Campsites open all year round in Scotland
Scotland is one the best destinations for camping holidays. As such, no matter when you are coming, where you are travelling, which budget you have or what kind of holiday-maker you are: the country will offer a camping alternative to suit your plans.
You may be surprised when we state winter is a perfect time to hire a campervan in Scotland. However, just think of the cheaper rates, higher choice, quieter destinations and unique natural wonders such as the Northern Lights that can be only enjoyed when travelling to Scotland in the winter season. Plus, there’s nothing like a little bit of “crisp outdoor air-conditioning” after some exciting adventure!
To help you plan your winter motorhome hire in Scotland, we have put together different sites where you can locate campsites open all year round in the region:
UK Camping and Caravanning Club
As part of your booking, we offer free temporary membership to the The Camping & Caravanning Club Privilege Scheme. Thanks to that, you can benefit from up to 30% off participating campsites. In Scotland, the Club suggests two campsites to pitch up during the winter: Loch Ness (Inverness) and Moffat (Dumfries & Galloway).
PitchUp is another website we recommend when looking for campsites. They have a really handy locator where you can filter your search by availability and region, among other features. When selecting Scotland and open all year round, up to 106 campsites are displayed around the country! Great choice for your winter campervan hire!
This is another website that features campsites in the UK, Ireland and some European countries. It has a special section for winter camping and campsites are listed by region. If you are going to hire a motorhome in Scotland this year, you may want to take a look at it!
For campervans and motorhomes, Wild Camping is illegal across the UK & Ireland including Scotland although in many parts is tolerated, provided a common sense approach is taken and leave no trace principles are followed. There is always the risk of being moved on – especially if it is considered that you are causing an obstruction.
Certain Scottish islands (such as Colonsay and Tiree) don’t allow campervans or motorhomes at all since they lack the infrastructure. Loch Lomond is subject to Wild Camping byelaws throughout the National Park between March and September in order to protect the lochshores meaning that camping is only permitted in certain areas.
Remember, there is now a vast array of camp sites with picturesque locations across the UK and Ireland, use these first before you consider Wild Camping in a campervan. These sites are geared up for motorhomes, have all the facilities as well as a warm welcome and great local advice to visitors. Not to mention that if you’re staying locally on a campsite you’re contributing much-needed income to the local economy!