The Best Wild Camping Spots in Scotland

Scotland is rugged, wild, and beautiful. Its cities are certainly worth a visit, but if you want to truly experience all that is magical about Scotland there is no better way than to explore its rolling hills, sandy bays, and imposing mountains.

Scotland also has one of the most liberal approaches to wild campers in Europe. So long as you respect the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (which essentially requires you to clean up after yourself, be respectful of the land and the wildlife, and to adequately look after your own safety) you are free to camp wherever you wish, with the exception of Loch Lomond where you will need a permit.

Knoydart

Possibly one of the most remote places you could wish to visit, Knoydart is accessible either by boat to its tiny village, Inverie, or by an extremely long walk across the highlands.

The stunning landscape is absolutely worth the journey though, and it’s one of the few places where you have a chance of seeing the elusive Scottish Wildcat. Inverie is also home to Britain’s remotest pub, The Old Forge.

Skye

Skye is part of the Inner Hebrides. The island is home to the castles of both Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod which will appeal to any history buffs! Skye also has an abundance of wildlife, with the White-Tailed Sea Eagle being a huge draw for bird watching enthusiasts. You also have the chance to see otters, seals, whales, dolphins, and red deer in their natural habitat.

Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay is perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. It is a mile of golden sand flanked by dunes, which make way for the clear waters of Sandwood Loch. Camping out and watching the sun set over the dunes brings a feeling of peace and tranquility that is unrivalled.

Like all of the spots listed here, Sandwood Bay is incredibly remote, and you will want to make sure that you are well equipped to stay warm, dry and safe. The Camping Geek has some great insights on not only what camping equipment you will need, but how to take care of it to make sure it lasts a long time, too.

Kilmory Bay, Isle of Rùm

Kilmory Bay is on the northernmost tip of the Isle of Rùm, and it is home to another beautiful sandy beach. The beach is so idyllic that Queen Elizabeth II actually elected it as one of her favourite picnic spots when she was holidaying aboard the Britannia. If it’s a clear day, you can see all the way to the Isle of Skye from the beach.

The island is home to wild deer, who the BBC frequently visit to film, so if you’re a wildlife enthusiast you might just get to spot them.

Glen Nevis

If you are a serious walker and you want to tick climbing the iconic Ben Nevis off your bucket list, then Glen Nevis could be a great spot for you to wild camp. The gorgeous glen is close to Fort William, which is a mecca for outdoorsy types, and traces the foot of Ben Nevis. If you walk just a short distance through the glen you will find yourself at the dramatic Steall Falls.

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