Travel Scotland with a Caravan: 10-day Road Trip Itinerary

30/05/2017

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live." - Hans Christian Andersen

Girl with Camera beside Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

Hello everyone! 
One month ago, me and my parents set off on an epic 10-day Caravan Road Trip through Scotland. Alongside a 10-day Scotland road trip itinerary with Scotland road trip ideas, scenic drives in Scotland, walking trails in Scotland and what to see and things to do when touring Scotland by car or caravan, I want to share with you some of the beautiful images my mum and I (as lovers of photography) took on our travels.
Admiring wild glens and rivers, lonesome highlands, thick woodlands, majestic mountains and a magnificent coastline, my parents and I quickly fell in love with this small yet multifaceted country. 
If you are just as amazed by Scotland’s beauty as I am, feel free to watch my Scotland Caravan Road Trip Travel video I lovingly made for my YouTube channel.


Road Trip through Scotland with a Fiat Carado T447

We started our road trip in grey Aberdeen and explored parts of the Scottish northern coast on an amazing scenic drive. Following that we visited stunning Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, an epic castle ruin on a dramatic cliff top. 

Loch an Eilein in the Rothiemurchus Forest near Aviemore
Loch An Eilein 

On the next day we headed to the Cairngorms National Park visiting The Queen's summer residence, Balmoral Castle. After a few hours drive through the majestic highlands, we arrived at the Loch An Eilein in the late afternoon. We took a circular walk around the Loch, admiring the ancient Loch An Eilein Castle on the middle of the crystal clear sheet of water. So if you want to go hiking in the Cairngorms National Park, this is a lovely circular walking trail for beginners.

Dark blue Loch Cluanie in the middle of Highlands
Loch Cluanie

Early in the morning we left peaceful Loch An Eilein and headed towards Inverness and Loch Ness. Although it was really pretty, we preferred our lunch stop Loch Cluanie over the legendary Loch Ness (sorry Nessie!). Before we set off for the Isle of Skye, we stopped at famous Eilean Donan Castle which we afterwards think of as a stunning photo location but not really worth paying entry to go inside. 

Epic mountain chain of the Cuillin Hills Scotland
Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

We spent the night on a camping side in the middle of the Cuillin Hills because we wanted to start our trip through the Isle of Skye as early as possible in the morning.  

Crystal Clear Turquoise Water of the Fairy Pools
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

This intention turned out to be really clever as we arrived at around 8.30 am in the morning and had one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Skye - the Fairy pools - all for ourselves (and we were able to find a parking space for our huge Caravan). 

TIP FOR CARAVANS: Park on the upper parking lot (the first you come across) because it is much bigger and not as nerve-wracking as the tiny lower parking lot.

Traditional Scottish Farm houses on Isle of Skye
Along the North Coast of the Isle of Skye

We explored the north coast Isle of Skye, stopped by Staffin Bay and the Kilt Rock View Point and climbed halfway to the Old Man of Storr (it was really steep and exhausting). 

Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

As a massive Harry Potter fan I obviously wanted to visit the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite Steam Train (real-life Hogwarts Express). The view was truly magical. 

Lower Falls Hike near Ben Nevis
Near Lower Falls, Ben Nevis

Hiking to Steall Falls at Ben Nevis
Steall Falls, Ben Nevis

On the next day we did an incredible hike to the Steall Falls at the foot of Ben Nevis (also seen on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), exploring epic landscapes and enjoying breathtaking views. This is surely one of the best hikes in Scotland! 

Turquoise Beach in Oban Scotland
Ganavan Bay, Oban

Following the stunning hike at Ben Nevis, we did a coastal walk near Oban to the Dunstaffnage Castle. Just a little warning: if you want to do the same hike as we did, be prepared for some serious adventure and don't be scared of heights. 

Hike to the Whangie and Queen's View in the Kilpatrick Hills
The Whangie, Kilpatrick Hills

Next day, next hike. Citing Walkhighlands (the best website for hikes in Scotland), because they put it into words so beautifully: "The Whangie is a bizarre rock-feature in the Kilpatrick Hills and has wonderful views towards Loch Lomond, the Highlands and the Campsies".

View from Ben A'an beside the banks of Loch Achray
Ben A'an, Callander

Our last day in nature before we our last destination Edinburgh was spent hiking to the peak of Ben A'an overlooking this more than stunning landscape. Admittedly, for someone who is not used to hiking, this hike was quite challenging but definitely worth it when you can enjoy this gorgeous view on top. A perfect end to a wonderful trip and a huge recommendation if you want to go hiking in the Trossachs National Park. 


Royal Mile and Old Town of Edinburgh
Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Before we headed home to Germany, we spent one day in Scotland's historic capital Edinburgh. We spent the 24hours walking through the ancient streets, admiring the beautiful buildings, eating some yummy food and taking lovely pictures. If you are interested in some more pictures of Edinburgh (which is definitely one of my favourite cities ever), check out this blogpost I did when I visited Edinburgh around Christmastime

All in all, Scotland fascinated us with its mesmerising landscapes of blazing lochs and endless expanse that are rough yet beautiful and for sure some of most stunning natural wonders in the world. This road trip was definitely not our last trip to this amazing country that has so much to offer! Kisses, Laura 

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