Ten Day Scottish Island Hopping Campervan Tour

Day 1 and 2

Arrive Glasgow and head into West End of the city.  Visit Kelvingrove Gallery and head to Ashton Lane off Byres road or Argyll Street for nice restaurants (let me know if you need recommendations)

Night 1 and 2–Arran

Climb Goat Fell and visit Brodick Castle as well as sampling the great produce of Arran

Campsites:          Seal Shore Camping is at south end of Arran and small and quiet and on the beach                                                                http://www.campingarran.com/

                                Lochranza http://www.arran-campsite.com

Day 3

Head back to Glasgow and up Loch Lomond on A82 before taking the A83 over ‘the rest and be thankful’ to Loch Fyne and down to Kennacraig. 

Visit Inverary Castle, the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar or eat at The George Hotel in Inverary

Take Ferry over to Islay from Kennacraig to Port Ellen and camp at campsite first night at Kintra Farm – 3 miles from Port Ellen (since you are arriving late) Basic camping and caravanning site beside the sea.  Converted farm steading houses toilets, wash hand basins and showers and unisex disabled toilet.  No electrical hook up points

Campsite:            http://www.kintrafarm.co.uk/camping/               01496 302051

Day 4

Things to do on Islay:

  • several good places to eat in Port Charlottte
  • A good place to walk is at the RSPB reserve at Loch Gruinart

Bowmore Distillery is between Port Charlotte and Port Ellen and is recommended but there are also lots of other distilleries so if you know your whisky then you can choose your favourite to visit

Wildcamp:           Head towards Bridgend and there is a good place to camp at the head of Loch Indaal between Bridgend and Bruichladdich.

Campsite:            Port Charlotte .  Good facilities toilets, showers, laundry and bistro.  Free wireless network.  Ten electrical hook ups. 

01496 850441     http://islandofislay.co.uk/

 

Day 5

Head north from Kennacraig and onto the A816 to Cairnbaan then head through Kilmartin Glen –This area has it all – densest prehistoric landscape in Europe, great wee museum with toys and good food, guided walks and…….Continue on the A816 to Oban and onto the A85 head north to Oban

Things to do:

  • DunnaddDunnad was an Iron Age fortress – the Picts liked height and sea views!….and has a carving of a Pictish boar….. It is a great place to take a child with great views.
  • At Cairnbaan continue onto Crinan along the canal and enjoy lunch at The Crinan Hotel and the beautiful views looking over to the Corryvreckan whirlpool

Get the ferry to Mull and drive over towards Fionnport

Campsite:           Camp at Fidden Farm, Fionnphort https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g551865-d4290774-Reviews-Fidden_Farm-Fionnphort_Isle_of_Mull_The_Hebrides_Scotland.html

Or wild camp

Day 6

Things to do:

  • Visit the stunning island of Iona
  • Visit island of Staffa

Wild camp:          Calgary Bay in north of island

Day 7

Things to do

 Visit Tobermory and get the ferry over to Kilchoan then visit Sanna Bay (if time) to the west and then head north to Acharacle and round the coast up to Loch Ailoirt and then west to Arisaig along the A830. 

Wild camp:  between Traigh golf course and the beach at Arisaig

Campsite Sunnyside Campsite, Arisaig 

Day 8

 Drive north to Mallaig and get the ferry over to Armadale on Skye.  Drive north towards  Glenbrittle which is close to some great scenery.

Things to do:

  • Visit Talisker Whisky Distillery which does fantastic tours. 
  • Walk to the Fairy Pools which are located along the road from Merkadale to Glenbrittle.  The walk starts at the Forestry Commision carpark signposted   ‘Blumagan Na Sithichean.’  

Either camp near Glenbrittle or head north to near Dunvegan Castle (see list of wild camping and campsites we recommend on Skye

Day 9

Drive around to the town of Portree and over the Skye bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh then head south towards Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle then through Glen Sheil on the A87 and continue onto the A887 towards Loch Ness to Invermoriston and head south to Fort Augustus then continue on the A82 south towards Fort William

Things to do:

  • Visit Portree
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Trout fishing Loch Lochy – no need for permit here – recommend you head down to Gairlochy at south end of the loch

Campsite: Glen Nevis campsite

Day 10

Drive south down the A82 through the beautiful Glencoe to Gallangad Lodge on Loch Lomond for 1300 and we will lift you over to Edinburgh from there.