Riverside camping in Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve

Where the Highlands meet the Lowlands, the reserve teems with life year-round.

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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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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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£220
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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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Riverside camping in Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

At the southeastern end of Loch Lomond, and reached by a short boat trip from the village of Balmaha, Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve is spread across the islands of Inchcailloch, Clairinsh, Torrinch, Creinch and Aber Isle. Straddling the dividing line of the Highland Boundary Fault, the reserve’s landscapes reflect both that of the Highlands and the Lowlands, with rugged mountains to the north and gentler, rolling hills to the south. Its wide range of habitats include woodlands, open water, grassland and wetlands and is a popular spot for keen naturalists, who can spot osprey fishing in the loch. There is a small and basic campsite on Inchcailloch. As the island is a nature reserve, occupancy is limited and visitors may only stay up to two nights and permits are required.

When to go

From April to September is the best time to visit to see woodland wildlife, fishing ospreys and the rich wetlands of Endrick Mouth as they burst with flowers and insects. In the fall you can see wintering geese arriving from Greenland and Iceland, as well as other waterfowl; come winter you’ll see thousands of geese roosting on the reserve. Spring brings a brightly colored carpet of wildflowers and plentiful birdlife.

Know before you go

  • The Inchcailloch campsite is open only from March through September.
  • There is a ranger service on Inchcailloch, which offers guided walks.
  • Due to the deer population, ticks are present in the reserve. Long pants and sleeves are recommended.
  • The weather can be changeable, even in summer. Warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended.

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