When pondering the best places to camp in the Highlands, one person’s idyllic wild-camp could be another’s idea of Hell.
So considering a few vital things can make a real difference when selecting a spot.
Wilderness Guide, John Walker shares his favourite camping spots and what else to think about with his 5 Best Places to Camp in the Highlands.
What to think about when choosing a great wild camping spot:
- Access to water – That wee lochan may look lovely, but will you have to boil everything you drink? Running water is best, and is plentiful in Scotland! Keep in mind that you don’t want to have to hump it for hundreds of metres. That said, do not base yourself too close as it may be prone to flooding if the burn (Scots word for river) swells with the rain!
- Shelter – The idea of a mountain-top spot is wonderful, but ensure you’re not going to get blown away if the wind gets up.
- A breeze – Paradoxically, due to the midges, a light breeze is usually preferable. Find out easy tricks for avoiding Scotland’s most feared wildlife, the Highland Midge here.
- Sloping or tussocky terrain – You may have the best roll mat in the world, but choose your ground wisely if you want to sleep well!
- Proximity to a road – Remote is good, but carrying kit can be hard work. Strike a balance, or manage your expectations.
- Proximity to a pub – As I said, ‘one man’s meat……’
Find out more about what makes a good campsite (or a terrible one) in:
Wild Camping: What NOT to do.
The Best Wild Camping Spots in Scotland
Indeed, would you prefer an ‘all mod cons’ campsite, with showers, toilets, electricity and internet access? If so, I am afraid they’re not listed here. Here we have a little walk on the wilder side of camping. So which are my (current) favourite five? In no particular order…