Essential Scotland

Essential Scotland

Distance: 500 miles

Places Visited:

Loch Lomond
Loch Ness
Cairngorms National Park
St Andrews

We have put together our favorite campervan or motorhome tour that fits in all of the top Scottish landmarks. This is great for first time visitors who want to experience everything that beautiful Scotland has to offer. Starting at Glasgow and ending in Edinburgh, this is an example of the oneway trip Rockin Vans can help you plan.

At 500 miles this needs to be part of a longer trip, but you can guarantee you will leave Scotland feeling like you have seen everything! From cities, lochs, all the way to the highlands – you will have well and truly experienced Scotland!

Glasgow > Loch Lomond (46 miles)

Start your trip by collecting your campervan in Glasgow City Centre; this means you get to experience the largest city in Scotland for a day. Check out some of Glasgow’s world-class museums and tourist attritions.

Once you have collected your campervan, take the 1-hour journey to Loch Lomond. The Cashel Camping in the Forest site is right on the banks of Loch Lomond in amongst the forest, giving you a real camping experience without too far to travel on your first day.

Loch Lomond > Arisaig (111 miles)

The tiny village of Arisaig is a perfect introduction to the West Coast of Scotland. Here the stunning views to the islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye begin and the beautiful sandy beaches that stretch along the old road towards Mallaig. The beaches here look like something from the Bahamas! We recommend staying at Sunnyside Croft, an award-winning site nestled right on the magnificent coastline.

Arisaig > Skye (Ferry)

When you are ready to tear yourself away from this beautiful coastline. Head to the ferry port of Mallaig. This 1-hour trip boasts fantastic views of the Scottish coastline. The ferry docks at Armadale on the Sleat peninsula, which is great for beaches, lochs, forests and glens. In the north you’ll find the stark Trotternish ridge and the rocky pinnacles of The Storr. Stop off in the middle for the harbour town of Portree, with pretty cottages in pastel colours. Stay in the beautiful Torvaig Campsite with its stunning mountainous backdrop you wont want to leave. Don’t miss the fairy pools for a wild swim in crystal-clear waters, and for a dip into early human history, go to the Mesolithic site, An Corran – one of the oldest in Scotland (dating from around 7000BC).

Skye > Applecross (40 miles)

From Skye head back onto the mainland. This time via the Skye Bridge for more breath-taking views. Applecross Peninsula is quintessentially Scottish. Home to just 238 people, and accessed by only two roads, this is a haven from the noise and clutter of modern life. Amazing views to the Outer Hebrides and over to the South the Kintail mountains. Stop at The Applecross Inn to enjoy the views further with their outstanding seafood menu. For the chance to wake up with these vistas stay at the Applecross Campsite.

Applecross > Loch Ness (94 miles)

No trip to Scotland would be complete without going on a hunt for Nessie! Take a tour of the Loch on board Deepscan, search the depths of Loch Ness by using the sonar equipment on board. Then visit The Loch Ness Project for the history being the exploration of Loch Ness and its famous monster mythology. Had enough of monsters? Visit the impressive Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Lomond the views are truly stunning.

Stay at Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club site, with award winning facilities and panoramic views of the Loch, it’s a must for anyone visiting the area.

Loch Ness > St. Andrews (159 miles)

The 3-hour drive from Loch Ness to St. Andrews takes you through Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in the UK. You will see beautiful views, and a variety of traditional and unique villages. Either enjoy as part of your journey or stop and take advantage of some of the amazing attractions including whiskey distilleries and outdoor adventures.

St. Andrews is traditionally know as the home of golf, but is steeped in history and culture. Visit one of the many historic monuments like Blackfriars Chapel and St Andrews Cathedral. Pitch up at Nydie Campsite, views over St Andrews Bay and walking distance to a local tavern make it an ideal base while in St. Andrews.

St. Andrews > Edinburgh (50 miles)

The 2-hour journey from St. Andrews to Edinburgh is a great way to end your trip. You will feel yourself leaving the Scottish countryside and gaining a different perspective of Scotland in one of the most famous cities in the world. The inspiring capital of Scotland has centuries of history alongside a vibrant modern city. Visit The Castle, climb The Scott Monument or go underground at The Real Mary Kings Close.

For your final nights either camp at Morton Hall Caravan and Camping Park or stay at The Caravan Clubs Edinburgh site for easy access to the city.

Camping near Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Blessed with good weather more often than not, Cornwall is a great place to get involved in some of the many outdoor persuits available. From stunning coastal walks to picturesque cycle trails and and golf courses, there are plenty of opportunities to get a tan without ever leaving England.

Drive through the Cornish country side stopping into some of the many quaint sea side towns for a pastie along the way. Driving through Cornwall will show you first hand what it is about this beautful place that has inspired generations of writers from DH Lawrence and Charles Causley to Sir John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier.