In the heart of Scotland, Stirlingshire’s rich history and natural beauty make it an ideal camping destination.
The sprawling Stirlingshire region connects the Scottish Lowlands to the Highlands. It’s an easily accessible part of Scotland that is home to some of the country’s most historic sites and intriguing castles, as well as plenty of natural attractions, from some of the country’s tallest mountains to waterfalls and wooden glens. Whether you’re just passing through on your way along the West Highland Way or the Rob Roy Way, or if you plan to base yourself here for a while, you’ll find camping options ranging from basic tent pitches to glamping lodges with hot tubs.
Don’t rush through the region’s main city. Stirling has a picturesque Old Town steeped in Scottish history—it’s home to the National Wallace Monument and close to Bannockburn, the site of Scotland’s historic victory over England. Within walking distance of the Wallace Monument and handy for hiking the Ochil Hills, the family-run Witches Craig Caravan Park has pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes.
In the northeastern corner of Stirlingshire, on the edge of Loch Tay, Killin is set around the Falls of Dochart on the Roy Rob Way long-distance footpath. Also next to the village is the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve, a site popular with hill walkers and mountain climbers—it’s home to seven Munros. A short walk from the village center, Maragowan Caravan Club Site is set on the River Lochay and has hardstanding touring pitches, as well as a couple of grass pitches.
The eastern gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Callander sits on the edge of the River Teith and is a popular stop for travellers heading into the Highlands. Outdoor enthusiasts can follow trails to the Bracklinn Falls, along the River Keltie, and up to the summit of Callander Crags. Callander Woods Holiday Park has plenty of hardstanding and a few grass pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as self-catering lodges with private hot tubs and static caravans for hire.
One of Scotland’s most appealing destinations, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (part of which lies within Stirlingshire) is a magnet for outdoor adventurers. The park is packed with opportunities for mountain climbing, canoeing, cycling, and hiking through a stunning landscape of tall mountains, deep lochs, forest, and misty glens. Campsites in the park are set in Queen Elizabeth Forest on the eastern banks of Loch Lomond, while a basic, informal campsite sits on the shore of Loch Chon. If planning to wild camp, be aware that in some areas of the national park, campers may only pitch in designated sites— these areas require permits from March through September.