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These are Scotland’s most amazing rural campsites

If you like your backpacking breaks to take you off the beaten track, you’re going to love these amazing campsites. We’ve found four of Scotland’s best rural spots, some of which also have hostels, caravan sites and lodges, too. So, whichever one you pick, you can get a decent sleep in beautiful surroundings, then wake up ready to explore.

Ythan Valley

What? A quiet campsite in unspoilt countryside.

Where? Ythanbank, Aberdeenshire. Nearest megabus destination: Aberdeen.

Why? Nestled in a meadow in Smithfield, near Ellon, Ythan Valley is a quiet, relaxing, family-owned campsite. You can order homemade organic bread and free range eggs to enjoy for breakfast. And there are home comforts like toilets and showers, despite the site’s remote location. It’s limited to a few tents at a time to maintain the peaceful atmosphere, so booking is essential. Open from Easter until October.

How? Call 01358 761400 or visit the Cool Camping website.

The Lazy Duck

What? 
A hidden homestead surrounded by nature.

Where? 
Nethy Bridge, Cairngorms. Nearest megabus destination: Aviemore or Inverness.

Why? 
If you fancy a peaceful contrast to the excitement of nearby Aviemore, this organic six-acre homestead is the answer. There’s a small campsite, hostel, eco-cabin, waterside lodge and hut, all within the grounds of the Cairngorms National Park. There are extra touches like saunas and hot tubs, and it’s all surrounded by wildlife and beautiful woodland. Open from May until October.

How? 
Call 01479 821092 or visit the Lazy Duck website.

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Blinkbonny Wood

What?
A picturesque campsite nestled in thick woodland.

Where?
Near Longyester, East Lothian. Nearest megabus destination: Edinburgh.

Why?
Blinkbonny Wood is a pine and broadleaf woodland that overlooks the Firth of Forth. Camping here is rustic – there are no showers or running water, although there are fire pits and a composting toilet. Plus, you can buy drinking water and firewood. Blinkbonny Wood is open all year round, but if you’d rather visit this working woodland and stay at a plusher base, the nearby village of Gifford has several B&Bs.

How?
Call 01620 825034 or visit the Blinkbonny Wood website.

South Whittlieburn Farm

What?
A campsite plus B&B on a working sheep farm.

Where?
Largs, Ayrshire. Nearest megabus destination: Glasgow.

Why?
Great views are on the agenda at this working sheep farm in Brisbane Glen. You can choose the well-equipped caravanning and campsite facilities, or the farmhouse itself, which offers a four-star bed-and-breakfast experience. Nearby activities include hill walking, horse riding and sailing, and the coastal resort of Largs is only a couple of miles away. Open all year round.

How?
Call 01475 675881 or visit the Largs Online website. 

Ready to go? Just use our journey planner at the top of the page. And if you want to read a bit more about what you can do in Scotland before you go, check out our city guides for Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Inverness.