The Coire na Ciste is one of the most stunning locations in the Cairngorms National Park. With picturesque views across Glenmore, Loch Morlich and through the epic Ryvoan Pass the Cairngorm Campervan Site is an idyllic place to pitch up for the evening in your campervan.
We have always welcomed campervan owners in our car parks for overnight stays and have worked closely with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and neighbouring land owners Forestry and Land Scotland and RSPB to develop this secure facility for visitors to enjoy.
Touring in your campervan is one of the best ways to experience the stunning Cairngorms. If it is your first time visiting the area we have put together some resources to help you enjoy everything the Cairngorms National Park has to offer.
Travelling by campervan or motorhome is a great way to see the country, touring miles of famous tourist routes and trails along the way. It’s also an easier way to plan your travels on the open road, as you can stop off and move on whenever you please. A staycation is a great way to explore what your own country has to offer, and can be the perfect holiday choice if you’re on a budget, but still want to have an incredible experience. One of the biggest rules of touring in a campervan or motorhome is to respect your surroundings. Before you head off, it’s a good idea to brush up on your knowledge of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, remember – take only memories and leave no trace.
Helping you on your adventures in the Cairngorms, the Visit Cairngorms campervan map has essential information on the dedicated facilities available and shows you where the main towns and villages are in the Park, which are teeming with wonderful restaurants, pubs and shops all ready to give you the warmest of Highland welcomes.
The Highland Council have been working hard to prepare for your safe, and enjoyable visit, and are ready to give the motorhome and campervanning community the warmest of Highland welcomes. Learn more about how to enjoy your visit responsibly by reading up on the guidance below.
The site offers security for those touring in the Cairngorms. With 45 individual pitches, a code locked entry system as well as essential facilities including a water feed and disposal points for grey water, chemical waste and refuse you will have everything you need for an overnight stay.
You may only park at the facility if you are using a campervan with an on-board toilet, this can be a cassette toilet on smaller vans. Caravans and tents are excluded from this facility.
For other accommodation options and to learn more about the camping and caravan facilities nearby please use follow the links below.
The Cairngorm Campervan Site is located in the Coire na Ciste car park approximately 10 miles from the nearby town of Aviemore and 3 miles from Glenmore and Loch Morlich. Arriving off the A9 take the B970 directly toward Glenmore and up the ski road to the site.
Water, waste disposal and refuse bins are provided, so visitors can enjoy the site without harming the environment. Over many years, nature and weather and created amazing scenery that can be enjoyed from the campervan site. Visitors can use one of the many viewpoints located around the site to see and learn more about what makes this environment so special.
We want to ensure visitors have the best experience possible when staying with us and actively encourage responsible tourism alongside our partners. Please be considerate of the environment and others in it, we reserve the right to remove those who breach our terms and conditions from the facility.
The right to responsible outdoor access is an essential part of what makes visiting Scotland so special. The National Park is home to many rare and sensitive plants and animals. Help keep their home special by following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Simple things you can do to help while visiting the National Park include:
Wind, wildlife, wilderness and waste don't mix. Help us keep this part of the Cairngorms National Park as clean as possible by leaving no trace of your visit.
Rubbish bins are provided on site. It’s windy up here – do not leave any waste or other items outside your vehicle or beside the bins to blow away. If the bins are full, keep your rubbish inside your vehicle until the bins have been emptied.
A chemical toilet waste disposal facility is provided. Please also use the waste disposal facility to dispose of any grey water – do not tip it out on the ground. Our tank is free to use for residents, for those just passing by we kindly ask for a small donation if you want to empty your waste before setting off on your onward journey. Instructions on how to correctly dispose of waste are provided at the disposal point.
For day trips and onward travel, locations of other chemical toilet waste disposal points in Scotland can be found on the Campervan and Motorhome Professional Association website.
Whilst it may not appear a risk, sparks from wood fires float in the air and can land in dry ground, BBQs and campfires also heat the ground under them, causing not only damage to the earth, plants and wildlife but in some cases wild fires to start - don't take the risk.
Visitors are more than welcome to cook outside when using the Cairngorm Campervan Site. However, due to the sensitive environment and risk of wild fires, only gas powered BBQs and camping stoves should be used. Under no circumstances should any charcoal bbqs, camp fires or other forms of open fire be lit either within the site boundary or in the surrounding area. Doing so is a breach of our terms and conditions and will result in you and your groups immediate removal from the site.
The Cairngorm Campervan Site is surrounded the most precious and protected ground in the British Isles. Learn more about the Cairngorm Estate and its neighbouring land below.
The Cairngorm Estate, the land in which the mountain resort and ski area are situated, is a place a great natural beauty and a gateway into Scotland's highest mountain massif.
The Cairngorms have long been synonymous with outdoor sport and recreation as well as being one of the nations most scenic holiday destinations. The Cairngorm Mountain resort is not only Scotland’s favourite snowsports destination but a hub for year-round activity full of unforgettable experiences. A fantastic way to explore and learn about the rich natural history of the Cairngorm Estate is through one of our Ranger Guided Walks, running every Thursday from May to October.
Neighbouring the Cairngorm Estate is the Glenmore Forest Park.
The Forest Park is a National Nature Reserve, home to, amongst others, red squirrels, capercaillie, crested tits and wood ants. The reserve is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland to help protect this rich habitat and welcome visitors who want to enjoy it responsibly. With a wide variety of paths, it is an ideal destination for family bike rides, woodland walks or relaxing on the sandy beach. More information about the Forest Park can be found at the Forest Visitor Centre in Glenmore, where parking is available.
Explore the Cairngorms National Park and enjoy everything it has to offer.
Whether out for a family stroll, or planning to bag your first Munro, the National Park has a wide range of places to explore and enjoy. Approximately 10 miles from the Cairngorm Campervan Site the village of Aviemore is a hub for outdoor activity and has a range of shops, cafes and restaurants. To the south of Aviemore are the villages of Kingussie and Newtonmore. To the north east are Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Nethy Bridge and Grantown on Spey. Further afield, in Royal Deeside, are Ballater and Braemar. Learn more about exploring the National Park by following the link below.
As this is a gated access site, booking is essential. Pitches can be booked on a single night basis through our website via Ticketinghub. Pitch fees are £10 per night during the week and £15 per night at weekends.
Please note our system has been updated to allow on the day bookings from 1PM up until 11PM. You will receive the entrance gate code in your booking confirmation email, please make a note of this as it will no longer be broadcast via SMS.
You should not book more than 3 consecutive nights and must also provide your vehicle’s valid registration number at the time of booking. If you are planning to stay longer than a single night, please carry out the booking process and select ‘book another stay’ when prompted.
Visitor management is a vital part of our operations within the National Park. These mountains are not ours, but they are our responsibility to look after.
Supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, our Land Manager and Ranger Service provide stewardship of the Cairngorm Estate and contribute a significant amount of their time to the responsible management of visitors to Cairngorm Mountain and the surrounding area.The Coire na Ciste car park has become a popular location for campervans to pitch up in recent years and we are of the belief that providing this secure facility will prove beneficial for managing this growing visitor group. Working closely with the Cairngorms National Park Authority we have developed a robust Visitor Management Plan that has allowed us to set a foundation for the Cairngorm Campervan Site which we envision developing into one of the top facilities in the Cairngorms.
Please familiarise yourself and the members of your group with our terms and conditions before going ahead with your booking. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you are entering into a contract with Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE ‘CAIRNGORM CAMPERVAN SITE’
Terms & Conditions
Please familiarise yourself and the members of your group with our terms and conditions before going ahead with your booking. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you are entering into a contract with Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE ‘CAIRNGORM CAMPERVAN SITE’
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