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Cairngorms National Park

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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 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  

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. 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.

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

Campfires

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.

First things first, if you can, make sure you ‘go’ before you go. Please check which Public Toilets in the National Park are open and where your nearest ones are.

If you do need to poo when you’re out and about, there are two options:

What to do if you need to poo infographic

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:

Bag it and Bin it infographic

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.

More advice via Mountaineering Scotland.

If you are visiting with your campervan or caravan and need to dispose of chemical waste and are not a resident at a camping or caravan park there are some sites in the Park that are willing to dispose of your waste for a fee, visit this page to find out which sites are open to non-residents for Chemical Disposal.

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