Bryony Symes
Staff Writer

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Islands, Highlands and lochs, Scotland has them all. Bryony Symes picks 10 of the best places to stay.

1. Peace in the Hebrides

The wild beauty of the Isle of Lewis is something special, with plenty of small, friendly campsites to choose from. Traigh Na Berie Campsite, for example, is right on a white sandy beach, with barbecue pits in the sand dunes. (Also known as Kneep Campsite.)

Tel 01851 672332

2. Great outdoors

If you're keen on outdoor activities, you'll love Crannich Holiday Caravans & Touring Site, on the Isle of Mull. The campsite is set in 250 acres of farmland, with Highland cattle, sheep and horses all to be seen. Not only that, it adjoins thousands of acres of Forestry Commission land just waiting to be explored on foot or by mountain bike.

Web www.crannich.co.uk

3. Edinburgh's gorgeous gardens

Those wanting to visit the area of Edinburgh and Livingstone should head to Linwater Caravan Park, where the neat pitches are carefully laid out across this flat, pleasant campsite. Plus, the site dog-walk leads to a 220-acre country park, as well as the Union Canal - both of which are great for enjoying peaceful walks and cycle rides.

Web www.linwater.co.uk

4. Life on the water

In the heart of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with Loch Voil running alongside, is Immervoulin Caravan & Camping Park. Not only does it have great facilities, but you can also fish in the river, or launch your kayak from the jetty. In addition there's a Site of Special Scientific Interest, where you might be lucky enough to spot otters!

Web www.immervoulinpark.co.uk

5. Drop a line

Maragowan Caravan Club Site has unrivalled access to great walking, surrounded as it is by Munros, Corbetts and lochs. The site is on the banks of the River Lochay, which you can fish for free without a licence, and it's just a short walk to the town of Killin, for lots of local amenities.

Web www.caravanclub.co.uk

6. Highland scenery

There's no denying the majesty of the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, Cairngorms National Park. Invernahavon Caravan Site takes advantage of both of these, nestling in the heart of fabulous surroundings. And with salmon and trout rivers running past the site, this is an idyllic base for exploring a beautiful part of the world.

Web www.invernahavon.com

7. Wildlife galore

Fortrose Bay Campsite is spectacularly located on the coast of the Moray Firth, with views across the water. It's just a mile away from Chanonry Point, famous for dolphin, whale, seal and porpoise spotting, so don't forget your binoculars.

Web www.fortrosebaycampsite.co.uk

8. Puffin paradise

Handa Island, famous for its population of puffins, is just a short ferry ride from Scourie Caravan and Camping Site. Plus, the site itself has fantastic views from its great setting on the coast with a quiet, sandy bay just a few minutes' walk away. It's also a fine stop-off if you're following the North Coast 500.

Web www.scouriecampsitesutherland.com

9. Get off the beaten track

Cowal Peninsula, on Scotland's west coast, is a little-known but wonderful base for exploring Argyll, and this is where you will find Glendaruel Caravan Park. The site is set in 22 acres of mature woodland in the heart of the peninsula, a short drive from Argyll's Secret Coast.

Web www.glendaruelcaravanpark.com

10. Pitching in Deeside

Just a stone's throw from the Cairngorms National Park, and surrounded by the rugged beauty of Royal Deeside, Feughside Caravan Park is a small, friendly site with a lot to offer. The sheer number of things to do nearby is enough to tempt you here; from fishing for trout and hiking on marked forestry trails, to exploring castles, museums and Alford's narrow-gauge railway.

Web www.feughsidecaravanpark.co.uk