Best Tents for Camping in Scotland

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a tent for camping in Scotland. The climate and weather conditions are a big factor, as well as the type of terrain you’ll be camping on. But what kind of tent should you take on your Scottish camping adventure?

Here are our top picks for the best tents for camping in Scotland:

Editor’s Choice 🥇

MIER Lanshan Ultralight

The best you’ll possibly find

Runner Up

Clostnature 1-Person Tent

A Great Compromise Between Affordable and Excellent

Also Great

Nemo Dragonfly Ultralight

Packed With Great Features (at a Price!)

I love wild camping—and for many reasons, Scotland is one of the world’s best nations for doing it. I’ve camped in various parts of the nation, using countless different tents and equipment. So in this guide, I’ve brought you the best tents for wild camping in Scotland.

My favorite of all the ones I’ve featured is the MIER Lanshan Ultralight, which has taken the prestigious #1 spot on our list. But we’ll come to all that and much more soon.

In our list, we’ve covered budget options, high-end picks, nifty features, and everything in between. Looking for the best tents for wild camping in Scotland? Read on!

Things to Consider Before Buying a Tent for Wild Camping in Scotland

Wild camping is a little different from normal camping… and the demands of Scotland are a little different from the demands of some of the planet’s other nations.

If you’re wild camping in Scotland, you want a tent that’s specifically suited for wild camping in Scotland. So before we move on to particular products, here are the factors and features you’ll need to consider during your hunt for a tent:

  • Durability: When you’re wild camping, you’re exposed to the elements. For that reason, you want a rugged tent that can take a beating. And just as importantly, because you’ll be regularly assembling and disassembling your tent, you want to make sure it’s sturdy.
  • Windproofing: Scotland can be very windy, especially in exposed areas. And if you’re wild camping in Scotland, you’ll probably spend a lot of time in exposed areas.
  • Waterproofing: Scotland can also be very rainy (no matter what time of year you visit). So if you’re wild camping in Scotland, it’s super important that your tent has very good waterproofing.
  • Ease of Setup: When you’re wild camping, you want a tent that’s easy to put up and take down. Typically, you don’t wild camp in the same space for more than a day, so ease of setup is super important.
  • Size: With wild camping, it’s good to have a small tent. You want to be sneaky and stealthy, and you don’t want to be carrying a massive tent everywhere. In general, the smaller the better (though you want to be sure you fit inside of your tent).
  • Weight: This is even more important than size. If you’re constantly carrying your tent on your back, you want it to be as light as possible.
  • Portability: The smaller the tent, the smaller it usually is once it’s folded down. But that’s not always the case—so it’s good to check how small the tent is once it’s packed down and packed away. The smaller this is, the more portable (and convenient) your tent is.
  • Insect mesh: If you’re wild camping in Scotland, you really want to keep the midges out of your tent. You don’t necessarily need insect mesh to achieve a midge-free tent, but it’ll definitely help.
  • Fire retardant: This one isn’t so important, but it’s a good consideration, especially if you’re planning on cooking with fire, or using fire to keep warm. And if you’re wild camping, you’re probably doing both of those things.
  • Price: this one doesn’t need much explaining, but price is of course very important.

The Best Tents for Camping in Scotland

Up next, are our five favorite tents for wild camping in Scotland, along with one alternative option at the very end of our list.

1. The Best Tent for Camping in Scotland: MIER Lanshan Ultralight

Top Pick 🥇

MIER Lanshan Ultralight

The best you’ll possibly find

An excellent all-rounder with lots of versatility and some fantastic features, this is sturdy, reliable, and durable… and it’ll stand up to pretty much all Scottish weather.

Of all the tents we’ve checked, tested, investigated, and researched, this model absolutely takes the #1 spot for wild camping in Scotland.

It’s super versatile. Whatever you’re doing in Scotland and wherever you’re camping, this tent is perfect — and it’s not even particularly expensive.

You have both 1-person and 2-person options. Whichever you go for, it’s a relatively tight squeeze, but that’s always the case with wild camping tents. We’ve given you the 1-person details in this guide, but you can check the details for the 2-person tent by following this link.

Although the Mier Lanshan tent is marketed as a three-season tent, it can definitely stand up to a typical Scottish lowland winter. Though Scottish weather can get rainy and windy, it’s never ridiculously cold—so unless you’re camping in the highest parts of the nation, you can use this one year-round.

Setting Up Tent

Best of all, it’s super sturdy and durable. It’s one of the most waterproof tents on the market, and it stands up excellently to even the heaviest of winds.

And as a nice bonus, it comes with lots of nifty features, including a ventilation window, a mesh storage pocket, a pair of hooks, and a quick assembly time of no more than 5 or 10 minutes. If you’re looking for a tent for wild camping in Scotland, it doesn’t get any better than this.

🥇 Editor’s Choice

MIER Lanshan Ultralight

8.6

Overall Score

Durability

9.0

Windproofing

9.0

Waterproofing

9.0

Setup

7.0

Portability

9.0

Features

  • Size: 12.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches (31.5 x 11.9 x 11.9cm) when packed down, and 89.7 x 29.5 x 49.2 inches (227.8 x 74.9 x 125cm) when set up
  • Weight: 2.2lbs (0.98kg)
  • Insect mesh: Not specifically, but the inner wall is made of tight mesh
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: Medium
  • Product link

2. The Runner-Up (But Also Very Great!): Clostnature 1-Person Tent

Runner Up

Clostnature 1-Person Tent

A Great Compromise Between Affordable and Excellent

Low-price tents aren’t usually this good. Unless you’re doing some very intense camping, this simple, stress-free, and surprisingly-rugged tent will likely check all of your boxes.

Not quite as nifty as the MIER Lanshan Ultralight, but a lot more affordable, this is a good option if you want a reliable wild camping tent that won’t cost you very much. For value for money, lightweight tents don’t get any better than this.

Much like the MIER Lanshan Ultralight, the Clostnature is a two-layered tent, with a mesh inner and a great polyester rainfly. It’s not the most windproof and waterproof option on the market, but it does a pretty good job of both of those things.

If you’re going very rural and remote, you might want a better model—but if you’re gonna be camping close to natural shelter, this tent has all the durability and weatherproofing you need.

Assembling Tent in Scotland

It’s very easy to assemble, and won’t take you more than 5 minutes to put up or take down. Like all the best lightweight tents, it has a two-pole structure. It weighs in at 3.7lbs (1.9kg), so it’s relatively lightweight. The inner mesh is designed to stop insects from getting inside of the tent; perfect for avoiding midge bites.

8.2

Overall Score

Durability

8.0

Windproofing

8.0

Waterproofing

8.0

Setup

9.0

Portability

8.0

Features

  • Size: 15 x 5 x 5 inches (38 x 12.7 x 12.7cm) when packed down; 87 x 32 x 36 inches (221 x 81 x 91.4cm) when assembled
  • Weight: 3.7lbs (1.9kg)
  • Insect mesh: Yes
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: Low to medium
  • Product link

3. The Luxury Pick: Nemo Dragonfly Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Luxury Pick

Nemo Dragonfly Ultralight

Packed with Great Features (at a Price!)

If you’re shopping on a budget, don’t bother. But if you have money to burn, this is totally worth the outlay and has some unique, unusual, useful features.

You asked for luxury, you got it.

The Nemo Dragonfly has lots of great features, but it has a very hefty price tag to match. At the time of writing, it’s four times more expensive than the Clostnature 1-Person Tent. Is it better than the Clostnature 1-Person Tent? Yes. But is it four times better? No.

Anyway, if you do decide to invest in this one, here’s what you get: color-coded poles for easy setup, vents for releasing humidity and avoiding condensation, light-diffusing pockets for turning your headlamp into an in-tent light, and plenty more great stuff.

The tent doors are huge, and they open outwards instead of onto the floor, so they won’t get wet after rainfall. And best of all, the outer white mesh is see-through, great for lapping up all the sumptuous Scottish views.

Wild Camping in Skye

On top of all that fancy stuff, you also get a very reliable build. This is as weatherproof, windproof and waterproof as tents get. If you want to be thoroughly protected from the weather, the Nemo Dragonfly is perfect.

And because it has a pretty high ceiling (measuring in at 36 inches/91.4cm), you can comfortably sit up in the tent. For that reason, it’s great for longer trips.

9.6

Overall Score

Durability

10.0

Windproofing

10.0

Waterproofing

10.0

Setup

9.0

Portability

9.0

Features

  • Size: 18.5 x 6.2 x 4.2 inches (47 x 15.7 x 10.7cm) when packed down; 88 x 32 x 36 inches (223 x 81 x 91cm) when set up
  • Weight: 2lb 1 oz (0.91kg)
  • Insect mesh: Yes
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: High
  • Product link

4. The Budget Option: Yodo Lightweight 2-Person Tent

Budget Pick

Yodo Lightweight 2-Person Tent

The Best Low-Cost Option on the Market

This isn’t the best tent on our list, by a long way. But at this price, you very rarely find tents this reliable, usable, or lightweight. You won’t find better on this budget.

Naturally, this isn’t the best tent on the planet—but if you want something reasonably reliable without spending much money, this is the best you can get.

Low-cost lightweight two-person tents aren’t normally this good. Weighing in at a measly 3.3lbs (1.5kg), it has a high-quality build, with a decent amount of durability—and it’ll stand up to some pretty robust treatment.

That said, the windproofing and rainproofing aren’t great, with a simple one-layer build. So if you’re expecting extreme weather, you might want to look elsewhere. And because you’re buying this for Scotland, you want to be slightly careful—even in the height of summer, Scotland gets lots of rain, so this isn’t a good option for camping in exposed locations.

In better news, the tent has some high-quality mesh… and though it’s not specifically built for keeping midges at bay, it does a pretty good job of doing exactly that.

Best of all, it won’t take you more than 5 minutes to assemble this tent—perfect for wild camping in Scotland.

6

Overall Score

Durability

5.0

Windproofing

4.0

Waterproofing

3.0

Setup

10.0

Portability

8.0

Features

  • Size: 83 x 55 x 43 inches (211 x 140 x 190cm) when set up; 4.5 x 4.5 x 17 inches (11.4 x 11.4 x 43.1cm) when packed down
  • Weight: 3.7lbs (1.9kg)
  • Insect mesh: Yes
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: Low
  • Product link

5. The Best Tent for Families and Small Groups: Coleman Cabin Tent

Best For Groups

Coleman Cabin Tent

Surprisingly Simple and Easy for Big Groups

This is heavier than you’ll want it to be, but big-group tents aren’t usually this simple to build, pack down, or carry around. Wild camping isn’t usually for big groups—but with this tent, it can be.

Usually, for wild camping, you want something lightweight. But when you’re camping in a group, it’s difficult to find something suitably-lightweight, because traveling with a bigger group of people (of course!) means you’ll need a bigger tent.

So don’t expect a light build, a small size, or any of the stuff you usually expect from lightweight wild camping tents. But if you’re wild camping with several other people, this is about as good as you’ll get.

You can get this one in three different sizes: 4-person, 6-person and 10-person. For this review, we’ve brought you juicy details on the 4-person option, though all three are very good.

The tent is built with useful ‘dark room technology,’ which keeps the tent reasonably dark even when the sun comes up. This also reduces the heat in the tent (though admittedly only marginally), which is useful for camping in big groups. The airflow is also pretty good, which helps to keep the tent cool in warmer weather.

The windproofing is very good, but the rainproofing isn’t the best I’ve ever seen.

Best of all, here’s something super useful—in a feature that’s very unusual at this size, you can pop this tent up in around 60 seconds. Once you’re accustomed to getting this tent set up, it’s super easy to do so.

7

Overall Score

Durability

7.0

Windproofing

8.0

Waterproofing

6.0

Setup

9.0

Portability

5.0

Features

  • Size: 96 x 84 x 59 inches (243 x 213 x 150cm) when set up; ‎40 x 9.4 x 8.4 inches (101.6 x 23.8 x 21.3) when packed down
  • Weight: 19.1 lbs (8.6kg)
  • Insect mesh: No
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: Medium to high
  • Product link

6. An Alternative to Consider: Get a Bivvy Bag Instead!

The Best Alternative

Tact Bivvy 2.0

The Most Minimalistic Solution You Can Get

If you really want to stay simple, pack light, and get all minimalistic, this is probably the solution for you. But be warned—it’s only for the hardiest and most low-maintenance of campers.

So, what exactly is a bivvy bag? If you’ve never before seen one or used one, they’re quite a confusing concept.

But in short, they’re a pretty basic thing. Imagine a lightweight, waterproof bag, made up of the same materials as a tent: you’re now imagining a bivvy bag! Typically, you put a bivvy bag around your sleeping bag (and sleeping mat, if you’re carrying one) for an extra layer of comfort and security.

If you want to be as lightweight and low-maintenance as possible, a bivvy bag is of course a better option than a tent—it’s light, it takes up very little space, and you don’t need to do any assembling or unpacking.

Camp in a Bivvy Bag

Though bivvy bags are typically seen as emergency shelters, they can be a suitable replacement for a tent if you’re camping in decent weather, you’re comfortable in the outdoors, and you’ll have access to some natural shelter (or a bothy).

This particular bivvy bag is very lightweight, weighing 4.8 ounces (136 grams). It’s thin, small, and easy to use, and it packs down into basically nothing. And as a lovely bonus, it’s 100% waterproof (and very windproof) so it can admirably withstand all but the most intense bad weather.

If you’re looking for a bivvy bag, you won’t find any better than this for the Scottish conditions.

7.8

Overall Score

Durability

5.0

Windproofing

7.0

Waterproofing

7.0

Setup

10.0

Portability

10.0

Features

  • Size: 5.28 x 2.99 x 2.4 inches (13.4 x 7.6 x 6.1cm) when packed down; ‎84 x 36 inches (213 x 91cm) when in use
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces (136 grams)
  • Insect mesh: No
  • Fire retardant: No
  • Price: Low
  • Product link

The Best Tents for Wild Camping in Scotland: Our Verdict

So, to round up, our favorite tent for wild camping in Scotland is the MIER Lanshan Ultralight. It’s reliable, durable, lightweight, and easy to use, and it’s relatively inexpensive.

In short, if you’re looking for the best canvas-covered solution to your outdoor dilemma, you can stop your search now.

I’ve been wild camping in Scotland for a long while now, with various tents and in various places. And I massively recommend this one. So check the link for more details (and the current price), and get yourself well-equipped for some exciting Scottish adventures!

Top Pick 🥇

MIER Lanshan Ultralight

The best you’ll possibly find

An excellent all-rounder with lots of versatility and some fantastic features, this is sturdy, reliable, and durable… and it’ll stand up to pretty much all Scottish weather.

The Best Tents for Wild Camping in Scotland: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Pitch My Tent Anywhere in Scotland? is Wild Camping Allowed in Scotland?

Apart from a very small number of places in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, you can camp whenever and wherever you want in Scotland.

Because of Scotland’s excellent ‘Right to Roam’ act, you can camp on any land you like. Obviously, you can’t just pitch up in someone’s garden without asking permission. But you CAN pitch up on any fields, forests, hills, beaches, and mountains without having to do any planning.

Where Can I Pitch a Tent in Scotland?

As I’ve said, you can basically camp anywhere you like in Scotland.

But if you’re looking for specific recommendations, some of my favorite places to wild camp in Scotland are Rannoch Moor, the beaches on the west coast, and on any of the islands. My #1 spot is anywhere along the Quiraing (on the Isle of Skye).

I also love wild camping in Gairloch, and around Loch Lomond.

Can Midges Make Your Tent Deteriorate?

No. Midges like biting people (and they’re possibly the most irritating insects on the planet), but they’re not interested in biting fabrics, because fabrics don’t have blood inside.

So, no, midges aren’t going to destroy your tent. They might destroy your vacation, but at least you don’t need to worry about them biting through your canvas.

The Best Tents for Wild Camping in Scotland: Final Thoughts and Further Reading

So there you have it—everything you need to know about the best tents for wild camping in Scotland.

To round up, our favorite pick is the MIER Lanshan Ultralight.

If you want to know anything else about camping and adventuring in Scotland, check out our guides on the Right to Roam, the best campsites on the Isle of Arran, and the 15 best hikes that the entire nation has to offer.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time!