01 June 2020 / Struans

Where to go?

We hope the information below will give you a little inspiration and help you choose the route you want to take in one of our motorhome.

These are just a few suggestions as we can't cover all the stunning places that Scotland has to offer, and remember the routes mentioned can always be done in reverse order if you want to be a rebel!

Heart 200

As well as the popular North Coast 500 which is covered in a separate blog, if you don't have the time or don't want to travel so much, then Visit Scotland have created the Heart 200 route which could be ideal for you. Taking in Stirling, The Trossachs and the best of Highland Perthshire this route is approximately 200 miles and has a dedicated website at www.heart200.scot

Skye

Since a bridge to it was built the island of Skye has become a popular to include in an itinerary due to its magical rugged landscape with mountainous interior where many movies have been filmed.

Whilst nearer the coast there are narrow lochs, medieval castles and picturesque fishing villages. There are loads of things to do and see on Skye with one unmissable sight being the magical Fairy Pools. There may be a 2.4km walk to get to them but it is certainly worth it and if you are brave enough there are places to swim or jump into the beautiful clear blue (and very cold) pools!

For those wanting to unwind at the end of the day the main centre on the island is the town of Portree which has a lovely selection of pubs where you can unwind. More information on Skye can be found at www.isleofskye.com

Also a nice guide of what to do and see on Skye can be found here or you can view one of our favourite videos of Skye here. 

Lets start at Inverness

There are a few good routes that start off at Inverness heading to the west coast for example:

  • Inverness ► Along Loch Ness to do some monster hunting ► branch off onto the A87 to head up to Skye to explore its delights ► leave the island to visit the picturesque village of Plockton on the mainland then join the A890 heading back to Inverness
  • Inverness ► Head to Skye either along Loch Ness or the northern route through Dingwall ► After enjoying some time on the island take the short ferry from Armadale on the south to Mallaig on the mainland ► Head past the Glenfinnan Viaduct famously seen in the Harry Potter films to Fort William ► Enjoy Fort William and if you're feeling energetic climb Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the UK ► Travel south to Oban ►Either head straight back to Perth or head towards Campbeltown to enjoy this peaceful, relaxing part of the country.
  • The north west corner of Scotland is said to be the most beautiful so you could head from Inverness ► head west to Applecross ► Explore the coat on the way up to Durness before heading back, This is actually part of the bigger North Coast 500 route.

Explore the Isands

Most of the islands on the west coast are reached by ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and with links between the island they offer a host of combinations for you to visit.

These islands all have their own unique character and as well as the scenery you can find deserted beaches with golden sand. A nice video about visiting islands in Scotland can be found at here. As well as proper campsites on some of the islands you can find places to spend the night with limited facilities and an honesty box for you to leave a payment.

One route you could take to visit a good number is to take the ferry from Oban ► Barra then drive north up the island ► Get the ferry to Eriskay ► Continue driving north onto South Uist ► Drive through the island onto Benbecula, exploring as you go  ►Continue onto North Uist ►You could either return onto the mainland from Lochmaddy or get the ferry further north that takes you onto Harris and Lewis (they're actually one island with the southern part being Harris) ► The ferry then goes from Sornoway, the capital of Lewis back to Ullapool where you can head back south through Inverness.

You can display the routes run by Caledoniam MacBrayne on their interactive map www.calmac.co.uk/interactivemap

Another island that we had a few customers go to last year is Orkney. As it's located off the north coast it, a visit there can easily be combined with doing part of the North Coast 500. The easiest ferries to use are either at Scrabster www.northlinkferries.co.uk or Gill's Bay www.pentlandferries.co.uk

Visit Scotland Routes

A number of itineraries have been created by Visit Scotland to make it easy to discover some of Scotland's gems. You can always combine parts from different itineraries to make up your very one route. Find them at https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/itineraries/

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