8 Day Campervan Tour Arisaig, Skye, Loch Ness, Stonehaven, Braemar and Loch Lomond

8 Day Tour – Skye-Loch-Ness-Moray Firth-Aberdeen and Royal Deeside 8 Day Campervan Tour Glencoe, Skye, Eilean Donan, Loch Ness, Moray Firth, Aberdeen and Royal Deeside, Braemar, Trossachs, Loch Lomond

Day 1

From Four Seasons Campers at  Gallangad Lodge, head north on A82 through Glencoe and continue along the A82 towards Fort William then 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.  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. 

Things to see and do

  • Stop at pretty village of Luss on Loch Lomond
  • Enjoy ‘healthy’ fish and chips from The Real Food Café in Tyndrum
  • Neptunes Staircase 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.
  • Glenfinnan Monument erected in memory of Jacobite rising and men who fought for Prince Charlie’s cause and the Glenfinnan Viaduct – a great engineering construction
  • Jacobite West Highland Line made famous in the Harry Potter films by Hogwarts Express
  • Stop at Loch Leven Seafood Caféhttp://www.lochlevenseafoodcafe.co.uk/ for seafood (highly recommended by other customers!)  by Ballahulish Bridge for amazing oysters, scallops and langoustines

Camping             

Campsite: Arisaig Sunnyside Camp Site

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Wild camping: Loch Morar                     

Time to travel   Glasgow Airport  to Arisaig 3 hours

Day 2

From Arisaig head  4 miles north to Mallaig where you can get a ferry over to the Isle of Skye.  The ferry to Skye takes you to Armadale.  Take road north to Broadford, Slighlachan and then head west along the A863 then B8009 and south towards Glenbrittle

  • Talisker Whisky Distillery which does fantastic tours http://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 highly recommended.  The walk starts at the Forestry Commision carpark signposted   ‘Blumagan Na Sithichean.’

Camping

                                                Campsite: Glenbrittle campsite

Wild camping: Near Talisker Whisky Distillery

Day 3

Head north to Dunvegan and spend the day and night around here in the north of the island.  

 

Things to see and do

 

  • Visit Dunvegan Castle – lovely walks and gardens
  • Eat at Edinbane Inn (live music twice a week in summer and excellent food)
  • Visit Edinbane Pottery
  • Walk around Neist Point and Lighthouse https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/neistpoint.shtml                                                  

Camping                             

                                                Campsite: Loch Greshornish or Kinloch Campsite near Point of Neist

                                                Wild camping: Near Point of Neist for amazing sunsets

Day 4

 

Head south through Skye through Portree and across to Kyle of Lochalsh then take the A87 stopping at Eilean Donan Castle and then onto Fort Augustus.

Things to see and do

  • Portree for fish and chips
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Watch the boats go through the locks at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal
  • Visit Drumnadrochit for Nessie experience
  • Visit Urquhart Castle

Camping                              Campsite:Fort Augustus Campsite

Wild camping: Head north up the A82 and turn off towards Cannich and Glen Affric for more remote wilderness camping

Day 5

Head north up the A82 to Inverness and take detour to Culloden before heading east along the Moray Firth and into village of Findhorn for the beach.  Then head south down towards Aberdeen and head towards Stonehaven taking the coast road past Torry Battery

Things to see and do

  • Visit Culloden Battlefield
  • Enjoy white beaches along the Moray Coast
  • Visit Speyside Whisky Distillery or one of many Speyside Distilleries in area
  • Dolphin spot at Torry Battery by Aberdeen – spectacular!! A pod of over 50 when we were there put on a display for a couple of hours!
  • Eat at The Creel Inn in Catterline
  • Walk along the Aberdeenshire Coastal route

Camping

                                Campsite: Stonehaven

                                Wild Camping: Near Catterline Harbour

Day 6

Head east along Royal Deeside

Things to see and do

  • Visit Balmoral, Crathes, Braemar Castles
  • Enjoy the pretty orderly Royal Deeside Towns
  • Walk around the many walking routes in The Mar Estate past Braemar and spot the wildlife

Camping

                                Campsite: Braemar Caravan Park

                               Wild Camping: Near Mar Lodge west of Braemar

Day 7

 Drive south through the Spittal of Glenshee and towards Pitlochry then either take the A9 south to Stirling then towards Loch Lomond or head across the A827 just south of Blair Athol and through Aberfeldy and along Loch Tay to Killin then south through the Trossachs to Loch Lomond. 

Things to do                      

  • Keep eyes peeled for wildlife over the Spittal of Glenshee!
  • Blair Athol Castle and Distillery
  • Loch Katrine – take a boat and see the Osprey or hire bikes and cycle one way then take the boat back.
  • Enjoy the Falls of Dochart at Killin at end of Loch Tay
  • Oak Tree Inn for evening meal at Balmaha by Loch Lomond

Campsite:                           Milarrochy Bay or Cashel by Loch Lomond                                                  http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/scotland/loch-lomond/cashel-campsite or Milarrochy Bay http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/glasgow/nrdrymen/milarrochybay which are less than 30

Day 8        

Driving Time                      30 minutes from Gallangad Lodge and Four Seasons Campers