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Editor's Pick - The Best Campsites in Scotland


Set on the beautiful west coast of the Highlands of Scotland, you can choose a pitch wherever you please at Sands Caravan and Camping. This is holiday location perfection on a 55-acre site. You can choose a sheltered spot among the sand dunes or a raised pitch with stunning views of the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides. As well as pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents, there are also wigwam cabins and caravan holiday homes. On site there are three heated toilet and shower blocks, electric hook-ups, a motorhome service point, disabled facilities, a games room, play area, licensed shop and café. There’s also fishing available, a dog walking area, bikes and kayaks for hire and a boat launching slipway.

Tantallon Caravan & Camping Park occupies an idyllic location, overlooking the Firth of Forth and with views to Bass Rock – home to a large colony of gannets. The park is a short walk to the beach and there is a golf course with nine-hole putting green. Also within walking distance is the local swimming pool and there are good transport links to Edinburgh. North Berwick is a charming harbour town that is just 15 minutes’ walk away, with shops, bars and restaurants. The campsite has a range of pitches from fully serviced hardstandings to traditional grass pitches. Facilities on the site include two toilet blocks, a games room, laundry and adventure playground for the children.

The park is situated within the John Muir Country Park on the East Lothian coastline in the small village of West Barns and just a few minutes off the A1. In a sheltered spot, this park is a great base for sightseeing, and with public transport from the gates of the park, you could take the scenic bus route into Edinburgh. Belhaven Bay Caravan & Camping Park sits half a mile from the East Links Family Park with its coffee house, miniature railway and a petting zoo the children will love! Facilities on site include heated WCs and showers, a launderette and dishwashing. Confectionery and drinks are available on site and a local leisure complex with pool and sauna are nearby.

Nestled behind an expanse of dunes and sandy beach, multi award-winning Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay is a hidden gem. Voted as the Best Visitor Attraction in Fife and Best Family Holiday Park runner-up, families have been enjoying holidays here for generations, attracted by the unique location, fantastic entertainment, abundance of wildlife and the exciting Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park. You can walk the coastal path, go rock-pooling, spot seals, spy deer bobbing between trees and, if you’re lucky, you may even see a rare red squirrel! Kids can go wild at the Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park and enjoy the exciting arcades in the Smugglers' Cove Games Room. Couples can explore fishing villages, enjoy a walk around Ruddons Point, catch one of the local festivals, sample tasty menus at the Kincraig View Restaurant and enjoy barista coffee at The Mirador Café.

This picturesque park is situated in the grounds of Blair Castle, seven miles from the town of Pitlochry. With views over Blair Castle and mountainous highland scenery, this campsite is a Scottish gem. The park is set over nine acres within the historic landscape of Blair Castle and surrounded by breathtaking scenery of Highland Perthshire, and the Cairngorms National Park. The modern reception building houses a shop, games room and there is WiFi across the whole park. There's also a laundrette, outdoor drying green, five heated toilet and shower blocks with dishwashing facilities also. The park features a play area, putting green and nine acres of green open space, perfect for family games and a safe place for children to play. Enjoy discounted entry into Blair Castle, before enjoying a leisurely stroll around the picturesque 18th century walled garden and woodland grove.

When a site is set in 200 acres of parkland at the centre of a private country estate, it would be hard to believe you are only 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Edinburgh. This is the case at Mortonhall Caravan Park though – an hour’s walk and you can be at the centre of the city’s historic Old Town. There’s also a handy bus route running past the park if you’d prefer not to walk. The open all year park offers a range of pitch types including fully serviced hardstandings and grass pitches. There are four WC and shower amenities, dishwashing areas, a licensed shop, launderette, campers kitchen and games room. Extra facilities include a family restaurant and bar, plus a coffee shop at the nearby garden centre.

With views across azure waters and a sandy bay towards St Andrews and beyond, award-winning St Andrews Holiday Park is one of the most sought after holiday locations on the east coast of Scotland. St Andrews is famed for being the home of golf and the park is positioned within easy reach of all the best courses, including the renowned Old Course. Outdoor types will enjoy the Fife Coastal Path which passes alongside the park taking in rugged cliffs, long sandy beaches and wildlife reserves. Back on-park is The Braes, a bar and restaurant offering a delicious fresh menu with a focus on gourmet burgers. Guests can watch big screen sports, find a quiet spot in the snug or relax with a drink on the sun terrace taking in the sea views. There’s also a Papa John’s Pizza takeaway with the option of delivery direct to your pitch.

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