A Camping Road Trip Idea – Castles of East Central Scotland

Scotland has a wealth of castles and other historic sites. Those who are interested in the nation's history and heritage can enjoy many different sites all within an easy distance of one another. Whether you are tent camping or travelling with a motorhome or caravan, a camping road trip can be a great way to take in all the sites. This short camping road trip will allow you to take a couple of days to enjoy the nation's capital before venturing out to explore some of the other major sites and attractions of East Central Scotland. The route could be done in just a few days, though you could easily devote a week to the adventure.

Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar and Lauriston

Edinburgh does, of course, have many attractions. Camping in the vicinity of the city can be an affordable way to enjoy its historic sites. Edinburgh castle is, of course, one of the most famous castles in the country. It is one of three historic castles here. The other two, Craigmillar Castle, a ruined mediaeval castle, and Lauriston Castle, a 16th Century Tower House overlooking the Forth, are also worth a quick visit if you have the time.

Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace

Head west on the M8 and the M9 and in around 40 minutes you can be at another interesting site – Blackness Castle, a well-preserved 15th Century fortress on the banks of the river Forth. Nearby is the grand Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Stirling Castle and Doune Castle

Continue on the M9, or by quieter roads if you wish, to reach another of Scotland's most impressive castles, in Stirling. Stirling has a number of other historic sites to see in addition to the castle, where a number of monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots were crowned. Nearby, you will find Doune Castle, whose remains date from the 14th Century. Doune Castle featured in the film, 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.

Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell sits in an atmospheric and beautiful location above Dollar. Here you can see the imposing remains of a 15th Century tower house. A number of walks lead from here up into the hills around and offer stunning views of the surrounding country.

Loch Leven Castle

These are the romantic ruins of a castle built in around 1250. Take a short boat ride to reach the island where the castle is located and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here between 1567 and 1568 and this strategic position has not always been such a peaceful place.

St Andrews Castle and Ruins of the East Fife Coastal Path

St Andrews is a stunningly picturesque town known for its golf and its ancient University. Here, along with the ruins of the Cathedral and other historic sites, you will find the ruins of the castle, complete with remains of a siege tunnel that you can descend into. Most of what can be seen today of the archbishops' castle dates from the 14th Century. Before leaving East Fife, you may wish to visit the charming villages of the East Neuk. Two small ruined castles can be found along the coastal path between St Monans and Elie.


It is now an easy matter to return along the scenic Fife coastal route to the Forth Bridge and return to your start point in Edinburgh.