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15 Best Campsites on the Isle of Skye: Picked by a Backpacker

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The Isle of Skye is one of my favourite places on the planet. I also love camping. 

Put those two things together, and you get a handsome local genius who knows all of the best campsites on Skye (well, that’s what I tell myself anyway).

In this helpful guide, I’ve brought you all of my favourite Skye campsites. In this list of the best 15 campsites on Skye, I’ve covered budget spots, higher-end options, and even places with camping pods. Then, at the end, I’ve added some information about wild camping (which is perfectly legal throughout Skye—exciting!). 

I’ve separated my top 15 Skye campsites into three main regions:

  • Portree and the Trotternish peninsula: this is your best option if your priority is exploring Portree, the Old Man of Storr, and the Quiraing. Staying here is also a good choice if you want many nearby conveniences of the small town. 
  • Southern Skye: this is the spot for you if you’re mainly exploring southern Skye and the Cuillin mountain range or are interested in Skye’s most underrated areas on the Sleat peninsula. I’ve listed campsites in and around Broadford, Elgol, and the Sleat peninsula.
  • Western Skye: this is a great location if you plan on visiting Dunvegan, Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point Lighthouse, or some great beaches, including Coral Beach. There are many clifftop wanders, and the area is a good compromise between remote and busy. That said, fewer campsites in Western Skye than in other parts.
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Best Campsites in Portree and the Trotternish Peninsula

Portree Campsite

Address: Portree Campsite Torvaig, Staffin Rd, Isle of Skye IV51 9HU, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Portree Campsite might not be the most luxurious campsite on Skye, but it’s my favourite one. I LOVE camping here.

The campsite itself is charming, basic, and friendly, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a cheap base in Portree. Grass pitches for tents start from as little as £15 (what a bargain!), but they also have hardstanding pitches for caravan pitches and campervans. It can get pretty windy, but so can most campsites.

Located a short distance from the town of Portree, camping here feels way more rural than it really is. You’ll have all the services and conveniences of the nearby town with great views of the Cuillin mountains. It’s also within a 30-60 minute drive of popular spots like Kilt Rock, Neist Point, Fairy Glen, Fairy Pools, and more.

All in all, camping in Torvaig is a nice little escape from the (relatively!) busy bustle of Portree. It’s a great campsite if you want a good location and lots of conveniences without being surrounded by crowds.

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Staffin Campsite

Address: Clachan, Staffin, Isle Of Skye IV51 9JX, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

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Much more rural than Portree Campsite, Staffin Caravan and Camping Site is (as you probably guessed!) located in Staffin, on the eastern side of the Trotternish peninsula and near the north coast of Skye.

The best thing about the Staffin campsite place is its great location. Within a short drive of the site, you have Trotternish Ridge, the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, the Quiraing, Rubha Hunish, and more. And if you don’t have a car, the place offers bike hire, so you can quickly get around on two wheels.

For easily exploring the Trotternish peninsula, you won’t find a more ideally located campsite than Staffin Campsite.

Rates start at a mere £7 for a tent pitch, so it’s a brilliant budget option. But if you want a little more luxury, the place also has a couple of on-site cottages.

From the Staff

Guests book well in advance.

Our largest customer base is motorhomes both rental and privately owned. Booking is essential to secure a nights accomodation with electric hook up and all services we offer including complimentary wifi.

I’d advise anyone coming to Skye to book well ahead, including campers with tents.

– Ally & Norma fromStaffin Caravan and Camping Site
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Uig Bay Campsite

Address: Idrigill, Uig IV51 9XU, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

You’ll find Uig directly west of Staffin and on the opposite side of the Trotternish peninsula. Uig is a tiny little village (or hamlet, whatever that means). It’s a really charming place, and it has just enough shops, restaurants, and pubs to be a convenient base.

Uig Bay Campsite is just outside Uig’s centre, right on the western shore of the Trotternish peninsula, so you get easy access to conveniences while still feeling really remote and rural. It’s also easy to catch the Tarbert ferry from the campsite, so it’s a good jumping-off point for further island adventures.

The site has lots of electric hookups and excellent on-site WiFi. And it’s right next door to the Isle of Skye Brewery, where you can buy some tasty beers to slurp on in your tent (my favourite is Skye Black—it’s all dark and malty and delicious). 

Pitch prices are low, starting at around £7 per person.

Just like Staffin, Uig Bay Campsite has a couple of on-site cottages, perfect if you’re tired of slumming it in canvas.

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Camus More Campsite

Address: Kilmuir, Portree IV51 9YS, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

If you like the type of campsite where you might meet no one but the people who own the place, you’ll probably love Camus More. Perched right over a quiet stretch of beach, there aren’t many relatively unexplored areas in this part of Skye—but this is one of them.

The facilities are pretty barebones—there’s no hot water, and there aren’t many conveniences. But the staff are super friendly, the views are brilliant, the rates are low, and they also accept campers and campervans. 

They’re only open from May until September, and they only have 12 pitches.

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Best Campsites on the Isle of Skye: Southern Skye

Sligachan Camping

Address: Sligachan, Isle of Skye IV47 8SW, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

The tiny settlement of Sligachan is most famous for its cute little bridge, which has been photographed and Instagrammed more times than a Kardashian.

Just a short wander from the bridge, you have Sligachan Camping, a lovely little place to spend a few days. 

In terms of location, it’s arguably the best campsite on the Isle of Skye. Ridiculously central, you’re well-located for exploring all parts of the island—nothing you’ll want to see will ever be more than a 1-hour drive away.

The site itself is great—spacious, pretty, welcoming, and close to a brilliant pub. They have lots of tent pitches and spots for caravans and campervans.

Prices for pitches are around £8 per adult. 

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Glenbrittle Campsite & Cafe

Address: Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

South of Sligachan, you have Glenbrittle Campsite & Cafe

Despite its rural location, Glenbrittle Campsite is one of Scotland’s most popular campsites and regularly wins awards. And in terms of natural beauty and top-notch proximity to outdoor adventures, it’s one of the best campsites on Skye.

If you want to hike, cycle, climb, take photographs, tackle boat trips to Loch Coruisk, explore other lovely lochs, or visit the world-famous Fairy Pools, this is a brilliant place to base yourself during summer months.

The on-site cafe has fresh bread, fresh pastries, and artisan coffee, perfect if you want to combine outdoor adventures with being a big ol’ hipster.

The prices are steeper than most other Skye campsites (with fees at £11 per adult per night), and you won’t get a phone signal. That said, if you’re okay with those minor downfalls, this is one of the best campsites on Skye. In truth, Glenbrittle Campsite is probably one of the best campsites on the planet.

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Lochside Caravan Site

Address: 6 Strollamus, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9AL, UK (Get Directions)

Lochside Caravan Site is pretty hard to find because it doesn’t come up on Google maps. But drive around 5 miles (8km) north of Broadford, and you’ll find the place. It’s in a tiny settlement called Strollamus, which sounds more like a Harry Potter spell than a village. 

Once you find the site, you’ll love it—it’s small and charming, and you get great views of Loch na Cairidh and the tiny island of Scalpay. The local community owns and manages the place, and that’s exactly how it feels.

Because the site is near Broadford, it’s a good option for travellers who want decent proximity to lots of conveniences—Broadford is one of the best-equipped towns on the Isle of Skye.

Quiet and relaxing, only adults are allowed here. It’s basic and rudimentary, but that’s part of the charm. Although it mainly caters to caravan users, it offers small pitches for tents, too.

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Ashaig Campsite

Address: 8 Ashaig, Breakish, Broadford IV42 8PZ, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

One of Skye’s most famous and popular campsites, Ashaig is situated between Broadford and the bridge to the nearby mainland.

Because of that, it’s perfectly located for exploring both southern Skye and the mainland hotspots of Plockton, Duirinish and Kyle of Lochalsh.

Ashaig Campsite is part of the UK’s official Camping and Caravanning Club, so you need to be a member to stay here. If you aren’t, you can quickly sign up here (they have more than 100 campsites across the UK, so it’s definitely worth it).

The site is immaculate, the showers are warm, and the staff are friendly. It’s more expensive than most (at around £12 per person per night), but it’s a lovely place to stay and great for adventures in and around some of Skye’s most underrated areas.

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Camping Skye

Address: Pairc Nan Craobh, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9DF, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Camping Skye
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The imaginatively titled Camping Skye is right in the heart of Broadford, perfect if you want a relatively rural adventure without having to forego helpful conveniences. It’s especially great if you’re travelling with kids—Broadford has plenty of places to eat and drink.

I love this spot. It’s one of the newest camping spots on Skye so it’s modern and comfortable in addition to being gorgeous. The place has a communal barbecue area, excellent views, coin operated laundry services, a sheltered area for campers, hairdryers, and plenty more handy stuff. There’s also a great coffee shop, Cafe Shia, within walking distance.

Prices start at £11 a night. They have 26 tent pitches and 26 hard-standing pitches.

If you’re the type of person who likes camping but also likes a bit of convenience and comfort, you should stay here. It’s brilliant. 

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Skye Yurts

Address: Tigh na Cairdean, Duisdale, Sleat, Duisdalemore, Isleornsay, Isle of Skye IV43 8QX, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Skye Yurts, Isle of Skye
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Skye Yurts isn’t an actual campsite—but because Sleat is massively short on other camping sites and options, this is our top pick for the peninsula.

Right at the northern tip of the peninsula, it’s well-located both for outdoor adventures heading south and accessing the easy conveniences of Broadford.

Here, you can get all warm and cozy in the three on-site yurts (or their one cute little cottage). It’s like being a Mongolian goat herder, except on a Scottish island. Yurt prices start from £70 a night, and the biggest yurts fit up to 5 guests.

For homely, comfy and cozy, these are fantastic.

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Reraig Caravan and Camping Site

Address: Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DH, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Reraig Caravan and Camping Site, Isle of Skye
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Reraig Caravan and Camping Site is on the Scottish mainland just east of the Isle of Skye. 

And I know that’s not what you’ve Googled. But stick with me—the site is only 6 miles (9.5km) from the island, so it’s a perfect base if you want to explore both the Isle of Skye and all the nearby mainland stuff.

And most importantly, the campsite itself is excellent—the owners are super friendly, the facilities are clean and modern (having recently been updated in 2021), the showers and toilets are some of the best I’ve ever seen on a campsite. Most importantly, the views out to Loch Alsh are amazing.

Again, this is another top pick for people who like camping without getting too rural and rudimentary.

Tent pitches start from £10 per night.

From the Staff

I would suggest booking at least 1-2 months in advance for peak summer season (June-August).

James at Reraig Caravan and Camping Site
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Best Campsites on the Isle of Skye: Western Skye

Kinloch Campsite 

Address: Kinloch Campsite, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WQ, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Kinloch Campsite
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Kinloch Campsite is a family-run site and undoubtedly one of the best campsites on Skye. And because of that, it’s hugely popular.

In the centre of Dunvegan, most people who want to camp in the west of Skye camp here. Why? Its idyllic location is perched over the shores of Loch Dunvegan with stunning views and is only a short walk from shops, restaurants, and pubs. You’re also just a 5-minute drive from Dunvegan Castle.

The facilities are excellent, with sockets, free WiFi and a great laundry room. Prices start from around £11 per person.

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Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Address: Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Loch Greshornish, Arnisort, Edinbane, Isle of Skye, IV51 9PS (Get Directions)

Like Ashaig Campsite, Skye Camping is an official Camping and Caravanning Club Site, so you must be a member to stay here. But if you’re not, signing up is easy and cheap—again, you can do that here

The facilities are clean and tidy, the staff are welcoming, and the place feels homely. I remember the shower block being a little weak and cold, but that’s the only negative.

They also offer camping pods and yurts if you’re tired of sleeping in a tent.

Skye Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a good choice if you want to stay in a rural spot because it’s around 9 miles (14.5km) east of Dunvegan and not near any other large settlements. So make sure you take some snacks!

It’s also in a good location if you want to be halfway between western Skye’s quiet attractions and eastern Skye’s popular ones. For brilliant proximity to lots of great stuff, this is one great Skye campsite.

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Dunvegan Camping Pods

Address: Dunvegan Camping Pods Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WA, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Dunvegan Camping Pods, Isle of Skye
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Okay, Dunvegan Camping Pods isn’t technically a campsite. But you might also be into this spot if you’re into camping. It’s hugely popular, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Instead of pitching up a tent, you stay in one of the on-site camping pods. They’re all insulated, heated, and super comfortable, even for people who don’t usually like to camp. They’re even more cozy and homely than your average camping pods, with great cooking facilities and a warm shower. 

Cozy up with friends and family in a pod for just £100 per night. It’s a pretty good deal, considering this glamping option comfortably sleeps three adults or two adults and two children.

The pods are right in the middle of Dunvegan, perfect if you want close proximity to lots of conveniences.

Because they’re so comfortable and convenient, these pods are very popular for family stays.

Start your day at Dunvegan Bakery & Coffee Shop – a stone’s throw from the Camping Pods. Then head to Dunvegan Castle. It’s only a 30-minute walk or a 5-minute drive.

From the Staff

Like all of Skye the sooner people book the better. We’ree already well booked for next year.

– John fromDunvegan Camping Pods

You can check availability and book Dunvegan Camping Pods online here.

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Skye Eco Bells Glamping

Address: The Corner Croft, Orbost, Dunvegan IV55 8ZB, United Kingdom (Get Directions)

Skye Eco Bells Glamping isn’t a proper campsite either. Instead, it’s a lovely little glamping spot that looks more like a hobbit village than a proper accommodation. 

Probably the most unusual pick on our list, the place has three cozy cabins along with a cute little bell tent. They’re all welcoming and comfy and in a massively underrated part of Skye. They’re situated in Orbost, a great place for heading west in pursuit of clifftop walks, beautiful views of the sea, hidden lochs, and endless uninhabited landscapes.

If you want the comfort of glamping along with the isolation of a rural pocket of Skye, this place is brilliant.

You can check availability and book Skye Eco Bells Glamping online here.

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Wild Camping on Skye

If you don’t want to stay on an official campsite, wild camping is completely legal on Skye, across the entire island. For a proper outdoor adventure, wild camping is loads of fun.

Because of Scotland’s ‘right to roam’ act, you can basically pitch up a tent wherever you like in the nation (assuming it’s not someone’s garden or whatever).

Some of my favourite wild camping spots on the Isle of Skye are Aird of Sleat, the remote little lump of land west of beautiful village of Dunvegan, and the island of Raasay. But anywhere can be great—if it looks good, pitch up your tent, and you’ll have a lovely time.

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Midges on Skye

Before we finish this one up, here’s one more handy slice of info for camping on Skye: in Scotland, summer brings endless numbers of midges (tiny little flies that love buzzing around your head, biting you, and making your life horrendously miserable).

Honestly, if you’ve never endured midges, you have no idea how annoying they can be. 

The only way to completely avoid them is by visiting Scotland outside of midge season (which is usually from May until September). But if you’re camping, you’ll probably be travelling in this season. And if you’re camping, you’re way more vulnerable to midges than your average traveller. 

So when camping on Skye, buy a midge head net, take some midge spray, and follow other midge-dodging tips.

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Final Thoughts

That’s everything you need to know about the best campsites in Skye. Thanks for reading!

If you’ve decided the tent life isn’t for you, check out our bumper guide on where to stay on Skye (which includes hostels, hotels, and everything in between). And, if you’re looking to rent a caravan for a trip to Skye, try sites like Budget Campervans and Go Explore Scotland. They both have pickups and drop-offs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are about 5 and 6 hours away from Skye, making for an enjoyable Scotland road trip.

Or, for more general information, wander over to our articles on the Fairy Glen, the best time to visit the Isle of Skye, all the things you can do there, and why you should visit for (at least!) 5 days.

So get booked up, get yourself to the Isle of Skye, and have one of the best vacations of your life. 

See you next time!

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