Campsites with swimming in Scottish Lowlands

Before fleeing for the Highlands, linger a while in the countryside, on the coast, and the cultural epicentre of Scotland.

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12 top campsites in Scottish Lowlands with swimming

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Kestrel Lodge Campsite

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Howbeck Lodge

27 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Hesket Newmarket, England
A dog-friendly farm campsite on the northern edge of the Lake District
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Harebeck Holidays

8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Wasdale, England
Nestled between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea coast this site is situated on a working dairy and sheep farm. Farm tours can be arranged on arrival. A play hut with outdoor games, drying room with communal fridge and freezer (some units have their own small fridge). Natural hedges surround the site. Four fruit trees near the shower block Half a mile to Gosforth village with Shop, Bakery, Cafe, 4 Pubs providing food and an Italian restaurant. Gosforth and Seascale villages have play parks. Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wasdale, Scafell Pike and Sandy Beaches with Cafes selling local ice cream are nearby with most Lake District attractions within an hours drive and Edinburgh a three hour drive away. There are 5 campervan/motorhome pitches, a pod, a modern take on a shepherds hut with underfloor heating, a heated pod and two gypsy caravans with electricity to book. All pitches are on gravel positioned to enjoy views over farmland to Scafell Pike and other fells, they are surrounded by grassy areas with seating and a picnic table. A wooden play hut has outdoor games and toys inside. Awnings can be added on the 3 larger pitches. Tents can be pitched next to units for an extra £10 per night. Barbeques are allowed on gravel with our Gypsy Caravans having a campfire area. There is a communal fridge and freezer, outdoor drying space. Farm tours can be arranged. Wildlife and farm animals can be seen in the surrounding fields. Fresh vegetables and barbeque packs can be ordered with 24 to 48 hours notice. Grocery deliveries accepted from supermarkets. There is also a holiday cottage on the farm sleeping 6 over two rooms. Situated midway between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea Coast makes this site ideal for lower or higher level walks. Sandy beaches at Seascale and St Bees have cafes selling locally made ice cream alongside play areas to keep children happy. Scafell England's highest mountain is close by as are a number of Wainwrights. Nearby is Muncaster Castle and Gardens with its Hawk and Owl Centre, also Ravenglass (a Roman port with remains of a bath house),  you can ride up the Eskdale Valley on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (Laal Ratty). Perhaps take a stroll to Stanley Ghyll waterfall. They have a cafe at both terminuses with a museum in Ravenglass where nearby you can sample Ravenglass Ice Cream. Wasdale and Ennerdale are close by both valleys having cafes and pubs.
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Hazel Mount Fellside

5 units · Tents5 acres · Eskdale, Cumbria, North West England
Nearly wild camping on the western edge of the Lake District overlooking the Duddon Estuary
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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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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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Woodman's Huts

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Beautiful handmade shepherd's huts in the heart of the picturesque South Lakes
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£110
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The Damson Shepherd's Hut

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
A shepherd's hut for two in the lesser-known Lyth Valley, four miles from Lake Windermere
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Hadrian’s Wall Campsite

3 units · Glamping4 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Less than a mile away from Hadrian’s Wall
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Hadrian's Wall Country Yurts

2 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Two yurts with hot tubs in the Cumbrian countryside just a mile away from Hadrian’s Wall
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Overwater Woodlands

6 units · Tents1 acre · Wigton, England
A five-pitch campsite for nearly wild camping in the Lake District
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Runach Arainn Glamping

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Kilmory, Scotland
A three-yurt luxury glamping site on the Isle of Arran, steps away from the beach
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Campsites with swimming in Scottish Lowlands guide

Overview

The lowlands of Scotland stretch along the bottom half of the diagonal Highland Boundary Fault that runs from the Isle of Arran off the west coast to Stonehaven in the northeast. While the southern landscape is markedly less dramatic, it’s arguably just as beautiful. The diverse lowlands encompass the Central Belt, the far-flung Dumfries and Galloway, the wild rivers and winding roads of the Scottish Borders, and the eastern coast up to Aberdeen. Wherever in the Lowlands you camp, there is something to explore in every season, and with excellent public transport links, you can get a taste of urban culture one day before jumping off into a true Scottish adventure the next.

Where to go

Central Belt

Encompassing Scotland’s two largest cities, the Central Belt is the starting point for most Scottish adventures. It’s worth spending a couple days in both cities before you fly off to the countryside. In the capital of Edinburgh, tour the most iconic castle in Scotland, get lost along the winding streets of the mediaeval Old Town, and climb the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat for a view that stretches out to the Firth of Forth. August and Christmas are the busiest times, when the city explodes with visitors for the Edinburgh Festival and the Christmas markets. In Glasgow, stroll the green spaces dotted throughout the city, pop into some of the best live music venues in Britain, and walk the Glasgow Mural Trail. The west coast offers access to the islands of Arran and Bute. On the east, the thriving village of Dunbar is a great place to enjoy some North Sea surfing.

Dumfries and Galloway

In the southwestern corner of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is not on the traditional tourist circuit mostly because of the limited public transport to the region. All the more reason to pack up your tent and road-trip to the uncrowded Galloway Forest, a designated International Dark Sky Park. Four of the world-class 7 Stanes mountain bike parks are spread across the area, and from the coast enjoy views out toward the Isle of Man and Ireland. 

Scottish Borders

Sandwiched between the Lammamuir and the Cheviot Hills at the northern edge of England, the Scottish Borders were once disputed territory and now one of Scotland’s hidden gems. It’s an area rich in Neolithic, Iron Age and early Christian history, which you can experience by walking the Borders Abbey Way or St Cuthbert’s Way. Explore the bustling village of Peebles and the nearby mountain bike park at Glentress Forest, escape to the seaside village of St Abbs, or to the banks of the River Tweed and scale the hills for views across the green gateway to the great North. 

Fife and the East Coast

The Kingdom of Fife offers an idyllic countryside escape, just a hop and a skip over the Forth Bridge from Edinburgh. The Fife Coastal Path traces the North Sea through the fishing villages of the East Neuk and up through the buzzing town of St. Andrews. Northwest of Fife, Perth and Dundee offer a dose of small city life. Further north, the villages of Arbroath, Montros,e and Stonehaven are known for their beaches, fresh seafood, harbour town character, and castles.

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