Forest campsites in St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve with hiking

Set on stunning coastal headland, St Abb’s boasts dramatic cliffs, colorful wildflowers and thousands of seabirds.

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12 top forest campsites in St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve with hiking

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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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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Beirhope Alpacas

11 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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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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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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Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping

53 units · Glamping, Tents500 acres · Hawick, Scottish Borders
Pick between the woods and the walled garden at this stunning Scottish Borders site
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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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Muiredge

8 units · Glamping1 acre · Perth and Kinross, Central Scotland
Rural glamping in a converted railway carriage, shepherd's hut, or bell tent in blissful Scotland
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Glen Dye Cabins and Cottages

4 units · Glamping, Tents15000 acres · Banchory, Scotland
Garden Camp at Glen Dye offers stays in our Vintage Showman's Caravan, our Keeper's Hut and two bring your own tent pitches. The Showman's Caravan sleeps 2 in a double bed and the Keeper's Hut also sleeps two in a king size bed. All these options share an outdoor kitchen and a heated washhouse.
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Doxford Farm Camping

7 units · Glamping1 acre · Northumberland, England
Rustic-chic glamping pods near the sandy beaches of the Northumberland Coast
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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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Harvest Moon Holidays Beach Cabins

7 units · Glamping4 acres · Nr Dunbar, Scotland
A beachside glamping paradise less than an hour from Edinburgh
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Forest campsites in St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve with hiking guide

Overview

Just outside the pretty coastal fishing village of St Abbs, the rocky promontory of St Abb’s Head is home to a national nature reserve cared for by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). From the cliff tops you can get close-up views of thousands of nesting seabirds—including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes—during the summer months. Colorful wildflowers, such as sea pinks, rock rose and wild thyme, carpet the grassland behind the cliffs. Three trails allow you to thoroughly explore the coastal path, lighthouse and inland Mire Loch, home to swans, damselflies and butterflies. There is no camping in the reserve, but the Shepherd’s Rest Campsite is just 20 minutes down the coast.

When to go

The reserve is open every day, all year-round. For birdwatching, the best time to visit is definitely spring and summer. As well as experiencing the richest birdlife, this time of years is also your best bet for good weather and daylight hours are long. In the fall you may spot rare birds and geese flying overhead, while winter has the appeal of seal pups lying on the beach.

Know before you go

  • Despite its wild “edge of the world” feel, the reserve is easily accessible, lying just off the A1 road.
  • The reserve has an accessible path that people of all abilities can follow.
  • Take care by keeping back from the cliff edge and always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • The NTS runs a Nature Centre, which has information about the reserve’s natural and cultural history.
  • The Old Smiddy Coffee Shop is next to the Nature Center and there are picnic tables outside.

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