Our favourite Scottish campervan holiday destinations
We set up Four Seasons Campers because we love Scotland and wanted to promote it to the rest of the world as THE best tourist destination in the world! In our opinion there is no better way to enjoy Scotland than on a campervan holiday. Whether you are planning to drive the North Coast 500, visit Skye, the Outer Hebrides or Glencoe, we would recommend you make sure you also take in one of these great Scottish destinations!
Top of the list has to be Achmelvic Beach in Sutherland. The shallow warm azure waters and white sands in a safe bay make it ideal for families or couples looking for a beach holiday. Great for lying on the beach or taking small walks around the rocky coast line and over the style across to the more secluded second beach or along the headland to the hermits cave. A 5 mile walk to the south takes you into the fishing port of Lochinver home to the famous Highland Stoneware Pottery and Lochinver Larder which offer dozens of delicious and unusual savoury and sweet pies. Shore Caravan site is located directly beside the beach has electric hook up for motorhomes with the only downfall being that you can’t book and its first come first served basis. If you end up wild camping there is a great parking area on the B869 towards Stoer that has panoramic views of Suilven and Inverpolly.
If you don’t have too many days to tour Scotland on your campervan holiday, Glen Etive is close to Glasgow and is a great stand alone destination to base your self for hill walking or a perfect first night stop if you are heading further afield. Glen Etive is a wonderful place to wild camp and after driving through the spectacular pass at Glencoe offers a quiet single track road with ample parking spaces to the side of the road to set up camp. The fresh flowing River Etive runs parallel to the road and offers a refreshing place to dip for you…..it’s not for the faint hearted though!
Applecross lies on the West Coast east of the Isle of Skye and offers a great place to walk with pretty beaches and watersports on offer. The Applecross Inn is located a short walk from the campsite and offers fantastic seafood which can be eaten either in the cosy and welcoming bar or in their beer garden located on the sea shore with stunning views of Skye’s Cuillen mountains. A great place to eat Fish and Chips and spot some ocean wildlife on your campervan holiday. With two routes into Applecross, the Bealach na Ba to the south offers a hair raising drive and is not recommended for the faint hearted. Since the opening of the famous North Coast 500 tour route around the north coast of Scotland, Applecross can get very busy so we advise booking ahead if you are planning on staying at the campsite.
Arisaig is an old favourite of ours. Made famous in the Scottish film “Local Hero” there are a number of silver sand beaches and a multitude of campsites along the shoreline. A great place to take in a West Coast sunset and look out to the islands of Rhum and Eigg on your campervan holiday. The journey from Fort William north to Arisaig is truly unforgettable with the well- kept road winding parallel to the world famous West Highland Line along which runs the steam train which was made famous in the Harry Potter books and films. Other sites to visit in the area include The Glenfinnan Monument and the Glenfinnan viaduct. Further north from Arisaig is Mallaig, a busy fishing port offering a number of restaurants and cafes. The Old Forge is located across the water in the village of Inverie a short boat ride away and well worth the trip. Famous as being the remotest pub in mainland Britain, the Old Forge can only be accessed by boat.
The East Neuk of Fife and St.Andrews offer a totally different landscape to the wild and mountainous North West coast. Golf courses, beaches and pretty fishing harbours nestle in this east coast peninsula just north of Edinburgh. Great for walking, golf, sailing and beach combing, there are a number of campsites located around St.Andrews and Crail and Shell Bay to the south making it an ideal destination on your campervan holiday.
Royal Deeside which lies between Aberdeen on the East Coast and Braemar (just south of the Cairngorm National Park and Aviemore) offers regal scenery and is home to Balmoral Castle the summer home of the Royal family. A great place to tour Scotland in winter or in summer, Royal Deeside gets it’s name from the River Dee that winds sedately through these lovely highland towns and villages. Head west and venture into the Cairngorm National Park and to the quaint village of Braemar and continue into the Mar Lodge Estate to wild camp and walk through the majestic Caledonian Pine trees that are renowned in this area. Continue on your route south over the Spittal of Glenshee and marvel at the rugged wilderness as you spot herds of deer and soaring eagles. The route is now known as the North East 250 and is a great road trip for your campervan holiday.
You just can’t beat Ullapool located north of Inverness on the West Coast for a great night out! With a multitude of pubs and restaurants, where music is always on offer, Ullapool is a vibrant fishing port that offers access to the Outer Hebrides and a must place to tour on your campervan holiday. The campsite is located right on the seafront and offers stunning views and sunsets along Loch Broom. A fantastic place to base yourself for touring further north but there’s plenty to do in this small highland town if you prefer to stay put. eagles.
Melrose in the Scottish Borders is world famous for its annual Rugby 7s tournament and also the spectacular Melrose Abbey, a partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order. Nestling along the banks of the River Tweed, Melrose is a beautiful town with a number of antique shops and great pubs as well as a wonderful ice-cream shop! The Melrose Gibson Park Caravan Club nestles on the edge of the town and below the gentle slopes of the Eilden Hills and is a short walk from the town. A great base for touring the Scottish Borders and south into Northumbria in England on your campervan holiday. There are a plethora of beautiful parks and castles to visit in this area of Scotland.
Sandwood Bay in the North West Highlands just south of Cape Wrath is accessed by foot along a flat 4 mile path located just north of Old Shore Beg. The walk in and out is well worth the effort and the last few steps across the sand dunes onto the mile and a half long pinkish white sand is an unforgettable sight. The sound of the ocean and the openness of the landscape make this a truly special place to visit on your campervan holiday. As you sit on the long beach, which is never busy due to the remote location, it is hard not to imagine the ghosts of old that have rounded the stormy and rough seas at Cape Wrath at their peril.
Port Appin lies on the west coast of Scotland just north of Oban and south of Fort William. This pretty village offers two fantastic restaurants with The Pier House located on the seafront beside the small ferry that takes you over to the island of Lismore. Great for walks and cycling Port Appin is ideally located to tour the historic landscape of Dalriad home to the ancient Scottish kings and near to the famous Crinan Canal that was built to offer a short cut to commercial boats trading from Glasgow to save them sailing around The Mull of Kintyre. Auchindarroch Touring Park is not too far from here or there are several wild camping spots to pitch up on your campervan holiday.