Islay Campervan Tour – The best place in Scotland to shelter from the Beast from the East

Our Islay Spring Campervan Tour Birds have long been known to help predict weather patterns and so we shouldn’t have been surprised that our first flavour of Islay as we drove off the ferry this week was to pass field upon field of both Barnacle and Greenland Geese sheltering from the artic weather about to hit mainland Britain.  Home to over 45,000 avian winter visitors, Islay is the most southerly island in the Inner Hebrides and enjoys its own micro climate with more than 30% Continue reading →

Driving the North Coast 500 in winter and spring guide

Navigate direct to: Day 1: Getting to the Gorgeous West Coast | Day 2: Ullapool and Sutherland | Day 3: Castles and Legends | Day 4: The North Coast leg | Day 5: Whisky and Wildlife “North Coast 500,” I hear several times on my train journey north. “North Coast 500” I hear again on my return journey back to Glasgow. It’s a snowy day in January and it seems the whole of Scotland is talking about this epic touring route around the north coast Continue reading →

Top Tips for touring the North Coast 500 in a campervan out of season

If you are planning to tour the North Coast 500 in a campervan in late autumn, winter or early spring, read our top tips for touring the NC500 in a campervan.  Plan your trip carefully. As tourism providers catch up with demand, many businesses remain closed until the beginning of April so don’t count on them being open at this time of year and miss out on seeing something else you could have en-route.     Book accommodation in advance.  Many  campsites on the NC500 route close Continue reading →

Is summer the best time to visit Scotland in a campervan?

Having suffered one of the wettest summers this year, I have to say that summer is not always the best time to visit Scotland in a campervan.   If midges and crowds aren’t your thing then it might be much more preferable to visit Scotland in autumn, winter or spring …as long as you’re prepared and happy to bring some warmer clothing. In my opinion, the best months to visit Scotland in a campervan are May and September:  May because of the glorious colours of Scotland’s Continue reading →

Wildlife Weekend in Scotland

Fancy a wildlife weekend in Scotland?  Read on….. Whether it’s a day away, a weekend or a week touring around in our campervan, my husband Ivan and I have a wildlife competition: one point is given for common birds of prey and moorland birds, deer, pheasants, grey squirrels and hares; two points for more unusual birds of prey such as sea eagles and osprey or dolphins, porpoise, red squirrels, and lesser seen moorland birds like Capercaille.  Our usual campervan holiday takes in the amazing beaches Continue reading →

7 Day Campervan Tour around Scotland with Teenagers

The key to a happy holiday with teenagers is to get them out into the fresh air and give them loads of exercise and a campervan holiday around Scotland offers just that!  A trip in a campervan to explore a new country is an adventure.  The beauty in this type of holiday is the freedom it brings so make sure you include your teenagers in the process.  Let them have a say in where they want to go by browsing over the maps in advance, Continue reading →