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Camping or glamping? Around Loch Lomond & Helensburgh the choice is yours!

Camping or glamping? Around Loch Lomond & Helensburgh the choice is yours!
Loch Lomond & Helensburgh is the perfect holiday destination for active, outdoorsy people. And If you love the great outdoors you probably love camping and caravanning too. You’ll find campsites and caravan sites in idyllic settings in the Loch Lomond area. There’s no better way to get closer to nature and fully appreciate the glorious scenery of this part of Argyll. There are plenty of glamping options too. That means you can enjoy the area’s wild and remote countryside - with all the comforts of home. So pack your walking boots, grab your bike and try camping or glamping in Loch Lomond & Helensburgh.

Why glamping is great. One of the best things about glamping is that you can do it at any time of the year. Comfortable cabins and pods will keep you toasty and dry whatever the weather. Glamping is a popular choice for walkers, cyclists and kayakers. It means you don’t have to carry any heavy camping gear, bedding or towels with you. With no tent to erect or mattress to blow up, you can instantly kick back and start enjoying your Loch Lomond holiday. And you get to enjoy a good night’s sleep after a hard day in the hills or on the water.

You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to great campsites in the Loch Lomond area. From larger holiday parks to smaller sites on farms or in secluded woodland settings around the loch, there’s something for everyone. The larger holiday parks often cater for all campers, offering everything from cosy cabins to simple pitches, glamping pods to static caravans.

Lomond Woods Holiday Park in Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond is one such place. It offers deluxe lodges (complete with hot tubs!), heated pods that can sleep two adults and two children, and hard-standing and fully serviced pitches for tourers and motorhomes. The holiday park is just a short walk from Loch Lomond Shores, the gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, where you’ll find a wide range of shopping, eating, outdoor activities and events for all the family. Discover Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium and take part in water activities, nature walks and events all year round.

Head up the western shore of Loch Lomond and you’ll reach the Luss Camping and Caravanning Club Site. It’s a stunning 90-pitch campsite right on the shores of Loch Lomond with great views of Ben Lomond. All caravan and motorhome owners need to be members of the Camping and Caravanning Club, but if you’re camping you can just turn up. Luss is a picturesque, historic conservation village, with some fantastic places to eat and drink. A number of companies offer cruises and waterbus services around Loch Lomond from Luss Pier and Loch Lomond Leisure offer watersports from the beach at Luss, including waterskiing and wakeboarding.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park, further up the loch at Inveruglas, is a fabulous place for a glamping holiday. With a beautifully scenic location on the banks of Loch Lomond, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. Run by award-winning Argyll Holidays, it offers luxury lodges, caravans and ‘ayePods’, which are clever glamping pods designed for two. They come complete with a comfy double bed which folds down above the sofa, plus a well-equipped washroom and kitchen. They also have stunning loch views.

Sitting right at the northern-most tip of Loch Lomond, Ardlui Holiday Park is a brilliant all-year round camping and glamping destination. If you’re looking to pitch your tent, then there’s a campsite here. It’s popular with walkers of The West Highland Way. It runs along the other side of the loch and is accessed via a ferry from the Ardlui Marina. If you fancy glamping, try the timber camping pods equipped with underfloor heating, lighting and a lovely deck. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag. There are also seven fully equipped tarmac stances overlooking the loch for tourers and campervans.

Even further north is Beinglas Farm Campsite, which sits at the foot of Beinglas in the small village of Inverarnan around two miles north of the top of Loch Lomond. It’s a wonderfully spacious campsite that can accommodate up to 100 tents with room to spare! No booking is required – you just turn up. The campsite is situated on the West Highland Way, so is also popular with walkers. The solidly built, heated 'camping cabins' offer a warm and dry low-cost alternative to camping in a tent.

If you would like to experience the solitude of ‘wild camping’, there are plenty of opportunities in the Loch Lomond area. Just make sure you camp responsibly and respectfully. Find our more about wild camping in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Find out more about things to see and do in Loch Lomond & Helensburgh.

Header photo: Lodge at Loch Lomond Holiday Park.
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