Cairngorms National Park

View to Braemar

Camping in the Park

Discover remote parts of this stunning landscape and get closer to nature by sacrificing your usual day-to-day comforts with a spot of camping

Important Information for Visitors

The Scottish Government removed the 5-mile travel restriction for outdoor leisure, recreation, and exercise. This means that you can travel to visit the National Park, but please plan ahead, understand guidelines to stay safe, be prepared to be flexible and change your plans, especially if you find your destination crowded and busy, and please be kind when visiting our communities.  

Overnight stays are permitted in self-contained accommodation only – where you do not have to share facilities.  Please book ahead.  

Please refrain from wild camping in the National Park at this time. 

You can stay in a campervan or caravan on a formal site (if they are open) we ask that you do not park overnight in existing car parks and follow advice from CAMPA  

Second home owners (without shared facilities) are now able to visit their residences in the Park.

Visit our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Latest Information webpage for more information.

Click here for information on car parks and click here for information on public toilets across the National Park.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to help you plan ahead for your visit.

 

Camping means different things to different people, for some it’s hiking off alone into the woods or up a Munro where few venture to wild camp, while for others, it’s pitching up in a campsite or caravan park where there are acres of wilderness, but you can still use a toilet, shower, and kitchen.

Camping, and even glamping, has become popular recently as this type of accommodation adopts a more eco-friendly approach. In the Park there is wealth of options from camping pods to campsites hidden in the woods,  wild camping, which is lightweight, away for public roads and for one or two nights is legal in the Park however we do ask you “tread lightly” and have a read of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

For more tips, advice, and pointers on how to make the most of your camping experience in Scotland check out the Summer Camping Pocket Guide to Scotland.

Camp Sites

There is something for every kind of camper in the Park, from the large family friendly sites such as Glenmore, Blair Atholl and Dalraddy to Caravan Club sites which take tents if you book in advance.

To find the right camp site for you and your family check out Visit Cairngorms.

If you are going wild camping “tread lightly” by:

  • Avoiding problems for local people and land managers by keeping away from camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and keeping away from buildings, roads, and historic structures.
  • Take care to avoid disturbing the wildlife such as deer, capercaillie, and grouse.
  • HIGH FIRE RISK in place. Wild fires are a real danger so do not light fires or leave BBQ’s unattended and on flammable surfaces such as peat. Please use a stove.
  • Taking away all your litter, removing traces of your tent pitch and cooking areas, and by not causing any pollution.

For more information download Scottish Natural Heritages leaflet on Camping in Scotland.

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