Summer holidays are approaching and a great way to have an adventure with a young family is to hire one of our campervans and explore the beauty of Scotland; Beaches, rivers, mountains, castles, and history are all there for you to enjoy.
What is more exciting, for a 5–to-10-year-old, than climbing into one of our campervan top beds, with a brother or sister, and sleeping out in the countryside safe in the knowledge that Mum and Dad are below you! You can even watch the stars!
We’ve selected five of the very best campervan campsites where you can stay with your campervan and family and explore the local area, or just enjoy the peace and quite of the campsite itself.
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5 Best Campsites in Scotland for Campervans
Linwater Caravan Park – Edinburgh.
If you’ve hired a campervan from our Kilmarnock base, or from one of the five other pick-up points you can collect from, you might be travelling up the east coast of Scotland. This campsite is an ideal location to stay for the first few nights. As you might be getting use to driving a larger vehicle, it makes life easy with lots of space for turning and reversing, and just generally getting use to your new home!
Linwater is widely praised for being the recent winner of the prestigious Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards for best campsite. It's open throughout the year and is conveniently situated near Edinburgh, just 4 miles from the airport.
It has eleven large grass pitches, with electric supplied, and 25 electric hardstanding pitches (with electricity available). Both these options have 8m x 10 sized pitches, which suit our vans if you have taken the awning option with the camper when hiring.
The site has bike hire facilities (book in advance), fishing, internet access, a shop for essentials, is pet friendly and has modern showers. Linwater is an ideal place to stay, steeped in peace and tranquillity in a family-owned caravan park. It is located near Edinburgh, surrounded by farmland and close to the Union Canal for fishing. There is also a picturesque country park nearby which makes it the perfect spot all year round. It's one of the best Campsites in Scotland for Motorhomes
Blair Drummond Caravan Park – Stirling
This is a fantastic location; especially if you have a young family – its right next door to the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park! You’ll be fully occupied here for 4-5 days with all the things you can see and do. The safari park has giraffes and rhinos, with other animals that children can interact with, and theres a dinosaur park and adventure playground for younger family members.
Blair Drummond Caravan Park offers a stunning location near Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, making it a perfect place to explore Scotland. There are fifty-eight hardstanding pitches for campervans all within a walled garden of trees and greenery.
It is well equipped, with a kid’s playground, shop, showers, allows BBQs provided they are off the ground, and allows pets. It regularly gets 5-star ratings. Doune and Stirling castles, as well as the steam ship Sir Walter Scott, on Loch Katrine, can all be explored from the campsite. It is a perfect hub for exploring the central belt of Scotland.
Auchrannie Resort - Arran
Fancy something more adventurous and remote? From The Tartan Camper Company Ayrshire headquarters jump over to the Isle of Arran and stay at Auchrannie resort. Enjoy a worry-free stay at this multi-award winning, family-owned resort. They have 8 roomy hardstanding pitches that come with top notch amenities. You can also access the excellent resort facilities, such as the 2 swimming pools that are available, the spa and delicious food at the onsite restaurants during your stay.
This campsite has something for all ages; Enjoy a range of adrenaline-filled activities at Arran Adventure, such as biking, archery and zooming about on segways. The Playbarn offers something for younger children as it consists of an indoor soft play area, outdoor picnic section and even a sandpit – perfect for the little ones.
It has all the amenities you could want including internet access, and allows your pets to be onsite, which we also allow in our camper vans! Lots of beaches are within a bike ride or you can take the campervan, and there are cycling and walking trails – the perfect campsite!
Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club - Highlands
We’re in the Highlands now, so fancy some monster spotting? This campervan site sits in one of the best positions to spot the Loch Ness monster. It’s halfway down the Loch, at Foyers, and commands wide open views up and down the loch and across to the wooded mountains beyond!
It has nearly forty grass pitches with electricity supplied and over fifty hard standing pitches. Firepits and BBs are encouraged as well as pets. There’s a shop, shower facilities and a laundry and drying room. It’s a great location to explore up and down the Loch Ness, and the Loch Ness visitor centre is a must!
Archery lessons and guided hill walks run in the summer, and fishing fanatics can take advantage of trout and salmon found in the area. Nature lovers can take some of the many walking trails in the area and see local wildlife such as red squirrels, badgers, otters, deer & more than 40 wild bird species.
Sands Caravan and Camping Park - Gairloch
Crave remoteness, open beaches and the wild? This campervan site has it all. Much more informal that the previous sites, this campsite is located on the far northwest coast of Scotland and looks out toward the Isle of Skye.
Sands Caravan and Camping Park is in an idyllic location right next to Big Sand Beach in Gairloch, Scotland. Visitors will be able to take in amazing views of the Isle of Skye while not being too far away from the NC500 route.
You can find your own perfect spot, when you arrive, whether it's a secluded area in the dunes or a higher position with stunning views of the Minch. You'll also have access to electricity with up to 150 hook-ups located around the site. There is a site café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a heated shower block with toilets. A charming shop sells fresh bread, essential groceries, and dry goods, and theres launch access to the water for boats, canoes, and kayaks etc.
However, Big Sands Beach is the main draw, a long stretch of golden sand with crashing Atlantic waves. Gairloch is the nearest town with bars and restaurants to try and it has a sheltered beach that more suitable for younger children.
Naturally, there are hundreds of camp sites that accept campervans and motor homes, take the time to plan your route, schedule in the things you want to do, and enjoy the flexibility hiring a campervan from The Tartan Camper Company gives you.