7 Night Tour- Arisaig, Skye, Moray Firth, Stonehaven and Royal Deeside

Day 1

From Four Seasons Campers head north on the A82 towards Glencoe and onto Fort William.  Continue past Neptunes Staircase on the A830 towards Arisaig and Mallaig.   The road runs parallel to the Jacobite Steam train railway line made famous in Harry Potter as the route the Hogwarts Express took.  Turn off the A830 at Arisaig where there are an abundance of campsites and beautiful beaches that look towards the Inner Hebridean Islands of Eigg and Rhum. 

Things to see and do

  • Stop at pretty village of Luss on Loch Lomond
  • Enjoy ‘healthy’ fish and chips from The Real Food Café in Tyndrum
  • Neptunes Staircase is 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 the beautiful West Coast and Inner Hebrides
  • 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
  • Stop at Loch Leven Seafood Café http://www.lochlevenseafoodcafe.co.uk/ for seafood (highly recommended by other customers!)   by Ballahulish Bridge for amazing oysters, scallops and langoustines

Camping              Campsite: Arisaig Sunnyside Camp Site

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Time to travel   Four Seasons Campers to Arisaig 2 hours 30 mins

Day 2

From Arisaig head 4 miles north to Mallaig where you can get a ferry over to the Isle of Skye.  The ferry to Skye takes you to Armadale.  Take road north to Broadford, Slighlachan and then head west along the A863 then B8009 and south towards Glenbrittle

  • Talisker Whisky Distillery which does fantastic tours http://www.nickscape.co.uk/isle-of-skye-photography-locations 
  • 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.’

Camping                              Campsite: Glenbrittle campsite

Time to travel   Arisaig to Glenbrittle campsite 2 hours 21 mins (including ferry)

Day 3

Head north to Dunvegan and spend the day and night around here in the north of the island.  

Things to see and do

Camping                              Campsite: Loch Greshornish or Kinloch Campsite near Point of Neist

Time to travel  Glenbrittle campsite to Loch Greshornish 1 hour

                            Glenbrittle campsite to Kinloch Campsite 52 mins

Day 4

Head south through Skye through Portree and across to Kyle of Lochalsh then take the A87 stopping at Eilean Donan Castle and then onto Fort Augustus.

Things to see and do

  • Portree for fish and chips
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Watch the boats go through the locks at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal
  • Visit Drumnadrochit for Nessie experience
  • Visit Urquhart Castle

Camping                              Campsite: Fort Augustus Campsite

Time for travel  Loch Greshornish/ Kinloch campsite to Fort Augustus Campsite 2 hours 20 mins

Day 5

Head north up the A82 to Inverness and take detour to Culloden before heading east along the Moray Firth and into village of Findhorn for the beach.  Then head south down towards Aberdeen and head towards Stonehaven taking the coast road past Torry Battery.

Things to see and do

  • Visit Culloden Battlefield
  • Enjoy white beaches along the Moray Coast
  • Visit Speyside Whisky Distillery or one of many Speyside Distilleries in area
  • Dolphin spot at Torry Battery by Aberdeen – spectacular!! A pod of over 50 when we were there put on a display for a couple of hours!
  • Eat at The Creel Inn in Catterline
  • Walk along the Aberdeenshire Coastal route

Camping                              Campsite: Stonehaven

Time for travel  Fort Augustus to Stonehaven (via Findhorn) 3 hours 42 mins

Day 6

Head east along Royal Deeside.

Things to see and do

  • Visit Balmoral, Crathes, Braemar Castles
  • Enjoy the pretty orderly Royal Deeside Towns
  • Walk around the many walking routes in The Mar Estate past Braemar

Camping                              Campsite: Braemar Caravan Park

Time for travel  Stonehaven to Braemar Caravan Park 1 hour 25 mins

Day 7

Drive south through the Spittal of Glenshee and towards Pitlochry then either take the A9 south to Stirling then towards Loch Lomond or head across the A827 just south of Blair Athol and through Aberfeldy and along Loch Tay to Killin. Then head south through the Trossachs to Loch Lomond.  You could also head to Edinburgh on this day by heading to Stirling (less than 2 hour drive from Braemar) and then getting the train there and back before heading 30 min drive to Loch Lomond from Stirling.

Things to do                      

  • Keep eyes peeled for wildlife over the Spittal of Glenshee!
  • Blair Athol Castle and Distillery
  • Loch Katrine – take a boat and see the Osprey or hire bikes and cycle one way then take the boat back.
  • Enjoy the Falls of Dochart at Killin at end of Loch Tay
  • Oak Tree Inn for evening meal at Balmaha by Loch Lomond

Camping                              Campsite: Milarrochy Bay or Cashel by Loch Lomond http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/scotland/loch-lomond/cashel-campsite or Milarrochy Bay http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/glasgow/nrdrymen/milarrochybay which are less than 30

Time for travel  Braemar to Milarrochy Bay 2 hours 30 mins

Day 8        

Driving Time                      30 minutes from Four Seasons Campers