7 Night Tour- West and North West

7 Night Campervan Tour – Hillwalking and History tour of the West and North Coast of Scotland

Places Visited include: Glencoe;  Loch Ness; Ullapool; Lochinver; Durness; Plockton; Skye; Arisaig; Loch Lomond

Places Visited include: Glencoe;  Loch Ness; Ullapool; Lochinver; Durness; Plockton; Skye; Arisaig; Loch Lomond

Day 1

From Four Seasons Campers head north on A82 towards Glencoe and camp alongside the River Etive – lots of places to pull over along the single track road.  Kids can paddle or if brave enough enjoy a swim! Great for having fires (suggest you stop on way to get firewood or drive to end of glen to get it as not many trees along the river Etive).

Things to see and do

  • Stop at pretty village of Luss on Loch Lomond
  • Get last minute suppliers at Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum
  • Enjoy ‘healthy’ fish and chips from The Real Food Café in Tyndrum
  • Stretch your legs along part of the West Highland Way at Bridge of Orchy and enjoy some great pub food at The Bridge of Orchy Hotel – we have seen capercaillie on this path!
  • Great photo opportunities around Glencoe with several view points along the route

Camping             

Red Squirrel Glencoe

Time to Travel

Four Seasons Campers to Glencoe 1 hour 40 mins

Day 2

From Glencoe drive north on the A82 through Fort William and up to Fort Augustus, then continue to Drumnadrochit and then past Ullapool onto Achmelvic by Lochinver. Here there is a small campsite beside the most beautiful white beaches. The sea is lovely and shallow for paddling or swimming in – it’s stunning!  Enjoy two beaches and scramble over the rocks to the Hermits Cave.  The campsite does Fish and Chips or you can visit Lochinver for the most amazing Lochinver Pies – choice of over 30!

Things to see and do

  • At Fort Augustus you can enjoy the yachts sailing through the locks that make up the Caledonian Canal
  • Enjoy the Nessie Experience at Drumnadrochit  or visit Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Stop for a walk near Garve between Inverness and Ullapool https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/Silverbridge.shtml
  • 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 – even if the kids aren’t into Geology – it’s really interesting!) (free)
  • Stop at Ardvreck Castle on shores of Loch Assynt and wander around the ruins (free)

Camping

Shore Caravan site, Achmelvic – opens 1st April for the season

Time to Travel

Glencoe to Achmelvic 4 hours 45 mins

Day 3

Drive north through Scourie and Kinlochbervie and then on to Oldshore Beg and to Blairmore Car Park.  Then walk to the beautiful and remote Sandwood Bay.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/sutherland/sandwood-bay.shtml

It really is worth the long walk into it…the kids won’t be disappointed!  After this, continue on to Durness or return to Kylesku depending on what you are looking to do the following day.

Things to see and do     

  • Sandwood Bay walk
  • Kylesku Hotel for good food

Camping                             

Sango Sands, Durness

Time to Travel

Achmelvic to Oldshoremore 1 hour and 25 mins

Oldshoremore to Durness 35mins

Day 4

If in Durness, walk up Ben Hope – its steep but not too long – a good one for kids.  If at Kylesku head south. Just past Elphin at Drumrunie, head west towards Achiltibuie.  You can either walk up Stac Pollaidh which is a great small mountain with stunning views over the lochans of Assynt or continue to Achnahaird Beach.  Then either wild camp or camp at Port a bhaigh campsite overlooking the summer isles or continue onto Ullapool.

Things to see and do  

  • Ben Hope – most northernly Munro
  • Smoo Caves in Durness
  • Summer Isles Hotel for excellent food
  • Boat Trip to Summer Isles
  • Walk along beach at Ullapool and climb on old shipwreck
  • Visit Rhue Lighthouse by Ullapool near Ardmair

Camping                             

Ullapool or Port a bhaigh

Time to Travel

Durness to Ullapool 1 hour 45 mins

Day 5

Take the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis then traverse to west coast to Uig Bay- on Isle of Lewis. Continue down to Tarbert on Harris and get the ferry to Skye.

Camping

Loch Greshornish Skye

Time to Travel

Ferry time Ullapool to  Stornaway on Lewis 2 hours 45 mins

Driving time Stornaway to Tarbert 1 hour

Ferry Tarbert on Harris to Uig in Skye 1 hour 40 mins

Day 6

Visit Dunvegan Castle and head east towards the pretty town of Portree on Skye, then south towards the Skye Bridge.  Drive over to Plockton and head back south towards Eilean Donan Castle.  Alternatively head south west to Armadale to get the short ferry to Mallaig and head south to camp at Arisaig.  You could take in Plockton then drive back over the bridge and take this second route.  If you prefer to stay on the mainland, from Eilean Donan Castle take the A827 east towards Invergarry and head south towards Fort William.

Things to see and do

  • Visit Dunvegan Castle – lovely walks and gardens
  • Eilean Donan Castle on mainland
  • Plockton – great seafood at Plockton Inn
  • Visit the colourful town of Portree on Skye

Camping

Sunnyside Campsite Arisaig or Nevis Campsite Fort William

Time to Travel

Dunvegan Skye to Armadale Skye 1 hour 15 mins

Ferry Armadale to Mallaig 1 hour

Dunvegan Skye to Glengarry 2 hours 30 mins

Day 7

Whether camping by Fort William or at Arisaig, head towards Fort William thensouth along the A82 towards  Loch Lomond and continue round the south end of Loch Lomond to the Stirling Road. Head north up the east side of Loch Lomond to Balmaha and campsites beyond.   Alternatively take the A832 at Ballachulish bridge and head south west down to Connel bridge and then south east towards the town of Inverary and the beautiful Castle here and famous Inverary Jail.  

Things to see and do     

  • Get the West Highland Jacobite steam train between Mallaig and Fort William (or vise versa) (made famous by the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter)
  • View the Glenfinnan viaduct and monument at the head of Loch Sheil
  • Visit Camusdarach Beach made famous in Scottish film ‘Local Hero.’
  • Visit Neptunes Staircase at Fort William where the Caledonian Canal meets the sea loch
  • Stop at Loch Leven Seafood café for amazing Scottish Seafood at Ballachulish bridge
  • Climb Conic Hill by Balmaha – 30 minute climb for great views
  • Eat at the Oaktree Inn Balamaha
  • Eat at The George Hotel Inverary for lunch
  • Visit the pretty village of Port Appin and walk round the headland then eat at The Pierhouse Restaurant for lunch

Camping                             

Milarrochy Bay

Cashel Campsites                            

Time to Travel

Fort William to Loch Balmaha 2 hours 15 mins

Day 8        

Time to Travel

30 minutes from Four Seasons Campers