Summer is the perfect time to get behind the wheel of your beloved campervan and discover the best Scotland has to offer. From Torridon in the West to John o’ Groats in the far North, it’s easy to see why Scotland’s scenic routes are so popular with campervan enthusiasts. In this blog, we have listed five must-see places for you to visit once you hit the open road.
1. Glen Nevis
Situated at the foot of Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – and home to the majestic Steall Falls, the glen is reached by a public road that becomes a single track. Leave your campervan in the Braveheart car park and set off on foot to discover some of the most dramatic scenery in the country.
2. Bealach na Bà to Applecross
The Bealach na Bà is a curvy mountainous road located in the Applecross peninsula, Highland, Scotland. This twisting, single-track mountain road is the third highest road in Scotland rising up to 626 metres (2,054 ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world. A firm favourite with campervan enthusiasts, however the route demands 100% concentration as speeds faster than 30 mph are rarely permitted. This road us well known for its appearances in episodes of the 90s television series Hamish Macbeth.
Situated on the west coast, Torridon is an area of outstanding natural beauty set around the sea lochs of Torridon & Shieldaig and inland to Kinlochewe. Its combination of rock and water make this an awe-inspiring place to visit. Torridon is a favourite with photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and walkers. Park up and explore white sandy beaches or indulge in a lochside walk, while keeping an eye out for the red deer and otters that are native to the area.
An area famous for its remote rugged beauty, unspoilt by modern development, but with good road connections to Inverness and the East Coast. Scourie offers beautiful sea views and idyllic sunsets, with local caravan and camping sites providing elevated pitches with breath-taking views. Part of the North Coast 500 route, Scourie is also the ideal base to discover attractions within the local area, such as Smoo Cave, Cape Wrath and Sandwood Bay.
5. John o’ Groats
John o’ Groats lies on Britain’s northeastern tip and is a really popular destination for anyone who loves the open road. The settlement takes its name from Jan de Groot, a Dutchman who once plied a ferry from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, which had recently been acquired from Norway by King James IV. The tiny coastal village still acts as the gateway to the Orkney Islands and is worth a visit in its own right thanks to its unspoilt scenery, plentiful wildlife and scenic coastal paths.