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 has now implemented Covid-19 Protection Levels for Scotland’s Local Authorities, the Cairngorms National Park spans multiple protection levels. Please check the status of the different areas of the Park and familiarise yourself with the rules and guidance set out by The Scottish Government. Visit our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Latest Information webpage for more information.
Overnight stays are permitted but not all accommodation providers are fully open so please check and book ahead.You can stay in a campervan or caravan on a formal site (please check here for the status of some of the sites in the Park) we ask that you do not park overnight in existing car parks and follow advice from CAMPA.
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.
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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions some campsites and caravan parks are not open at the present time – please ensure you check ahead first by visiting Visit Cairngorms or checking our page here and always book ahead.
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.
Please use a stove for cooking it is the best way to prevent wildfires.
Campfires in the wrong place such as on peaty ground or near trees can cause major damage. Being able to have a campfire in the Park is rare as there are not many places where it is safe to do so. So if you would like one make sure it is on gravel or sand , under control, fully extinguished and all signs of it are removed and not buried.
Never light a fire anywhere when there is a high fire risk.
What To Do When You Need to Poo
It may be the most natural thing in the world but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to ‘dump’ it anywhere.
Not only does poo look and smell pretty bad, but it can also be harmful to people and wildlife too. Make sure you know what to do when you need to poo in the great outdoors as outlined in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
If you do need to poo when you’re out and about, there are two options:
It won’t always be possible to bury your waste, for example, you might not be able to get 30m from water or buildings, or the ground might not be suitable for digging.
Think about where you’re going to be and plan ahead for option two:
Always make sure you bag and bin toilet paper and sanitary items too.
You might also want to take some hand sanitiser and if you want to, there are a range of things you can buy to bring with you such as special outdoor poo packs (Dicky bags allow you to carry dog and human waste safely) or even portable toilets.