Camping in the Highlands

It’s impossible to visit the Highlands without feeling a sense of stepping back in time. Ancient mountains thrust their peaks to the sky, morning mists settle over serene lochs bordered by age-old woodland, and legend has it the fairy folk watch over the lands, repaying kindness with good luck and ill manners with punishment.

The north of the region is home to one of Europe’s most remote landscapes – vast peat bogs and wetlands stretch for miles, home largely to birds and small mammals, and windswept cliffs endure fierce attacks from the sea. To the west, lonely moorland is edged by white sandy bays that look out towards the islands, and only a few villages hug the coast.

The area’s only large city, Inverness, perches on the edge of the Moray Firth, and is a cosmopolitan metropolis with something of the untamed Highland spirit about it. In its centre you’ll find all the trimmings of sophistication: a thriving culinary scene, great shopping and impressive art galleries. You don’t have to go far, though, to find its wilder side. The castle is a reminder of more violent times, while nearby Loch Ness is the perfect introduction to the surrounding lands – moody, beautiful and mysterious.

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Brora

A perfect setting for a wild outdoor experience, Brora is located next to a sandy beach and within hiking distance of the nearby loch and mountains. 

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Kinlochewe

A small, intimate site, Kinlochewe is the perfect place to unwind. The nearby lochs, woodlands and mountains are a haven for walkers and climbers.

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Culloden Moor

Close to both Inverness and the Moray Firth, this site is ideal for those wanting to mix the bustle of a city break with the peace of nature.

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Morvich

Surrounded by picturesque hills and mountains, this peaceful site is within reach of a range of attractions, including castles, lochs and the Isle of Skye.

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Dunnet Bay

Set on Scotland’s northeast tip, this small site boasts spectacular views of the bay and its sandy beach, as well as easy access to the Orkney Islands. 

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Reasons to visit the Highlands

There’s no shortage of campsites in the Scottish Highlands and each gives you chance to discover a different part of the region’s character.

Tranquillity

If it’s peace and tranquillity you’re looking for, the north and west are ideal. You can wander along coastal paths and through lush glens without seeing another soul and the stunning landscapes will make for some great photography. There are lots of opportunities to capture the scenery and wildlife on the Isle of Skye, with various guides giving private and group sessions. Whether you’re a complete novice or an enthusiast, you’ll be shown some fabulous locations and taught the best techniques to get your shots.

Fishing is a great way to unwind too, and when camping in Scotland’s Highlands you won’t need to look far to find a good angling spot. Between June and October you can fish for salmon in the rivers, while April to July is the best season for brown trout. Guides are more than happy to help you navigate the river banks and loch shores to find the best spots and are always happy to encourage a little friendly competition to see who can catch the biggest fish.

Adventure activities

At the other extreme, the Highlands is a fantastic place for adventure activities. The River Findhorn has plenty of white water sections where the whole family can enjoy a wet and wild adventure. The Middle Findhorn has Grade 3 rapids, which are good for beginners, and on the more peaceful stretches of the river you’ll have chance to admire the Highland landscapes. If you’ve been river rafting before and are ready for a new challenge, try the River Garry near Fort William, a Grade 3-4 course with good water levels between April and October.

Canyoning is increasing in popularity and is a thrilling way to explore the surroundings. Pop on a wet suit and take to the water, whizzing down natural water slides, abseiling alongside falls and jumping into fresh water pools. With a fully trained guide to help navigate the course safely, it’s an exciting adventure suited to groups and families with older children.

Myths and legends

Ancient legends are told throughout the Highlands of fairies, unicorns and other mysterious creatures that live among the mountains and lochs. The most famous of these is, of course, Nessie. Locals and tourists alike have been searching for a long, thin body rising from the water since a newspaper reported a sighting of the creature in 1933. You can join the hunt on a cruise of Loch Ness – these run from several stations around the loch and are great fun whether you believe in the tales or not.

You can also enter fairy territory for a chance to see these secretive beings. The grassy ridges of Fairy Glen have an otherworldly feel and are said to have been shaped by the fairies. A pleasant morning can be spent wandering the lush hills and enjoying the views – just take care to respect the land or you could fall foul of the fairies’ bad tempers. The streams and waterfalls of the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye are said to be bathing spots for these magical people. Even if you don’t spot any, the scenery is enchanting and you might decide to brave a refreshing dip in the crystal clear pools yourself!

Why to choose Experience Freedom?

Experience Freedom’s camping sites in the Highlands give you a unique chance to discover the region at its best. From our well-maintained sites, you can explore this spectacular region’s coasts, mountains and mysteries before returning to your quiet, comfortable base. Select a campsite to find out more about its facilities or to book a stay online.