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Dominating the sunny southern shore of the Firth of Forth is the dramatically sited grey-stone city of Edinburgh, an eastern landmark in the busy industrial belt that stretches across Scotland to Glasgow and beyond. The main resort on the coast is Dunbar, backed by the Lammermuir Hills. The northern shore of the Forth estuary is more accessible, the fine sands running east from Aberdour all the way to St Andrews, with its golf courses and bottle dungeons. To the north is charming Loch Leven, a famous trout water ringed by the Lomond Hills.

In adjoining Tayside, the main resort on the coast north of the Tay estuary is Dundee, linked to the southern shore by two long bridges. Backing it and the more pleasant smaller resorts to the north is fertile farmland crossed by the Vale of Strathmore, with its views of the Grampian peaks. Pitlochry, north of Perth on the A9 to Inverness, is an enjoyable place to stay. In western Tayside are the Trossachs, a richly wooded gorge linking Lochs Achray and Katrine, with high mountains and forests on the north and rolling farmland on the south.

In the centre is Rob Roy country, in which the principal town is Stirling, dominated by its cliff-top castle above the Forth. And west of the densely populated industrial belt around Glasgow in mainland Strathclyde is the scenic holiday estuary of the Firth of Clyde. The best known resorts are Ayr, with miles of sands, Ardrossan, linked by ferry with the Isle of Arran, Dunoon, on the Cowal Peninsula, Gourock, from which there are cruises on the Firth, Largs, in a superb setting and with fine views of the islands, and Wemyss Bay, where ferries sail to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

North of Dumbarton, where the Clyde ceases to be industrial, is Loch Lomond, dotted with islands and with a length of twenty-four miles the largest stretch of inland water in Britain. Quiet places to stay around the loch are Aberfoyle, Ardgarten and Arrochar. North and west of the Firth of Clyde are the deep sea lochs, long peninsulas and romantic islands of westernmost Strathclyde, with their breathtaking scenery. In the upper half of the deeply indented coast is Oban, the hub of ferry services to the islands Mull to the north, Jura and Islay to the west. The mainland capital is Inverary, and the head of Loch Fyne. West of the town is the Pass of Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre in the seventeenth century, and to the south, on the tip of the peninsula is Southend, ringed by prehistoric barrows and hill forts.

Campsites tend to be large and numerous on the east coast, small and infrequent on the west. Many of those within reach of the industrial belt or on popular through routes like the A9 tend to fill up early in season. Main concentrations are at the better-known places, like Stirling, Ayr, Pitlochry, Blairgowrie, Dunoon, Maybole and Oban. Many of the campsites on the west can only be reached by narrow single-track roads.

For full details of all parks listed on our website, see the latest edition of Camping Caravanning Britain. Priced at 8.50, the book is available from WHSmith, Waterstone's, Blackwell's and other bookshops; alternatively, to order a copy directly click here.

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