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Campervanning in the Cairngorms

With the boom in campervanning during the pandemic, we've created a new handy map to help visitors find what they need to have a great, responsible holiday

Campervanning in the Cairngorms has proved a huge hit with visitors during the pandemic with our research showing a significant jump in this holiday choice. Indeed, the amount of UK homes registering a motorhome is increasing by almost 15,000 per year!

For this reason, we have created a free map, especially for campervanners, with details of where to get all the essentials, from fuel to waste disposal services. You can access it here.

It’s not hard to see why campervanning in the Cairngorms is such an attractive option. With so many stunning, scenic routes throughout the National Park, such as the SnowRoads, it’s a magical way to get close to nature and experience the varied landscapes, without even leaving a trace that you were there.

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Not only that, the self-contained nature of campervanning can make social distancing natural and easy, offering freedom without compromising on the hospitable welcome the Cairngorms has to offer.  

Our spectacularly-located campsites are dotted all over the Park, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience, as well as expert insider knowledge about the local area and fantastic facilities on site. Whether you want to add a Royal touch, or set up camp with a loch, river, woodland or mountain view – you can! For more on our individual campsites and how to contact/find them, click here.

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One of the joys of campervanning is the freedom it offers. In order that you don’t miss out on all the area has to offer, from eateries to attractions to walks, we’ve created a special guide with map especially to help our campervanning friends. 

This map is available throughout the Park, as well as available online, and includes useful information such as recycle points, washing facilities, waste disposal and daytime car parks big enough to accommodate larger vans. You can download your copy here.

If it’s the SnowRoads you are driving in your van, then you’ll also be able to access campervan-specific information via our SnowRoads app too.

Top Tips for Campervanning in the Cairngorms

Book campsites in advance to avoid disappointment

- If you’re “wild” campervanning, make use of our many Park campsites, such as Braemar Caravan Park and Camping Pods in the Invercauld Estate, which allow you to use their waste disposal facilities for a small charge. This makes it easy for you, while enjoying your campervan holiday, to also leave no trace and help us protect and sustain our beautiful natural environment

- Use camping stoves, or your van’s own facilities, to cook rather than setting up an open fire, which risks damaging the environment, particularly the ancient Caledonian Pine trees

- Check out the varied towns and villages and local community paths in the Cairngorms National Park, which are full of fantastic cafes, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions to explore

- One particularly popular route with campervan guests to the Park is the SnowRoads, a spectacular 90 mile winding road full of stunning, dramatic, changing scenery. Traversing this route, you really feel like you’re in true wilderness and can park up and picnic, while taking in the glorious views and the 3 stunning art installations along the way

- If you are not using a formal campsite overnight park in a safe place off-road; avoid passing places, local business car parks, local resident parking and busy spots. Please take note of any signs, especially those saying overnight parking is not permitted

- We have world class access rights in Scotland. Check out your rights and responsibilities with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC), see here