Spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy a camping break in Scotland. The weather is mild, attractions have re-opened and there are plenty of events to enjoy as a couple or family. With Easter and bank holidays coming up soon, we’re ready to welcome camping guests to Red Deer Village Holiday Park in Glasgow. Our 5 star campsite has all the facilities you’ll need for a comfortable stay and is ideally located for exploring towns and cities nearby.
To help you plan your camping trip to Glasgow, we’ve compiled a list of just some of the things you can do whilst you’re here.
Spend time in the great outdoors
Spring brings longer and warmer days, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for getting outside and making the most of weather.
Walking – The longer days are great for visitors wanting to get outside for walking, cycling or hiking trips. There are some lovely walks that can be accessed from the grounds of our holiday park. The starting point of some excellent circular routes are just a short drive away.
Gardens – Snowdrops, crocuses and rhododendrons begin to bloom in this weather, making Glasgow Botanic Gardens worth a visit. Plus, the Scottish golf season kicks off in May. There are 4 golf courses within easy reach of Red Deer Village Holiday Park – Lenzie, Crow Wood, Lethamhill and Mount Ellen. Our campsite is ideally situated for people looking to spend the day on a green.
Outdoor adventure activities – Canoeing and kayaking at this time of year is ideal, due to rivers swelling with heavy rainfall and melted mountain snow and ice. Scotland is one of the best countries in the world for salmon fishing, which peaks in early April and in early autumn.
Spectate and Experience
If you’re planning your camping spring break in advance, it may be worthwhile to take note of particular events happening so that you can time your trip right. The Glasgow International Comedy Festival takes place in March. The Celtic pagan spectacle of the Beltane Fire Festival in April, a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Red Deer. May brings Whisky Month, with a host of events dotted around Scotland to celebrate our national drink. Plus, the Ovo Hydro hosts regular concerts. Check out who’s playing on your visit and fit a fantastic musical experience into your trip!
Take the Kids on Their Camping Spring Break
The idea of a camping holiday should be enough to excite the kids this spring break. But if not, you’re going to need to pull something else from up your sleeve. We have the answer!
Use Red Deer Village Holiday Park as a stop off-point on your way from or to the south, and visit Dino Park in Dumfries. You’ll find replicas of Mesozoic-era reptiles, including a T-Rex, and soft play. There’s a life sized skeleton cast of a T-Rex at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. And for even more dinosaur fun, there’s dino-themed adventure golf at Jurassic Parrr in Glasgow.
You can enjoy day trips to several zoos from our campsite on the outskirts of Glasgow. These include the famed Edinburgh Zoo, a safari experience at Blair Drummond Safari Park and the opportunity to feed a lemur at Five Sisters Zoo. The National Museum of Rural Life is 13 miles from Glasgow. It holds a host of farm life as well as information on what life was like on a farm in the mid-20th century.
We highly recommend a trip to Stirling Castle whether you’re an adult of a kid. They have costumed characters to help bring history to life. Kids can even dress up in medieval clothing in the palace vaults. You can also try playing Renaissance-era instruments.
In addition to the multitude of castles across Scotland, you can visit the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. This is where Robert the Bruce and his Scottish army famously took on King Edward II of England in the first Scottish War of Independence and won. You can also use 3D technology to attempt your own medieval battle strategy. Just over an hour drive in the town of Largs on the west coast, you’ll find Vikingar!. Here, you can learn more about Scottish vikings.
Spring camping trips in Glasgow
All of the above is just a taste of what you could try out on your camping trip to Glasgow. In fact, there’s probably enough activities for you to fill several of your next camping spring breaks! With Red Deer Village Holiday Park located only 5 miles from Glasgow city centre, we’re ideally located for getting around. Train station and bus stop are only a 10 minute walk away, with regular links to both the city centre and Edinburgh. You can also make the most of our low-season prices when visiting in Spring.
If camping’s not your thing, we have a range of static caravans, chalets and holiday homes available to rent. Touring pitches are also available. To find more things to do in the area, or to book your holiday, contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help.