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Kick off the camping season and bag last minute discounts for Camping in Glasgow and Jimmy's Farm!

31 March 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Kick off the camping season and bag last minute discounts for Camping in Glasgow and Jimmy's Farm!

As we enter the camping season with summer just around the corner it really is time to start planning those camping trips, especially if you are going to secure those last minute discounts!

Today is your last chance to purchase Camping in Glasgow passes at the discounted rate...As of tomorrow prices increase to the standard price, so get your skates on and book fast to secure up to 15% off on your camping for the games this summer. We are now one of the biggest accommodation providers in Scotland this summer, our sites are in great locations with fantastic facilities so don’t miss out on this fantastic atmosphere which will really will make your games experience!

As of the 1st April until the 1st June prices will remain at £21 per night for adults, £10.50 for children and £20 per night for volunteers when they purchase a volunteer pass. Spots are selling fast and in the next week or so we plan to launch our third site to accommodate volunteers and spectators. If we do have limited space available after the 1st of June last minute camping spots will be available at a higher price but we would suggest booking asap to ensure you get a pitch, especially if you are volunteering and require a camping pass for the full duration of the games! Remember even if you do not know your shifts yet or where you will be based you can swap locations and will be covered for the full duration of the games with the volunteer pass.

During July we will also be setting up camp at the annual Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival and Earlybird passes have also almost sold out...Infact despite making a lot more passes available at this price than originally planned they have sold like #hotcakes! But as of tomorrow standard camping fees will apply, so if you want to secure a discounted spot you need to purchase one before the end of the day! We are now also offering campervan passes, but space is limited so don’t miss your chance to get hold of one of these too...A weekend of beer, sausages, music and camping, we couldn’t think of anything better!

The Glasgow 2014 Marathon route is running right past our campsite gate!

18 March 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury

The Marathon route for Glasgow 2014 has been confirmed! “The Glasgow 2014 Marathon will start and finish in Glasgow Green covering a route that will take in iconic Glasgow landmarks and give spectators a superb chance of seeing the race.”

We are delighted to see that the route will actually be running directly passed our Glasgow South West Campsite – the exact location of which we will be revealing later this month! But the great news is our campers will have ringside seats to elite runners from around the world who will be taking part in the 26.2 mile race...And it’s absolutely free!

There will of course be road closures that have an impact on access into the campsite but this is already being managed and revised access routes and times into the campsite will be communicated to campers well in advance so there is no need to worry – it’s on our radars!

The Marathon will form part of the highly anticipated Super Saturday weekend where we will see numerous finals and potential medal opportunities at Hampden Park and at the Ibrox Stadium where the Rugby 7s tournament culminates. As a result of all this excitement, our South West Campsite has very nearly SOLD OUT between the 25th july – 28th July and we are now down to our last few pitches! HOWEVER we will be opening a third campsite, also in South West Glasgow at another fantastic sports club in close proximity to all the major venues and easily accessible to some of Scotlands great sight seeing. Details are still yet to be confirmed on the exact location though so if it’s South West Glasgow you definitely need and you want to catch the Marathon for free then book your pitch ASAP.

Keep an eye on the website and Facebook Page for updates, particularly on the launch of our third site. And don’t delay your booking, pitches are selling out fast and prices increase at the end of March – the games are fast approaching!!!!

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Campingninja is partnering with Jimmy's Farm for the Sausage and Beer Festival!

28 February 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Campingninja is partnering with Jimmy's Farm for the Sausage and Beer Festival! Jimmy's Farm Camping

We have some fantastic news for camping and foody fans (we find the two often go hand in hand!)...Campingninja will be setting up another amazing campsite for a fantastic event at the Jimmy’s Farm annual Sausage and Beer Festival, the home of the rare breed pork farm, family attraction and hit reality BBC2 show!

At Campingninja HQ we were delighted to take up the challenge of introducing camping to the festival, a completely new and exciting event! The Sausage and Beer Festival takes place on the 26th and 27th July and has all the key ingredients to make a fantastic camping weekend including; an amazing location with loads of space, great food, great beer, great music, lots of activities for the kids and most importantly a great atmosphere! The event also has a huge following and it’s the first weekend of the school holidays so the perfect excuse to go camping and eat lots of sausages!

Every year the Sausage and Beer Festival attracts thousands of foody fans who can expect to sample around 30 different types of sausages and 100 different types of beer! There is also a cooking demo stage, hosted by Jimmy himself, a music stage (the Truckstage) where Matt Cardle will be headlining this year, an acoustic party in the Veg Garden and a kids zone with everything from puppet shows to street dancing workshops. The Jimmy’s Farm Restaurant will also be open that weekend so visitors can sample a bit more spectacular food (if they book early enough), it is well and truly a weekend for the entire family and it makes sense to extend the festival atmosphere and introduce camping.

Tickets to the event go on sale tomorrow, with limited special Earlybird Rates available. For more information on what’s on and to buy your tickets go to

Camping in Glasgow praised by Visit Scotland as accommodation for the games is selling out fast!

30 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Camping in Glasgow praised by Visit Scotland as accommodation for the games is selling out fast!

We have some great news to report, the Chairman of Visit Scotland recently expressed his delight and support for Camping in Glasgow and praised the initiative for making the games affordable for thousands of visitors heading to the city! Below is a copy of the recent press release and comments from Mike Cantlay...


VisitScotland has welcomed the news that Campingninja, a leading provider of temporary campsites at World Class sporting events, is to bring its successful blend of affordable accommodation and great sporting atmosphere to Glasgow.

As Scotland prepares to welcome the world, VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay has personally expressed his delight at Campingninja’s own decision to offer camping sites of up to 1,000 pitches.  These include pre-pitched options for camping novices, those without their own equipment and those wishing to use public transport.

Both sites are based at community sports clubs and will raise substantial funds for grassroots sports.  One site is a short walk from Dumbreck rail station, six minutes from Glasgow Central, while the other is near Uddingston rail station, only 11 minutes from the Emirates Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Celtic Park.

As hotel accommodation becomes more of a challenge to find as the Commonwealth Games moves closer, VisitScotland sees the affordability of the Campingninja offer as a great way for everyone to experience Glasgow this summer.

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “This year is about every visitor having the experience of a lifetime when we welcome the world for the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and the year-round programme of Homecoming Scotland events.

“Value for money is a major priority for visitors, and important for everyone in our industry if we want our visitors to return.

“I’m delighted that Campingninja will be making that experience affordable to everyone in and around Glasgow this summer, and also bringing the festival atmosphere that contributed so much to the success of the Olympics in London.”

Campingninja say they are delighted with initial sales at their two public sites and may make a third available based on demand.

Geoff Vaughan, Managing Director at Campingninja said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to Camping in Glasgow!  There is so much excitement around the events in Scotland this year that we are now considering opening a third site to meet demand.  We really can’t wait to welcome all the campers to our sites, we have lots planned to make it an incredible stay for everyone.”

Earlybird passes for camping on the route in Yorkshire sell out in record time! #sellinglikehotcakes

16 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury
Earlybird passes for camping on the route in Yorkshire sell out in record time! #sellinglikehotcakes Campingninja on the Tour route!

We are delighted to announce that Earlybird camping passes for Camping right on the route of the Tour De France Grand Depart as it makes its way through the Yorkshire Dales have sold out in record time! In less than a day Earlybird passes for our campsite in Ripon, North Yorkshire were snapped up... A pass entitles you to camp from Thursday 3rd July - Monday 7th July within earshot of the two day race and just a few minutes walk from the historic City Centre that will be playing host to a whole range of special festivities to celebrate the spectacular event!

Of course there are still camping passes on sale, however based on the early uptake we don't expect them to stay around for long, so if you are keen to catch a glimpse of your cycling heroes in the famous warm up leg of the Tour then we suggest booking your space ASAP. Aside from being a fantastic one off event this is also a great opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery of the dales, which really is breath taking. And the City of Ripon has so much to off too, from the hornblower who plays the last post in the Market Square each day to the famous Fountains Abbey to the tasty selection of local pubs and restaurants where you can sample some real Yorkshire grub, it's well worth a visit!

The campsite itself is based at a community rugby club, Ripon RUFC but run by us with all the faciltiies you would expect from a Campingnina site, and the locals cannot wait to give you a big Yorkshire welcome in the friendly clubhouse bar - where incidentally you can catch all the days action if the race is a blur! We really cannot wait for a summer of fun and look forward to welcoming you there too...

Brace yourself for a fantastic year of sport...and camping in 2014

08 January 2014 : Written by Katie Astbury

It’s finally here...probably one of the biggest years in UK sport that we will ever see! Not only does 2014 mark the return of the Commonwealth Games to the UK, for the 20th event which has received record sales off the back of London 2012, but Scotland will also play host to the highly anticipated Ryder Cup and ion top of that it is the year that the Tour De France Grand Depart takes place in the Yorkshire Dales!

This summer millions of you will either be heading to the games, lining the streets to watch the tour or will be glued to the television to watch your sporting heroes. The first big event to hit the UK will be The Tour De France Grand Depart on the 5th and 6th July, a gruelling two day warm up race covering 400km across the Yorkshire dales to kick off the Tour. Broken into two stages on day one (stage one) the race starts in Leeds and winds through dales villages and cities including the historic Ripon (the famous setting of Downton Abbey) and culminates in the picturesque North Yorkshire Town of Harrogate. And on day two (stage two) the race leaves goes 200km from York to Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

As ever the Campingninja team will be amongst the action and have set up a campsite at Ripon RFC from the 3rd July - 7th July so that you can camp right along the route - camping passes go on sale on FRIDAY 10TH JAN! The historic rural City renowned for it’s Abbey ruins, iconic hornblower and market square will be hosting a wide range of festivities to welcome visitors from all over the world - not only does stage 1 of the tour race slp bang through the City it is also within 10 miles of stage 2 and is a fantastic location to do some cycling of your own from the campsite gate!

Then two weeks after the Tour, from the 23rd July - 3rd August, after an epic torch relay the Commonwealth Games arrive in Glasgow and we get to relive some of the magic from 2012 when some of the UK’s biggest sports ambassadors are set to compete in the 20th Games.

We currently have two campsites in Glasgow on sale during July for ticket holders, volunteers  and visitors to the City who may wish to soak up the atmosphere in South East and South West Glasgow, both at Community sports clubs and already our sites are almost 75% full over the Super Saturday weekend (26th-27th July)! So we are expecting a sell out and on are on the hunt for more space to satisfy the huge demand! (If  you are a sports club or a privately owned grass space in Glasgow and would like to get involved in the games please do get in touch with - Katie Astbury,

Finally the summer draws to a close in September with the biggest golf event of the calendar, Ryder Cup at Glen Eagles - unfortunately as yet we don’t have a campsite in place...but you never know watch this space!

We are on the hunt for more camping space in Glasgow due to unprecedented demand!

10 December 2013 : Written by Katie Astbury
We are on the hunt for more camping space in Glasgow due to unprecedented demand! Got green space in Glasgow?

The response to Camping in Glasgow so far has been overwhelming and we are now exploring options to open a third site to cope with the influx in demand. The mixture of bookings have come from Clyde-siders, the trusty Games volunteers, and ticket holders and what is fantastic to see is that many of our campers will be staying with us for up to a week – suggesting they won’t just be heading to the games but will also be exploring all the fantastic sights, events and activities that Scotland has to offer during 2014. With that in mind, as we have seen more bookings and campers staying for longer we are on the hunt for great green spaces in Glasgow that may be vacant between the 21st July - 4th August that we can potentially use for a third site. This is a great opportunity for a sports club, scout group or community space (providing it is enclosed) and if you think it could apply to you we would love to discuss this with you further.

Following on from our last post on how to explore Scotland on a budget The Scotsman, Scotland’s leading national newspaper, posted a great piece about the project. The piece reported that the demand for camping has come off the back of rising hotel prices in the City meaning many people have opted to camp for a more cost effective – and above all fun accommodation solution! Having visited the sites we already have on board just a couple of weeks ago we really are excited about all the things these great places can offer. The atmosphere on site promises to match that of the City and for volunteers especially who may be travelling alone it will be a great place to make friends for life and so we would love to extend the opportunity to get involved to another great facilty. If this applies to you please contact for further details on how you can get your club involkved in Camping in Glasgow and raise money for your club!

In the meantime if you are a budding camper make sure you book soon as the first two ticket batches have already sold out and bookings are still coming in…FAST

Beat the 400% hotel price hike and explore Scotland on a budget in 2014!

22 November 2013 : Written by Katie Astbury
Beat the 400% hotel price hike and explore Scotland on a budget in 2014!

It’s the incredible news you have been waiting for Lonely Planet has finally announced a destination in their top 3 places to visit that is not a flight across the pacific ocean. In 2014 it’s just a drive across the border (or a boat across the North Sea if you are based in Northern Ireland or Ireland!) to stunning Scotland as it prepares for the biggest year in the countries history - playing host to the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and even the MTV Awards - it really is the place to be. But the dream could come crashing down with the harsh reality of hotel price hikes if you don’t shop around!

Even if you haven’t got tickets to any of the above events as Scotland opens it’s doors to the world there is no better time to see it with celebrations and cultural events taking place up and down the country and an atmosphere expected to rival that of London 2012! HOWEVER with demand usually comes a shortage of supply, which means an increase in the cost of accommodation, and Scotland is no exception, with average hotel prices in Glasgow rising by more than 400% - according to an article published by the BBC this week.

 The article states that:

“The BBC looked at 10 hotels, picked at random, and compared their prices during Games time against prices outside of the 11-day event. It discovered the average price increase on a daily rate for a standard double room during the Games was 410%. During the investigation, it was discovered that one budget hotel in the centre of the city that usually offers a room for around £25 had priced the same room at £250 during the Commonwealth Games.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, says the price increases can be justified in part, but concedes that those pitching prices too high are not helping. "It'll turn people away from their property for sure," he said. "There is a bit of a 'wait and see' from the smaller hotels and guesthouses where they are not sure about the level of demand, so we are encouraging them to really look at their prices. There are mitigating circumstances that will reduce those prices.”

As the Glasgow Marketing Bureau states in the article a price hike to this extent could be detrimental, despite deliberately keeping games ticket prices low to encourage visitors to the City. Scotland doesn’t just want visitors to drop in for the day or worse still not at all, they want visitors to come and explore it’s incredible landscapes, cultural cities and unique traditions - and become hooked on this somewhat undiscovered place!


There is still hope and here is how you can do it on a budget! Some hotel allocations that are currently reserved by tour operators will come back onto the market in 2014, although there is no guarantee on pricing. HOWEVER one solution that is guaranteed to remain cost effective and above all fun is camping! During the Olympics Campingninja hosted over 8000 campers from across 34 nations and for many volunteers and families it was a saving grace! Back again for Glasgow, Campingninja has set up campsites at community sports clubs around the City so that you can camp within easy access of all the major games venues, explore Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and lots of other spectacular Scottish sights without having to cram your visit into 2 days - and better still a significant chunk of the money raised goes back into grass roots sports! The cost to camp is currently £14 per night, £7 for children, that’s just £42 for a family of four and even less for volunteers. Karen Wilding, Glasgow Clydesider comments on camping:

At first I decided to camp because the hotels and hostels were far too expensive. Then as I got used to the idea I think its the best idea I’ve ever had! Being on a site with lots of other volunteers will mean there will be at least 1 other person doing an early morning, plenty of people to talk to (I’m volunteering alone so don’t want to be too lonely!) and the atmosphere will be great.”

Lynne from the Wirral and her family commented on their London 2012 camping experience:

We are not a family of campers so it was great that the tent was already erected and set up for us as soon as was arrived, the friendliness and assistance was first class, the breakfast was lovely and made a great start to our day. Big Thank You.” 

So don’t be beaten by the hotel price hike and live the dream in 2014! Visit Scotland and all it has to offer, we hope to see you there


Highlands, haggis and a whole lot of fun...Why Scotland has been voted in the top 3 countries to visit in 2014!

08 November 2013 : Written by Katie Astbury
Highlands, haggis and a whole lot of fun...Why Scotland has been voted in the top 3 countries to visit in 2014! Camping in Scotland!

It probably won't surprise many of our campers that Scotland has been voted by the worlds #1 guidebook, Lonely Planet, as the third best country to visit in 2014. Whilst Brazil and Antarctica bagged the top two spots Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 contributor, said:

‘The country’s buzzing cities and stunning scenery have plenty to offer visitors, combined with an incredible calendar of events and Scotland looks set for a year-long celebration.’

Scotland still remains one of our top camping destinations and when you think about what it has to have offer it's hardly surprising...Most will agree that Scotlands scenary is truly breathtaking and is the perfect place to explore the beauty and tranquillity of the outdoors whether it be by foot, canoe, horseback or vehicle and Lonely Planet recommends..."‘take the high road to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park and fall in love with the landscape that inspired poet Robert Burns.’ And with Edinburgh being touted as ‘the most gothic city outside of Transylvania’ there is simply so much to see. From highlands to coastline to the quirky Scottish traditions even without all of 2014's activity Scotland has so much to offer and for many of us it's on our doorstep, which is even better!

And on top of all that in 2014 Scotland really does have a jam packed calendar of events. Aside from the highly anticipated Commonwealth Games, (where the demand for ticket sales has been unprecedented) in 2014 Scotland also plays host to the most anticipated event of the golf calendar, The Ryder Cup, which takes place in the spectacular grounds of Gleneagles. In true Scottish style 2014 is also the Year of Homecoming where Scottish traditions are celebrated over a series of festivals on top of the huge collection of annual events and arts festivals already taking place such as the Highland Games, Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - so 2014 really does have a jam packed events calendar!

That being said if you do have tickets to the games there is now even more reason to extend your stay and make the most of your visit to this spectacular place! On the other hand if you haven't bought tickets yet surely we have convinced you by now that they are worth purchasing? Our campsites will be open from the 21st Juy - 4th August and as well as Glasgow they will be in easy reach of Edinburgh, Falkirk and the stunning scenery surrounding Loch Lomond. You could even venture up to the Highlands and spend a couple of tranquil days there, the possibilities are endless! For those of you not heading to the games and keen to escape it all why not try one of our most popular campsites off the beaten track on the Isle of Arran Lochranza

Earlybird rates for Camping in Glasgow almost sold out!

04 October 2013 : Written by Katie Astbury

We have received an overwhelming response to Camping in Glasgow wilth Earlybird rates almost selling out in less than 4 days! It is likely that next week we will be releasing our next batch of camping spaces for Glasgow next year, for which details and prices can be found here.

Following the huge succes of Camping at the Games during London 2012 setting up campsites in Glasgow was a must...We even started receiving requests last summer from Games Makers who were already thinking about volunteering for the games next year and from families desperate to recreate their experience! We had such a fantastic time in London and the sports clubs we worked with benefitted so much from their own Olympic legacy that we couldn't not do it again and now we have 2 large community sports clubs set up in South West and South East Glasgow perfect for all the major venues, and they ready to book.

Each site will have it's own camping area for Volunteers and Spectators as well as all of the following features to make Camping in Glasgow a home from home:

  • Great public transport links - perfect for all the venues

  • Breakfast, evening meals and a lively bar showing all the sporting action

  • Laundry

  • 24 hr shower and toilet access

  • Charging points – to keep your phone, cameras and other tech charged.

  • Parking

  • Free wifi - to share your pics online

  • Spacious grass pitches!

There is also a flexible camping option and 100% money back guarantee for volunteers who do not get selected...So what are you waiting for, don't miss out and book your spot now!