Visiting Edinburgh whilst enjoying a campervan or motorhome holiday is a unique way to experience the city together with easily accessible camping sites around Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Caravan & Motorhome Sites in Edinburgh
The available campervan and motorhome sites in and around Edinburgh provide a different experience from a hotel or apartment stay, but that is what makes it a fun and exciting option for any holiday.
We also include a handy map of all camping site locations at end of list.
Edinburgh Festival Camping
Craving a camping experience that isn’t too removed from the comforts of the city? If you are in town for one of the festivals, this campsite is dedicated to those desiring the lively atmosphere of festivals. This campsite is your best bet when looking for a spirited atmosphere with a natural setting. Thanks to around-the-clock transportation to the city centre and a short five-minute drive to a supermarket (for those necessary items you will likely forget), the camping experience at Edinburgh Festival Camping has it all. Other glamping amenities provided here are hair dryer booths and device charging spots, even a fully licenced bar. If you desire a meal not prepared over a fire, check out the Giant Tipi Café. There are also ample toilets and showers for camping guests.
Edinburgh Festival Camping is accessible for all with levelled access, disabled loos, and blue badge parking. Entertainment and various free games, perfect for kids and adults alike are offered.
Bring your own tent or hire one of the 30 two-person tents or 30 four-person tents. Air mattresses, even sleeping bags are provided. For larger groups, there are bell tents that fit six. There are also 100 caravan pitches as well as 100 BYOB tent sites. Prices per night are reasonable, from £11 to £80.
Address: The West Gate, Hallyards Road, Ingliston, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH28 8NZ
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/c7Ue6SYsacatZHND6
Linwater Caravan Park
This friendly family run campsite has a variety of amenities and activities for campers’ convenience and enjoyment. There is a beautifully appointed common area with showers, toilets (disabled included), laundry, and dishwashing facilities. The reception area has a small section of grocery and other food items. The small town of East Calder is a short two miles away, a convenient location for shops and places to eat.
The campsite is located on farmland and offers fishing and a play area for children. Pets are allowed, so bring the whole family.
From grass and hard standing pitches to timber tents, self-catering lodges, and holiday homes, there is a camping or glamping experience for everyone. Prices for tent pitches start at £11, with the most costly accommodation being the self-catering holiday homes and lodges, which run £80-£150 a night. Add on costs include pets, extra adults, and sleeping bag rentals at reasonable prices.
Address: Clifton Road, West Clifton, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH53 OHT
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/8dzppPBGZQoqTF9q9
Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park
A camping park within the city of Edinburgh, this great location is perfect for festivals and is a unique stay when visiting Edinburgh and the surrounding area. A bus regularly runs into the city centre every ten minutes and stops right outside the park. Mortonhall offers various camping experiences- tent camping, caravanning, campervanning, and glamping. Where en-suite is not provided, there are shared WC facilities.
Other amenities include a game room, dishwashing facilities and a bar and restaurant on site, called The Stable Bar and Restaurant. Not too far off from the park is fishing, golfing, and even beach access.
This park is perfect for families and couples seeking a peaceful setting and a varied camping experience. Over 100 hardstanding pitches are available, along with grass pitches sans electricity. If what you are looking for is less camp more glam, check out the wigwams, which come with platform beds, heating, refrigerators, and kettles. The shepherd’s hut, which is the more luxury offering, has a kitchenette and en-suite toilet and sink. Camping prices are £16.50-£30.50, shepherd’s huts £62.50-£125, and wigwams £20.50-£45.
Address: 38 Mortonhall Gate, Frogston Road East, Mortonhall, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH16 6TJ
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yVvkZR92HwUCPRSf8
Drummohr Holiday Park
Set inside what was once a walled garden of a monastery, the Drummohr Holiday Park is a beautiful, serene location for a camping getaway not far from the city centre. This site, open year round, is perfect for families with its playground and on-site shop. Amenities include laundry and shared toilets for the pitches and pods.
If seeking a glamping experience, there are quite a few options available. Octo single pods are perfect for the solo camper. Next larger are the Hexi double and twin pods perfect for the camping couple. Bothies, with room for four, have fridges, kettles, microwaves, and are en-suite. There are also deluxe bothies for two people that provide bedding and furnishings. For larger groups of up to six, there are lodges complete with hot tubs. These come with beautiful sea views and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Camping prices are reasonable, starting at £17.60. The glamping experience begins at only £25 for an octo single. The lodges are an affordable luxury at £100 per night.
Address: Levenhall, Musselburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH21 8JS
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Nc1Kbsfjwe3yvTPx7
Seton Sands Holiday Village
This camping experience has it all and is the perfect getaway for families and children. With a golf course complete with views of the sea and an indoor pool, everyone in the family will be happy. An on-site restaurant, shop, and games further extends the enjoyment. Additional amenities include dishwashing facilities, heated showers, and family rooms.
Forty pitches for campervans that come with electric and water hook-ups as well as waste removal are available. For a glamping experience, there are fully equipped holiday caravans with kitchens, TV, bedding, and shower. These are also accessible for disabled guests.
Pricing for pitches depends on the season and starts at £19 during the low season. The caravans require a minimum three-night stay, priced at £149.25.
Address: Links Road, Port Seton, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH32 OQF
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/3f9WPjPgKA5zGmS3A
Edinburgh Caravan Club Site
Right next to the inlet, Firth of Forth, this waterfront campsite is in a prime location. Not only do campers have water views, but popular Edinburgh sites are also nearby. Golfing is another activity close by for campers to enjoy. Amenities available are well-kept toilet blocks (which are accessible), food preparation areas, and a baby changing station. This is a pet-friendly site, with prime dog walking paths. An on-site shop, laundry, and internet access are also provided for campers’ convenience.
With nearly 200 pitches of varying types- from grass pitches to hardstanding and tent pitches- there is something for every camping enthusiast.
Prices are reasonable at £16.25 with added charges for each child and an extra car.
Address: Marine Drive, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH4 5EN
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/A7tUWZbEr2cuTuRg6
Hilly Cow Wigwams
If the name doesn’t draw you in, the glamping pods with hot tubs will. Only a short 10 miles from the centre of the city is this little oasis of glamping relaxation. The best part is that you do not need to BYOB your own tent or supplies. Even the kettle is included. Other amenities on offer are campfires, toilet and shower facilities, and a game room. If you crave just a little more luxury, the deluxe pods have en-suite showers and WC.
Open year-round, guests can enjoy fishing, a playground for their children, and even food deliveries from local takeaways. The peaceful countryside is, of course, a big draw.
All the wigwam choices sleep up to five guests. The standard wigwams are conveniently located near the facilities and have electricity. The en-suite wigwam offers a private toilet and sink as well as a table and chairs for meals. A picnic bench and fire pit are available for the standard and en-suite wigwams. Guests in the deluxe pods enjoy the same amenities as the en-suite wigwams, with the added bonus of a hot tub and TV. The pods start at an affordable £50 a night.
Address: Leyden Farm, Kirknewton, Edinburgh and the Lothians, EH27 8DQ
Map Location: https://goo.gl/maps/s3jZaD5KKqAZZg6C7
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Pitch Location Tips
When choosing a pitch for your campervan, motorhome or tent, it is essential to consider the environment around you. Are there trees or shrubs to break the wind in the case the weather turns foul? You may want to consider choosing a pitch with some element of natural shelter, as the Scottish weather can change drastically- from the sun to rain and wind- over one day. Be cautious of trees, however, as they may cause rainwater to drip continuously on your campervan, morothome or tent.
Another important consideration when deciding on your pitch is how level the ground is. No one wants run-away motorhome, so prepare your blocks for the wheels. Even if you’re on what appears to be level ground, it is a smart idea to put a block behind wheels for safety.
Scotland isn’t green and lush for nothing- it rains quite a bit. If it is possible, visit your possible pitch location before settling on the final spot to assess where rainwater will potentially run off. It would make for a sad camping expedition if rainwater drainage flowed through your site, especially when cooking over the campfire.
An additional decision to make that is essential, but might seem silly at first is how close or far you wish to be from the loos. One might not even consider this, but there are pros and cons to being close to the available facilities and vice versa. Being close to the loo is very handy for the middle of the night trips and if you have children. On the other hand, when you are close to the toilets, fellow campers will be around your campsite, possibly even walking through your site at all hours. You will want to consider what you prefer- being close to the loo or being farther away, but away from the masses needing the toilet.
Lastly, if you plan to have children with you, consider how close you want to be to any available play places. It is quite convenient to be close so you can keep an eye on your children. However, it is worth noting that there may be other children playing when it’s inconvenient for you or the rest of your group. Plan accordingly, especially if you are hoping for some peace and quiet.
No matter the campsite you decide on, choosing to hire a motorhome in Edinburgh offers a memorable and unique holiday option. The tips and campsite choices above will have you informed and ready to begin your next Scottish adventure.