks in the nearby areas. Barrow Campsite Nairn, Riverside Chalet and Caravan Park, and Bunchrew Caravan Park are some options you can consider.

2.  Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Spread across the southern tip of the Scottish Highlands, Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater lock in the country. The vast history and enchanting beauty of the place attract a constant stream of locals and tourists interested in sightseeing, biking, fishing, and hiking. The loch is also surrounded by other tourist spots, including The Trossachs National Park, Balloch Castle Country Park, and more.

Like Loch Ness, you can also enjoy Loch Lomond on a cruise trip. There’s a plethora of other activities, including wildlife spotting, cycle trips, pony trekking, and a lot more. Or if you just want to soak in the beauty and calm of the place, park the campervan close to the loch and listen to the soothing sound of the loch water lapping to the shore.

3.  Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

The western coast of Scotland is also home to many campervanning gems, like the Isle of Sky. The mystical landscape combined with lush hills, dramatic cliffs, medieval castles, and quaint fishing villages has rightly earned this place the nickname “Misty Isle.” Portree, a small town in the area is the base to explore this glorious island. The town is home to several boutiques and harbor-side pubs offering great views of the breathtaking beauty.

If you’re looking for a place to park your campervan, the Sligachan Campsite is worth considering. The campsite is close to Lock Sligachan with the stunning mountain range of Cuillin surrounding it. The campsite also serves as an excellent starting point to explore the natural wonders in the area, including the Fairy Pools, Quiraing, Fairy Glen, and more.

4.  Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

Popularly known as “Miniature Scotland,” the Isle of Arran has a bit of everything you can find in Scotland. Located on the western coast, the beautiful island has magnificent coastlines, picturesque villages, and mighty mountains. The Arran Coastal Way, Brodick Castle, and Isle of Arran Distillery are some of the most popular attractions here.

The island is home to several campsites, like the well-known Lochranza Campsite which is close to the northern part of the island. The campsite is a gateway to Lochranza village and Lochranza Castle ruins. But note that the island can only be reached by a short ferry ride available from various points throughout mainland Scotland. Rest assured campervans and motorhomes are welcome onboard.

5.  Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park

Established in 2003, the Cairngorms National Park has quickly become popular among people campervanning in Scotland. Especially if you’re someone who loves outdoor adventure and nature, this is the place to be. From mountain biking, hiking to wildlife watching, it offers a wide range of activities.

If you are a photography enthusiast, the tranquil lochs and snowy peaks at the park are sure to keep you busy. There’s also plenty of wildlife, including golden eagles, ospreys, and red deer. Moreover, as there are multiple campsites inside the park, you can fully embrace the mesmerizing outdoors without any van parking hassles.

6.  Glen Coe

Glen Coe

If you’re on a campervan tour of Scotland, Glen Coe is a must-visit destination. The hypnotic landscapes of the world-renowned hillwalking and mountaineering spot have also been featured in several TV shows and movies, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The cascading waterfalls, serene lochs, and steep-sided peaks offer an experience of a lifetime.

The path leading to Coire Gabhail or the Lost Valley is particularly popular among hikers. As there are plenty of campsites close to Glen Coe, it is an excellent place to explore the area. You can visit the Red Squirrel Campsite near Glencoe village for the most awe-inspiring view of the ethereal mountains.

7.  Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Your trip to Scotland would be incomplete if you don’t explore Edinburgh, the magnificent capital of an equally magnificent country. The vibrant amalgamation of modernity with history makes Edinburgh an ideal destination for someone looking for a respite from their busy lives. From Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle and the scenic countryside, the plethora of attractions are sure to be appreciated by one and all.

Camping within Edinburgh might not be very feasible. However, you can find several campsites a short distance from the city. This actually works in your favor as you can easily travel to the city and enjoy the iconic spots or experience the tranquil country life. If you’re looking for a campsite, one of the best options is the Mortonhall Camping and Caravan Park close to the southern tip of Edinburgh.

8.  Aberdeenshire Coastline

Aberdeenshire Coastline

Spread over 160 miles, the Aberdeenshire Coastline is one of the most scenic places in the world. The breathtaking natural beauty of the coastline featuring hidden coves, long sand beaches, cliffs, ancient castles, and plenty of wildlife makes it a must-visit place for your Scotland campervan trip.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouse, Duff House, Dunnottar Castle, RSPB Fowlsheugh, and Torry Battery are some of the spots that deserve a visit as you drive through the coastline. If you’d like to watch dolphins, Portsoy, popular among travelers as the “Dolphin Coast,” is the place to be. If you’re more interested in wildlife, the St. Cyrus Natural Nature Reserve should be part of your itinerary.

9.  North Coast 500

North Coast 500

When you’re out campervanning in Scotland, the legendary driving route of the North Coast 500 or NC 500 is a must-visit. Starting and ending in Inverness, the route covers over 500 miles of the rugged Scottish Highlands. From awe-inspiring cliffs and ancient castles to white sandy beaches, the route is filled with many spectacular tourist spots. And with the scenery changing with every turn you take, you are sure to be captivated by the rugged beauty of this route.

Moreover, the entire NC 500 is super flexible and you can adapt the route as per your preferences. Some popular places on the route are Dornach, Ullapool, John O’Groats, and Applecross. As there are several campsites dotting NC 500, you can easily plan your overnight stays and immerse yourself in the stunning landscape.

10.  Stirling

Stirling

A city with a fascinating and rich past, Stirling, is the last destination we’d like to add to your campervan tour of Scotland. The strategic location of this city has made it a focal point in many historical battles. Located at the top of a volcanic rock, the stunning Stirling Castle is the centerpiece of this city and offers a commanding view of the surrounding landscape.

Most travelers also visit the nearby Wallace Monument which is dedicated to William Wallace, a celebrated Scottish national hero who played a vital role in defeating the English army during the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. While the camping options in Stirling are fairly limited, you can find various campsites within a short drive. So, Stirling can actually be an excellent base for discovering the Scottish heartland.

Ready to Go Campervanning in Scotland?

The rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes make Scotland a perfect destination for campervan enthusiasts. While Scotland is brimming with tourists for most of the year, you might want to avoid going during the winter months (January to February) as the average temperature is around 3°C. More importantly, many of the campsites are closed during these months.

Scotland witnesses a significant uptick in visitors from April to May and September to October. So, if you’re someone who’d like to avoid the tourist rush, these months might not be the best choice. While your preferences can vary, the end of May and the start of September can be ideal as the tourists are generally fewer and the weather is mostly dry. However, you should still carry sweaters and jackets.

Hope the information in this post will help you plan your campervanning trip in Scotland. Happy camping!

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