Camping Arisaig - Campsites and Wild Camping

 

Campsites

For spectacular settings, it’s hard to imagine a better Arisaig camping option than ever-popular Camusdarach. A stone’s throw from the famous sands that shot to fame thanks to an unforgettable feature in the 80s classic, Local Hero, one of the most beautiful stretches of Scotland’s coastline is on your doorstep. Spectacular views to the distant island peaks of Eigg and Rum, kayaking opportunities and any number of nearby walks await. Camping of all kinds is available, with the appropriate facilities. The campsite also offers self-catering accommodation and has a small on-site shop for supplies.

camusdarach arisaig camping

Do note that camping in and around Arisaig is extremely popular and visitors should book very far ahead, especially for Camusdarach. There are numerous further campsites along the Road to the Isles, many near Arisaig on the coast:

Kinloid Caravan Park

Gorten Sands Caravan Site

Tigh na Mara Campsite

The Croft Caravan and Campsite

Invercaimbe Caravan and Camping

Small Isles CL Caravan Site

Sunnyside Croft Touring and Camping Site

Portnadoran Caravan Site

Silversands Caravan and Campsite



Wild Camping

For those choosing to wild camp, you may find yourself spoilt for choice of idyllic spots to make home for the night. The Highlands and Islands are always particularly inviting for a nature immersion and, while you should always check with the landowner if in any doubt, wild camping is legal in Scotland.

wild camping arisaig

However, camping in and around Arisaig has exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic and we do ask that campers follow some basic rules to help protect the natural environment and support fragile Highland economies.

  • Always leave no trace of your stay and clean up all litter and equipment on departure.
  • Pitch in the same area for short periods only. 1-3 nights is advised but clear away your tent after each night and do not abandon it during daylight hours.
  • If lighting a fire always use a portable stove and do not start an open camp fire, even if it is contained. Do not chop down nearby trees (this wood will not burn), or dismantle fences for firewood and do not leave scorch marks on the sand, grass or dunes as this can irreparably scar the landscape. Never light fires of any kind in wooded areas or where there is any danger of it spreading.
  • Do not camp in crowded areas, such as on our beaches. The stunning coastline near Arisaig can quickly become overcrowded with tents and beauty spots can be ruined for others as a result.

For further reading and guidelines on how to wild camp responsibly and safely please refer to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.