Cool Camping: Scotland

This series has to be one of the most beautifully photographed camping guides ever. The updated for 2010 Cool Camping Scotland makes a fantastic and inspiring coffee table guide which is ideal for the new staycationers who are rediscovering their own country.

That said, only 50 sites are listed and, because the selection is subjective, there is no attempt to cover the whole country.  Also, as the book is too big and heavy to go in your rucksack, if you are touring around, you will need something more comprehensive and lightweight.

There is a lot of friendly information about the facilities and about things to do in the area. There are also brief sections on Walks and Wheel Trails, Festivals and Wild Camping, ” a prospect we embraced with enthusiasm in the first edition…… Now we’re a bit more ambivalent, as the downside to allowing all and sundry to set up for the night wherever they like has started to cause a few problems.”

As it happens, Loch Lomondside has suffered so much from irresponsible wild campers that the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority this week launched a 12-week consultation on plans to introduce bylaws that would make wild camping illegal outside designated sites between Drymen and Ptarmigan Lodge.

But back to the book. As with the other Cool Camping Guides to England and Wales, it is targeting people who love quiet, unspoilt countryside, and places with a touch of magic, rather than families who want urban facilities but on the cheap. Some of the sites have very limited facilities and are well suited to small but self sufficient campervanners – or even kayakers, as many of them are beach-side – rather than shop as you go hikers. I would have preferred more detailed maps to see where the sites are in relation to other places but that’s a small moan as there is plenty of written information.

As always with these guides, check the details before planning your trip, as sites come and go and change their prices.

To see more reviews or to buy Cool Camping Scotland: A Hand-picked Selection of Exceptional Campsites and Camping Experiences, click here.

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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