Campervan Holiday to Scotland – Things to Do and See
Sometimes taking a campervan on holiday can be hard on deciding places to go; below we have listed some great places to visit while taking a campervan holiday to Scotland.
The Outer Hebrides
Scotland isn’t the most obvious choice for a coastal or beach holiday due to the cold but the 15 inhabited islands that make up the Outer Hebrides are some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches and stretches of beautiful sand that can even be mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean.
On mountainous Harris head for Luskentyre a gorgeous view of swirling sands and shimmering blue streaks, or Scarista, which being prone to massive Atlantic swells attracts a lot of surfers, ideal for those in a campervan and looking to explore the coast in search of that perfect wave.
Traigh Eais an exhilarating one-mile stretch of sand, Traigh Mhor, the world’s only beach that also doubles as an airfield or Tangasdale beach, the perfect place to watch sunsets with its soft powder sand and deep blue seas framed by low green headlands and black rock.
Scotland’s Great Trails & Routes
What are both great in length and in scenery? Scotland’s great trails! These long distance trails and walking routes are fantastic for those looking to explore and discover the country on foot. Even if you’re camping up in the van for a few days, it’s worth doing it here, and spend a few days getting to see some of the scenery on these fantastic trails.
Great trails facts:
- Each trail is way marked, largely off-road and has a range of services for visitors along the way.
- There are 26 different tails and routes, providing over 1,700 miles of well maintained paths from the borders to the highlands.
- The trails are at least 25 miles in length with the longest being Southern Upland Way going to a staggering 212 miles! If your keen for a challenge tackle it in one go!
- Even if you’re not an avid walker and just taking a campervan holiday, you can still enjoy the trails. They have sections which are suitable for multi day outings and day trips. Take the family or loved one and get to see Scotland in all its glory on foot!
Cairngorms National Park
This national park is not to miss with its mountains, lakes, greenery and even good skiing, the Cairngorms is a true mountain ridden wilderness and contains five out of six of Scotland’s highest peaks, and four out of ten of the highest in Britain. Skiing is possible in these areas during the winter time, but make sure you wrap up warm! It can really get cold here!
Although there is a ton of stuff to see and do here, we suggest taking a look at this professional guide for some more tips: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/10201751/0089399National-Park-focus-Loch-Lomond-and-the-Trossachs.html
The Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Some of the most isolated stretch of coastline in Europe is a fantastic place for artist’s, walkers, surfers, beach lovers or people looking to get away from that maddening crowd of everyday life and take a breath of real fresh Scottish air!
It is said that artists and photographers come here a lot for the astonishing colours – snow white sand and aquamarine seas along with their black rocks. With striking views all around here it is said you can even spot whales and dolphins out to sea from time to time, a truly relaxing and exciting experience for everyone.
Camping here is not an issue, there are a number of camp sites all up and down the coast but it is said you can get away with finding some nice spots to just park up overlooking the sea, open the back up, crack open a bottle of wine or can of beer and take in that scenery and silence.
A real nature lovers dream.
Loch Ness and the Great Glen
Everybody knows about Loch Ness, it would be rude not to see this gorgeous and mysterious place in Scotland! A geological rift split the land from coast to coast, once dividing Scotland into two. Said to be trenched by Glaciers, this mystical place has a lot of history and not only that you may get to spot that Loch Ness Monster which is still attracting scientific interest today. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, amazing views, castles and forts, good local food and great camp spots this place is a must see at least once in your lifetime!
Dynamic Earth is a visitor attraction in Edinburgh. If you have kids or just want to take a real step back in time then Dynamic Earth is a 5 star experience which invites people to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a number of interactive exhibits, state of the art technology and even 4D encounters, this will blow your mind away! Not only that you get to see Edinburgh Scotland’s capital which has a medieval old town and an elegant Georgian new town. A must do while taking a campervan trip to Scotland!