The BEST Oban Camping Guide

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Oban is a picturesque bayside town on Scotland’s dramatic western coast. The town and the surrounding area are brimming with beautiful scenery and unique experiences to be had. From islands to castles to seafood, you’ll quickly see why so many people fall in love with this special place. Even better, outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Oban and the Argyll region by foot, bicycle, or kayak.

To truly take in all that the area has to offer, we think planning an Oban camping trip and spending a few nights under the stars is the perfect way to take in this unique environment. Luckily, there are several excellent options for camping near Oban. From holiday and caravan parks to excellent wild camping options, you’re sure to find the perfect place for your tent or caravan.

This guide includes all of the campgrounds, holiday parks, and wild camping opportunities near Oban so you find the perfect basecamp for exploring this unforgettable corner of Scotland!

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Oban Scotland seen from the water
Oban is a picture-perfect seaside town.

The Basics

Before you set out on your Oban camping trip, there are a few keys things you’ll want to keep in mind. This includes when to camp, what to bring, and what to expect from a trip to Scotland’s west coast.

When to Camp in Oban

Oban’s location in the West Highlands and in the path of the Gulf Stream means that it typically enjoys warmer weather than the rest of Scotland. However, the tradeoff for higher temperatures tends to be more unsettled and unpredictable weather. It’s certainly possible to camp in Oban year-round, although you’ll want to be prepared for some challenging conditions in the winter months.

The most pleasant and settled weather tends to occur in the spring (April and May) and the fall (September and October), although there is plenty of sunshine to be had in the summer as well. Winter brings many wet and dark days, but significantly fewer crowds.

The summer months of July and August are typically the most popular and most crowded time to be camping near Oban. These popular holiday times will find campgrounds at their fullest and an advance reservation is often essential. Of course, if you plan to wild camp you’ll have more flexibility, but should still be prepared for increased crowds.

What to Bring

We’re sure you’ll already have the essentials like a great tentsleeping bags, and camp chairs, but below are some of our favorite items for camping near Oban:

  • Map: A good map is essential to exploring the area and learning more about your surroundings. We always recommend bringing an Ordnance Survey map, and this one includes the entire Oban area as well as the eastern half of Mull.
  • Camping Stove – This classic piece of gear is perfect for cooking up deluxe campsite dinners.
  • Cooler – Keeping food and drinks cool is essential when camping.
  • Midge repellent – Camping in the Western Highlands is almost synonymous with midges. Be sure to pack some bug repellent to fight off these tiny nuisances!

If you’ve arrived and found that you forgot an essential piece of camping equipment at home there is no need to worry. Oban has several outdoor retailers that will almost certainly have what you need!

Best Places to Camp Near Oban, Scotland

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive into the best places to camp near Oban. With tons of great campgrounds and caravan parks in the area, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs.

The following section includes detailed descriptions of each of these campgrounds as well as information on amenities, location, reservations, and more.

In addition, we’ve also created a section with some information on wild camping near Oban. Keep in mind that you’ll need to do some of your own exploring to find a great wild campsite.

Finally, the map below gives a sense of each of the caravan park and campgrounds locations. Note, we do not included any specific wild camping locations, as those are best determined based on the specific conditions you encounter on your trip.

Oban Campgrounds & Caravan Parks

If you’re looking for a camping and caravan park near Ben Nevis then you’re in luck. There are several options to choose from, each with their own pros and cons depending on what you’re after. From the convenience of Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park to the unique camping pods at Ben Nevis Holiday Park we’re such you’ll find your perfect campsite!

Keep reading to learn more.

View of the coast and a castle near Oban.
Many of the campgrounds near Oban offer incredible waterfront scenery.

Oban Caravan and Camping Park

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 3.7 miles/6 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches, Tent pitches, Camping Pods, Holiday Caravans and Lodges for let
Recommended. Click here to reserve.

This spacious and family-friendly caravan park is a great place to camp near Oban. Located just a short drive or taxi ride from the town centre, the Oban Caravan and Camping Park is a perfect base camp for exploring all that the area has to offer. The campground is situated amongst rolling farmland with incredible views over the sea and to the Island of Kerrera.

With tent and caravan pitches, static caravans for hire, and well-equipped camping pods, there is an accommodation option to suit every travel style. The camping pods are stocked with comfortable mattresses, kitchenettes, heating, lighting, and a folding table. The static caravans and lodges range in size, but all offer bathrooms and kitchens. If booked in advance, there are minimum stay requirements for both the camping pods and the caravans. These vary depending on the time of year.

With the exception of a few of the static caravans, dogs are welcome throughout the campground. Amenities at Oban Caravan and Camping Park include shower/toilet facilities, barbeques, a playground, wifi, laundry, games room, electronics charging, and a well-stocked shop.

Reservations are recommended for the peak summer months.

Roseview Caravan Park

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 2.8 miles/4.5 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches, Tent pitches, Camping Pods, Bunk Room
Accepted for bunk room and camping pod only.

If you’re seeking peace and tranquility, Roseview Caravan Park will not disappoint. Although it’s an easy 30-minute walk to town, the campground feels far away from the bustle of modern life. It is surrounded by lovely pastoral scenery and lush green hillsides. Dogs and children are welcome at Roseview.

Spontaneous types will appreciate the first-come, first-served policy at this campground, although be advised that you’ll be turned away if you arrive earlier than 12:00. It may be possible to book the bunk room or camping pods in advance- contact them to learn more. The camping pods come with electricity and two single beds. The bunk room includes a kitchenette and a lounge area.

The facilities at Roseview Caravan Park are a bit dated, but quite clean and functional. Amenities include a toilets/showers (including one that is accessible for families and people with disabilities), a BBQ area, indoor eating area, wifi, playsite, and laundry. ‘

Seaview Caravan Park

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 8.2 miles/13 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches (NO tents)
Recommended. Call 01631 720360 or 07884 034740 to reserve.

Seaview Caravan Park is a gorgeous and tranquil place to enjoy caravan camping. Located about 15 minutes’ drive from Oban and just a short stroll from the beautiful Tralee beach, this campground has some of the best scenery around. The facilities are consistently clean and well-maintained, and the host is friendly and helpful.

Amenities at Seaview Caravan Park include toilets, showers, dishwashing sinks, electric hookups, and a chemical disposal point. Keep in mind that there is a three-night minimum and tents are not permitted.

North Ledaig Caravan Park

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 6.5 miles/10.5 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches
Recommended. Click here to reserve.

North Ledaig Caravan Park is perfectly positioned to help you make the most of your camping trip to the Oban area. The campground is situated along a two-mile sand beach and has incredible views out towards the Isle of Mull. North Ledaig Caravan Park is also conveniently located along the main bus route to Oban, and the recently updated Route 78 Sustrans cycle path runs right through the park. The sunsets at the campground are especially wonderful.

Amenities at the North Ledaig Caravan Park include a toilet/shower block, handicap accessible bathrooms and showers, chemical disposal point, children’s play area, and a well-stocked shop. Be sure to book well in advance to lock in a seaside pitch.

Highfield Holidays

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 8.3 miles/ 13.4 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches, Camping Pods, Safari Tents
Recommended. Call 01631 720262 to reserve.

If you’re looking for a luxurious glamping experience, look no further than Highfield Holidays. This lovely holiday park is surrounded by beautiful green countryside and is just a short walk to the golden sands of Tralee Beach. In addition to the various types of pitches available for tourers and motorhomes (hard-standing, grass, water/electric hookups), they offer a variety of deluxe glamping pods and tents. The pods and tents feature private hot tubs and fire pits, and many are dog-friendly. Families are welcome to use the play area at Highland’s sister park, Tralee Bay, just a five-minute walk from the campground.

Amenities at Highfield Holidays include a toilets/showers, a dishwashing area, and a chemical/waste disposal area. Oban is just a 10-15 minute drive from the campground.

Creagan Station Tourers

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 15 miles/24 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches
Recommended. Click here to reserve.

This newly-established campground is located in Appin, about 25 minutes’ drive from Oban. Creagan Station Tourers is set right on Loch Creran, providing for excellent water access and fantastic views from every pitch. The hardstanding pitches are quite spacious, with water and electrical hookups. The facilities are well-maintained and as an added perk, there is a lovely pub within walking distance.

Amenities at Creagan Station Tourers include toilets, showers, and laundry. Dogs are welcome.

Shieling Holidays Mull

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 11.7 miles/18.8 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches, Tent pitches, Glamping tents, Cottages
Recommended. Click here to reserve.

For a memorable camping experience that feels close to nature, ride the ferry over to the Isle of Mull. Shieling Holidays is conveniently located just down the road from the ferry station and several shops and restaurants, so it’s easy to get to even though you’ll feel worlds away from it all. Due to its position on a peninsula, the campground enjoys great views in all directions- across the Sound of Mull, Loch Linnhe, and all the way to Ben Nevis on clear days. There are several great walks in the area, including to Torosay and Duart castles. Campers consistently rave about the cleanliness of the facilities and the excellent hospitality.

Amenities at Shieling Holidays include toilets, showers, electric hookups, chemical disposal station, and laundry. Dogs are welcome at this campground.

Pennygown Holiday Park

Distance to Oban Visitor Centre: 20 miles/32 km
Camping Options:
Caravan & Camper pitches, Tent pitches, Camping Pods
Recommended. Click here to reserve.

Pennygown Holiday Park is another great option on the beautiful Isle of Mull. It is located a bit further from the ferry station, although this means that is is centrally located on the island. The camping pitches are set right along the water and there are fantastic views of the sea and the green hills throughout the campground. The friendly owners operate a traditional family farm alongside the campground, which adds to the peaceful and bucolic experience. Even better, the new and modern facilities are kept spotlessly clean. All sites are hardstanding and are equipped with electric hookups.

Amenities at Pennygown Holiday Park include toilets, showers, and laundry. Dogs are welcome.

Sunset over the water near Oban Scotland
The west coast of Scotland is known for its amazing sunsets.

Oban Wild Camping

There are some excellent wild camping areas relatively close to Oban and throughout the Argyll region if you have an adventurous spirit and know where to look. Much of the land directly surrounding Oban is privately-owned, so you’ll need to take care when selecting a place to spend the night.

There are of course some additional considerations when planning a wild camping trip, especially along Scotland’s rugged west coast. Our top tips, recommendations, and must knows for wild camping are below.

Wild Camping Near Oban

Wild camping is broadly permitted and even encouraged throughout Scotland, so long as certain rules outlined in the Scottish Access Code are followed. Although we recommend you read the code in its entirety, we’ve highlighted some key points below:

  • The Scottish Access Code permits wild camping.
  • Wild camping is lightweight, done in small numbers, and only for two or three nights in a single place.
  • Avoid camping in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals.
  • Keep your campsite well away from buildings and roads
  • Always Leave No Trace by packing out litter, property handling human waste, and removing evidence of your pitch, and avoiding campfires.

In order to preserve the environment and minimize crowds, we won’t go into too many details about specific wild camping locations near Oban. These are best discovered on your own. However, here are a few general areas you might check out:

  • Near the foot of Ben Cruachan
  • Along the coast road south of Oban
  • Throughout the Isle of Mull (Lochbuie, Loch Na Keal, Calgary Beach, and more)

A good map is a gamechanger for getting off the beaten track and finding your next great campsite!

If you’re considering wild camping, please ensure you are adequately prepared for all weather conditions and have ample supplies. Weather changes quickly in western Scotland and many wild camping areas are quite remote. Come prepared to be self-sufficient and you’re sure to have a wonderful wild camping experience. And don’t forget to leave your campsite better than you found it!

View of hills and the sea near Oban Scotland.
You can find some unforgettable wild campsites near Oban if you’re willing to put in a little effort.

Have a great trip!

That’s it!

We hope we’ve provided all of the information you need to plan a fantastic Oban camping trip, and we know you’ll find the perfect campsite for your upcoming adventure!

Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you have any questions and be sure to tell us about your trip!

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