14 Night Tour to Glencoe, Oban, Mull, Skye, Ullapool, NC500, Aviemore, Braemar, St Andrews & Borders

Day 1– Loch Lomond

Head from Four Seasons Campers to Drymen then through to Balmaha and Millarrochy Bay, on the east side of Loch Lomond.

Things to see and do

  • Supermarket at Balloch is Co-op and a good size
  • Eat dinner at Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha
  • Climb Conic Hill at Balmaha or enjoy one of the many forest and loch side walks

Campsite                                            Milarrochy Bay by Loch Lomond

Cashel by Loch Lomond

Time to travel                   Four Seasons Campers to Milarrochy Bay 25 mins

Day 2 –Inverary & Glencoe

From Loch Lomond drive north on the A82 (up the west side of the Loch).  At Tarbet take the A83 towards Inverary then A819 to Dalmally then A85 to Tyndrum and A82 up through Glencoe to Ballahulish Bridge then head south towards Oban Camping and Caravan Club site which is on banks of Loch Creran near Port Appin.

Things to see and do:

  • Stop at pretty village of Luss on Loch Lomond
  • Visit the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
  • Visit Inverary Castle
  • Lunch at The George Hotel, Inverary
  • Glencoe Visitor Centre
  • Lunch at The Pierhouse Hotel at Port Appin
  • Take the little ferry over to the island of Lismore from Port Appin
  • Walk around the headland at Port Appin
  • Dinner at The Pierhouse Hotel at Port Appin
  • Walk around the headland at Port Appin

Campsite:            Oban Campsite which is not in Oban but is located south of Loch Creran and is a Camping and Carvaning Club site so you can use your Privilege Membership to get a discount.  http://www.obancaravanpark.com/

Time to Travel                   Milarrochy Bay to Oban Campsite 3 hours 41 mins

Day 3 – Oban & Mull

Get ferry from Oban to Mull and head west to visit Iona.  Either camp at Fionnphort or head north to Calgary Bay for wild camping and visit pretty town of Tobermory.

Things to see and do

  • Visit Macaigs Tower in Oban
  • Visit The Mishnish – a well- known yachting stop with live music. 
  • There are some nice walks over the hill from Tobermory which loop round and back down. 
  • Visit beach Calgary Bay
  • Look out for Sea Eagles which are numerous on Mull
  • Visit Iona

Campsite:            Camp at Fidden Farm, Fionnphort opposite Iona – lovely site!

Time to Travel                   Oban Campsite to Fidden Farm 2 hours 19 mins (including ferry)

 Day 4 – Arnamurchan, Glenfinnan & Arisaig   

Take ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and either head up through Glenuig to Lochailort and onto road to isles or alternatively go the longer route up by Strontian and join it at Kinlocheil.

Things to see and do     

  • Visit the stunning white beaches near Kilchoan at Sanna Bay
  • Visit Ardnamurchan Distillery
  • Visit Neptunes Staircase by Fort William – a series of canal locks that link the Caledonian Canal to the open sea and is well worth a visit.   At this time of year you should spot some beautiful Scandinavian yachts coming through the canal on their way to West Coast and Inner Hebrides.
  • Visit Glenfinnan Monument erected in memory of Jacobite rising and men who fought for Prince Charlie’s cause and the Glenfinnan Viaduct – a great engineering construction
  • Jacobite West Highland Line made famous in the Harry Potter films by Hogwarts Express.  Runs from Fort William to Mallaig. Book now to ensure you get a ticket as gets very booked up!
  • Visit white beaches at Arisaig made famous in film ‘Local Hero’

Campsite:            Arisaig Sunnyside Campsite

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Time for Travel                 Fidden Farm to Arisaig Sunnyside Campsite 4 hours 1 min (including ferry)

Day 5– Isle of Skye

From Arisaig continue onto the fishing port of Mallaig where you can get the ferry to Skye.  The campervan is charged as a car so it is not expensive- it is 4.9m for booking.  Book in advance.  Head north and either camp at Glenbrittle on west side of Skye and visit Talkisker and Fairy Pools or head north

Things to see and do

  • A walk to the Fairy Pools which are located along the road from Merkadale to Glenbrittle  is highly recommended.  The walk starts at the Forestry Commision carpark signposted   ‘Blumagan Na Sithichean.’
  • Visit Talisker Whisky Distillery
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Eat at Edinbane Inn (live music twice a week in summer and excellent food)
  • Visit Edinbane Pottery
  • Walk around Neist Point and Lighthouse https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/neistpoint.shtml

Campsite:                            Glenbrittle campsite – highly recommended                                     

Kinloch Campsite near Dunvegan or Loch Greshornish campsite 57.48553079577058

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Time for Travel                 Arisaig to Kinloch Campsite 2 hours 20 mins

Day 6 – Skye, Applecross

Head south through Portree then over to Eilean Donan Castle on mainland.  You can then either take the A890 towards Wester Ross or take a slight detour north after the bridge round to Plockton which is a really pretty seaside village with palm trees and some great pubs.  Continue round the coast to Applecross going over the Bealach na ba if you’re brave enough!  It’s a windy mountain road but is absolutely fine for VW Campervans, a bit more hairy in a larger motorhome! There is an alternative lower and longer route via Sheildaig.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit the colourful town of Portree on Skye
  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle
  • Stop for lunch at Plockton
  • Coral Beach – 50 minute walk from car park and well worth it!
  • Supper at Applecross Inn….not to be missed…amazing seafood and atmosphere!

Campsite:            Applecross Campsite     

Time for Travel                 Kinloch Campsite to Applecross Campsite 2 hours 30 mins

Day 7 – Wester Ross & Ullapool

Continue north to Shieldaig and onto Torridon then head east to Kinlochewe and north up the A832 along Loch Maree and onto Gairloch where there are some great beaches to stop at.  Then continue round the coast to Dundonnell and onto the A835 to Ullapool for some lively music, great pubs and fantastic fish and chips!

Things to see and do:

  • Visit Inverewe Gardens – a lush, sub-tropical style garden perched on a peninsula at Loch Ewe
  • Stop for a walk near Garve between Inverness and Ullapool https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/Silverbridge.shtml
  • Visit the Ceildidh Place for music and food
  • Enjoy Ullapool’s award winning fish and chips.

Campsite:                           Ullapool campsite or Ardmair campsite

                                                Badrallach Campsite by Dundonnell 

Time to Travel                   Applecross to Ardmair Campsite 3 hours 5 mins

Day 8 – Assynt & Lochinver

From Ullapool head north towards Lochinver, past Ardvreck Castle at Loch Assynt and continue to Lochinver and Achmelvic.  Take detour over to Achiltibuie which overlooks the summer isles

Things to see and do:

  • Ardmair Point and Lighthouse north of Ullapool for walk
  • Stac Pollaidh for small mountainous hill walk with stunning views over Inverpolly
  • Stop at Knockan Crag National Nature reserve between Ullapool and Achmelvic to view the rock formations – this is part of the North West Geopark rock route showing the story of how Scotland was formed
  • Stop at Ardvreck Castle on shores of Loch Assynt and wander around the ruins
  • You have to try the Lochinver pies from the range of over 30 pies at Lochinver Larder – sit in or take away
  • Walk over from Achmelvic to Lochinver (approx. 5 miles easy walk around coast)
  • Visit Lochinver Pottery either at Lochinver or Ullapool (the Ullapool shop is slightly larger)
  • Visit Achmelvic beautiful white beaches and have a swim in the shallow water

Campsite:           Shore Caravan site, Achmelvich

Time to Travel                   Ardmair Campsite to Achmelvich 1 hour 38 mins

Day 9 – Durness

From Achmelvic continue north to Durness…it’s a fabulous road!

Things to see and do:  

  • Kylesku Hotel for lunch
  • Climb Ben Hope – most northerly Munro (mountain over 3000 feet) for views across the
  • Visit the Smoo Caves in Durness
  • Visit Handa Island nature reserve
  • Walk out to Sandwood Bay in north west of Scotland…spectacular beach at the end of the 4 mile walk
  • Visit Cocoa Mountain for hot chocolate and cakes and snacks

Campsite:           Sango Sands at Durness or Bay View at Talmine near to Tongue

Time for Travel                 Achmelvich to Sango Sands 1 hour 26 mins

Day 10 – Tongue, Wick & Rosemarkie

Continue east and then south around the North Coast 500 towards Tain and Rosemarkie near Fortrose on the Black Isle.

Things to see and do:    

  • Caisteal Bharraich by Kyle of Tongue
  • Visit Dunnet Head RSPB nature reserve north of Thurso – Scotland’s most northerly point
  • Visit Stack’s Coffee Shop and Bistro at John O’Groats
  • Visit Duncansby Stacks near John O’Groats
  • Visit Haven House Art near Wick
  • Walk down the Whaligoe Steps to Wick Harbour
  • Visit Dunrobin Castle near Golspie just off the A9
  • Glenmorangie Distillery – north of Tain on A9 – excellent tours

Campsite:          Rosemarkie Camping and Caravan Club site – right on beach and good chance of seeing Dolphins

Time to Travel                   Sango Sands to Rosemarkie Campsite 4 hours 25 mins

Day 11 – Aviemore & Braemar

Drive south towards Inverness and down the A9 towards Grantown on Spey and Aviemore.  Pass beautiful woodland scenery with lots of beautiful Caledonian Pines trees which are native to Scotland.

Things to see and do:    

  • Visit the Culloden Battle Field which is a National trust attraction and offers a great interactive and atmospheric experience.  It is located 20 minutes south east of Inverness.
  • Take a short journey to the bottom of the Funicular railway at Cairngorm mountain range.  There is a good café and access to walks at the top.
  • Loch-an-Eilean which is nearby also offers a lovely forest walk around the loch that surrounds the castle in the middle. 
  • Mountain Café  in Aviemore does great breakfasts, lunches and cakes www.mountaincafe-aviemore.co.uk
  • Visit Braemar Castle
  • Walk at Linn of Dee near Mar Lodge
  • Crathie Castle and Balmoral Castle

Campsite:

        Braemar Caravan Park

Time to Travel                   Rosemarkie Campsite to Braemar Caravan Park 2 hours 14 mins

Day 12 – St. Andrews and East Neuk of Fife

Drive south from Braemar to Dundee and over the bridge to St. Andrews .  Enjoy beach and cathedral before driving south around the coast around the East Neuk of Fife which has several pretty fishing villages and continue onto Elie which is an old Victorian holiday village with beautiful beach.

Things to see and do:

  • St. Andrews Cathedral
  • Old Course Golf Course
  • Visit Balgove Larder on outskirts of St. Andrews as you drive in for lunch
  • Visit St. Andrews Beach made famous in film Chariots of Fire
  • Visit Crail Harbour and pottery
  • Visit Pittenweem Fishing Harbour and gift shops
  • Visit St. Monans Church on cliff top which dates back to 875
  • Walk part of the coastal walk which runs from St. Andrews to Elie
  • Walk the chain walk between Elie and the Caravan Park
  • Visit Anstruther for their famous fish and chips

Campsite:            Elie Caravan Park at Shell Bay near Elie is a Camping and Caravan Club site so get a discount

Time to Travel                   Braemar Caravan Park to Elie 2 hours 27 mins

Day 13 – Alnwick Castle and Northumbria Coast

Drive east from Elie and over the Forth Road Bridge at North Queensferry then take ring road around Edinburgh and continue east along coast and through Dunbar and down to Northumbria.

Things to see and do:

  • Beaches at Bamburgh, Embleton and Dunstanburgh
  • Coastal walks at Low Newton and Craster – great pubs at each end
  • Banburgh Castle
  • Grace Darling Museum
  • Seahouses – trips to Farne Islands
  • Alnwick Castle made famous in Harry Potter

Campsite                             Beadnell Bay Camping and Caravanning Club campsite

Melrose Gibson Park Caravan and Motorhome Site

Time to Travel                   Elie to Beadnell Bay 3 hours 6 minutes

Day 14 – Edinburgh & Stirling

Drive north to Edinburgh from Beadnell Bay or Melrose depending on where you have camped.  Spend day in Edinburgh then continue west from Edinburgh to Stirling and park just north of Stirling along the hillfoots overlooking The Wallace Monument.

  • Visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit art galleries
  • Visit Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Walk along Royal Mile
  • Enjoy Princes Street Gardens below the Castle
  • Shop around the Grass Market
  • Climb Arthur’s Seat for amazing views of the city and across the Forth to Fife
  • Visit Stirling Castle
  • Visit Wallace Monument

Campsite                             Witches Craig Caravan and Camping Park, Blairlogie by Stirling

Time to Travel                   Beadnell Bay to Witches Craig Caravan and Camping Park 3 hours 2 minutes

Day 15 – Four Seasons Campers by Loch Lomond

Time to Travel                   51 mins