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Campervans are a great way to travel and ideal for enjoying Scotland’s great outdoors. In a campervan you can arrive, park up, put on the kettle, have a brew and then get yourself ready for a great walk. It’s as simple as that. Returning to your Big Tree Campervan with central heating and all the facilities for cooking a rewarding evening meal is bliss. A few hours later and after a glass of wine or a dram as you watch the sun set and you can be tucked up in bed sleeping off your day’s exertions and ready for more the next morning.
One of the biggest walking trends in Scotland is bagging Munros. The Munros are the 283 Scottish mountains with a summit of more than 3000ft. While some of these mountains are only for the most experienced walker, there are a host of easier, beginner-style Munros that would be perfect for your next campervanning holiday in Scotland.
Here we bring you five of our favourite “easier” Munros and suggest a hotspot or two for your campervanning over-night:
Cairnwell (933m), near Glenshee
An easy-to-summit mountain that gives great views for a lot less walking than the average Munro. (Just 595m of ascent). There isn’t a path all the way to the top but you will easily navigate in good conditions. As a first Munro this is a great choice.
Where to campervan: It’s possible to park discreetly at the south end ofGlenshee Ski Centre but a better option is to continue towards Braemar for about 7km, then take the small road over the bridge on the left. Here you’ll find some lovely spots with great fun places to play by the river after a good Munro bag. Do take care here as the ground can be boggy in some places – choose your spot carefully.
There’s also a fabulous spot at The Linn of Dee car park, among the gorgeous trees. It’s very sheltered, so can it can get a bit midgy at certain times of the year. (Don’t forget to buy your Avon Skinsosoft from Big Tree Campervans before setting off.)
Also, Invercauld Caravan Club site at Braemar is popular, and justifiably so because of its first-class facilities.
Ben Chonzie (931m), near Crieff, Perthshire
Ben Chonzie is another great Munro for newbie baggers. Famous for its fabulous heather and sightings of mountain hares, the route is easy to find (except you may need to search a bit for the summit marker!) and it introduces unused leg muscles to the exertions of climbing a Munro.
Where to campervan: There is a car park at the head of the Glen Turret road that feels really isolated. This is because it is isolated! There are some lovely easy walks along the side of the loch, which would be ideal for a post-Munro leg stretch.
20 Shilling Wood Caravan Park in Comrie is really lovely, too. Make sure you phone ahead though if you have Fido in our pet-friendly campervan.
Schiehallion (1083m), Perthshire
This is one of the most popular Munro ascents and also a fairly straightforward route. Choose a fine day if you can and you’ll delight in the gorgeous views. The mountain is rather like a broad ridge and at the top you need to walk over boulders to reach the summit marker. Most folk walk Schiehallion by walking up and down the same way. If you fancy something a wee bit different and a little more challenging, then another option is to walk round the south side of the mountain, then strike straight up the “south face” by heathery slopes and some loose scree, heading straight for the summit, where you’ll often surprise folk who’ve come up the “normal” way when you suddenly pop up onto the top.
Where to campervan: It’s possible to wild camp in the car park which is the usual start-point for bagging this Munro, but please be discreet.
There are also some great spots along the minor road from the car park heading north west (see if you can spot which of the photos on the Home Page of our Big Tree Campervan website were taken along this road!)
Tummel Valley Holiday Park in nearby Tummel Bridge is a good site, but it can be a bit busy in high summer.
Mount Keen (939m), Aboyne, Royal Deeside
This is the most easterly of all the 283 Munros and offers an isolated peak amid gorgeous rolling countryside. There are easy-ish-going routes from both the north and south, and you could cycle in on a mountain bike to the start of the main walking ascent. The views from the peak are jaw-dropping.
Where to campervan: It’s possible to wild camp at a few spots in Glen Esk, just past Tarfside.
Glen Esk Caravan Park, near Edzel, is in a lovely setting, with lots of space for the kids to run wild. The mobile reception here is very limited, which is ideal if you’re looking for that real get-away-from-it-all holiday!
Ben Lomond (974m), Rowardennan, east side of Loch Lomond
The most southerly of the Munros, and possibly one of the most popular ascents, Ben Lomond offers a fantastic day’s walking and a wealth of stunning views, especially over Loch Lomond. There is an easy-to-follow route and an optional return via Ptarmigan Ridge, which can be muddy and a little unnerving in poor weather.
Where to campervan: Sadly, the road up the east side of Loch Lomond has had a fair bit of abuse from unthinking and uncaring “wild” campers’ so there are plans to ban wildcamping (tents and campervans) from this road. If you do choose to wild-camp here – and there are plenty of good spots along this road – be extra sure to take everything away with you and leave it in a cleaner state than you found it. If you do see new “No Camping” signs, go somewhere else!
Where will your campervan adventure take you?