Motorhome & Camping UK: Touring in Scotland (Part 2/6) – Edinburgh to the Cairngorms National Park

Welcome! Continuing our Motorhome and Camping tour around Scotland, this travel-scrumptious blog will take us from Edinburgh to around the beautiful Cairngorms.


 

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS TO THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

 

Duration (minimum): 5 Days
Summary: Collect your motorhome in Edinburgh for your festival experience, then head northwards to over to the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in the UK! Choose whether you want to do the full circular route and remember to leave plenty of time to explore the outdoors!
Highlight: This is a fantastic circular route you want to do the loop, circling the Cairngorms National Park. It covers a large area of ground in just a few days, perfect for taking in Scotland’s stunning highlands. Beware of stunning scenery ahead whichever way you go!

 


 

EDINBURGH

 

Edinburgh is a vibrant and culturally rich city, and during August, home to the world’s largest arts festival. This is every theatre, music, dance, opera, art and book fans’ delight and it has something for everyone on every budget. We love the Book Festival for it’s inspiring readings and children’s activities, the Royal Mile for hours of watching the world’s best street performers, and the Fringe for the most crazy, beautiful, sexy, funny and wonderfully weird performances in the world.

Do not leave the city before you spend at least one night here!!

If you are looking to rent a motorhome or campervan for the duration of your stay in Scotland, there are plenty of locally based Motorhome Rental companies.

Lowland Motorhome Hire
Rockin Vans
Go Explore Scotland
Spaceship Rentals

 


 

THE CAIRNGORMS

 

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the UK, covering over four and a half thousand square kilometres. Consisting of 9 nature reserves, there’s loads to do wherever you look. Munros, guided walks for the less experienced, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking – it’s all here.

 

Depending on what your idea of a good time is, heading north-west past Etteridge will bring you sooner to Aviemore, the heart of the Cairngorms outdoor activities. If it’s Scotland’s rich cultural heritage AND landscape that you’re pursuing, follow the road north and then east past Braemar for numerous castles, including Braemar, the Queen’s holiday home Balmoral and the Ruthven Barracks. If you’re in Ballater for the 4th Saturday of the month, it’s worth checking out their Farmers Market from 10am – 2pm at Ballater’s Church Green.

 

We recommend checking out Ballater’s Farmers Market, dedicated to supporting local farmers and produce, on every 4th Saturday of the month at Ballater Church Green. History buffs will enjoy visiting the Ruthven Barracks, the last remaining barracks built during the Jacobite rebellion, or Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s holiday home.

 


 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

The River Spey runs through the Cairngorms, so it’s well worth stopping for a dram of whisky. There are so many distilleries to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice, so consider whether you want to do a Distillery tour or just have a few drams at the local pub. Alternatively, if whisky isn’t your thing, check out the Balmenach distillery home to Caorunn Gin, or Two Thirsty Men, Scotland’s newest craft brewery, both conveniently close by in Grantown-on-Spey.
 

MOTORHOME AND CAMPING SCOTLAND PART 1: EDINBURGH TO LOCH LOMOND VIA STIRLING


 

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