Finzean to Applecross - a breathtaking route through some of Scotland's most picturesque places.
Leave Deeside Classic Campers at Finzean,
Ballater – possible overnight stop at Ballater Campsite http://www.ballatercaravanpark.com/
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!
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! Walk up Glen Nevis or the Ben itself!
Alternatively at the Spean Bridge junction, go right on the A82 to Loch Lochy and Fort Augustus follow Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle and on to Inverness.
There is a Campsite at Lower Foyers halfway between Fort Augustus and Culloden. Again lots to see and do, Battle of Culloden and visitors centre.
For the route to Applecross, take the left turn onto the A887, a few miles north of Fort Augustus. Stay on this brilliant road past Loch Cluainie (again..awesome place to stop for a brew or wild camp!).
Then continue on to 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!
A few miles past the castle, your roads get smaller and narrower!
Take the brilliant A890 (yes…it is an ‘A’ road!) to the head of Loch Carron.
Follow the road across the head of the loch to the T junction with the A896 and take a left to Lochcarron. After a few miles you will see the Kishorn Seafood Bar. If you have a thirst and an hunger for seafood…don’t drive past it!
Loch Kishorn is a magic place to wild camp.
Beyond Loch Kishorn you are looking for the road on the left….the famous Bealach Na Ba…The Pass of the Cattle! The road is one of a few in the Scottish Highlands that is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,053 ft) and is the third highest road in Scotland. Enjoy this road and the stunning scenery and views. Choose to drive Hamish, Fergus or Murdo VW over or if you are up for a bit of exercise, unload a bike and take to the pedals for a proper ‘lungs and legs burster!’ (We’ve done both!).
After the summit, plunge down the other side, back to sea level and look out for the Applecross Campsite on the left….its the only one! Once settled in, cook your tea camper style or treat yourself to a visit to The Applecross Inn. Walk from the campsite to the shore! You’ll find it again, it’s the only one!
From Applecross, you have a choice! You can drive right around the shore of the Applecross Peninsula to Sheildaig……and either wild camp or stay at Sheildaig Grazing!
No frills, just a fantastic place for a camper to be in its element.
Then re-join the A896 south back to where you initially went over the Bealach Na Ba, or you can back track from Applecross.
The way home is the way you came! Re-trace your initial drive or pop up north east to Inverness and come back via the A9 to Aviemore for a fantastic round trip.
Return to Grantown on Spey and home via Tomintoul, the Lecht to the A93 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.
Alternatively head straight back to Deeside Classic Campers to tell us of your exploits!
NB – You will receive a discount at Camping & Caravanning Club Campsites via ourselves. Please tell the operator that you have booked with us and that we are part of the Privilege Scheme, you will then receive your discount. On arrival at the campsite you just need to show the receptionist your membership fob which will be attached to your camper keys!
Loch Ness and Applecross
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