Campsites with campfires in Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve

This remote corner of Scotland’s Southern Uplands offers a taste of the wild.

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12 top campsites in Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve with campfires

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Troquhain Woods

6 units · Motorhomes, Tents14 acres · Castle Douglas, Dumfries, South Scotland
Nearly wild camping for tents and campervans in a Scottish woodland
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Kestrel Lodge Camping

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Social District

15 units · Tents55 acres · Grizedale, Cumbria, North West England
Lake District camping on the banks of Lake Windermere, with direct access to the water.
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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The Old Chapel Campsite

30 units · Tents1 acre · Grizedale, England
Nearly wild camping in the North Pennines
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

17 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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Otter Moss Accommodation

4 units · Glamping12 acres · Brampton, England
Otter Moss Accommodation offers a variety of upscale camping options suitable for couples, families, and groups. Nestled within a picturesque 12-acre former farm, the majority of the site surrounds a spacious meadow. Additionally, the site boasts a charming small lake featuring three islands and a rowing boat for leisurely water activities. Situated at the northern edge of the stunning Eden Valley, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Cumbrian Fells, with visibility extending to the Solway Firth and the Lake District on clear days. The Lake District is a convenient 40-minute drive away, while various sections of Hadrian's Wall are even closer, reachable within a 15-minute drive. Carlisle and the M6 motorway to Scotland are both just 20 minutes away, with the picturesque market town of Brampton also within a 15-minute drive and offering its own attractions. Local pubs are plentiful in the area, with a diverse selection available within a five-mile radius. Accommodation units at Otter Moss come equipped with heating, kitchen utensils, and stoves, ensuring guests' comfort and convenience. Each unit also includes firepits or barbecues, as well as bedding and towels for a hassle-free stay.
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West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

46 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Glasgow, Lanarkshire, South Scotland
A welcoming campsite on the West Highland Way
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Hazel Mount Fellside

5 units · Tents5 acres · Eskdale, Cumbria, North West England
Nearly wild camping on the western edge of the Lake District overlooking the Duddon Estuary
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Cleghorn Farm

11 units · Glamping, Tents250 acres · Lanark, Scotland
*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY OPEN FOR WEEKEND BOOKINGS FOR CAMPING. THE CABIN IS AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK BOOKINGS* Cleghorn Farm is a mixed farm just north east of the market town of Lanark. Comprised of 250 acres of fields and woodland and bounded to the south by Mouse Water, it is a beautiful spot to get away from it all without having to leave it all behind if you don't want to. The fields are grazed and cultivated but the woodlands are much as they were at the end of the last ice age with spectacular walks along Cleghorn Glen with the chance to see badgers, bats, deer and all manner of birds among the towering pine and beech trees. The Mouse Water (pronounced moose) tumbles down along the edge of the farm and has some glorious pools for swimming, shallows for paddling and some spectacular water falls before it joins the River Clyde.
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Damson View Glamping

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Self-contained glamping pods in the Lake District's beautiful Lyth Valley
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The Outdoor Hotel

3 units · Glamping2 acres · Auldgirth, Dumfries,, Scotland
Journey off the beaten track and enjoy getting closer to nature on our organic farm in Dumfries and Galloway. We offer self catering bell tents and bothy accommodation that allow you enjoy a back to basic slower pace of life without having to leave behind a little touch of luxury. Relax, unwind and reconnect in our eco friendly environment.
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Campsites with campfires in Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

The imposing granite hill of Cairnsmore of Fleet is the perfect setting for hillwalkers. Several trails cross the National Nature Reserve and over the Fleet Valley. The most accessible is the low-level In-bye trail, which departs from the Visitor Centre and takes you through the bleakly beautiful landscape. Longer, more strenuous, trails lead up to the escarpment and the Clints of Dromore, where the rough ground is only suitable for experienced and well-equipped walkers. While walking, look out for grouse and raptors, as well as red and roe deer roaming the moorland. On clear days you can see toward the Lake District, across to Ireland and north to Ayrshire. While there are no campsites within the nature reserve, the Glentrool and Balloch O’ Dee campsites are both within a 35-minute drive.

When to go

While the nature reserve is a pleasure to visit all year-round, June to September are the best months for seeing wildlife. Spring visitors can enjoy the colorful wildflowers and spot wild kid goats. Summer is filled with the cries of young peregrine falcons and ravens. In fall, the golden brown colors of the bracken and the blooming purple heather provide a beautiful backdrop to the sight of red deer stags roaming around. Hen harriers may be spotted in winter, as well as frogs, toads and newts in ditches and ponds.

Know before you go

  • The nature reserve may seem remote, but it’s surprisingly accessible. The closest bus stop is under a mile (1.5 kilometres) away at Palnure.
  • There is a visitor center with information about the reserve and its history. It is open 24 hours, year-round and also has wheelchair accessible restrooms.
  • Visitors should familiarize themselves with, and take care to follow, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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