The capital of the Highlands is a gateway to Scotland’s most scenic camping.
Set on the River Ness at the northern end of the Great Glen, Inverness teems with summer visitors searching for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. The picturesque city is well worth a visit in its own right though, and, with the Highlands on its doorstep, it’s a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts who can go hiking in Highland glens and dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth. Campers have plenty of options, from glamping in modern pods to pitching a tent on the water’s edge.
With cosy glamping pods, modern facilities, and views over to the Black Isle, Inverness area holiday parks are prime for campers wanting to stay close to town. Top-notch facilities and a range of pitch types are typically on offer at caravan parks near Inverness and the haunting Culloden Battlefield. Other nearby camping spots feature flat, grassy tent pitches in rural settings.
Heading 15 miles north, Fortrose lies on the southern shore of the Black Isle peninsula and is known for its cathedral, harbour, and secluded beach. A few camping options are clustered around town, giving you a good base from which to explore the Black Isle, which, with its forest trails, is a favorite of mountain bikers. Expect waterside pitches with views over the Moray Firth, along with grass and hardstanding pitches positioned between shore and woodland.
Fifteen miles east of Inverness, the seaside resort of Nairn is a long-time favourite of visitors from near and afar. It’s home to three beaches; is one of the sunniest and driest places in Scotland; and is an ideal base for those walking and biking around the Highlands. Set on a working farm, Barns Highland offers peaceful and spacious hardstanding and grass pitches, plus a few glamping pods. In Highland forest and within walking distance of Nairn Beach are more sheltered pitches for caravans and tents.
For optimum weather and long daylight hours, the best time to visit Inverness is from June through August. This is the busiest season, however, so make bookings in advance, especially during school summer holidays. Although the weather will be cooler, you can avoid crowds—and likely have a far more pleasant experience—by visiting in May or September.