Glamping pods near Paisley

A runner up for the UK City of Culture, Paisley has made a name for itself independent of its big sister city to the north.

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Glamping pods near Paisley guide


Whether you’re heading north toward Loch Lomond and the west Highlands, out to the isles, or planning to soak up a few days of culture in Glasgow without the city overnight, Paisley offers a convenient base to access most of the western Central Belt. The town that gave name to the famous textile pattern is located just 10 minutes from Glasgow, rich with history and surrounded by rolling country, offering easy public access to many sought after camping spots in the area.

Where to go

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

A short drive northwest of Paisley is Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Forest and nearly two dozen lochs offer endless adventure. Scotland’s most famous walking route, the West Highland Way, follows the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest body of freshwater. For views stretching across the loch to the Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Forth, hike the accessible munro of Ben Lomond. From the peak of the smaller Conic HIll, you’ll get an excellent perspective over the Highland Boundary Fault. Campsite and wild camping permit areas are scattered throughout the park. 

West Coast and Arran

The seaside villages of Largs, Troon, Prestwick and their surrounds are popular escapes for Glasgow residents on a summer day. This stretch of coast also serves as the access point to the isles of Arran, often called Scotland in miniature, Greater Cumbrae, Bute, and even the remote Kintyre Peninsula. Camping on a Scottish island is an experience not to miss, and the mainland coast offers plenty of campsites and caravan parks to enjoy. 

Dumfries and Galloway

In the quiet southwest of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway benefits from being off the traditional tourist route due to the limited public transport to the region. Countryside surrounds the Galloway Forest, a designated International Dark Sky Park, and the coast faces south toward the Isle of Man and Ireland. Four world-class mountain bike parks are spread across the area, and campsites can be found next door and throughout the entire region.

When to go

The traditional tourist season for most of Scotland is May through October. During these peak months you’ll enjoy the benefit of extra daylight hours and warmer weather, but book campgrounds well in advance and be prepared to deal with crowds--especially on the isles. In March, April, and October you’ll have more of the stunning West coast to yourself, but be prepared for wetter and colder weather.

Know before you go

  • Paisley benefits from great public transport links, but be sure your end destination does. For places like Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll be best having access to your own vehicle or hire car.
  • Waterproofs are an essential packing item for any season in Scotland, as are plenty of layers and thick socks. 
  • In a west of Scotland summer, bring a midgie net and spray to keep the biting beasties at bay.

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