Finzean to Mallaig - a route through the majestic Cairngorms to Ben Nevis and the beautiful west coast beyond.
Leave Deeside Classic Campers at Finzean and head towards Aboyne. Stay on the B976 (South Deeside Road) towards Ballater.
Take the B976 road Gairnsheil Lodge and on to Tomintoul on the A939.
About half a mile on the A939 towards Corgarf Castle is a nice tea room and shop.
Once at Tomintoul, head towards Aviemore – after approx. 7 miles look out for the junction on the left signposted ‘Lazy Duck Hostel’ – this is a great campervan road with stunning scenery! The Lazy Duck is well worth a visit, they have some great stuff there, check the website
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.
Approximately a 20 minute drive from Glenmore you will find Strathspey Steam Railway, great for a family day out in the Highlands of Scotland. The railway offers a twenty mile round trip between the stations at Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill which features as ‘Glenbogle’ in the popular BBC series Monarch of The Glen. You can enjoy afternoon tea on the train whilst taking in the magnificent views of the Highlands.
If that’s not enough you could also take a ride on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, the UK’s highest mountain railway journey. Travel in safety and comfort to Ptarmigan Top Station, 1097m above sea level and enjoy spectacular views of the ancient mountain landscape. Whilst at the top of the mountain you could stop for a bite to eat at the The Ptarmigan Restaurant – the highest restaurant in the UK!
For those seeking adventure, the Rothiemurchus Estate is the place for you. Only 10 minutes from Glenmore, activities here include canoeing, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, quad bike trekking and even white water rafting!
You can visit Landmark Forest Adventure Park for fun, discovery and adventure for all ages. A 25 minute drive from Glenmore, there are lots of outdoor activities and rides for a great family day out in the Highlands of Scotland.
Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park. Drive around the main reserve then investigate the walk-round area on foot.
From Aviemore, take the B970 to Kingussie and the A86 towards Loch Laggan.
Stop for a brew at the Laggan Dam !
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. A path follows the most amazing gorge to the meadow below the Steall Falls where you can test your skill in crossing the river using a three cable tension bridge (two cables to hold onto, one to walk along)… or nip up The Ben itself.
Loads to see and do here – Jacobite Steam Railway to Mallaig (whole day) awesome trip! Check if open. Usually May to October. If the Jacobite isn’t running, take the camper by road to Mallaig from Fort William. You wont get lost, it’s the only road west out of Fort William and is the most beautiful drive.
Consider camping at Arisaig
How about Arising beach – South of France?…. this is Scotland!
A truly awesome place to camp on this route from Fort William is at Camusdarach. 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 and The Chlachain Inn are well worth a visit for great food. The main beach at Camusdarach is hidden from the road by a band of sand dunes. Walk between the small rocky outcrops and you’ll find more smaller stretches of sand, and you’ll probably be unlucky if you have to share them with anyone else. For the picture postcard view, there’s also the sands where the River Morar (Britain’s shortest river!) joins the sea. You can tell the difference between salt water and fresh by the temperature!
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.
Cairngorms, Ben Nevis and Coast
This is one of our own routes and is a good starting point for creating your own adventure - View on Google Maps
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