2020 promised to be a year of fantastic far flung sunny holidays, until COVID-19 arrived and scuppered our plans…Therefore the Bucket list holiday that was annually discussed and then super trumped by the need for sunshine was suddenly a reality…A self drive tour of the Highlands of Scotland …in October….And WOW! What a holiday.
Simply the most stunning scenery we have ever seen, at what turns out to be an amazing time of year to explore. But coupled with this unforgettable trip was the fantastic MotorHOME AND Customer service from Scottish Tourers.
We hired their Islay motorhome for 1 week and being new to Motor homes, we apprehensively arrived in Perth to collect. All our fears were eased with a very friendly, smooth , and COVID secure handover. We d already received comprehensive videos and links pre arrival to show how all the functions worked. So this handover was just a reaffirmation. We then headed North up the A9, which proved a perfect road to get to know the drive and the size of the Islay. Where headed to first stop Aviemore, where we explored in more detail the Islay that was to be home for the next week.
Anyone nervous about driving shouldn’t be. Everything you could possibly need is catered for; everything that can make driving easier is there. It was incredibly easy to drive and incredibly comfortable to call a home. For the next week we headed to Ullapool, along the Highland Coast road to Gairloch and Loch Maree, before heading to Skye, and a ferry to Mallaig, Fort William and back to Perth via Glencoe and Loch Tay and Blair Atholl. We had 5 nights on campsites ( all pre booked: facilities are reduced but the Islay provided us with everything we needed) and 2 nights Wild Parking.
The experience was unforgettable; the driving a pleasure not a chore and Scotland won us over.
These folks were amazing from the Pre booking to the payment back of the deposit (within 24 hours of vehicle return). Nothing was too much trouble for them ; The van is very reasonable priced, with no hidden costs ( look at others and be surprised when they start adding for chairs, tables, electric cables, BBQs, Sat Navs and any number of supposed “non-essentials”). With Scottish Tourers everything is included in your price and you get the added access to their massive knowledge of every corner of Scotland. The pre booking info was brilliant, the post booking advice around routes and even actuals points to head for was amazing ( many of which we followed and so glad we did) and finally the family feel they radiate out. They want you to have a great time and in the case of our Holiday we did. Thank you Scotland…we will be back and thank you Scottish Tourer we will be back for sure.
If you are Umming and Arring about trying this holiday, just do it- you won’t regret your decision…driving a +6.5M vehicle through the Highlands may seem daunting, but within 24 hours the only question you’ll be deciding when driving is whether you are a “waver” or not!
In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.