Beautiful places to go wild camping in Scotland!

If you’re an outdoorsy person, you’ll have heard about the recent talks to legalise wild camping in England and Wales. Although the initial response was positive from Parliament, the idea has since received backlash.

Experienced campers have argued that incentive took away from the core values of wild camping – camping free and unplanned. The proposal suggested a fee of £20 equally split between landowners, national parks and the company itself.

Whilst the debate still lays heavy in England and Wales, wild camping is legal in most of Scotland. So, there’s nothing stopping you from pitching up a tent in one of Scotland’s beautiful locations.



Bonaly & Torduff Reservoirs, just outside Edinburgh

Just a short journey from Edinburgh, it’s no surprise that Bonaly Reservoir and Torduff Reservoir are two popular wild-camping destinations. You feel the remoteness of the wild countryside but you’re not far from the city.

How to get here:

Board a train from Edinburgh Train Station towards Wester Hailes Station – Bonaly Reservoir is walking distance from here. You can enjoy time in both reservoirs by taking the popular hiking route called the Water Walk.


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Quiraing, The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is famous for atmospheric landscapes and natural wonders. Quirang is a known photographer’s spot because of its dramatic rock edges and high cliffs. The walks around Quiraing contain difficult terrain so beware if you’re a beginner! How to get here: Part of Skye’s appeal is it’s about as remote as you can get. Skye has no railway, but you can get the famous train to Mallaig from Fort William and then hop on a ferry to the island.

 

 

 

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The Lost Valley, Glencoe

The valley where the infamous MacDonald’s Clan hid their cattle from neighbors, and once you see it you’ll understand why! The landscape was formed from an ice cap that couldn’t escape the Scottish mountains. The walk is mostly uphill boasting valley views and hidden rivers.

How to get here:

You can get the train to Fort William from Glasgow Central. When you arrive in Fort William, board the CityLink bus to Glen Coe Visitor Centre and set off by foot!

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Ardnish Peninsula, near Lochailort

Mysterious Roman and Viking remains scatter the Ardnish area. The landscape is feral and free with birds and animals being the only inhabitants. The spot is perfect for kayakers with Peanmeanach bothy just a paddle’s distance. How to get here: You can get the train from Glasgow to Lochailort which is the closest settlement to Ardnish. Ardnish is just an hour’s hike from the train station.

 

 

 

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If you’re planning a wild camping trip the main thing is being prepared, check the weather and local laws and remember to take all your rubbish home with you.

Do you have it in you to leave the necessities of the modern world behind? Are you ready to head to the wilderness? Book your cheap train tickets to Scotland with NationalRail.com.