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The Top 5 Loch Lomond Campsites

Scotland is renowned for its dynamic landscapes, epic mountains and vast moorlands and rivers. Fundamentally, it’s a hiker’s utopia and if you’re looking to experience the taste of paradise, then look no further than Loch Lomond. 

Situated in the heart of southern Scotland, Loch Lomond is home to expansive woodlands, rolling hills, the rocky Ben Lomond mountain and the smaller Conic Hill. Those looking to pitch up and explore the impressive grandeur of the National Park can do so at a number of tranquil campsites in Loch Lomond. 

Need some inspiration?  We’ve handpicked five of the best places to camp in Loch Lomond. And before you read on, don’t forget that everything you need for your next camping adventure can be found on our Camping Essentials Checklist.

Luss Campsite

Loch Lomond Glasgow, Luss, Alexandria G83 8NT

Ideal for: Families

If you’re planning a family getaway and want to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer with your nearest and dearest, then Luss Campsite is the perfect spot for you. Campers can soak up the waterside views and request a camping spot near the Lochside, not only will this provide an impressive camping backdrop, but it will also reduce the noise from the road.

Located on the western shore, Luss Campsite benefits from breathtaking scenery and is open to campers (and their furry friends) most of the year-round. Looking to park overnight at Loch Lomond? Luss Campsite benefits from on-site parking too.

Nearby attractions

Leave your car at the campsite, as the walk into the nearby town of Luss is only a 15-minute stroll away. So, if in a last-minute rush you’ve forgotten some essential home comforts, you can stock up on provisions in the quaint local town. If you want to venture further out, this Loch Lomond campsite is placed only 25 miles from the centre of Glasgow.

The immaculate campsite has a wide range of facilities and activities for those of all ages, including a shop at the reception, and a play area for children to enjoy. If you’re a family of cyclists, Luss Campsite offers an access point for the Balloch to Tarbet footpath and cycle route.

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Pets allowed
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Milarrochy Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Bay, Milarrochy, Balmaha, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AL

Ideal for: Caravanners 

This popular tourist spot and Camping and Caravanning Club Site is located in Drymen, a village in Stirling. Open during the warmer, peak months from the start of April to the end of October, Milarrochy Bay campsite is ideal for caravanners and those wanting a home away from home, as you can bring your caravan and explore the site from your mobile home.

Nearby attractions

Walkers are in luck at Milarrochy Bay campsite, as there are a number of treks near to the site, all of which vary in length and difficulty – for all levels of competency. They include the West Highland Way footpath – which is 95 miles in length from Glasgow to Fort William. Check out all the things you can do while there in our guide listing the 12 things to do in Fort William.

Starting at Loch Lomond Shores Visitor Centre, campers can take part in guided hikes, hire bikes to go cycling and participate in guided canoe trips as well as many other pursuits. The campsite is also a 28-minute drive to the Drumkinnon Tower which overlooks Loch Lomond and also accommodates an aquarium: the Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium.

Facilities and amenities

Disabled access
Power hookup
Pets allowed
Showers
Onsite shop
WiFi access

Cobleland Campsite

Cobleland Campsite Station Road, Gartmore FK8 3RR

Ideal for: Wildlife watchers & nature walkers

Resting on the banks of the River Forth in Queen Elizabeth Forest, Cobleland Campsite is a botanical haven. Ideal for nature lovers, campers can expect to see the native wildlife such as deer, and the now-rare red squirrels and lucky visitors may even spot the seldom-seen Scottish wildcat. 

Those who want to explore the area further can do as the campsite offers two wildlife walks where visitors can find out more about the native plant and animal life.

Nearby attractions

Hikers can explore the nearby craggy mountains, as Cobleland Campsite is situated just 13 miles from Ben Lomond. If it’s smaller heights you’re looking to climb, then this Loch Lomond campsite is also close to activity centres such as Go Ape, Go Country, Segway Safari and AAA Action Adventure.

Facilities and amenities

Pets allowed
Power hookup
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Caravans allowed
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Cashel Campsite 

Cashel Campsite, Rowardennan, Glasgow G63 0AW

Ideal for: Peaceful camping

If it’s a bit of peace and quiet you’re hoping for, to recharge your social battery, this scenic spot has everything you need. With tranquil waterside pitches, Cashel Campsite offers an enchanting getaway on the east side of Loch Lomond. 

Explore the nearby area which is renowned for its jaw-dropping scenery and diverse landscapes which feature mountain backdrops, vast forests and pristine lochs.

Nearby attractions

Although it’s a 35-minute drive to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the breathtaking views can be seen for miles and overlook Cashel Campsite. 

Take a walk or grab your bike and take an adventure across the West Highland Way walk which is located near the camp’s entrance, alongside a number of cycle trails and footpaths.

Facilities and amenities

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Disabled access
Power hookup
Pets allowed
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Caravans allowed
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Beinglas Farm Campsite

Inverarnan, Loch Lomond, G83 7DX

Ideal for: Everyone!

All are welcome at Beinglas Farm, situated just 2 miles north of Loch Lomond. Located alongside a striking scenic view of the Scottish highlands. This campsite is perfect for those looking for a tranquil and scenic stay and those who enjoy exploring the best mother nature has to offer. Nearby walking and cycle trails and facilities make Beinglas Farm Campsite a hotspot for walkers, campers, skiers, cyclists, and day-trippers alike.

Nearby attractions

Nestled 35 miles along the West Highland Way, the long-distance route boasts trails of cattle paths, former military roads, and droveways neighbouring magnificent moorlands and dense forests alongside Loch Lomond.

If all that walking gets you thirsty, you needn’t worry as the campsite accommodates a lounge bar and restaurant. Those looking for comfort can book in at the on-site camping cabins and B&B chalets too.

Facilities and amenities

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Parking
Pets allowed
Campervans allowed
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WiFi access

Wild Camping in Loch Lomond

If you’re simply looking to be at one with nature, then Loch Lomond does allow wild camping. 

Visitors can wild camp on Loch Lomond and it’s perfect for thrill-seekers looking to explore the idyllic landscape. Wild campers don’t need a permit to camp at Loch Lomond and can pitch up anywhere from October to February. However, there are some camping bylaws visitors need to be mindful of. 

In the past five years, seasonal by-laws around wild camping have been exerted from March to September in a bid to reduce a negative impact on the environment and conserve the landscape. This only applies to less than 5% of the national park though and often you can still camp if you have a permit. 

Outside of these zones, there are no permits needed but campers are advised to leave no trace, be conscious of the environment and wildlife and avoid buildings, roads and natural structures. 

As wildfires can be an extreme hazard, it’s recommended that wild campers should use a camping stove when cooking or boiling water. When using nature’s toilet, campers should stay at least 100ft away from water points and waste should be buried 15cm under the ground and tissue should be disposed of appropriately, in the closest waste bin. 

Some of the best places to wild camp in Loch Lomond include: 

  • Rowchoish
  • Loch Drunkie
  • Lochan Maoil Dhuinne
  • Strathcashell Point
  • River Dochart

The ultimate camping experience in Loch Lomond…

Loch Lomond offers some of the most spectacular views and camping experiences for outdoor adventurers. Hopefully, this guide has given you some inspiration and helped you decide where to set up your base. 

Be prepared for your camping trips any time of the year with the right equipment. At Sea to Summit, we specialise in lightweight tents, sleeping bags and a wide range of camp kitchen essentials designed to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Browse the full collection and update your camping kit ahead of your next adventure.

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