Motorhome & Camping UK: Touring in Scotland (Part 6/6) – Edinburgh to Arran & Islay
The last of our series about Motorhome and Camping routes in Scotland, and we couldn’t be more excited to share an incredible route with you! From Edinburgh to THE ISLES OF ARRAN AND ISLAY! Heading south-west to the Firth of Clyde, hopping from the mainland, to Arran, before another ferry to Bute before reaching the final Isle of Islay.
CalMac Ferries make island-hopping super easy with their Hopscotch deals, offering loads of different island-hopping options.
EDINBURGH FESTIVALS TO ARRAN & ISLAY
Scotland’s capital city is vibrant, colourful and historic. It’s a beautiful city, full of major tourism attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland’s number 1 tourist attraction. Arthurs Seat attracts tourists and residents alike, and if you’re here during August, you’ll probably notice that the Edinburgh Festivals, the world’s largest arts festival, takes over the entire city, filling it with street performers, up and coming comedians, new talent and talent scouts. It’s crazy and we love it!
Don’t leave town without experiencing 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.
THE ISLE OF ARRAN
From Edinburgh to Ardrossan, it is a mere 2 hour a drive. Just west of Glasgow, our first crossing to reach the Isle of Arran. Arran is the gem of the Firth of Clyde. With it’s rugged coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches and loads of tasty local produce, Arran is a fantastic touring destination. Walking enthusiasts can take to the Goatfell track, and nature watchers can pack their binoculars to keep an eye out for red squirrels, deer, golden eagles, otters, seals, and even basking sharks which can often be seen across the island and on the coastline. It is on Arran that you will find the standing stones of Machrie Moor, just one of the many stone circles found across Western Scotland and the Hebrides. And as with every route in Scotland, there is always an opportunity for whisky tasting; the Isle of Arran is no different, apart for the fact that here there is only one distillery!
THE ISLE OF ISLAY
Don’t worry though, the little island of Islay has 8 distilleries, and is home to that distinctive smokey peaty flavour we all know, and some love. Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, is probably best known for these, its peaty, smoky whiskies, but it’s charm and beauty is far more than just these delicious treats. Taking your time touring this beautiful island is well worth it – beaches lie undiscovered like hidden gems, and certain things in life just need appreciation. This will be one of those times. Make sure you explore, and get to Ardnave, Killinallan and Sanaigmore Bay (where you can also get cake, coffee and art from local artists at Outback Art!)
This particular route returns you to Kennacraig on the Kintyre peninsula. Use the opportunity to take in some extra scenery by driving north up the peninsula to join the road coming south from the West Highlands. Driving back along the eastern side of Loch Lomond will bring this journey to it’s end as it deserves, and if you’ve given yourself time, you should stop for a night at Loch Lomond so you can take in views of Scotland’s most southernly Munro. We do recommend having a day here if you’ve time. There is plenty of walking to be done all around Loch Lomond, include the Luss Hills, Ben Lomond and there’s loads of waterfalls to explore, as well as mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, fishing. A wonderful way to end your trip before heading home.
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