Vintage VW Campers rent out dog friendly VW campervans to locals and tourists, allowing you to take the family away. Or if you prefer, just you and the dog!
As Scotland is full of stunning walks, you and your best friend will be spoilt for choice and in a campervan you can live nestled in the natural beauty of the landscape and almost become part of the great outdoors.
We have provided an updated list of all the best campsites in Scotland for a few years but as we often get asked about the best pet friendly sites, we thought it was time to publish our recommendations. But first of all, some essential safety tips.
What Dog Owners Need to Know When Camping
Responsible dog owners in Scotland know, pooch is not likely to be allowed onto campsites with sheep or other livestock. Also that even in dog friendly campsites, you will be expected to keep your dog on a lead or under control and of course to clean up after it.
This leaflet from The Outdoor Access code should be read by anybody considering taking their canine on a Vintage VW Campers adventure.
You should also heed The Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
We ask that all Guests with dogs, bring a suitable restraint, dog blankets and towels. We charge £20 per dog to cover our deep-cleaning costs
Top Dog Friendly Campsites Suitable for your First Night
The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a short drive from Falkirk and great for your first night. Both Cashel and Milarrochy Bay are part of the Camping & Caravanning Club and they give you pitch discounts, as our campervans are members of their Privilege Club. Both sites also have direct access to Loch Lomond and dedicated dog walk areas.
There are several Camping & Caravanning Club sites we recommend, with dedicated dog walk areas.
Some of our other first night favourites are Scone Palace in Perthshire and Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. The historic buildings at these parks are fairytale like and can easily be enjoyed from the outside with your dog.
Also these easy to drive to C&C sites with outstanding natural beauty surrounding them, Dunbar, in East Lothian (birthplace of John Muir & on the John Muir Way) and Glencoe (one of Scotland’s most scenic drives & home of the infamous massacre of Clan MacDonald).
Best Dog Friendly Campsites in Lochaber
Close to Glencoe is the beautiful Caolasnacon Caravan & Campsite at Kinlochleven. Caolasnacon means ‘narrows of the dogs’ in Gaelic and this was where historically the shepherds could cross the loch safely with their dogs.
Near Fort William and Ben Nevis- Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park has awesome scenery and dog walking choices, as well as an exercise area on site.
Near Arisaig and Mallaig
Both Silversands Caravan & Campsite & Sunnyside Croft Touring Caravan Park are on the Road to The Isles and have direct beach access. They are close to Glenfinnan, where you may see the ‘Harry Potter Steam Train’, real name, The Jacobite; as it crosses over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, just as it did in the film.
Just slightly to the north is Camusdarach Campsite with beach access, you can thank us after you see the beach, part of The Silver Sands of Morar.
Best Dog Friendly Campsites in The Cairngorms National Park
Glenmore, near Aviemore, is a ‘Camping In the Forest Site’ which means 2 things: You get to camp amongst ancient pines, home of the red squirrel & you get a Camping and Caravanning Club discount! Direct access to the beach at Loch Morlich.
Braemar Caravan Park is close to possibly Scotland’s most famous Highland Games (as attended by the Royal Family, while they summer at Balmoral Castle). A Braemar Highland Games Centre has opened recently nearby also.
Best Dog-friendly Campsites on or around the North Coast 500
First up, two more Caravan and Camping Club Sites: Rosemarkie, near Fortrose on the Moray Firth (for beach walks and dolphin spotting). And Loch Ness Shores for Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster spotting. Ideal stop off before embarking on Scotland’s most famous drive, the North Coast 500.
Dornoch Caravan and Camp Park has direct access to the wonderful town beach.
Wick Caravan & Camping Site is on the River Wick and a short walk into town.
Sango Sands Oasis, sits high on the cliffs, overlooking a dramatic beach near Durness. Be sure to also take the dog to nearby Balnakeil Beach which is vast and equally stunning.
The Sands at Gairloch is also beside a huge beach, appropriately named Big Sand.
Best Dog Friendly Campsites on The Scottish Isles
Glenbrittle on the West Coast has fabulous views of the Cuillin Mountains, Glenbrittle beach and a great coffee shop.
Kinloch Campsite is on the loch with fabulous views to MacLeod’s Tables, two flat topped mountains.
Shieling Holidays is close to the ferry terminal, the beach, the pub and is a great starting point for your Mull exploration, or use it as a base to travel around the whole island if you have a few days to do so.
Best Dog Friendly Campsites in Dumfries & Galloway
Brighouse Bay, close to the beach and the interesting village of Kirkcudbright
Sandyhills Bay, south of Dalbeattie, for the beach lovers again. Can you tell we’re suckers for a campsite on a sandy beach and no wonder when the dogs will love them as much as we do!
Close to Falkirk and suitable for your last night
The Woods Caravan Park, near Stirling, is ideal for your last night. It gives you an easy 40 minute drive to us in the morning. They have a dedicated dog walk area on the park, as well as a great choice of walks in the vicinity.
Don’t disappoint your four legged best friend, book your own Vintage VW Campers adventure today!