Wildlife-watching campsites in Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

An all-season mountain experience with walks, ice climbs and wildlife sightings from moorland to woodland to mountain top.

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Star Hosts in Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

12 top campsites in Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve with wildlife watching

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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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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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Badrallach Campsite

12 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Ross and Cromarty, Highlands
Where the end of the road is the start of your adventure
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Cairngorms Glamping and Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Strathdon, Scotland
We have 10 non-electric pitches in a spectacular setting, surrounded by hills and the River Don. We also have Critter Corner, an area where you can get up close with our friendly animals. We have alpacas, pygmy goats, a donkey and more. We also have a couple of kids play areas. This is all included in the price. For £5 per person we have Cairngorms Kwidditch (a 9-hole disc golf course). You can also go alpaca trekking - £10 per child (16 or under) and £15 per adult. Children will need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
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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 Loft Glamping & Camping

12 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Kinloss, Scotland
The Loft Glamping & Camping site is situated at East Grange Farm. This is a working farm that has evolved into a Wigwam Glamping and Campervan and tent camping site and a Venue. The "wilderness" campsite offers pitches suitable for Tents and small campervans whilst the Stackyard area is suitable for Motorhomes and Mega tents. All motorhome pitches have electrical hook-up and we have a number of electric tent pitches. Unfortunately we do not take caravans. Onsite we also have Wigwam cabins which are wooden camping cabins (Pods) that offer all year round protection against the elements. With heating, electricity, fridge, kettle and toasters. For those wanting a bit more luxury there are also ensuite Wigwam Cabins onsite with wood fired hot tubs. We welcome families, groups, well behaved dogs and do allow campfires outside the wigwams and at pitches and can provide fire hubs on the campsite (this must be pre-arranged). The Loft Glamping & Camping looks forward to welcoming you throughout the year
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Wee Blue Dream log cabin

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Central Scotland
A cosy log cabin in the heart of Scotland, with uninterrupted mountain views and pubs within walking distance
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£95
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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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Port nan Gael Campsite

43 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Pennyghael, Scotland
A lochside campsite on the Isle of Mull
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The Fauld Farm on the Isle of Mull

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent50 acres · Tobermory, Scotland
The Fauld is a small hill farm located close to Tobermory in the north-east of the stunning Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. In total, the land comprises around 150 acres - although most of this area tends to be grazed by our Highland ponies and Shetland/Cheviot sheep. In spring and summer, there are wild flowers and birds galore, and bracing fresh air is on tap all year round - as are the spectacular coastal views from the top of the hills. The farm lies within walking distance of the iconic and colourful fishing port of Tobermory, which offers a range of shops, cafes and pubs - as well as being home to the Tobermory Distillery at Ledaig. If you have a car, we can offer off-road parking for a couple of vehicles, and we also have parking space for two campervans (though we do not have water or electricity connections yet). PS: You are advised to come equipped for camping in wet conditions whatever the season - although we promise that the weather can be lovely too! We look forward to welcoming responsible, country-loving campers to The Fauld :-)
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Mondhuie Chalets

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Nethy Bridge, Scotland
Just under an acre, close to Ancient Caledonia Forest , on the Speyside Way (which runs from Elgin to the South) Garden space for pets, kids and a run around! Our house and 2 Chalets (1 sleeps 5, 1 ideal for 2 or small family) are on the property. Not fully fenced from road. On the outskirts of NethyBridge. Private driveway, and car park
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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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Wildlife-watching campsites in Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

On the irresistible northern shores of Loch Laggan, home to Britain’s largest inland beach, this nature reserve is chock full of beauty. Hill walkers and nature lovers alike will love visiting Creag Meagaidh, whether sticking to the waymarked trails of the lower slopes, or when venturing farther inland to the hidden lochans and tumbledown cliffs of bowl-shaped Coire Ardair. You can explore the impressive ridges and summit of the 1,130-metre Creag Meagaidh itself, or scout the landscape with binoculars for black grouse, mountain hare, badger, pine marten or red deer. In winter, those looking for white-knuckle thrills can tackle some of the best ice climbing routes in Britain, while it’s all change in summer: out go the peak workouts and ice picks, in come the ptarmigans, peregrines and picnics.

Notable campgrounds

  1. Best for early risers: Overnight parking is allowed at the large Creag Meagaidh 

         National Nature Reserve car park. Toilets are a short walk away, but there are no facilities.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Advance booking by at least a few weeks is recommended for all campgrounds, particularly for those close to ever-popular Fort William or the Cairngorms.
  • Summer sees Creag Meagaidh at its busiest with motorhomes and RVs. Consider travelling in the shoulder seasons, between May and June, or as the autumn leaves begin to fall in September or October. 
  • Campsite opening hours and check-in times vary. Call ahead if you might arrive later than planned.

When to go

In short, all-year round. Summer brings in the more intrepid day-trippers from the Cairngorms National Park, while heavy winter snowfalls welcome local ski tourers and mountaineers from across Britain keen to test themselves on some of Scotland’s hardest ice climbs. The reserve’s wildlife also varies dramatically throughout the year. Snow bunting and dotterel congregate in winter, keeping the mountain hare company, while in the summer, you’ll see goldfinches, deer and high-flying eagles. Conservation work is ongoing year-round, with trees being brought back to life on the mountain’s rounded shoulders.

Know before you go

  • Halfway along the A86 between the sleepy towns of Newtonmore and Spean Bridge, the nature reserve is remote in the best possible sense. Take all provisions with you. 
  • Public transport options are limited in this part of Inverness-shire. The nearest train stations are at Newtonmore or Tulloch, an 11km hike or bike away.
  • The weather around Creag Meagaidh is notoriously fickle, with blue skies known to change quickly to thick mist and lashing rain. Take warm and waterproof clothes, food, water, a compass and map. If heading to Coire Ardair or farther in winter, be wary of avalanche reports.

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