The ultimate round trip, from the majesty of Royal Deeside to sandy west coast beaches.
Leave Deeside Classic Campers at Finzean,
Visit Glen Tanar
Ballater – possible overnight stop at Ballater Campsite http://www.ballatercaravanpark.com/
Braemar – cracking haunted Braemar Castle
Possible overnight at Braemar www.braemarcaravansite.co.uk/ or rough camp at Linn of Dee. Drive over the Linn of Dee Bridge and follow the road back ‘downstream’ along the River Dee for several miles to where the road ends!
Head back the same way to Crathie, visit Balmoral Castle and Lochnagar Distillery
From Crathie take the B976 road Gairnsheil Lodge 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 ‘Lazy Duck Hostel.’
Take the ‘Lazy Duck’ road through Nethy Bridge, then B970 to Coylumbridge.
Turn left at Coylumbridge and head towards the Cairngorm ski centre and Glenmore caravan and camping site. This is one of the best campsites and a great place to spend a few days…
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….
Take the B970 to Kingussie and Highland Wildlife Park and the A86 towards Loch Laggan.
Carry on to Spean Bridge and A82 to Fort William and Glen Nevis Camp site. This too is a brilliant campsite and a great base for a few days. Walk up Glen Nevis or the Ben itself…
Loads to see and do – Jacobite steam railway to Mallaig (whole day) awesome trip!
If the Jacobite isn’t running, take the camper by road to Mallaig from Fort William. You won’t get lost, it’s the only road west out of Fort William and is the most beautiful drive.
A truly awesome place to camp is here http://www.camusdarach.co.uk/
Camusdarach is ideally situated for exploring the Highlands and Islands and nestles between hills and the sea towards the end of the Road to the Isles, 37 miles west of Fort William and just 5 miles from the fishing port of Mallaig. Nice pubs – The Steam Inn….(Great name for a pub)! http://www.steaminn.co.uk/ and The Chlachain Inn http://www.westscotlandinn.co.uk/ are well worth a visit for great food.
Mallaig has a ferry service to Skye and the small isles and is only 3 miles from Arisaig, where boats can be taken daily to the Small Isles of Rhum, Eigg and Muck.
How about Arisaig beach…..South of France?…. No, this is Scotland !
Take the A82 to Ballachulish and go over the amazing bridge and turn off onto the A828 and take the stunning drive along the shores of Loch Linnhe,
Stop off at the incredible 1320 Castle Stalker …take your wellies to get to it at low tide, but get back before the tide turns! Tours (and boat) by prior appointment – www.castlestalker.com
Drive further south alongside Loch Creran . Have a look at the Scottish Sea Life sanctuary nearby – www.visitsealife.com and the wonderfully named Ardmucknish Bay.
The A816 takes you to Oban
A good campsite can be found here.
Where depending on your itinerary you could spend a little time then head back on the A85 generally towards Killin. Have a stop at the Cruachan Hollow Mountain… http://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/
When you get to Loch Awe and drive to the east side of the head of the Loch there is a single track road (A819) on the right. This is an amazing road and takes you to Inveraray. Visit the Inveraray Jail!
And the enormous Loch Fyne sea loch where you turn left onto the A83 Old Military Road signposted to Arrochar.
You now have a great choice! Continue on the A83 towards Arrochar.
If you like your Oysters the world famous Loch Fyne Oysters at Clachan can be a good stop over.
Also nearby is the Fyne Ales Brewery at Achadunan as short distance away. and then the A814 to Garelochhead, Helensburgh, Dumbarton and over the Erskine Bridge
Or, Turn right onto the A815 and follow the east shore of Loch Fyne. Look out for The Creggans Inn for great food
A short distance beyond here is Strachur petrol station!
Further south takes you along Loch Eck and the A885 to Dunoon.
From Gourock you need the A78 for Ayrshire, through Inverkip, Wemyss Bay, Skelmorlie and on to Largs. Ayrshire campsite –
Don’t forget about a possible trip to the Isle of Arran from Ardrossan….
Further south from Ardrossan, the coast road will take you all the way to Stranraer via Troon, Maybole, Girvan and Ballantrae.
For the return trip consider the A9 to Perth then the A93 to Blairgowrie
Campsite at Scone www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/tayside/scone/scone and on through Braemar and Ballater.
After Ballater, 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 head the short drive straight back to us from the ‘Vat.’
A Trip Round Scotland
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