Touring Scotland has been a bucket list item of mine for many years, but especially since "moving back" to the UK in 2019. We all know though what happened in early 2020 "Covid-19", so 2022 is really the first time since then that "most" Brits have been able to roam "freely". Camping has seen a real boom during the Covid period, and appears to be here to stay, so it seemed fitting that we toured Scotland in our little Eriba Puck (our first caravan, but certainly not our first camping experience).
The Eriba brand dates back some 60 years, and has a somewhat cult like following (similar to VW campervans). Our Puck is the smallest model, and is no longer manufactured, so is quite collectible, and a real head turner on campsites.
|Our little Eriba Puck "Daisy Mae"|
|View across Loch Lomond looking north|
|Spectacular views above Loch Lomond above Cashel forest|
|The A82 through Glen Coe|
It seemed the further North and West we went on our tour, the worse the weather got; showers turned to persistent rain, and gusty winds seemed to get stronger - not ideal camping or photographic weather!. Despite the weather, Glenfinnan and Glen Nevis we were able to knock off the "must see" list, and by utter fluke even caught the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Harry Potter train).
|Jacobite Steam Train|
Clearly the "Big" draw at Glenfinnan is the viaduct for all those "Harry Potter" fans, but there is also a magnificent monument to the Jacobite uprising of 1745, and the views across the Loch are stunning, even in wet weather!.
Glen Nevis which heads southeasterly out of Fort William is a spectacular road, it curves and banks around every contour, whilst being overlooked by the UK's highest mountain aka "Ben Nevis". The road ends at a car park for the trail to Steall Waterfall, said to be the "most spectacular short walk in Scotland", I would agree!.
|No shortage of lush river valleys - Sutherlands Grove|
|A "must" stop, although very rainy on our visit|
|The stunning views along the A87|
|View from Glenelg to Skye|
Despite all the tour buses on the Isle of Skye, the island still felt untouched, and had a surprise around every corner.
|Island of Pabay from Skye|
|Salmon farm on east coast of Skye|
|Old man of Storr|
The hub town on Skye is Portree, a quant harbour town, but unfortunately also a major stopping point of tour buses. It is a good place though to stock up on food, tourist gifts and information at the "Visit Scotland" visitor centre.
The Isle of Skye is home to a couple of Distilleries, with Talisker being the big one, we opted instead to stop by the little but mighty Cuillin Brewery at Sligaachan Old Bridge, we can recommend this place wholeheartedly!.
|Memorial at Sligachan Old Bridge|
|Sligachan Old Bridge|
"Probably" the most instantly recognizable castle that is photographed in Scotland (and used in tourist literature) is Eilean Donan castle, which lies where Loch Dulch, Long and Alsh meet on the mainland east of the Isle of Skye. The castle is a big tourist draw, having featured in many movies, but is still a truly awe-inspiring place.
|Eilean Donan castle|
|Eilean Donan castle|
Eilean Donan castle is home to the Clan MacRae, and close to Morvich on a hill lies a monument to the MacRae's and also the Clachan Duich Burial Ground.
|Clachan Duich Burial Ground|
Having endured 3 days of rain and wind in the Morvich area, and some brief sunshine on Skye, our Scottish tour was nearing a close as we headed south back to Loch Lomond. Instead of taking the A82 via Glen Coe we took the A828 towards Oban, then the A85 east. This route made a nice coastal alternative to the more mountainous Glen Coe route, and likely a lot less busy.
|Loch Lomond single malt|
The scenery in the highlands certainly rivals anything you would find in more mountainous regions of the world, such as the Rockies in the USA, and has many similarities. Camping was a great way to spread a tour out over several different regions, but I am certainly glad we were in our little Eriba, and not in a tent!.
Cashel Camping in the Forest campsite