Beach and dog-friendly campsites in Central Scotland

Central Scotland is well known for its deep lochs and ice-carved landscapes, a beautiful backdrop for camping holidays.

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The Charcoal Huts - Isle of Bute

2 units · Glamping8 acres · Scotland
Our Huts are located within the Moss Wood area of Bute Forest - a mixed birch and alder wood that extends up the hillside to the west of the A886 that connects the Rhubodach Ferry to Port Bannatyne and Rothesay. Moss Wood has a range of facilities. Park on the shore-side where the coast can be enjoyed or at the main entrance, and take a walk up through Moss Wood along the Poetry Trail. A steep walk in places, the Poetry Trail is a loop punctuated with places to stop and read, to stop and think. Read nature poetry from throughout the ages, stop at the Blether Stane, or taking the spur to the Viewing Point back south across the Kyles. Moss Wood connects to the West Island Way – take the Poetry Trail and the spur to the Viewing Point – and then take the Stag’s Trod further up (steeply) till you reach the West Island Way. From there, head south towards Port Bannatyne or north along the boundary of the Community Forest. From the viewing point, you can also explore interesting heritage features such as the old WW2 bunker, kayak shelter, Balnakailly settlement, and the SSSI oak woodland.
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At its heart is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, though ultimately the natural beauty of the area extends far beyond the park borders. Central Scotland is ideal for walkers, cyclists or anyone wanting the make the most of the outdoors and it is home to some truly outstanding campsites. We’ve picked our favourites, so you can browse the best luxury glamping and traditional campsites right now or click here to refine your search.

Beach and dog-friendly campsites in Central Scotland guide



Sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, rolling countryside and epic views, the East of Scotland is a seriously cool places to pitch the tent or park up your campervan and, with plenty of campsites to choose from, this hand-picked collection from Hipcamp is the perfect place to start.


Sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, rolling countryside and epic views, the East of Scotland is often overshadowed by the island-dotted coastline of the west. For those with a tent, though, or venturing out in a campervan there are few finer places in Scotland to explore and there's a wealth of fantastic campsites on offer.

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