Glasgow is packed with culture, style, and some of the friendliest people campers will find.
While Scotland’s biggest city may not have the fairytale charm of Edinburgh, it more than makes up for it in character. Glasgow is an intriguing and earthy city filled with both stately and cutting-edge architecture, great music and arts scenes, a wild nightlife, and some of the friendliest, bighearted people in the UK. The name Glasgow means “dear green place,” and, with more than 90 public parks and gardens, there's always a green space closeby. It’s a good base for heading into nearby hills and mountains, starting the West Highland Way and exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Just outside Glasgow City Centre, holiday parks combine the convenience of easy access to the city with bucolic settings. Sites include hardstanding pitches with electric hookups for caravans and motorhomes, as well as grass areas with spacious tent pitches.
A 30-minute drive north of Glasgow’s city center, the West Highland Way Campsite is set directly on the 96-mile (154-kilometre) walking route. As well as grass and hardstanding pitches with electric hookups suitable for caravans, motorhomes, and tents, the site also has a shepherd's hut and furnished bell tents for hire.
Some 40 minutes north of the city, the Campsie Fells are a range of gently rolling hills that are a favourite outdoor escape for Glaswegians and popular with hillwalkers. In small villages with easy access to the hills, holiday and caravan parks offer grass and hardstanding serviced pitches for tents, motorhomes, and caravans, as well as glamping pods and spacious lodges with hot tubs and static caravans for hire.
A 40-minute drive northwest of Glasgow, the pretty village of Luss is one of the main gateways into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can go hiking, climbing, biking, or sailing. Outside the village, campsites can be found on the banks of Loch Lomond with a selection of grass and hardstanding pitches, many with electric hookups. During summer, some areas of the national park require permits for wild camping.
Glasgow is admittedly not famous for its good weather, so be prepared for rain any time of year. Still, the summer months are the best time to visit, when days are long and Glasgow Green is prime for sunny days. Winters, while chilly, are fairly moderate, but daylight hours are short. If planning to hike the West Highland Way or explore Loch Lomond, visiting in spring or autumn can help you avoid crowds.