8 Day Tour of North West Highlands and Skye
- From Four Seasons Campers at Gallangad Lodge head west towards Balloch and take the A82 north on the West side of Loch Lomond towards Fort William taking in the spectacular scenery of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe on route. Lots of photography opportunities. From here continue along the A82 towards Fort William to The Neptunes Staircase which is a series of canal locks that link the Caledonian Canal to the open sea and is well worth a visit. At this time of year you should spot some beautiful Scandinavian yachts coming through the canal on their way to the beautiful West Coast and Inner Hebrides. Continue past Neptunes Staircase on the A830 towards Arisaig and Mallaig. The road runs parallel to the Jacobite Steam train railway line made famous in Harry Potter as the route the Hogwarts Express took. At Glenfinnan you can visit the Glenfinnan monument which sits at the head of Loch Sheil and was built as a monument to the final uprising by Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites rising. Turn off the A830 at Arisaig where there are an abundance of campsites and beautiful beaches that look towards the Inner Hebridean Islands of Eigg and Rhum. The Beach past Traigh was made famous in the movie “Local Hero.” You can also wild camp at Traigh beach next to what used to be the public toilets but is now locked up and is directly on the beach with stunning views. Another option for wild camping is further along the B8008 just before Morar next to some public toilets. There are no views but the fabulous Morar Sands are 30 meters down the hill. There is also a certificated site at Arisaig which offers water and rubbish disposal for members of the Caravanning and Camping Club and I will enquire re costs if you are interested. We have a privilege membership meaning you can use these sites and also get a discount. The certificated sites vary in facilities as are for wild camping.
- From Arisaig continue onto the fishing port of Mallaig where you can get the ferry to Skye. Another option is to take a day trip to Britain’s most remote mainland pub at Inverie on the Knoydart peninsular from Mallaig. The Old Forge can only be accessed by boat and does excellent seafood and often has impromptu music playing. The ferry to Skye takes you to Armadale. Wild camping is an option but if you are looking for a campsite then there is one located at Glenbrittle which is close to some great scenery and the Talisker Whisky Distillery which does fantastic tours https://www.nickscape.co.uk/isle-of-skye-photography-locations A walk to the Fairy Pools which are located along the road from Merkadale to Glenbrittle is recommended. The walk starts at the Forestry Commision carpark signposted ‘Blumagan Na Sithichean.’
- From Skye drive back to the mainland over the Skye bridge through Kyle of Lochalsh. You can either take the A890 towards Wester Ross or take a slight detour north after the bridge round to Plockton which is a really pretty seaside village with palm trees and some great pubs. Once on the A890 continue onto the Achnasheen and then head west along the A832 towards Loch Maree and onto Gairloch where there are some great beaches and ample opportunity for wild camping.
- From Gairloch take the A832 north past Little Gruinard and along the south side of Little Loch Broom until you get to the A835. Head north towards the northern ferry port of Ullapool for some lively music, great pubs and fantastic fish and chips! The campsite at Ullapool is located on the stony beach and there are amazing views along Loch Broom towards the Outer Hebrides. There are plenty of walks around Ullapool either along near the lighthouse at Rhue or in the surrounding area of Assynt . Stac Pollaidh at 613 metres offers a great small hill with incredible views over the lochans of Inverpolly for some amazing photos and out towards the Summer Isles. Or if you are looking for a bigger walk Suillven and Quinag are within easy reach. Whilst at Ullapool you may want to take the Caledonian MacBryne ferry for a day trip to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.
- From Ullapool head up the north on the A835 to Ledmore and take the A837 north past Ardvreck Castle at Loch Assynt and north onto the A894 towards Kylesku which offers a great wild camping spot just north of the bridge on the east side of the road. We camped here last year and were surrounded by a herd of stags.
- From Kylesku head north towards Rhiconich and take the B801 towards Oldshore Beg. From here there is a 4 mile walk into the spectacular beach at Sandwood Bay. It is well worth a visit! You can then either continue up north to Durness or I would recommend returning back down the A838 to Loch Assynt and taking the A837 west to Achmelvic where my favourite beach in Scotland is and a lively campsite beside it. You can also visit Lochinver which is a working fishing port and has a fantastic pie shop with a choice of over twenty different pies!
- From Achmelvic take the A838 south and onto the A835 to Ullapool and head on towards Inverness. From Inverness take the A81 south down the Caledonian Canal to Fort William and back through Glencoe. There is a great wild camping stop is at Glen Etive which is located just before the turnoff for Glencoe Ski Centre. This one track tarmacked road offers numerous places to park up and enjoy the scenery and the fresh burn that weaves it way towards the sea loch Loch Etive. It takes approximately two hours to travel from Glen Etive to Gallangad Lodge to return the vehicle