Camping Spots in Argyll & the Isles

If you want to get close to nature, unwind and relax amid glorious scenery, then you can’t beat a camping holiday in Argyll. You’ll find campsites in idyllic settings, from perfect pitches on the sea shore to lovely spots by the loch side. And if you’d rather add a touch of glamour to your camping experience, then Argyll has plenty of glamping on offer too. Pods, wigwams, tipis and yurts are a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors in style and comfort. Here are 10 top camping and glamping options in Argyll & the Isles.

Camping Spots Close to Glasgow 

Only heading for a short trip? Discover a few great campings spots, only a short journey from Glasgow. Perfect for your quick weekend trip to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Loch Lomond National Park

Say ‘aye’ to an Argyll Holidays ayePod on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. These clever pods are designed for two, and come complete with a comfy double bed which folds down above the sofa, plus a well-equipped washroom and kitchen. They also have stunning loch views.

Loch Lomond National Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for you to discover.
Loch Lomond National Park offers a variety of outdoor activities for you to discover.

Woodland Camping in Cowal

Woodland camping doesn’t get much better than Glendaruel Camping and Caravan Park on Argyll’s Cowal peninsula. This remote, 22-acre camping escape sits surrounded by trees at the foot of the glen with the pretty River Ruel babbling by. It’s a peaceful spot, with red squirrels often outnumbering campers. There are 10 spacious pitches for tents, as well as a Camping Lodge and two larch-clad bothies for the glampers. These cosy wooden boltholes sleep up to four. Walk, cycle and discover the delights of Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Coastal Camping near Oban

Bays and Bens Holidays near Oban has a selection of self-catering lodges as well as one spot for campervans on their stunning site. The spectacular alpine and sea views you get of Loch Etive, Ben Cruachan and the surrounding mountains are second to none. Their private beach is just 100 meters away and there's plenty of room outside for parking. The site is pet-friendly and guests are welcome to use the sheds for extra storage of bikes etc.

Camping with sea views in Tighnabruaich

If you prefer sea views to forest fun, then nearby Carry Farm is a top spot. Pitch your tent virtually on the foreshore and wake up to the call of oystercatchers, waves lapping the pebbles and views across the Kyles of Bute. In the evening, you can light a fire on the beach by your tent. It feels like wild camping, but you have a toilet and shower block with laundry facilities just a short walk away. Carry Farm is also home to Barney the donkey, a flock of Hebridean sheep and free-range hens, which supply fresh eggs for breakfast!

Camp with a sea view at Carry Farm in Tighnabruaich.
Camp with a sea view at Carry Farm in Tighnabruaich.

Head on a Camping Road Trip to Kintyre

Have you heard of the K66? The coastal route circling the Kintyre coastline is perfect for your next road trip. Wake up to the sound of waves, with many camping spots along the way.

Stonefield Farm Holidays in Kintyre

Leave your tent behind and head for Stonefield Farm Holidays near Tarbert on the Kintyre peninsula, for a glorious glamping holiday. This lovely site offers ‘Wigwams’ – comfortable and practical little wooden cabins that sleep up to five people. They even have electric heaters and lights! It’s just a short walk into Tarbert, which is a bustling fishing village with shops, cafés and galleries. Head north from here to explore historic Kilmartin Glen.

Machrihanish Holiday Park in Kintyre

Now for glamping with bells on. At Machrihanish Holiday Park on Kintyre’s wild west coast you can glamp it up in a luxury furnished bell tent. Say goodbye to blow-up mattresses and sleeping bags and settle down for a good night’s sleep on a comfortable double bed complete with crisp bed linen dressed with Harris Tweed or Indian fabrics. The views across Machrihanish Bay to Islay and Jura are just stunning.

Enjoy luxurious glaming stay at Machrihanish Holiday Park in Kintyre.
Enjoy luxurious glaming stay at Machrihanish Holiday Park in Kintyre.

Island Camping Adventure

Isle of Mull

For an island camping adventure, you can’t beat Mull. You’ll find some fabulous campsites on this magical island. Fidden Farm, near Fionnphort on the Ross of Mull, is an idyllic place for a camping holiday. The setting is glorious, with pitches right on the shore looking out to the Atlantic. Children will love exploring the sandy bays and splashing in the crystal clear water. Or how about hiring a campervan with Isle of Mull Campervans?

Isle of Tiree

Get away from it all on the remote Hebridean island of Tiree. One of the local watersports schools, Wild Diamond, runs a small campsite at Balinoe on the south west of the island. Combine your camping with a spot of surfing! If you’re walking, cycling or kayaking, you’re welcome to wild camp on Tiree, but if you have a vehicle it’s better to use the croft sites and pitches around the island or camp at Balinoe. This helps to protect the island’s fragile grasslands. Find out more about camping on Tiree.

The Isle of Tiree is a popular surfing destination.
The Isle of Tiree is a popular surfing destination.

Isle of Coll

Neighbouring Coll has a small campsite set within a walled garden on the west end of the island. This remote site is surrounded by an RSPB reserve, and free ear plugs are provided during the summer due to the number of corncrakes in the area. Coll is one of the most important refuges for these rare birds. In the evening, you’ll hear their distinctive rasping ‘crex crex’ call from the hay and silage field.

Isle of Islay

How does ‘camping with breakfast’ sound? On the island of Islay you can pitch at Persabus Farm near Port Askaig and enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast in the farmhouse in the morning. It’s ideal for cyclists heading for the morning ferry.

Remember that wild camping in Scotland is legal and well accepted – as long as you do it responsibly. Argyll’s remote coastline, islands and mountains are great for wild camping, especially if you are walking, cycling or kayaking. This leaflet by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland outlines good practice when wild camping.