Tour Scotland -
With Your Caravan, Motorhome or Tent
Thistle Holiday Parks are for touring caravans, for motorhomes and for camping and glamping. The parks are of a 4- or 5-star standard and are among the best in Scotland, whether for touring caravans or motorhomes. Several parks also have glamping pods for camping with mod cons.. .Most have hard-standing pitches, often with services nearby.
Which parks are open right now? Right now many of our parks are closed and will open before Easter. But several Thistle Parks are open all year round; to find out which ones go to the Parking Listing tab.
On Thistle Holiday Parks the facilities include:
- shower and toilet blocks
- areas for preparing food and for washing dishes
- chemical disposal facilities for caravans and perhaps also for motorhomes.
- many of the pitches are on firm ground and some have hook-ups to services.
Plus: Some parks have leisure facilities e.g. swimming pool, games room, bar and restaurant, and entertainment for the family.
Tents Welcome: Many of our parks welcome tents and some set aside a special area. Look for the tent symbol on the entries when you plan your camping holiday in Scotland.
Glamping pods:. These are small, wooden "huts", not quite a tent, not quite a holiday home! Some are basic but many have electricity and a toilet. Some are luxurious!
You usually have to provide sleeping bags and cooking and eating utensils. For more information and ideas give glamping a go!
Children and Pets Welcome: The caravan parks have safe play areas; some have a games room. Many parks welcome pets - look for the dog symbol and bring your pet to Scotland.
Availability: To check which parks have space for when you plan to travel, you can send one e.mail from our website to all the parks However, apart from peak times, parks usually have space.
Which Park is where? You can search alphabetically or search by area. Or by key criteria: See the Search by Recreation/Facility at the top of the page.
Accessibility: Some parks have facilities on their park which are accessible for guests with a mobilitiy impairment. They may have information on their entries, but we recommend that you ask for the access guide which they have drawn up. Parks which have access statements are Mortonhall in Edinburgh, Tantallon in North Berwick and Belhaven in Dunbar. Red Deer near Glasgow. Craig Tara in Ayr and Seton Sands on the Firth of Forth, Blairgowrie at Blairgowrie and Lomond Woods near Loch Lomond.
Acitivites on our parks: Come of our caravan parks have activities on site. www.thistleparks.co.uk/selfcatering/activities.php
For walking and cycling and wildlife-watching in the forests, go to the Forestry Commission Scotland's page. http://www.thistleparks.co.uk/selfcatering/forestrycommission.php
Itineraries: Stuck for ideas on where to tour? Check out our interaries' page. www.thistleparks.co.uk/touring/itineraries.php .
What to see: Before you plan your holiday, be sure to look at what our partners offer; visiting attractions is an essential part of your holiday.
Wherever you go, whatever your interests, you'll find something to keep you occupied.
Under Places To Go is information on castles, historic houses, gardens, forests, walking trails and visitor centres.
Historic Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Edinburgh Woollen Mill's visitor centres. These are open all year, although
some Historic Scotland properties have restricted opening in the winter.
For the Autumn: we picked out some of Historic Scotland's properties which are often missed by visitors because they are not famous.
• Dundonald Castle www.historicenvironment.scot/dundonald-castle
• Dirleton Castle and Gardens www.historicenvironment.scot/dirleton-castle
• Tantallon Castle www.historicenvironment.scot/tantallon-castle
• Hailes Castle www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/hailes-castle/
• Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel www.historicenvironment.scot/dunstaffnage-castle
• Kilchurn Castle www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/kilchurn-castle/
West of Glasgow:
Dumbarton Castle: www.historicenvironment.scot/dumbarton-castle
Caerlaverock Castle: www.historicenvironment.scot/caerlaverock-castle
The brochure: A pdf of the 2014-15 brochure can be downloaded from this page .
Camping Caravan parks Scotland for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, and glamping