Woodland camping near Aberfoyle

The Gateway to the Trossachs is a pleasant pit-stop or overnight stay to explore the wilds of Scotland’s first national park.

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Loch Katrine Eco Camping

22 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Stirling and Falkirk, Central Scotland
Loch-side sleeping and exploring in one of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park's most historic locations
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Cobleland Campsite Limited

1 unit · Glamping7 acres · Gartmore, Scotland
Cobleland campsite sits on the banks of the River Forth in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, just 13 miles from Ben Lomond. Not only is it a remarkably natural site, Cobleland is also a treasure trove of outdoor pursuits. You'll be hard-pushed to find a more beautiful setting for your camping holiday than at Cobleland campsite with its well-tended pitches and truly serene, idyllic countryside atmosphere.
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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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Culdees Castle Estate Glamping

5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes17 acres · Perthshire , Scotland
Luxury woodland cabins, each with a private hot tub, in the grounds of a Scottish castle
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The Nest at Loch Lomond

1 unit · Glamping5 acres · Stirling and Falkirk, Central Scotland
This modern space can sleep up to 4. The Nest sits at the top of a 5 acre field. It has a full kitchen, smart TV and dining area. Views overlooking Loch Lomond. We are the perfect base for your adventures- so many hiking and mountain biking routes directly from The Nest. Covered veranda with outdoor seating with Bluetooth surround sound to enjoy your sundowners!
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Muiredge

8 units · Glamping1 acre · Perth and Kinross, Central Scotland
Rural glamping in a converted railway carriage, shepherd's hut, or bell tent in blissful Scotland
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The Snug at Logie Farm

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Falkland, Fife, Central Scotland
Luxury glamping pods with all mod cons, with an elevated position overlooking the River Tay.
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£275
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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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Port nan Gael Campsite

43 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Pennyghael, Scotland
A lochside campsite on the Isle of Mull
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Ayrshire Airstream

1 unit · Glamping5 acres · Irvine, Scotland
A seriously comfortable 1978 Airstream, complete with a hot tub, fire pit and its own bar.
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Beirhope Alpacas

10 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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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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Woodland camping near Aberfoyle guide

Overview

Aberfoyle in the heart of the Trossachs is a quick getaway from Glasgow but still feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its prime location on the banks of the River Forth in the heart of one of Scotland’s two national parks means easy access to some of the best forests, lochs and hills in this part of the country. National Cycle Route 7 passes through the town, which has plenty of amenities along its main street. Campsite and wild camping permit areas are scattered throughout the park. 

Where to go

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Surrounding the village of Aberfoyle on all sides, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park stretches as far south as the east banks of Loch Lomond. Just outside of town, amble along the trails of the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre down to its red squirrel hide. Further north, hike the short and steep Ben A’an or the more challenging Ben Venue. Cycle the easy path around Loch Katrine or take the steamship across. The Rob Roy Way and the Great Trossachs Path traverse the forests nearby.

Perthshire

About an hour’s drive northwest from Aberfoyle, Perthshire is nestled in the centre of Scotland between the Trossachs and the wilder Cairngorms. Its welcoming landscape is perhaps one of the best places to camp in the country. A network of interconnected lochs and rivers run through the land, connecting quaint villages like lowland Comrie and Crieff to Highland Blair Atholl and Aberfeldy. In autumn, Perthshire is the place to be in Scotland to enjoy the colourful foliage. 

Loch Lomond

West of Aberfoyle, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond circle Scotland’s largest body of fresh water. The eternally-popular West Highland Way follows its eastern shores and off the route, Ben Lomond is often the first Munro hillwalkers attempt in Scotland. From its peak, enjoy views across the loch to Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Forth on a clear day. From the top of smaller Conic HIll outside of Balmaha, you’ll get an excellent perspective over the Highland Boundary Fault. 

Perthshire

About an hour’s drive northwest from Aberfoyle, Perthshire is nestled in the centre of Scotland between the Trossachs and the wilder Cairngorms. Its welcoming landscape is perhaps one of the best places to camp in the country. A network of interconnected lochs and rivers run through the land, connecting quaint villages like lowland Comrie and Crieff to Highland Blair Atholl and Aberfeldy. In autumn, Perthshire is the place to be in Scotland to enjoy the colourful foliage. 

When to go

The traditional tourist season for most of Scotland is May through October. The villages around Loch Lomond and throughout the Trossachs are popular weekend escapes for Glasgow residents. During these peak months you’ll enjoy extra daylight hours and warmer weather, but book campgrounds well in advance and be prepared to deal with crowds. The shoulder season months of April and October are great times to visit, but be sure to check openings before you arrive.

Know before you go

  • Public transport on this side of Loch Lomond is limited, and having your own vehicle is highly recommended. 
  • Aberfoyle has plenty of restaurants and cafes, along with a co-op shop, as does nearby Callander. 
  • In a west of Scotland summer, bring a midge net and spray to keep the biting beasties at bay.

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