Scotland is well-known throughout the world for its incredible landscapes. It has some great wild camping spots to choose from, ranging from the top-of-the-mountain in the Highlands or scenic, easier-to-reach spots in the Scottish Lowlands. Scotland is the only part of the United Kingdom where wild camping is legal, making it an ideal place for any avid wild camper.
Wild Camping may be legal in Scotland however, you are still expected to follow some simple rules to stay safe and not harm the environment – familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code here.
We have listed some key points below:
Most importantly, LEAVE NO TRACE! This means the only sign of your wild camp should be the flat grass your tent was pitched on.
Do not start fires for any reason, use a cooking stove or Trangia instead.
Take all your waste and anything else you have bought with you back home or find the nearest public bin.
Avoid overcrowding by moving to a different location if your desired spot is already busy.
Before heading off on a wild camping adventure, make sure your gear is up for the challenge. Check out our detailed wild camping guide if you are a newbie or want to brush up on your wild camping knowledge.
Best Wild Camping spots in Scotland
Scotland is vast, so naturally, you will find a plethora of spots to pitch your tent for the night. If you do a lot of hiking in Scotland, keep scouting for potential spots whilst you’re on the trail and make a note for later. You can also try searching the internet or asking the locals for recommendations. We have listed some of our recommendations below:
Loch Lomand – Finding a spot near Loch Lomand is a good starting point for wild camping. It’s a very popular area for wild campers but you will need to buy a permit during the camping season between March and September.
Barrisdale, Knoydart – This spot is for experienced campers who fancy a multi-day adventure. This area is only accessible by ferry or a 16-mile hike. Head up one of the many mountains, set up camp and enjoy the incredible 360° panoramic views, making the long hike worth the effort. The most remote pub in Britain, The Old Forge, is also located here.
Quiraing, Isle of Skye – These spots might be harder to reach as they are located on an island off the west coast of Scotland, but the struggle is worth it. Surrounded by some of the best sceneries in the UK, it makes for some incredible views right from your tent – especially at sunset.
Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin – This is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to camp in the Scottish Highlands. Pitch up here and you will have stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the ancient pine forests. This area has plenty of great spots, with the option of camping on the shores of the Loch or in the local woodlands.
Scotland is a vast area with plenty of remote locations for you to explore, but it always comes with the risk of getting lost or injured. Therefore, we recommend always going with a buddy and letting your family know your route and where you plan to camp. Scotland is a great place for experienced wild campers, but if you are not up for the challenge then head to the Peak District or Dartmoor National Park?
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