Motorhome & Camping UK: Touring in Scotland (Part 5/6) – Edinburgh & NE250
Part 5 is here! This time we’re going to follow the brand new North East 250, 250 miles of Speyside, the Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast. It’s the perfect trip for a few days away, and an opportunity to see the heart of Scotland. We talk so much about the West, let’s talk about the East!!
EDINBURGH FESTIVALS & THE NORTH EAST 250
Edinburgh is a beautiful historic city and a major tourist destination for good reason. Built upon ancient volcanic terrain, with beaches, walking trails and the world’s largest arts festivals every August to explore, Edinburgh is a city to contend with. The Edinburgh Festivals are a grand celebration of performing and fine arts, with the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Military Tattoo, Art Festival, Book Festival and Mela all coming together in the month of August to crown Edinburgh ‘the Festival City’.
Don’t miss out on these awesome events, you need at least one night to see what it’s about, but chances are you won’t want to leave!
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.
HEADING NORTH TO THE CAIRNGORMS
Voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the World, by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine, best not miss this if you’re planning on coming to Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands has everything from castles and distilleries to family attractions – watersports, snowsports, wildlife watching, walking and cycling. It’s the UK’s largest national park, with accommodation ranging from camping (always our first choice!) to boutique hotels.
THE EAST COAST
The East Coast of Scotland is lined with beaches, coastal walks and plenty of castles to visit. We highly recommend visiting Dunnotar Castle, a historically significant ruined castle set upon a rocky headland. William Wallace famously captured this castle during the Scottish war for independence against the English in the 13th century, and it became the hiding place for the Scottish Crown Jewels during Oliver Cromwell’s civil war in the 17th century.
For those of you lucky enough to have already visited this beautiful area of Scotland, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say you MUST VISIT. You probably know the name because the area is crammed with the famous Speyside whiskey distilleries. Both Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are made here, as well as Aberlour, Strathisla and Macallan just to name a few! If you like Speyside whiskeys, which taste less peaty than their western counterparts, this route will bring you to whiskey heaven. AND, if you’re not too fussed about whiskey, drop by Grantown-on-Spey to check out Scotland’s newest craft brewery Two Thirsty Men or the Caorunn gin distillery. It’s all here.
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