Touring and Exploring Scotland
Touring and Exploring Scotland

There are far too many superb places to visit and explore to describe them all here. We’ve listed below a few (but definitely not all!) of our favourite places to visit if your adventure is all about touring and exploring Scotland.

Top reasons why Big Tree Campervans are perfect for Touring & Exploring Scotland….

  1. Flexibility to choose where you go and where you stay every day of your holiday.
  2. Great for picnics whenever and wherever you choose.
  3. High driving position and superb visibility so you can soak up the views as you’re travelling along.
  4. You can buy great fresh food locally and cook it up yourself – cheaper than restaurants and much more fun!
  5. Collect your campervan from the very heart of Scotland so you’re ideally placed to choose any corner of Scotland to explore.
  6. Really easy to drive.
  7. Heated, so you can use them all year round.

The West Coast – The classic Scottish destination

The Mull of Kintyre is often overlooked, and has several great places to camp, especially the further down the peninsular you go. At it’s northern end though, is the fabulous Kilmartin – a truly incredible place with the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.

Further north, Mull has loads to offer, especially if you want to catch a glimpse of one of the 45 pairs of white-tailed eagles nesting in Scotland. There is some superb wild camping at Calgary Bay – one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Mull. Fidden Farm Campsite near Fionnfhort on Mull is in a stunning location, with the amazing island of Iona nearby.

Just inland, Glencoe is always simply breathtaking. Sampling the welcome and atmosphere of the Clachaig Inn is a must, and Red Squirrel Campsite is just down the road.

Glen Etive always feels more secluded than the main valley of Glencoe, and there are some superb swimming pools in the river, and some great wild camping spots along the road down towards Loch Etive.

It would be impossible not to take in the “Road to the Isles”, which includes the spectacular, 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films. There are also some beautiful beaches stretched along the Sound of Arisaig

Skye is always a huge success, and Glenbrittle and Sligachan are favourites if you want some of the biggest and most impressive mountain scenery in the UK.

The North West – whale watching, jaw-dropping scenery and great local food, the North West has it all.

Torridon has some of the most amazing ‘roadside mountain scenery’ in Scotland, great river swimming pools…. and quite a few hidden wild camping spots as well.

Gairloch is a must, and the campsite in Gairloch itself is superb, as is the Big Sands, which as the name suggests, is an awesome, rolling grassy site which is perfect for kids. There are a few choice wild camping spots around Gairloch and Poolewe,… but you’ll have to book with us to find out where!! There are lots of whale-watching companies around Gairloch, all offering a great day’s adventure – our favourite is ‘Hebridean Whale Cruises’. .

Ardmair campsite just north of Ullapool is set in a fabulous location right next to the sea, and further north the road out through the Coigach peninsular and past the famous Stac Pollaidh has awesome views of spectacular mountains. Sadly, our once-favourite campsite at Achnahaird is no longer running, but there are some good wild camping spots around Achiltibuie, and there’s a great campsite at Achmelvich, just north of Lochinver.

The drive north to Durness has a real ‘far-away from it all’ feeling, and at Sango Sands you’ve got it all – great campsite, great food, great beach.

Perthshire and Angus

Because we live here, we’re probably a little biased towards this fantastic part of Scotland.

Dunkeld is a beautiful Georgian village, surrounded by some of our favourite ‘big trees’ and the ever-present river Tay. The cathedral is really worth a look round, and the village has a great deli, a superb smokehouse and lots of good pubs and places to eat. There are great forest walks, including The Hermitage, where you can watch salmon trying to leap the huge waterfalls.

You could spend a whole holiday touring round, and swimming in, the superb lochs. Our favourites are definitely Loch Tummel (Ardgualich Farm campsite must have the best loch-side pitch anywhere!), and walking around Loch Turret surrounded by amazing mountains.

If you’re after a great drive one day, try travelling from Crieff to Aberfeldy, going via the ‘Sma Glen’ and then up Glen Quaich to Kenmore then down to Aberfeldy. It’s a superb drive, with the brilliant Water Mill bookshop, coffee and art gallery waiting for you in Aberfeldy.

The ‘Angus glens’ of Glen Clova and Glen Esk are often really quiet, and they are perfect for pottering around, with quite a few secret wild camping places waiting for you in your campervan.

Cairngorm and Speyside – big mountains, classic tours, plus world famous whisky

The campsite on the shores of Loch Morlich is a truly wonderful setting, with great mountains, and a brilliant golden granite sand beach thrown in as well, which our kids have always loved.

Braemar is a great little place, and can get a wee bit busy, especially in summer months, but there are some lovely places to escape around the Dee valley, like the Spital of Glenmuick tucked in on the south side of Lochnagar.

The Spey valley is the classic whisky trail, and rightly famous. There are lots of famous drams to sup along the valley, but also lots a great places off the main valley, for example the atmospheric picnic spots at Dulsie Bridge north of the Spey valley.

The Borders – I’m always amazed by how much this beautiful part of Scotland is overlooked by folk rushing north.

There are some great drives here, with wonderful scenery, perfect campervan picnic spots, and a few discreet wild camping places along the way as well: try from Gorebridge (just south of Edinburgh) in a straight line south to Innerleithen; or the fantastic road from Selkirk to Eskdalemuir.

Peebles and Jeburgh are lovely towns, and there are some great castles around here – try the Floors Castle at Kelso, and one of my favourites, Smailholm Tower, which is in a really wonderful setting, with rocky outcrops and panoramic views.

Dumfries & Galloway

Again, a relatively less visited part of Scotland, but full of amazing places to visit with your campervan.

Much of my childhood was spent exploring this area with my parents, so it’s always had a special place in my heart. One of my favourites places is the campsite at Kippford, which has the lovely coastal walk round to Rockcliffe, the tidal causeway out to Rough Island, not forgetting the Anchor Hotel in Kippford which serves great beer and great food.

Just along the coast is Sandyhills which as the name suggests, is a fantastic beach which is great for kids – don’t forget the kite for windy days.

Inland is the wonderful mountain area of Glentrool Forest. The campsite at Glentrool is perfect for campervans, and there are plenty of wild camping spots all around here.

If you like drives through amazing forests, then the road from Glentrool village north all the way to Straiton is a must.

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