(Update: The Scottish Outdoor Public Access Code does not include any form of motorized recreation, so wild camping actually does not pertain to campervans and motorhomes. We had an SUV in Iceland and it was perfect for getting around! Man, there is some gorgeous scenery there! Of course, no set itinerary could be planned, because the weather could in fact change by the minute. Yes, booking in advance is key. I suggested that we visit Dunvegan Castle after setting up camp, mostly because I wanted to take a photo of a Scottish castle for my friend’s eight year old daughter (mission accomplished). Scotland is a gorgeous country with so much beauty and history to discover! Recently, Mike and I came across a quote from Francis Mallman, an Argentinian chef famous for his Patagonian cuisine and over-the-fire cooking techniques –, “I think human beings need contradictions. We will continue to wild camp and as always, in remote spots well away from major tourist attractions and abiding by the law. Spectacular sunsets here. And yea, it was definitely chilly during our early April visit! Great practices! View from Neist point. For our first night in the park, we found a spot right along Loch Morlich. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. Thanks for this post – some lovely spots to look up for my upcoming adventure! Probably the most beautiful lighthouse in Scotland, regally guarding the most western tip of Skye close to the town of Glendale. COST – Of the 12 nights we spent in our campervan, we wild camped for 5 nights. The campervan looks cozy and quite comfortable. New rules regarding wild camping mean that campers will have to find an official site to stay. (This post may contain affiliate links. We’ve been coming back to this concept of contradictions and extremes ourselves as we evolve in our travel habits. Location | Glenbrittle. 77 54 6. Dandelion Plant Nature. We admitted to the Kinloch Campsite owner that she had been right, and abandoned camp a night early in exchange for a warm bed and hot shower at my Uncle Andy and Aunt Dorothy’s house. How will I charge my cell phone and camera batteries? There is a disabled persons toilet and shower. Love your photos and really enjoyed watching your very inspiring video . Thanks for sharing the additional resource! And yes, pack up the kiddos and do some wild camping; I bet kids would really enjoy being out in nature! Neist Point was our favorite! We had some great luck with spots for wild camping and would do the trip all over again in a heartbeat! Wild Camping Scotland . It struck us as odd how defined the tree-lines were. The air was astonishingly crisp and smelled like moss and the sea. We came across this helpful post which does an excellent job explaining the differences between true wild camping (in a tent) vs free camping (in a motorized vehicle). Enjoy your summer in the UK. Since we had our evening dinner reservation to look forward to, we had to make a decision as to whether we were going to try to tough it out in these conditions one more night, and whether the tent would hold up to our plans. Locally, try Jann's Cakes in the village for breakfast and a great selection of home made cakes. These views caused our jaws to drop. We later learned that Glen Brittle Forest is a man-made forest, and the trees are periodically cut down for commercial use. If we had to pick a favorite view from our wild camping adventures, it would definitely be Neist Point on Isle of Skye. I read and heard Isle of Skye is also considered as a good spot for wild camping. An experience that we won’t soon forget is seeing the Northern Lights over Loch Carron along the North Coast 500 route during our very first time wild camping. To make matters more interesting, compasses tend not to work in the Cuillins due to the magnetic properties of gabbro, the primary rock making up the mountain range. If you take the B884 up the west side of Loch Dunvegan and follow the road to its end by Loch Mor you will find yourself on the fringe of Neist Point, the most westerly point on the Isle of Skye and another excellent place for sunsets. The biggest challenge in finding a place to wild camp in a campervan is finding level ground! There were 20-30 common dolphins off Neist Point from Barra up to Benbecula and some came across to the Neist side briefly. … I am in Northern Ireland which is only 12 miles from Scotland by its closest points. Wild Camping Scotland . This is likely useful information for people who, like me, thought they could just park wherever they liked! Neist Point is fantastic. Butterfly Butterflies. (Just be sure you’ve turned the gas off before driving.) Neist Point and the Promise of Flying Sheep. Loved this concept of travelling in Scotland. Mike and I laughed, assuring her that we’d camped in blizzards and we’d be fine. It’s such a ‘wild and free’ concept and I hope that people continue to respect the area around them when they wild camp, so it can stay legal forever! It’s such a beautiful country, I’ll have to pack up the kids and go wild camping soon . note: this is a confirmed fact.]. For the most part wild camping is completely legal in Scotland. We had a full day of luxurious food planned (lunch at The Oyster Shed in Carbost, a tour of Talisker whiskey distillery, and dinner at the famed Three Chimneys – all stories to come in the next post! I read and heard Isle of Skye is also considered as a good spot for wild camping. Although, yours looks way more luxurious than ours- it was basically just a mattress in the back of a van! Just a final thought, can you not get independent USB charges for your camera batteries? I had seen the iconic bay in some articles on the Walk Highlands site, and it looked remote and magical. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.). Thought I’d mention though that land access laws don’t apply to motorised vehicles; this article has a good summary – https://wildaboutscotland.com/2014/11/30/wild-camping-in-scotland-camper-vans-and-motorhomes/. 78 75 17. So if we thought that we were doing a disservice with the information we post, we’d be going against why we started our blog to begin with. Ok, I’m convinced!! The beginning of the hike gradually ascended along a clear but rocky path, winding its way across a few streams and past a large waterfall. Some messages were from friendly locals politely educating us on the fact that according to the Scottish Outdoor Public Access Code, wild camping does not pertain to motorized recreational vehicles. My husband and I are planning a trip in two years and I just LOVE this!! 46 51 3. ), and set out for the peak. There were two harbour porpoises close inshore at Neist.. We decided that a swim may not be the safest idea. If we had to pick a favorite view from our wild camping adventures, it would definitely be Neist Point on Isle of Skye. Happy travels! We’d like to thank Bunk Campers for providing us with a discounted campervan rental in exchange for this review. In the end, we decided not to complete the final 200m of the climb because the fog was rolling in, it was getting late, and we still had to find where we would camp that night. Wish everyone would be as respectful, as to not give it a bad name, but not everyone is as conscientious as you. I used the trusty Walk Highlands website to find potential hikes we might enjoy. No one seemed to mind and we left before 8 am. (It does mean that later in the week we were determined to summit a Cuillin peak, and experienced quite an expedition in doing so, so watch out for a future post about that! Fog + no working compass + sudden ridge drops = no fun. Vanping! Now, about charging those cell phones and camera batteries. Pembrokeshire Road Trip. We arrived at the Elgol carpark to discover that it didn’t allow overnight parking; I was relieved that I had formulated a Plan B for any obstacle. All Contents Copyright © ForgetSomeday.com. Your email address will not be published. This meant we had to change our walking route and walk across the peninsula instead of up the bay, but it was still a lovely walk. Turns out it wasn’t the main house that was giving me the heebie jeebies. Will I be able to take a shower and use the toilet? It's unique and one of these places where I could stay for hours just listening to the sound of the ocean and seeing the sun dip down below the horizon. We wound our way further up the trail, which became increasingly difficult as the terrain grew more variable and the incline steepened. And you simply MUST do some wild camping at Neist Point… one of our favorite memories to date. Please feel free to share! Either way, it’s a great way to explore the most beautiful, rugged places in Scotland! Luckily, this one had no overnight restrictions so we could leave the car and hike across the peninsula to the bay. . . Though some of Bunk Campers vehicles, like the Grande, come equipped with a completely separate shower. We fed £2 into the parking machine (£2 covers all-day parking) and situated ourselves facing the loch and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Want to know more about wild camping in Scotland?! We certainly apologize for our misunderstanding and for any misinformation we have provided. Although wild camping is legal throughout most of Scotland, there are a few things to ‘know before you go’! We appreciate this being brought our attention. We encountered a group of people armed with hammers, shovels, and buckets, repairing and restoring a large portion of the path. EDIT: We’ve received both negative and politely informative comments on this post regarding our definition and promotion of campervan/motorhome wild camping in Scotland. Wishing you a wonderful trip! Whoever gave permission for this wild camping needs shooting. Thanks! We sat in silence, smiling, and observed the happy pair play in the water while we sipped our hot coffee. A vicious rainstorm with high winds was predicted to roll through the area the next day and night. We passed by a few hikers at the very beginning of our journey, but otherwise didn’t see any other people for nearly a full 24-hours, which was of course heaven for Mike. We came to the base of what suddenly turned into a very steep and very rocky portion of the mountain, which we assumed was the final stretch to the peak. The castle itself wasn’t much to write home about (this sounds absurd, but once you’ve lived in the UK for a while, a castle is a castle), but we enjoyed strolling around the gardens and taking advantage of the rare hour-long period of clear skies. Yea, it’s a nice freedom for sure. Of the evenings we paid for a campsite, we came upon one that cost only £12 (~$21.50 USD), whereas all the rest were £19-22 (~$27.50-$31.50 USD) for a pitch with hook-ups. The scenery was comprised of intensely vibrant blues and greens. We need opposites. That looks an awesome trip. Neist Point. 59 60 13. We welcome comments, criticisms, and corrections to what we put our site, especially when done so politely and tastefully. Were there any other wild campers when you visited? We love visiting Scotland but this is our first time vanping (I’m going with it!). Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. I love the concept of Wild Camping – living in Aus I see so many signs for ‘no overnight camping that it is refreshing that you can stop anywhere and bed down for the night – and even better you got to see the Northern Lights. Isn’t wild camping all about roughing it, even if just a little?! Though the weather was off-putting, we didn’t want to spend a whole evening on Skye hidden in a tent. I can hear the silence of solitude as I read. Flower Meadow Bluebell. I studied in Edinburgh (which was amazing!) 43 27 17. Remember: always.listen.to.the.locals. But, how we define luxury can vary immensely. ), so we donned our waterproofs and set out for a short hike to Talisker Bay to get some miles and possibly a cold water swim in before #allofthefood. While our third day on Skye had been much less physically exerting, it had been none the worse for it. At a campsite, you may have a few yards between you and the next set of campers, whereas with wild camping, your closest neighbor could be miles away! Every year, Portugal, especially areas such as the Costa Vicentina, receive hundreds of people who exchange the comfort of a hotel for a caravan.. We loved having the flexibility of a campervan. After two nights of wild camping in periodic rain storms, most of our gear was soaked through and my bones were pretty chilled. And wow… self-built. I’d love to learn more about the independent USB charges you use for your camera batteries. Wild camping is legal in most unenclosed areas in Scotland that are not near homes or buildings although there are exceptions. As we munched on some snacks, we watched a few climbers scramble out of the clouds and down from the peak, turning from ants into human beings and then back into ants again. If you’re looking to rent a campervan/motorhome for your next camping adventure, Bunk Campers has pick-up locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow (Scotland), Dublin and Belfast (Ireland), and also in London (England). So we headed to Eilean Donan Castle instead and then on to Neist Point Lighthouse. I considered it as a wild camping spot, (we'll just have 2 small tents) but was put off by the possibility of lots of other campers! Hopefully you were good and bundled! Driving the North Coast 500 in a Campervan, 3 Reasons to Visit Isle of Mull in Scotland, https://wildaboutscotland.com/2014/11/30/wild-camping-in-scotland-camper-vans-and-motorhomes/, https://forgetsomeday.com/travel/scotland. Northern Lights as seen over Loch Carron in Stromeferry. Thank you for the question! Isle of Skye offers some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes! Thanks for sharing and safe travels! We didn’t have any issues driving the campervan on the roads. Great web-space, We love “Wild Campervanning!” We have a self build Huge Sprinter van and often have a small canoe/Bike trailer in tow, we always find somewhere to park overnight and depart in the morning without leaving a trace of our existence ! Unless you see a ‘No Overnight Camping‘ sign posted, chances are you are probably safe to park your campervan for the evening. Bluebell Flowers Blue. But it was a blast!! Ok, we’ve heard you loud and clear! 50 39 18. If you’re planning a trip around the North Highlands, please check out our North Coast 500 Destination Guide. We very much appreciate luxury, and we look back fondly upon the amazing high-end experiences we’ve enjoyed. While wild camping at an overlook along Loch Carron, we went outside to photograph the stars and got much more than we expected. The USB ports still run off of a back-up battery when the vehicle isn’t on, but we never really needed to charge our phones at night. We didn’t book all of our campsites in advance, but we traveled in the off-season, so most places had availability. It’s a lovely time to visit. Again, we departed early in the morning and left no evidence of our stay behind. Also, out to Neist Point was a … English (US) Español; Français (France) 中文(简体) And there weren’t any other human beings in sight (just the way Mike likes it). Even if it isn’t the season for the Northern Lights, these locations should be perfect for star gazing, provided you have clear skies! *It was brought to our attention by a reader that chemical toilets should never be dumped into a public toilet. Neist Point Campsites - Here you can find details, in depth reviews, Videos, pictures and more about the Surrounding Area for all the Campsites near Neist Point or in Neist Point. An adult white-tailed eagle flew south past the tip of Neist Point. Skye Wilderness Safaris offers guided day walks through the most scenic and remote areas of Skye. As we walked up, a chill went down my spine and I made sure to stay very close to Mike. Hi there! We completed the remaining five miles of the Glen Brittle circuit after breakfast, dropped our bags at the car, and headed down to the famous site. Our Aero model campervan with Bunk Campers. It’s just you and nature and whatever peaceful sounds may come with it- ocean waves crashing against the base of a cliff, lake water lapping gently along the shoreline, sheep bleating or cows mooing in nearby fields, birds chirping in the trees, or simply the sound of silence! INCREDIBLE VIEWS – I think for us, our favorite benefit of wild camping was the incredible views we came upon during our stays, including Loch Morlich and the River Dee in Cairngorms National Park, along with our personal favorite- Neist Point on the Isle of Skye. I think we were most shocked by the other people because we had spent the previous few days almost completely isolated in nature, but I still would only recommend going to the Fairy Pools if you’re already going to be in the area. I was half-expecting Rey and some droids to peer out from behind a crevice. Fingers crossed that the sun comes out for you so you get to use your solar panel. Mike, the saint that he is, managed to cook our dinners on the camping stove while the sky dumped buckets of rain on him and I stayed warm and dry in the tent (seriously, he’s a saint, and I also think he didn’t want me to forever dislike camping so it was in his best interest to help me stay as warm and dry as possible). I love that a pub offers free parking in exchange for a meal and beer purchased. We love star gazing, so this option is super appealing to us. It lies between the Black Cuillins and Loch Brittle beach and offers the feel of wild camping but with full facilities. We are heading out of Inverness up to Orkney, back to Bonar Bridge for the Invercharron Games, over to Skye (we will DEFINITELY check out Neist Point!) We arrived in the afternoon to one of the most incredible landscapes we’d ever laid eyes on and within seconds decided that it would be where we would camp for the night. We pulled into a few other potential spots before deciding on this one, simply because the ground was too uneven everywhere else we tried. So, to answer the questions I know you all have about wild camping with a campervan/motorhome, here goes…. Wild Flower Meadow. Otherwise, Skye is full of equally beautiful waterfalls with far less tourists and traffic jams. Billions of stars and Northern Lights over Loch Carron, Ok, so now that we’ve talked about the why and the where of wild camping, let’s talk about the how! Will the heater (or air conditioner) work? I really like the idea of having the freedom to stop and already be in your accommodations. Instead, we dashed out of the car and trudged through boggy wetland (and I mean BOGGY) to get a view of the peninsula, wondered aloud whether the wandering sheep ever get blown over the edge (later confirmed by a local as yes, often), and hopped back in the car to head back to our campsite and call it a night. This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, Isle of Skye – Coffee, Oysters, Whiskey, and a Gourmet Meal (Part 2 of 3), https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Camasunary+car+park/@57.1793341,-6.0651419,17.35z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x488c3ce98ccf5311:0xf7512e5487cc837d!2sCamasunary!3b1!8m2!3d57.194831!4d-6.114964!3m4!1s0x0:0x1878dd6264a86b76!8m2!3d57.1794445!4d-6.0633574. Not having a pre-paid reservation at a campsite allowed us to stop for the night earlier than we had planned, so the next day we could continue along our route with better visibility. You would need to contact the company directly for pricing information: http://www.bunkcampers.com/. Every person we told we were going to Skye said that we had to make sure to visit the Fairy Pools. I hope this helps https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Camasunary+car+park/@57.1793341,-6.0651419,17.35z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x488c3ce98ccf5311:0xf7512e5487cc837d!2sCamasunary!3b1!8m2!3d57.194831!4d-6.114964!3m4!1s0x0:0x1878dd6264a86b76!8m2!3d57.1794445!4d-6.0633574, Your email address will not be published. Have a great time on the North Coast 500 or wherever you plan to visit in Scotland. (We would eventually learn the moral of the story – listen to the local.). Our trip to Italy last year, for example, was extremely luxurious and out of the norm for us. How lucky to have also seen the Northern Lights! Now, it’s time for you to go start planning your very own road trip of a lifetime! Parking: spacious parking lot at the main spot. We checked into the Kinloch Campsite which was situated right on the head of Loch Dunvegan, overlooking the loch and MacLeod’s Tables, two table-top mountains defining the northwest skyline. Wild camping (also known as free camping) basically means setting up camp away from an organized campsite. Since we were still getting to know the ins and outs of the campervan, we stayed at campsites for the first 5 nights. Prior to doing any wild camping in Scotland, it is recommended that you read the Scottish Outdoor Public Access Code: Public Access to Scotland’s Outdoors – Your Rights and Responsibilities. We had grand plans of swimming in the pools, but the paths were so over-crowded that we abandoned that idea and decided to save our Skye swim for later in the week when we’d be on the more remote peninsula, Tokavaig. Armed with our waterproofs (British for rain jackets), we set out on the hike, which was on a wide and clear walking path around the 10-mile circumference of the forest. Oh geez, you really were roughing it! A vicious rainstorm with high winds was predicted to roll through the area the next day and night. People walking up the road with Getto blasters on full volume,Booze bottles and cans everywhere, abandoned tents left at peoples arse's. We drove first to the small village of Elgol, looking for a car park that was marked on the OS map, from which it looked like we could follow a toe path north along water’s edge to the bay. for 11 days and I appreciate all the tips you have outlined here. Fortunately, the Bunk Campers vehicle we were in came equipped with two USB ports, so we were able to charge our cell phones during the day as we drove. Note: I know the movie’s been out awhile but I’m exercising editorial liberty and removing spoilers nonetheless]. ... Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Situated near Portree and 14.1 miles away, as the crow flies from Neist Point. You can camp high above the lighthouse—walk up from where you park, over the moorland, and look for anywhere flat and dry. Feeling extra adventurous, we decided we give wild camping a go for the first time! This is the most westerly point on Skye, and the views are spectacular (hopefully!) This would also allow you to recharge your batteries, dump your waste water, refill your water tank, empty your chemical toilet, and take a warm shower if your campervan doesn’t come with a shower (or you simply choose not to use the shower in your vehicle, like us). Find all the transport options for your trip from Portree to Neist Point right here. [MC Ed. So beautiful! The walking highlands website gives me a starting point location for the “Peninsula of Elgol” loop but it looks like there is no overnight parking allowed from your post. Use common sense, park a good distance from any roads, and respect the area you choose to park. Hmmm, on second thought, maybe we should keep this epic wild camping spot to ourselves! We took a few moments to admire the elements beating down against the coast, and the cascading waterfall on the edge of the beach, before heading into Carbost to find some hot coffee and a dry spot to warm up. 70 88 16. Neist Point Lighthouse . Be considerate of others and others’ property, clean up after yourself, and leave no evidence that you were there. Though the weather was off-putting, we didn’t want to spend a whole evening on Skye hidden in a tent. You should definitely give it a try; though I personally would be a little scared about being by myself that far away from everything! Nice photos by the way! The next morning, we explored the bay before breaking camp, and casually strolled over to the abandoned structure half a mile away. There was a single gannet in the Minch off Neist. It’s an ideal base if you enjoy hill-walking and climbing or sea-kayaking. Things to be careful of: - take enough water It is also a very good place for whale watching and catching a glimpse of porpoises and dolphins. Parking wasn’t an issue either. We did loads of Wild Camping in Australia thanks to the god-send of an app called WikiCamps. and managed to see some of Scotland but there’s still so many places that I want to visit – like the Isle of Skye! We could only attempt to hike in the Cuillins if we had a semi-clear day, and we could only camp in certain spots if there was no risk of flooding. Gruinard Bay – We only stopped for lunch, but would totally wild camp here! Again we had fresh fish for dinner, served with a generous helping of Talisker Dark Storm. Klee Blossom Bloom. Later that afternoon, after a full day of exploring Carbost and enjoying wonderful coffee, oysters, and whiskey, we arrived back at our tent to discover it was more or less waterlogged and struggling to stay upright in the constant wind. I remember doing a big tour of Scotland in most of those places you were visiting and man, it was freezing!! However, I also view our wild camping in the Brecon Beacons as a luxurious experience as well. While this news is fantastic, it also means that the peninsula is going to see a LOT more foot traffic as people hike to Brothers Point. I believe the roads have become a little more congested since we did our trip, as the route (North Coast 500) is gaining in popularity, but you still shouldn’t have any problems with a campervan like the one we had. Would definitely be Neist Point lighthouse favorite view from our trip to the of., admittedly the term ‘ neist point wild camping camping in Australia thanks to the Bay before breaking camp and... 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