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  • Writer's pictureAlexis Dean

My 5-Day Scottish Camper Van Adventure

Scotland is a country that is full of magic, mystery, and adventure. One of the best ways to explore Scotland is through a camper van road trip, which allows you to experience the natural beauty of the countryside and the rich culture of the cities.

Sipping wine at our campground in Inverness Scotland

Of course while a 10+ day road trip through Scotland sounds dreamy, not everyone has the luxury of taking that much time off work or having a lengthy travel budget. That's why I wanted to create a shorter itinerary that still highlights some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery and must-see destinations. In just four nights and five days, I was able to experience the beauty of Edinburgh, Cairngorms National Park, Inverness, Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. So grab some snacks, fuel up the camper van, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure through Scotland!

Day 1: Edinburgh to Cairngorms National Park

  • Start your journey with a stop at the grocery store in Edinburgh to stock up on food for your trip, then head north towards Cairngorms National Park. Keep an eye out for groups of the majestic red deer alongside the woodland roads!

  • Within the park, you can stop by the quaint town of Kingussie for a walk around and some shopping.

  • Inside Cairngorms National Park, set up camp and enjoy the stunning views of the Scottish Highlands.

Day 2: Cairngorms National Park to Inverness to Loch Ness

  • Start your day with a hike in Cairngorms National Park, and enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery.

  • On your way north, stop to experience the battlefield of Culloden just before your next stop. The place of the last stand the Jacobites had against the British 277 years ago, and changed the course of history for the entire world.

  • Head to Inverness to make some lunch in the van and explore the historic town. We enjoyed a walk along the 'Ness Islands' which are accessible by footbridge with parking on either side of the river Ness.

  • While on the way to camp for the night, stop at the waterside town of Dores for an incredible dinner and brew at the Dores Inn while you take in great views of the famous Loch! Do NOT skip their classic fish n' chips..and arrive hungry.

  • Drive to Loch Ness and camp for the night at the Loch Ness Shores Camping & Caravanning club, where you can take a dip in the famous lake and keep an eye out for the legendary monster! (also don't forget say hi to Craig, his wife, and their puppy Branston for me)

Day 3: Loch Ness to Glenfinnan Viaduct to Glencoe

  • Drive to Glenfinnan Viaduct, where you can snap a photo of the famous 'harry potter' train scene on the bridge. If you time it right, you'll get the train crossing the bridge! In addition to this, the beautiful loch this landscape is set on is the famous 'black lake' in front of Hogwarts- when you look out onto the water you'll recognize the rolling hills and land where the school of wizardry would be sitting from the films.

  • Continue your journey to Glencoe for an overnight stay at the Invercoe Caravan & Motorhome Park, where you can enjoy riverside campsite and views of the Scottish mountains.

Day 4: Glencoe to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

  • Spend your morning exploring the natural beauty of Glencoe, and take a hike through the valley for some unforgettable views. You'll want to save time to stop at one of the many parking spots along the road!

  • Continue south to the Queen of the Lochs, also known as Loch Lomond! Home to the largest body of fresh water in the U.K. at 24 miles long.

  • Pop into the town of Luss to enjoy a walk on their newly created Fairie Trail through the forest that loops back to the waterside, this is an especially fun activity for families (or the young at heart!).

  • If you can, get a spot at the Luss Caravan & Campsite, situated on the shoreline. If they're full, take a 15 minute drive down the road to the town of Balloch to stay overnight at Lomond Woods Holiday Park.

  • For a tasty bite, and ice cold brew I highly recommend taking a walk to the Balloch House Pub which is a short stroll from the Balloch Caslte as well.

Day 5: Loch Lomond to Edinburgh

  • On your final day, drive back to Edinburgh, stopping by any places you may have missed on your way. Perhaps take in the beautiful Kelpie sculplture in Falkirk!

  • Return your camper van and take one last stroll around Edinburgh, a city full of history, architecture, and charm.

Scotland is a truly amazing country that has so much to offer, from its beautiful landscapes to its rich culture and history. With a camper van, you can experience it all and create unforgettable memories along the way. So grab your bags, get behind the wheel, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

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