Campervan Hire: Exploring Scotland’s Castles (Part 2)
This blog follows on from Part 1 of Exploring Scotland’s Castles, where we covered day one and day two of the 4-day Rockinvans campervan hire guide to Scotland’s castles.
After spending the night in Huntly or nearby Kildrummy, the first castle on the itinerary for the day is Huntly Castle. This architectural gem, baronial residence to the Gordons for over 500 years, sits on the rivers Bogie and Deveron. The interior features a number of heraldic sculptured fireplaces and stone friezes.
After a quick exploration you’ll jump back in the van and head 15 miles west to Balvenie Castle, just outside Dufftown. As the seat of the Comyn Earls of Buchan, this castle is one of the oldest stone castles in the country, but later became the home of the Stewart family.
Next, head north on the A941 for around 20 miles until you come to Spynie Palace in Elgin. This early Scottish castle was home to the bishops of Moray for five centuries until 1686 when the last bishop moved to Inverness. One of the biggest features of Spynie Palace (or Spynie Castle) is David’s Tower, which dominates a large part of the building and is the biggest in Scotland.
Three castles and many miles later, you’ll be looking for a place to park up for the evening. Riverside Caravan Park is just 6 miles from the castle and situated on the outskirts of woodland. It’s a peaceful campsite with rates from £13 per night for a camper. Another option is North Alves Caravan Park, which is a few miles further on from Riverside.
The next morning you’ll be up bright and early to make the 40 mile trip along the coast to Banff. Here you will find Duff House, which is thought to be one of the finest Georgian houses in the UK. These days the house is a cultural arts centre open to the public.
Making your way south on the A947, you’ll come to Delgatie Castle in Turiff. This beautiful and historic castle is now serving up delicious baked goods from Laird’s Kitchen. Explore the castle and its incredible painted ceilings, before jumping back in the van and heading further south.
Fyvie Castle, a Scottish castle dating back to 13th century, is thought to be haunted. The interior is full of dramatic features such as the huge sweeping staircase, but it’s worth taking a stroll around the loch too.
Last up are Haddo House and Tolquhon Castle near Methlick, but whether you visit both will depend on how much time you have left in the day. Haddo House is a huge mansion with a luxurious Victorian interior, whereas Tolquhon is a stunning 16th century castle.
As the last day of your campervan, you will need to prepare for the four hour journey back to Kilmarnock.