Tip Top Campsites to Visit
by Scottish Tourer
November 29, 2021
Tip Top Campsites to Visit
Although many of our customers here at Scottish Tourer choose to wild camp, many people prefer the comfort and the knowledge that they don’t have to worry about finding a spot. Often its handy for the first or the last night of your holiday to book into a campsite to empty toilets and top up water. It can also give you time to chill out, recap on your adventures and plan the next one of course.
Scotland is best known for its culture, history and of course its natural beauty. There are buzzing cities, magnificent beaches that will transport you a million miles away from your usual life and of course scenery that will blow you off your feet. As there has been an increase in motorhomes on the road in recent years we have found more campsites are available for larger vehicles now. We have compiled a small list of some of the more popular areas for our customers to visit and near some popular spots to visit.
- Blair Drummond Caravan Park is located near Stirling and it is as you imagine next to the safari park to. This is an amazing place to stop over especially if you love animals. The park itself is located in an sheltered walled garden and has some beautiful woodlands. There are laundry facilities here and it’s a relatively large site but pre-booking is required. About | Blair Drummond Caravan Park and Shepherd Huts
- Blair Castle Caravan Park is a really popular site for our customers as it is just up the A9. The pitches here are available with electric hook up, laundrette and even a beauty room at the Atholl Beauty Room. For outdoors activities there is a putting green, playground and a small football pitch. This is a great spot for heading or coming home from your trip as its on route back to our depot. The showers here are amazing for a campsite, have always been immaculate when we have visited and they are heated unlike most.
- Gairloch is a beautiful part of Scotland, Sands Caravan and Camping park gives some of the very best views Scotland has to offer especially over the Isle of Skye and the Outer Herbrides. There are laundry facilities here and a games room. For those who enjoy a spot of fishing this can be done on the estate. The beach here really is outstanding and is worth dedicating a morning to.
- Skye Camping and Caravanning Club is based in Portree and really takes you to the island life. You can purchase local produce including fresh eggs at the shop onsite. There are hard pitches here which can be a welcome break from the Scottish wet weather at times. Depending on which night you choose you may be lucky to catch the local fish van, nothing beats fish done on the BBQ and step over to Dunvegan Castle for a day out.
- Orkney Caravan Park at the Pickaquoy Centre is the largest touring site on Orkney. From here you can walk into Kirkwall which has a swimming pool, gym, indoor soft play, climbing wall and a bouldering cave! There are of course lots of lovely places to eat out and pubs to visit with live local music playing. There are a mix of hard standing and grass pitches here and you have all the usual toilet disposal and showers available. The Pickaquoy Centre | Orkney.com
- Horgabost Campsite in Harris is on the West of the island, here nature really is on your doorstep with so much to see and explore. Its ideal for those who want to get out and enjoy the outdoors as the surroundings are wonderful. There are the options of surfing, biking and kayaking here.
- Balranald of the Isle of North Uist is a quaint family run campsite. There are excellent facilities here for motorhomes with the option for electric hook up, laundry facilities and a small selection of essentials from the site office.
- Wick Caravan and Campsite is another family-run business and it is just a 5 minute walk from the town. The site itself however is secluded, quiet and endearing. Nearby there is an 18hole golf course, swimming pool and beaches to keep your heart content. You can opt for electric hook up here and there is a small shop for those essential top ups required.
- If you have chosen the West Highlands, Achnasheen has a lovely campsite called Inverewe Gardens it is one of the most Northerly sites in Scotland and its popular for those completing the west highland way which leads to Fort William. There are hard and grass stands here along with showers and washing machines. Achnasheen has encountered many changes over the past 50 years but the Loch Rosque Estate stretches some 35000 acres now and is owned by a local Perthshire farmer named Pat Wilson. The area is truly breath-taking and is now moving towards aiding climate change through restoring the peatlands of Scotland. For more information on this please visit www.caledonianclimate.com this again is run by a group of local Scottish businessmen and one Randal Wilson who is very local to our depot in Perth.
This is a small list of those campsites we have been to ourselves or we have had recommended by previous customers. I have highlighted a lot of campsites that have washing machines as I do often like to do a quick load on the road as it makes life a lot less stressful on the return home if you can wash and dry some clothing. Its often handy to rinse out swimwear to especially if you have been in the sea. Many of the campsites have large sinks to rinse off wetsuits as you dont want them damaged by lingering sea water. We do recommend booking in advance if you are set on a specific camp site and also to ensure that the motorhome you have chosen for your holiday fits on the site. Some campsites can be limited for length and the amount of larger vehicles they can have on any one night. We have found most campsites welcome motorhomes and as always, leave only footprints behind to ensure others can enjoy as much as you have.
To book your next adventure please head over to our main webpage at www.scottishtourer.co.uk
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