Is a holiday in Scotland for you?

Is a holiday in Scotland for you?

Holiday in Scotland

Where else in the world could you go from bagging a Munro, to sipping the finest Scotch whisky and devouring some of the finest seafood, to seeing  the world-famous Loch Ness Monster.

Scottish vista

 

When you’re travelling around Scotland in a campervan or motorhome, you’ll soon learn that the journey is far more important than the final destination. Scotland has just about everything you could ever want or need for a once in a lifetime road trip.

When people think of Scotland, they often think of the major cities Glasgow and Edinburgh, or other popular tourist destinations. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with that, in reality, you’ll see the best side of Scotland by avoiding the usual tourist routes and exploring the country.

Luckily for you, here at Rockinvans we’ve picked out a few of the best trails off-the-beaten-track for campervanning in Scotland.

 

East Neuk of Fife

East Neuk of Fife

This corner of Fife is well known for its beautiful scenery and quaint fishing villages. If you’ve been camping in Edinburgh, but want to escape to a more rural area, this trail is perfect for a few days’ peace and quiet.

If you were to draw a line between St. Andrews and Largo Bay, Fife’s East Neuk would cover the area of land to the east. Some of the highlights of the trail are fishing villages: Crail, Pittenweem, St. Monans, Anstruther and Elie; the delicious seafood they provide to the local restaurants and the golf courses.

For a particularly scenic drive, head along the Fife Coastal Path between Crail and the Forth Rail Bridge.

Where to camp:

St Monans Holiday Park, St Monans (01333 730 778)

Facilities: toilets, showers, laundry and electric hook-up.

St Andrews Holiday Park, St Andrews (01334 474 250)

Facilities: bar, restaurant and takeaway; shop; toilets, showers and laundry; electric hook-up; games room and Wi-Fi internet zone.

Silverdyke Park, Anstruther (01333 313098)

Facilities: showers, vanity units and family shower room; washing up and laundry; games room (due to open March 2013) and Wi-Fi.

Road to the Isles

Scottish Road

 

This scenic route is a definite ‘must-see’ if you’re campervanning around Scotland. Not only do I think it’s one of the most stunning views in the country, but as the name suggests, a route to exploring the Scottish islands.

The trail starts at Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, winds along the A830 to Mallaig’s ferry port.  Although, the road can easily be travelled in a few short hours, if you want to make the most of the trail, stop off at some of the villages en-route: Corpach, Glenfinnan Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar.

Where to camp:

Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Site, Fort William (01397 702191)

Facilities: shop, children’s play areas, restaurant, showers and toilets, electricity and waste water, dishwashing and washing machines and dryers.

Camusdarach Campsite, Morar (01687 450221)

Facilities: modern toilet and shower block; laundry and washing-up areas; facilities for the disabled and babies and eco-friendly waste disposal.

Sunnyside Croft, Arisaig (01687450643)

Facilities: toilet block, Showers, hair dryers, laundry room, disable shower room, family bathroom, and dishwashing area; shop and optional electrical hook up.

 

Isle of Skye

Old man of Skye

You might think I’m cheating here, considering that Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. However, there are plenty of places to go to escape the crowds and explore areas off the beaten track.

Take in the breathtaking views of the Black Cuillin, spend the day on the white sands of a secluded beach, visit the museums and soak up the culture. Whatever you want to do on your camping trip, you can do without the hustle and bustle of tourists on the Isle of Skye.

When you’re done sightseeing, you can retreat back to your camper and spend the night out in the wild, or stop at one the sites below.

Where to camp:

Glenbrittle Campsite, Glenbrittle (01478 640404)

Facilities: shower, toilet facilities and campsite shop.

Uig Bay Campsite, Uig (01470 542 714)

Facilities: Ladies and gents toilet and shower facilities, washing machine and tumble dryer, pinic area, electrical hook up, Wi-Fi and cycle hire.

Torvaig Campsite, Portree (01478 611849

Facilities: toilets, washing block and electrical hook up.