10 best family campsites in Scotland--ipanergy

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10 best family campsites in Scotland--ipanergy

1. Moray Firth – Wester Bonnyton Caravan and Camping Park

Whatever age range your family covers, the Moray Firth is a must-do on any Scotland road trip. This North Sea inlet, the biggest firth in Scotland, is one of the top destinations in the country for marine mammal spotting, with bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales all frequenting its waters. 

Settle down among Moray Firth sea views at Wester Bonnyton Caravan and Camping Park, a farm site overlooking the firth and just three miles from the Macduff Marine Museum. Facilities include an indoor play barn as well as an outdoor playground, so the kids can stay entertained in all weathers.

Campsite features:
  • Family- and dog-friendly campsite on the Moray Firth
  • On the
     North East 250
     route for stunning scenery of the Scottish coastline
  • Grass and hardstanding pitches, all with electric hook-up 
  • Wildlife haven with wildlife pond on site

2. Glenmore Campsite, Aviemore

Most kids love woodland camping, and this Scottish campsite just outside the Inverness-shire town of Aviemore is a real treat. Run by Camping in the Forest, Glenmore Campsite is a wildlife haven with loads of room to explore. 

Its Cairngorms National Park and Loch Morlich setting means active kids of all ages can get stuck into whatever they want: just for starters, beaches and a watersports centre are within walking distance. One of the best family campsites in Scotland that is open all year, it is perfect for winter sports at the Cairngorm Mountain centre, which is six miles away.

Campsite features:
  • Forest camping among a Cairngorm mountain backdrop
  • Sheltered, shaded pitches with hardstanding and electric hook-up available
  • Perfectly placed for family days out: Strathspey Steam Railway four miles away
  • Toilets, showers, dishwashing area and laundry area

3. Fort William – Glen Nevis Campsite

One of the stops on the North Coast 500 road trip, Fort William is the UK’s adventure capital. Even if you don’t quite fancy all the outdoor sports, the scenery around here is stunning and there are many family attractions within a few miles. 

Named after the mountain to its east (Ben Nevis is to the west), Glen Nevis campsite is a multi-award winning, five-star Highlands campsite set over 30 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. Four spacious fields are set aside for caravan/motorhome pitches, all with spectacular views of the mountains. This is one of the best family campsites in Scotland for holidaymakers looking to explore the Scottish Highlands.

Campsite features:
  • Five-star park near Fort William, with stunning views to Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains
  • West Highland Museum and the Nevis Range Cable Cars within 2.5 miles
  • A few minutes’ walk to the mountain track for Ben Nevis
  • Well-stocked shop on site; restaurant and bar a mile away

4. Galloway – Castle Point Caravan Park

Castle Point Caravan Park is in Dumfries and Galloway on Scotland’s gorgeous southwest shoreline. This peaceful campsite is just a few minutes’ walk from the sea and within a short stroll of three sandy beaches, on a section of coastline packed with family-friendly activities. Cliff walking, birdwatching and mountain biking are all close by.

Campsite features:
  • Coastal park consistently rated as a four-star campsite by the Scottish Tourist Board
  • Close to the 7stanes cycling trails for world-class mountain biking
  • Electricity, hot water and showers included in the pitch price
  • Toilet blocks, disabled-access toilet and shower rooms, laundry, cycle shed and bike wash area

5. Newton Stewart – Balloch O’Dee Campsite

Also on the southwest/Dumfries and Galloway coast is Balloch O'Dee Campsite, an award-winning site just 10 miles from Newton Stuart. An eco-conscious, sustainable campsite with a back-to-basics vibe, this is one of the best family campsites in Scotland if you are looking for a laidback, environmentally-friendly escape. Guests share the site with free-range chickens and a couple of Shetland ponies – help with grooming or mucking out is always appreciated by the friendly team.

Campsite features:
  • Eco stays close within 10 miles of Newton Stewart and Galloway Forest Park
  • Mountain biking trails at two 7stanes centres within 17 miles
  • Large hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up and fire pits
  • Rainfall showers, hand painted toilet cubicles, and two communal cooking/eating areas

6. Angus – Drumshademuir Caravan & Camping Park 

Drumshademuir Caravan & Camping Park is in the Strathmore Valley just 2.5 miles from Kirriemuir, the gateway town to the Angus Glens. Open all year round, this is a beautiful base for Dundee 15 miles away, as well as Glamis Castle three miles away. You can also explore the great outdoors in Cairngorms National Park. All pitches at Drumshademuir Caravan & Camping Park have an electric hook-up. There is also a play area and woodland walk for kids to roam around.

Campsite features:
  • Family-friendly and dog-friendly park five minutes’ drive from the Peter Pan town of Kirriemuir
  • Open all year
  • Immaculate toilet and shower facilities including accessible shower room, dishwashing area and laundry
  • Bar and restaurant serving coffee, lunch, high teas, evening meals and takeaways

7. Stirling – Blair Drummond Caravan Park

Blair Drummond Caravan Park is five miles from Stirling. It is a peaceful park in the centre of Scotland, only a mile and a half from days out at Blair Drummond Safari Park. The park is in a sheltered walled garden set among mature woodland, with plenty of facilities including a shop and a play area.

What’s more, three of Scotland’s most visited destinations are within easy reach of this Stirlingshire caravan park: Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland’s second national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.

Campsite features:
  • Quiet private roads and tracks for walking and cycling
  • Set in 8.5 acres of gardens and parkland, with plenty of room between pitches 
  • Large, well maintained shower and toilet block
  • Buy safari park tickets on site: one ticket for multiple entries

8. Aberdeenshire – Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park

If you want to visit the Moray Firth but worry about keeping the kids occupied, Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park should be your top pick. A Parkdeans Resort site among the dunes of East Nairn beach, Nairn Lochloy has loads to do for all ages, including kids’ clubs, regular entertainment, swimming pools, a sauna, nature trails, crazy golf and play areas. 

With a bar, pizza takeaway and restaurant too, you and the kids could stay on site for the whole holiday… but it’s likely all ages will be tempted too by monster spotting at Loch Ness, 23 miles away. This is hands-down one of the best family campsites in Scotland!

Campsite features:
  • Lively holiday resort with direct beach access
  • Kids’ clubs for all ages from toddlers to teens
  • David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award holder for protecting and enhancing the local environment
  • Adventure playground, skate ride, slides, swings and climbing frames

9. Edinburgh – Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park

A Scotland road trip isn’t complete without a visit to the capital, and booking an Edinburgh campground means you can save holiday money for the city’s many family-friendly attractions. 

Green and peaceful Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park is our top pick: it’s the closest campsite to Edinburgh at just four miles away, and a regular bus service to the city leaves from just outside. 

Part of a 200-acre country estate, Mortonhall’s space and play areas make it ideal for kids; for indoor days, a games room and TV room are also on site.

Campsite features:
  • On a country estate a short bus ride from Edinburgh
  • Choice of four pitches – grass, standard, premium and full service
  • Huge range of facilities including play areas, games room, TV room, bar and restaurant, and well-stocked licenced shop
  • Historic arboretum with ancient trees and many species of birds and wildlife

10.  Lomond Woods Holiday Park

Glasgow is jam-packed with family-friendly attractions, with enough to keep all ages busy from morning to night. Award-winning Lomond Woods Holiday Park is a few minutes’ walk from the local train station, where services to Glasgow depart every 30 minutes. There’s more than enough to keep everyone in the surroundings too, with Loch Lomond Shores, SEA LIFE and the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre all within half a mile.

Campsite features:
  • Five-star, family-run campsite within walking distance of Loch Lomond
  • Landscaped setting with pitches among trees, hedges and shrubs
  • Hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up; fully-serviced pitches also available
  • Play area and games room on site
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