Motorhome & Camping UK: Touring in Scotland (Part 4/6) – Edinburgh to Isle of Skye
Oh, this is so exciting! This blog is about your Motorhome and Camping road trip from Edinburgh to THE ISLE OF SKYE!! One of Scotland’s most desirable tourist destinations, if this trip is not on your bucket list, it should be. You’ll need waterproof boots for this one!
EDINBURGH FESTIVALS TO THE ISLE OF SKYE
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is a historically rich and vibrant city. It’s a beautiful city, built upon an ancient volcanic ridge with the Edinburgh Castle taking the throne and views from Arthurs Seat second to none. Great pubs, great food and plenty going on, Edinburgh is one cool city. If you’re here during August, good chance you’ll be getting a taste of the Edinburgh Festivals – the world’s largest arts festival. There are performances happening in every pub, bar, cafe and attic space available, and it’s for everyone and every budget. We LOVE it!
You must spend at least one night here to get a taste of it.
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.
HITTING THE ROAD
Ah, from the word go it’s just amazing. The drive to Loch Lomond is only a couple of hours, but along the way you’ll see the scenery change as you pass Stirling and enter into the National Park. There are great campsites all around Loch Lomond, and it’s up to you where you decide to camp. The pretty town of Luss is a great option with walks nearby on the Luss Hills, or venture up the eastern side of the loch towards Rowardennan Lodge if you fancy taking on your first munro, Ben Lomond.
What can I say about Glencoe? Another few hours from Loch Lomond lies the incredible Glencoe. You’ll know when you’re here. A highlight of the West Highland Way, Glencoe is a walker’s paradise with plenty of day walks all around. Munros steep either side of this beautiful passageway, and it’s impossible to describe the feeling of this place. It’s also historically significant. You history buffs will know that it was the Lost Valley where the MacDonald clan were believed to have hidden during the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Those of you who don’t know, this historical moment may be the inspiration behind George R. R. Martin’s ‘Red Wedding’ scene in Game of Thrones. It’s well worth reading about this fascinating history of politics, betrayal and Scottish identity as you pass this breathtaking place.
THE ISLE OF SKYE
You have a choice here to get the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale by going south west at Fort William, or drive north to cross the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. There is so much to see on Skye, that how you spend your time will entirely depend on the amount of time you have. One really notable thing is that while you can use public transport on Skye, it will not take you to the far reaches of the island. Most places require driving, and we recommend filling up your fuel before you cross over.
Here’s a few things to check out:
- Point of Sleat (half-day walk)
- Climb the 12 Cuillin Munros, the hardest munros out there (try joining a guided walk!)
- The Fairy Pools
- The Old Man of Storr
- Staffin & the dinosaur beach
- Dunvegan and the Claigan coral beach (with a stop at Jann’s Cakes!)
- Talisker Distillery (and a walk to Talisker Bay)
- The Isle of Raasay
- Dun Beag and Dun Mor brochs (Iron age forts) along the main Dunvegan – Sligachan road at Bracadale
- Neist Point lighthouse walk
Skye will always leave you wanting more, so either prepare and give yourself enough time, or choose wisely and make the most of your days.
SAYING GOOD-BYE TO SKYE AND HELLO TO BEN NEVIS
We would recommend breaking up your return journey, because it’s a long drive back. You might be all-walked out, but if not, a tour of Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Ben Nevis. If you’re not feeling a hike (and don’t underestimate this hike!) there’s plenty to do around Fort William, including the West Highland Museum (it’s free!), the Ben Nevis Distillery or spend the day on the Jacobite Steam Train with a return ticket to Mallaig, hailed to be the greatest railway journey in the world.
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