7 Day/6 Night Tour of North West Highlands and Skye

1. From Gallangad Lodge head west towards Balloch and take the A82 north on the West side of Loch Lomond towards Fort William taking in the spectacular scenery of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe on route. Lots of photography opportunities. Camp the first night either at the Campsite at Glencoe http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/argyll/ballachulish/glencoe where if you ring and book you can get a discount through our Privilege membership or stay at the campsite on the Loch which is http://www.invercoe.co.uk/touring-camping-in-glencoe/

2. From here continue along the A82 towards Fort William to The Neptunes Staircase which 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. 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. At Glenfinnan you can visit the Glenfinnan monument which sits at the head of Loch Sheil and was built as a monument to the final uprising by Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites rising. 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. The Beach past Traigh was made famous in the movie “Local Hero.” If you would like a campsite, Sunnyside Campsite http://www.sunnysidetouringsite.co.uk/ is very nice but small, so I would recommend booking .

3. 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. Book in advance or be prepared to wait a few hours at this time of year (there are restaurants in Mallaig where you can wait and wander around the harbour area) https://www.calmac.co.uk/mallaig-armadale-skye-ferry-summer-timetable Another option is to take a day trip to Britain’s most remote mainland pub at Inverie on the Knoydart peninsular from Mallaig. The Old Forge can only be accessed by boat and does excellent seafood and often has impromptu music playing. The ferry to Skye takes you to Armadale. Wild camping is an option but if you are looking for a campsite then there is one located at Glenbrittle which is close to some great scenery and the 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 recommended. The walk starts at the Forestry Commision carpark signposted ‘Blumagan Na Sithichean.’ I would also recommend staying up the north of the island and visiting Dunvegan Castle and stay at the Caravan and Camping site at Loch Greshornish which is ¼ mile walk from a wonderful place to eat called Edinbane Inn http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/isleofskye/portree/skye

4. From Skye drive back to the mainland over the Skye bridge through Kyle of Lochalsh. You can 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. Once on the A890 continue onto the Achnasheen and then head west along the A832 towards Loch Maree and onto Gairloch where there are some great beaches and ample opportunity for wild camping or camp at Sands Campsite on the beach. http://www.sandscaravanandcamping.co.uk/

5. Head north towards the northern ferry port of Ullapool for some lively music, great pubs and fantastic fish and chips! The campsite at Ullapool is located on the stony beach and there are amazing views along Loch Broom towards the Outer Hebrides or alternatively you may wish to head an hour further north to either Achiltibuie where there is a new campsite called Port a bhaigh and lovely pub or to Achmelvic where there is a wonderful beach and campsite. There are plenty of walks around Ullapool either along near the lighthouse at Rhue or in the surrounding area of Assynt . Stac Pollaidh at 613 metres offers a great small hill with incredible views over the lochans of Inverpolly for some amazing photos and out towards the Summer Isles. http://www.portabhaigh.co.uk/ or http://shorecaravansite.yolasite.com/

6. From here head south and head through Inverness and then stop at the Culloden Battle Field which is a National trust attraction and offers a great interactive and atmospheric experience. It is located 20 minutes east of Inverness. Drive down the A9 and head back to the east side of Loch Lomond to either Cashel Campsite 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 min drive to Gallangad in the morning and you can use your Privilege Membership at both.