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Isle of Islay by Motorhome

Isle of Islay by Motorhome

General Information and Guidelines

Wild Camping:

If you are out an about on Islay and like to camp in the wild keep in mind the following:

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Parking on the beach

Isle of Islay by Motorhome

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, wild camping is permitted provided it is short term (ie 2-3 nights) and only involves few people. Please also bear in mind the following advice when camping in the wild: Be considerate and remember people have to make a living from the land. Stay away from houses and farms, unless you have asked for permission first, and don’t camp on agricultural fields. Although lighting an open fire is not illegal, it’s better to avoid open fires all together due to a high fire risk on peaty soils. Don’t ever disturb wildlife, better find an alternative location. Always bag up your rubbish and take it with you when you leave.

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Unfortunately Midges found the Isle of Islay as well. Although the numbers are nothing compared to some other parts of Scotland they can still be a pest when the conditions are right.

Midges are active from May to September and the females have a nasty habit of stinging. More information and some good tips on how to avoid them can be found on the Islay Weblog: Midges on Islay – Tips and Information

Isle of Islay by Motorhome…Parking your motorhome:

The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to drive a motor vehicle onto private land without lawful authority. No offence is committed, however, where a person drives within 15 yards of a public road for the purpose of parking. However, this does not imply that a person has a right to do so.

Pitching up at the side of a public road is not considered wild camping, however remote the route. Better to use an official campsite with sanitation facilities if there is one available in the area. If you have to camp by the road, avoid overused sites, take particular care with toilet hygiene, pitch late and leave early.

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There are two official campsites on the Isle of Islay, the details of which can be found below. An unofficial but very lovely place to park a motorhome is at the head of Loch Indaal on the north side between Bridgend and Bruichladdich. Remember that there are no facilities here.

Be considerate:

Whatever you do, camping wild or parking your motorhome on the side of the road, always use your common sense and respect the flora and fauna of Islay and its landowners who have to make a living from the land. Keep in mind the following slogan and you’re allright:

Take Nothing but Pictures – Leave Nothing but Footprints – Kill Nothing but Time

Further relevant sources of information:

Islay Community Access Group

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Campsites on Islay

Name: Kintra Farm

Location: Kintra – 3 miles from Port Ellen

Details: Camping and Caravanning pitches are available from April to September among the shelter of the dunes beside the sea and surf. Terrain is grassy, sandy, free draining and entirely natural. You’re pretty much free to pitch where you like.

Facilities: Three water stand pipes, a converted farm steading to house toilets, wash-hand basins and showers with hot and cold water, and a unisex disabled toilet. No electrical hook-up points available.

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This is a review from a French family  who were touring scotland by motorhome.

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Have returned to work and daily business after touring scotland by motorhome …. But the pictures and experiences of Scotland stay with us in our minds and whenever stress seems overwhelming, thinking back to that peaceful landscape helps a lot to relax.

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Touring Scotland by motorhome


As you already know, we highly appreciated your professional, personal and kind support and the perfect organisation from the beginning to the end of our holiday. As it was our first holiday in Scotland with a motorhome, we had arrived slightly nervous about driving on the left, single-track roads or wild camping, but you managed to reassure us very fast with your helpful advice and profound knowledge.


You provided everything we needed to start out on our journey, even the beds were already made! One of the most practical things was the most beautiful wild camping spots we could ever imagine. Together with the numerous hints you gave us on amazing places we might want to visit, this made our trip truly memorable. We will never forget the breathtaking moment when the deer visited us in front of the motorhome on Applecross beach! The children also enjoyed being so close to nature and playing at the most beautiful beaches just in front of the motorhome – they were really sad when we had to get home.


Throughout our holiday, we felt we could rely on you and knew you were available for advice any time – so we really had three absolutely carefree weeks! Thanks a lot for making this possible. We recommend everyone to choose Scottish Tourer and hope we can make it back to you soon.


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