A Camping Road Trip Idea: Munro Bagging in the Highlands

Some camping sites and destinations can be packed at this time of year, but the large open spaces of the Highlands are always free from crowds. If you prefer a camping holiday that offers some peace and isolation, then why not take to the wilds and enjoy some hiking in the hills and mountains of Scotland? Munro bagging, as it is called, is the act of climbing Scotland's highest peaks, ticking them off a list of mountains over 3,000 ft. A camping road trip could allow you to climb some of these impressive peaks and to explore some of the UK's wildest places. This road trip suggestion is for those who are new to Munro bagging, and takes in some of Scotland's more accessible and manageable Munros:

Ben Lomond

Just north of Glasgow, Ben Lomond is one of the most accessible of the Munros. It is, along with the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, the most commonly climbed Munro, very popular with first-time Munro baggers. A popular path leads to the summit and though you are unlikely to be alone in summer, this is safer for those without a huge amount of mountain experience. A number of camping options can be found nearby, along the banks of Loch Lomond and at designated spots through the Trossachs National Park.

Ben Vorlich

Not to be confused with the Ben Vorlich above Loch Lomond, this peak is above Loch Earn. The mountain is another that is considered to be one of the easiest Munros and is usually climbed from Ardvorlich on the shore of Loch Earn, whose shores also offer camping options.

Ben Chonzie

Head through scenic Comrie and Crieff and make your way north and then west to reach the next peak on your route, Ben Chonzie, the highest peak of the vast area between Loch Earn and Loch Tay. One of the delights of this walk are the mountain hares, which are found here in large numbers. Wild camping is an option is this area. Alternatively, head for Aberfeldy, where you will find more places to spend the night.

Ben Lawers & Beinn Ghlas

In terms of its height, Ben Lawers is right up there – one of the very highest Munros. But the high pass between Loch Tay and Glen Lyon means that you can start your ascent already 400m up and enjoy a fairly straightforward hillwalking day. An added bonus is that you can also bag a second Munro, Beinn Ghlas, on your way to the summit. You will find a number of places to camp along Loch Tay and in the surrounding area.

Shiehallion

Head north to reach your next peak, Shiehallion, a prominent and famous peak. On your way, stop in to see the yew tree in Fortingall, said to be, at between 2000 and 3000 years old, one of the oldest trees in Britain. Shiehallion is a conical shaped peak that is another popular peak for first-time Munro baggers. Camp nearby on the shores of Loch Rannoch or Loch Tummel.

You can now make your way to Blair Atholl, another good camping area. There you can join the A9 for easy access north or south.