Finzean to Skye - Journey through the Scottish Highlands to the captivating Isle of Skye.
Leave Deeside Classic Campers at Finzean,
Ballater – possible overnight stop at Ballater Campsite
From Ballater take the wonderful A939 road to Gairnsheil Lodge, over the magnificent Gairnsheil Bridge (great for photos!) and on to Tomintoul. (Nice old fire station café)
Head towards Aviemore on A939 from Tomintoul – after approx. 7 miles look out for the junction on the left signposted Nethy Bridge.
Take this wonderful back road through Nethy Bridge, then the B970 to Coylumbridge. Turn left at Coylumbridge and head towards the Cairngorm ski centre and Glenmore Caravan and Camping Site right on the Loch Morlich beach. This is one of the best campsites and a great place to spend a few days – highly recommended!
Consider a stay here – lots to do, Loch Morlich (highest beach in Scotland), cycling, husky trail, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, funicular railway. Aviemore is just a short drive away with lots of shops, swimming pool, steam train, osprey watching….great food and beer!
From Aviemore, take the B970 to Kingussie and Highland Wildlife Park and the A86 towards Loch Laggan. Very much worth a stop at the end of the loch where the dam is situated. Fire up the stove for a coffee while staring at the drop to the base of the dam.
Carry on to Spean Bridge and go left at Spean Bridge on to the A82 to Fort William and Glen Nevis Camp Site. This too is a brilliant campsite and a great base for a few days. Loads to see and do – Jacobite steam railway to Mallaig (whole day) awesome trip!
Or pack the camper and drive the stunning road along the A830 from Fort William to Mallaig. Stop and take a stretch of the legs at Glenfinnan and pay your respects at the monument on the shores at the head of Loch Shiel. This poignant monument is to the final Jacobite Rising.The lone kilted highlander on the 18m high column surveys the land, where the Highland way of life was extinguished. A Visitor Centre tells the full story. Continue your drive towards Mallaig but try to make time to walk on the white beaches at Arisaig. Look closely and you will find no sand here… just countless tiny sea shells!
At Mallaig, you can go no further without getting wet and you will need to catch the ferry to Armadale on Skye.
At Armadale you have the http://www.clandonald.com/ which is worth a look or crack on along the A851 (Theres no other option!) to Broadford and head north on the A87.
Best bet is probably to aim for Sligachan about half way up the island. Here you will find one building – The Sligachan Hotel. Great food, great drams and great beer – the scene of many a personal thumping head the following morning and much recommended! The great thing about Sligachan is you can have a meal and a beer or two at the hotel, camp in the campsite directly opposite and have the best of both worlds. A truly magnificent place to spend some quality time….
From here you are likely to go north to Portree.
Torvaig just north of the town is a nice campsite – Torvaig Campsite, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9HU. +44 (0) 1478 611849.
From this base you can explore the north of the island by taking a round trip along the coast road, the A855 and the Old Man of Storr
Follow the road round the tip of the island and you will come to Uig. You can get petrol here near the ferry terminal. And pop into the local brewery and also the Uig Pottery for something unique to take home.
Stop off at Dunvegan Castle before a round trip back to Sligachan campsite. Continue on this wonderful road until you get back to Sligachan.
Again using Sligachan as a central base you can take the A863 and then the B8009 to Carbost. If you like your oysters try The Oyster Shed.
After this, back track on the B8009 and take the third unclassified road on the right down Glen Brittle to the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle.
Follow this road right down to Loch Brittle and the campsite right on the beach. We have spent time here as a base for rock and ice climbing in all months of the year. It is a brilliant site with a healthy mixture of the world’s people camping there. We recently looked it up on Cool Camping and they sum it up perfectly here which will make you smile! In a few words, it has plenty of space, stunning views of the sea and the Black Cuillin, a toilet block a wee shop. Its nothing special as far as facilities go… but what a place!
For the way home, you can retrace your steps back to Mallaig or head back over the Skye Bridge and call in at Loch Duich and Dornie. At Dornie – STOP! Eilean Donan Castle is here. It is quite possibly the most exquisitely beautiful of all Scottish castles, and there a few to choose from!
The way home is the A87 and A82 to Spean Bridge and the A86 along Loch Laggan again. Stop at the dam to brew up for a second time!
Continue on via the A9 to Aviemore and return to Grantown on Spey and home via Tomintoul, the Lecht to the A93 and Ballater. Depending on your timings after Ballater you can take the B9119 on the left just after the Cambus O’ May bridge. Take this to the Burn O’ Vat. It has a short walk into the ‘vat’ and back and well worth a look.
From the Burn O Vat, continue on B9119 to Tarland where there is a Camping and Caravan Club site – useful overnight stay prior to return to Deeside Classic Campers or take the short drive straight back to us!
Alternatively head straight back to Deeside Classic Campers to tell us of your exploits!
Skye and The Highlands
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