Touring the Black Isle of Scotland with a Campervan

Touring the Black Isle of Scotland with a Campervan

by Scottish Tourer January 06, 2021

The Black Isle in Scotland forms a peninsula with Ross and Cromarty, located in the Scottish Highlands. The area is high on many visitors' lists to travel to due to its natural beauty and secludedness.

Located close to the Black Isle you will find many little villages including Culnokie, North Kessock, Muir of Ord, Munlochy and Avoch. These are perhaps villages many have never heard of before but they are not to be underestimated as they offer heritage, culture and charm in abundance. The Black Isle is a relatively small settlement with around 12000 people living within its region.

If you head towards the North of the Black Isle you will be met with some of the most spectacular views of Dingwall, Invergordon and Fyrish.

Headed to the South? You will see the great campervan location of Inverness along with the epic Monadhliath Mountains. The Black isle is connected by the Kessock Bridge so is very easily accessible over the Moray Firth. 

Why go campervan touring on the Black Isle Scotland? 

Scotland offers so much for motorhome travellers, so why should you choose to visit the Black Isle when touring Scotland by camper?

  • Surrounded by sea: With 3 of its 4 sides surrounded by the sea, you will never be far from the soothing sounds of the water or the lovely sea air when visiting the Black Isle. The Cromarty Firth at the North, the Beauty Firth to the south and the Moray Firth to the East, and the question many have, why is it called the “black isle”? No one really knows. Not only is there very little black to be seen, but it's also not an Isle. The 4th side of the Isle has many rivers branching off from its boundaries. If you are heading up the A9, which is the main road heading north from central Scotland, this passes right through the heart of the Black Isle, meaning you won't miss a moment. 

travelling to the black isle by campervan

  • Wildlife is bountiful: With protected areas across the Isle, you can encounter some spectacular nature. You are likely to see some bottlenose dolphins if you keep your eyes peeled. You can head out on a boat from Avoch or Cromarty or simply head towards the beach at Channory Point. The birds are plentiful by the sea and the shores as you would expect. The black isle boasts two RSPB nature reserves, a fairy glen and an enchanted wood with breathtaking waterfalls. Here you will find songbirds, pink-footed geese and beautiful, delicate wildflowers.

  • Castles are everywhere: In Scotland you can't travel far without finding a caastle, and the Black Isle is not left out. With several castles, some in ruins, you are bound to come across many historical and fascinating castle sites. There is even a spectacular house that now stands where Cromarty Castle once sat and it is built partially by reclaimed stone and timbers from the original building. 

 Cromarty Castle on the black isle

  • Gaelic heritage: Not to be forgotten, but in 2012 the local dialect of Northern Scots was officially pronounced extinct when the last native speaker Bobby Hogg passed away. The Black Isle area however still keeps much of its Gaelic heritage and you will be almost guaranteed to meet someone who speaks the language fluently. 

Sights to visit in The Black Isle

Rosemarkie is perhaps best known for its Pictish stones. Some of these can be seen from the Groam House Museum, another spot worth visiting

The Kirkmicheal church is undergoing renovation to become a visitors centre so be sure to pop in and see how the work is developing when you are passing. 

If you like your locally produced brews ensure you stop in at the only organic brewery in Scotland. The brewery opened in 1998 and they not only produce there own beer but all the barley, grain, fruit, herbs and vegetables to go alongside it.

You can come along and attend a tour, learn about the history of beer on the Isle and appreciate the work that goes into every beer bottle. You could even take a sample back with you and enjoy it whilst your tea is cooking on the BBQ provided in the motorhome. 

stunning sunset from a restaurant in the black isle

Travel in style with a Scottish Tourer campervan

With a Scottish Tourer campervan or motorhome, you have everything you need to tour the Black Isle (and the rest of Scotland) in total comfort.

Our range of motorhomes for hire offers our customers a thrilling yet peaceful experience as they tour around Scotland by camper. 

No need to give up on home comforts. You can still sleep in a double bed and cook all your own meals when travelling in a Scottish Tourer motorhome,

You'll plenty of places to stop overnight on the Black Isle by simply following our built-in wild camping app, or choose to book into a campsite if this is more your thing. The joy of a motorhome or campervan from Scottish Tourer is that the choice is up to you. One thing is for sure though, wherever you choose to stay you will not be disappointed!

Contact the Scottish Tourer team today to book your next incredible motorhome adventure in Scotland. You won't regret it! 

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