Camping is rapidly becoming a holiday of choice for many families across the country, especially when most families have been impacted by the cost of living crisis in recent months.
But with so many locations to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where the perfect destination is to pitch up. A new study has in fact highlighted that Scotland boasts a fair few of the top camping spots across the UK claiming the top four.
New research by GO Outdoors has ranked the best spots across the United Kingdom for camping, based on factors like price, pet friendliness, and internet access.
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The research also looks at the best places for families, couples, and luxury camping for those who aren’t as keen to pitch a tent!
So let's take a closer look at where Scotland came on the rankings, starting with the Cairngorms which smashed the entire list across the UK coming in at the top spot.
Cairngorms National Park is the best place to camp in the UK. The area is home to stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes and is popular with people of all ages.
Wigwam Holidays Glenlivet nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is the ultimate place to camp in the middle of woodlands, while Glenshee Glamping is an idyllic location with llamas, donkeys and goats.
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The average cost of a small tent for two adults is £24 per night - cheaper than most locations on the list. 83% of campsites are also pet friendly and 57% are open all year round, while three quarters have internet access.
Dumfries and Galloway comes in second place. The Southern Uplands Fault forges through the region as the stunning scenery is not to be missed for its sculpting dramatic hills and glens.
The study found it has a huge percentage of pet-friendly campsites too (95%), so this could be a perfect one for you to venture to with your furry family members. The emerald hills give way to the thick forests that once hid Robert the Bruce and his men with an equally eye-catching coast paired with sweeping sandy beaches, soaring cliffs and rugged rocky stretches.
It is also a cheaper option than the Cairngorms, with the average cost of a small tent for two adults priced at £20 per night. 45% of campsites are open all-year-round, and three-quarters have internet access.
Most people associate Robert Burns with Ayrshire, but according to online blog Scotlandstartshere he spent a swathe of his life in Dumfries and Galloway. He was even inspired to write over a quarter of his work there, including Tam o’Shanter.
And if you fancy a trip to the city, it is pointed out that Dumfries is closer to both Edinburgh and Glasgow than it is to Stranraer so why not make a proper trip of it!
The Scottish Highland town of Fort William comes in third place, as a popular escape for those of the outdoors it is often referred to as the 'gateway' to Ben Nevis.
The nearby Nevis Range Mountain Resort has ski runs and forest trails and for the history buffs out there the town centre welcomes the West Highland Museum focused on regional life and history. Or why not stop by the Ben Nevis Distillery to explore whisky production?
It does come in a little pricier however at an average cost to camp here of £27.88 per night, which is even higher than the Cairngorms. But what we can promise is stunning views for you to wake up to! It does have much fewer campsites with kids' playgrounds however at only 13% so it may be more of a couple's choice for a getaway.
The Scottish Highlands as a whole was hot on its tail in the recent study, coming in fourth place. As a whole, the stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery will be a trip to remember.
The towering mountains, endless skies and abundant wildlife offer a natural wonderland to walk, hike, cycle and explore to your heart's content.
As expected though the number of campsites with internet access across the whole of the Highland network are significantly lower at 64% and number of kids playgrounds is not much higher than Fort William itself at 25%. At an average cost of £24.44 it is definitely a good catch for a romantic escape.
% of campsites with internet access
% of pet friendly campsites
% of campsites open all year
% of campsites with glamping options
% of campsites with kids' playgrounds
Average price of campsites
Camping score /10
Dumfries & Galloway
Isle of Skye
With the top four camping hotspots in Scotland, Suffolk is ranked as the best place to camp in England, with an overall camping score of 7.08 out of 10.
The region reported an average price of £24.50 to camp, while reporting 79% of pet-friendly camping sites - making it a great spot for a family-friendly break.
There are many reasons why camping on Skye is a great way to experience the isle from its cosy and romantic feel to being able to camp under the stars at night.
Visit Scotland have their own Skye glamping spot guide if you fancy combining camping with comfort. Why not enjoy the island's best bits with quirky options including wigwams, shepherd huts and cosy cabins?
If you are looking towards your traditional camping, however, it also fairs quite well at fifth place on the table, at an average of £22 per night. Although it has the lowest out of all areas across the UK for kids campsites (5%) so this is definitely a holiday for leaving the mini me's at home.
You can view the camping hotspots in full by visiting their website here.
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