Camping and glamping in the forest
Summer is here! (No really, we promise, it is…) And it’s the perfect time to dust off the camping gear, pack up the essentials and herd the family out to the countryside for a night or two under the canvas.
If you’re looking for lovely places to pitch up in the woods, look no further than our guide to camping and glamping in the forest. From no frills, off the beaten track slumbering, to super comfortable, chilling under the stars – read on for inspiration.
If you enjoy the simple life, then wild camping could be for you. Get close to nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, by packing up your tent and a few essential supplies and heading out into the wilderness.
It’s really important that you familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, particularly in relation to camping, so you know exactly what rules apply when camping in the wild. Making sure that where you choose to pitch up won’t cause any problems – such as being away from buildings and livestock – is essential, plus leaving no trace when you leave is important for keeping Scotland’s forests beautiful and protecting the environment.
Keeping it simple
If you’d rather strike a balance between roughing it and enjoying some home comforts, camping at an organised site will help you find a happy medium.
Head to Kilvrecht Campsite in Tay Forest Park and take in some of the most picturesque parts of Highland Perthshire. At Kilvrecht you can wake up in the forest to the sound of birdsong, safe in the knowledge there are loos, washing facilities and drinking water nearby. The wee village of Kinnloch Rannoch is just down the road too.
Alternatively, head to the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and stay the night at Sallochy Campsite. The lochside location is hard to beat, and if it’s warm enough you can take a dip in the water – well that’s one way to wake up! There are toilets, plus shops and cafes at nearby Rowardennan and Balmaha.
Sallochy is part of the glorious Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which has many wonderful places to explore, including the stunning Three Lochs Forest Drive and newly revamped Lodge Forest Visitor Centre.
Nestled in the heart of Glenmore Forest Park, you’ll find Glenmore Campsite, run by Camping in the Forest. Few campsites could compete with the sheer beauty of Loch Morlich Beach, which sits adjacent to the site, or the lush woodland of the forest park that’s rich for exploring. This campsite has toilets, showers and electric hook ups available, plus all the convenience of Aviemore a short drive along the road.
Doing it in style
If you love the outdoors, but love a comfy bed too – fear not! There are options for you to enjoy a camping experience with a touch of glamour.
Just one hour from Edinburgh, you’ll find Glentress nestled in the lovely Tweed Valley Forest Park. A mountain biker’s haven, Glentress offers endless opportunities for fun – with walking and cycling trails, as well as Go Ape treetop adventure.
Stay in one of the charming wooden wigwams next to the forest, where there’s enough room for you to bring up to four friends. There are toilets, showers, internet access, heating, lighting and even a fridge to keep your supplies cool!
If that doesn’t sound quite luxurious enough for you, then let us introduce you to the sheer decadence of a Forest Holidays lodge. Choose from the Strathyre cabins, nestled in the forest just north of Callander, or the Ardgartan Argyll cabins on the banks of Loch Long.
Staying in a Forest Holidays cabin means you can wake up surrounded by the tranquillity of the forest, but still enjoy a hot shower and a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. Each cabin also comes with its own hot tub, so don’t forget the bubbly… it’s glamping on a whole new level! The cabins are dog friendly too, so do bring your four-legged friend along.
Where’s your favourite place to camp in Scotland? We’d love to hear in the comments below…