Top 5 Camping Spots For Mountain Biking In Scotland
Taking your mountain bike away in your campervan
Scotland is easily one of the best destinations for mountain biking in the whole of Europe. There are hundreds of incredible routes up through the challenging Scottish mountains, along the spectacular west coast and down in the Borders. Whether you’re looking for purpose built tracks or to experience the cross-country trails nature intended, you’ve gotta give mountain biking in Scotland a go.
Our Rockin’vans are a perfect way to experience mountain biking in Scotland, as the majority of our vans have plenty of space for storing all your gear and equipment, as well as giving you the flexibility to stay near the best trails.
By hiring a campervan you can simply travel to one of the Scottish mountain biking hotspots, park up and get out on your bike within minutes. If you want to spend as many hours as possible on the trails, the only way to make the most of your experience is by campervan. There’s no need to worry about transport, booking accommodation or storage because that’s all solved with your awesome camper.
Don’t think that mountain biking in Scotland is just for those that spend every hour god sends with their feet on pedals rather than the ground. There are trails and places to cycle for all ages and abilities, so why not take a slightly different family holiday this year – the kids will love the experience of wild camping!
Glentress Forest, Scottish Borders
Buzzard’s Nest car park is a popular stop for most people as it’s the highest access point for vehicles in the forest and usually the best place to park. It’s handy if you’re just looking for an overnight stay, but there’s always a chance you’ll be asked to move on.
If you’re up for wild camping, try driving north along the B709 towards the Moorfoot Hills as there are a few good spots nearby. Those that need the security of a campsite should check out Crossburn Caravan Site and Tweedside Caravan Park.
Highland Wildcat Trails, Golspie
The Sutherland area of the Scottish Highlands is perfect for a spot of wild camping, or in our case, campervanning. As Sutherland is so remote, there are plenty of fantastic areas to camp. Whether you prefer the golden sands of Sandwood Bay (note that vehicles are prohibited so it will just be you and a tent!) or one of the many other spots in the area, there will be somewhere to get your head down.
If the thought of spending a few nights without the reassurance of fellow campers or facilities is enough to send you packing, try Dalchalm Caravan Park in Brora.
Nevis Range, near Fort William
Wild camping was made legal in Scotland back in 2005, but it is still important that you respect the environment around you. This is particularly true in the upper parts of Glen Nevis, where you might be asked to move on.
A really great spot is south of Ben Nevis, near Ben Cruachan and not too far from the West Highland Way. You can find this wild campervanning area by taking A82 North, take the South exit from the first roundabout and just keep going for close to 10 miles. You’ll find a great pitch here and it’s ideal for campervans. If you’re biking Ben Nevis, the North Face Car Park in Torlundy is perfect for an overnight stop.
Glen Sligachan, Isle of Skye
Experienced bikers will be able to resist the temptation of Glen Sligachan on Skye. There is a very good campsite at the top of the loch with some pretty spectacular scenery, which is probably your best bet.
If you’re committed to wild camping, you’ll need to make sure you’re properly equipped. There is a great spot of flat remote land, between Loch Coruisk and Loch Scavaig, around 30 miles away. It’s quite a popular place for campers to stop, so don’t expect it to always be empty.
Laggan Wolftrax, Laggan
If you are biking at the Wolftrax Centre, you’ll be pleased to know that the owners are very generous with their car park and often let campervans stop over. If you’re after something a bit more remote, head up past Crathes as there are plenty of spots up this road.
Wolftrax is popular with families going mountain biking in Scotland, so if you’re looking for a campsite with all the mod-cons, try out Invernahavon Caravan Site.