Where to go Camping with the Kids in Scotland? The Dribble Community Knows!

A camping trip requires a good amount of planning and prep on any occasion… and then add kids into the mix! It may seem a bit daunting at first but with a few helpful hints and a camping with kids checklist your family will have a magical time in the great outdoors; plus any mishaps just add to the fun.

Camping Tips for Families

Picking the right campsite is your first most important task! Luckily Scotland broadly permits wild camping, unlike the stricter rules for England, Wales and NI (please note some locations require campers to get a permit so do your research before you set off). However, if you’re a first-time camper a family-friendly campsite with lots of child-friendly facilities may be your safest option to start with. For more camping hacks to having a fun-filled family trip keep reading…


Dribble’s Top Three Tips for a Camping Trip

Firstly, our top 3 tips for a successful family weekend away in the woods:

  1. Sharing is Caring
    If you’re not a 
    camper and not sure you’ll enjoy it. Borrow some kit from a friend, it as can be expensive for a weekend away (and fills up space in a cupboard when storing again!) It will all even out if you are going for a week camping instead of a holiday though.
  2. Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail
    Practice pitching your tent before you go. If it’s raining/ Kids are tired, knowing what you’re doing will be a huge help- also you may need to air it out in the garden if it’s been in a loft for a year or two! Also, it could be fun to get the kids excited before the trip and to double-check you have all the bits before you go.
  3. Choose Wisely
    If you’re a newbie to camping choose a site with lots of family-friendly facilities instead of going into the wild on your first trip! For your first time pick a location relatively close to home (if there’s a very unhappy kiddo you may be happy to pack up and go home to your warm bed!) and for a shorter period of time so you can test the waters first.

Where to go Camping with Kids in Scotland?

Next the most important part, where to set up camp? Kid-friendly recommendations from friends are always helpful… which is why we’ve pulled together campsites in Scotland as recommended by the Dribble Community this month.

Comrie Croft Eco Hostel and Camping, Crieff

First up is a popular choice suggested by both Susan Heaton and Holly Sarah Fraser; Comrie Croft Eco Hostel and Camping which offers great facilities for younger families but also the option of a wild experience for more experienced campers.

“[This is] a lovely spot for a family break in the woods. There are camping pitches secluded in the trees so it almost feels like you are wild camping. Or you can stay in their famous Katas if you want a bit of luxury! The Katas are set in the woods with their own fire pit, picnic bench and hammocks. One even has its own toilet! They also all have wood burning stoves! There is also a river running through the pitches with a rope swing with a few bridges. So you’re little ones {but not too little} could spend hours adventuring in the trees!” – Susan Heaton.

If you fancy something that is a little more rustic there are fields to camp in here too, the site itself has great amenities, you can freshen up in their toilet and shower blocks plus there is a good shop, cafe, bike hire and bike track all on site; what more could you need?!

Elie Holiday Park, Elie

Next we have a fab suggestion from Dribble users who stayed at Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay which is a brilliant option for young kids! Little ones will be excited to find a large pirate ship park, a family friendly bar and restaurant with lots of space for the kids to run around. This park is located ideally by Elie beach where families can wander down to Ruby Bay and visit Elie Ness lighthouse too.

Tantallon Caravan and Camping Park, North Berwick

From one seaside to another, Stephanie Dias has recommended Tantallon Caravan and Camping Park. This Scotland Campsite has a nice play park, and a quiet path leading to the beach, the site is perfect for a relaxing trip away as it overlooks the Firth of Forth and right across to the Fife coast; as well as having unrivalled views of the Bass Rock which houses the world’s largest colony of gannets. If you don’t fancy pitching-up they have affordable wigwams on offer too!

In the area you can pop across to Tesco for BBQ supplies and venture out to many nearby family-friendly attractions, including: Tantallon Castle or a hike up Berwick’s Law for longer legs.

Red Squirrel Campsite, Glencoe

Our Dribble camping expert Susan Heaton ventured up to Glencoe and stayed in Red Squirrel with her family and also had great things to say about this site.

“We recently stayed up at Red Squirrel in Glencoe which was really nice – it had a dedicated under 10s area for families. no play park but it is within a 10min walk of a lovely pub which has a playpark outside. lots of great walks in the area too of course! “

Glen Rosa Campsite, Arran

Another little Scottish gem is the Isle of Arran which is perfect for a family getaway with the kids, Amy Bose recommends staying at the beautiful Glen Rosa Campsite which offers self-catering cottages and space for tents too!

Rosetta Holiday Park, Peebles

Coming back closer to the Capital, one of our Dribble Community, suggests – Rosetta Holiday Park which is near the lovely town of Peebles. The campsite is in a picturesque country setting and still within an hour of Edinburgh. Close-by you can get back to nature on your family weekend away and visit Glentress Forest which hosts gorgeous woodland trails or horse-riding if you’d like to do something a little different!

Greenhillock Glamping, Forfar

The next spot we have is one where you can get off the grid and be at one with nature set within a wildflower meadow, Greenhillock is a responsible, eco-conscious site that has thought of it all for kids and adults alike. They have great eco-initiatives such as solar powered showers and eco-composting toilets too! For the little ones there are den building activities, mini beast tours and much more to keep them entertained and educating about the world around them.

“Can’t recommend it enough for kids. Wild camping with the luxury of toilets/showers etc and lots to do and explore for the kids!”

Nydie Campsite, St. Andrews

Another campsite in Scotland with the option of some luxury (toilets and showers when camping are a luxury… aren’t they?) Nydie Campsite came highly recommended by Susan and other Dribblers. This site is very family and doggy friendly. Susan says, “the pitch sizes are ample or they have wigwams if you prefer glamping, there is a football pitch, a large wooden play structure with swings, clean toilet and shower blocks, separate baby change facilities and amazing views of the coast. Plus an ice cream van popped round at tea time (probably just on weekends!)”

When the little ones hit the hay, adults can gather round one of the firepits and enjoy an evening chatting together having a beverage!

Dunbar Camping and Caravanning Club Site

If you’re looking for some kid-friendly camping inspiration in Fife direction. Gill suggests a family camping trip at Dunbar campsite which is perfect for young families and there is a good little playpark onsite and attractions near-by for a day trip. We’d recommend driving over to East Links Family Park, remember to check their Facebook for any upcoming family events!

Port Ban Holiday Park

Last but not least we are heading over to the west of Scotland near to Argyll as Dribbler Naomi Angus had a great time with family at Port Ban Holiday Park. Overlooking Islay and Jura this is the perfect hideaway to get a breath of fresh air and spend some quality time together, The Kilberry Inn is a great choice for food too!

Scottish Wild Camping Sites

We also received great suggestions for wild camping in Scotland for family fun from our Dribblers! These include:

  • Glen Etive (Highlands of Scotland)
  • Killin (Stirling)
  • Yellowcraigs (North Berwick)
  • The Apple Orchard at Pillars of Hercules (Cupar)

One of our lovely Dribble community Laura Archibald has written a great blog on Mummy Ever After with lots of fantastic tips for camping with kids and some more places to go!

So there you have it! Some great locations for pitching up, Dribblers suggestions for wild camping in Scotland and some helpful tips to add to your camping with kids checklist! Have you any other great camping hacks or know of a great family-friendly campsite in Scotland?

 

Let us know in the comments!

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