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West Coast route

We specilise in wild camping, so no need to pay for campsites when using one of our motorhomes.

Our west coast can be cut short at various locations to give a 7, 10 , 12 or 14 day circular tour.

Using our 30 years of experience motorhoming around Scotland our west coast motorhome route  in our opinion takes in the most scenic areas available in a motorhome. We supply free of charge a GPS (Garmin Sat Nav) which has all our wild camp spots loaded on our West Coast Motorhome Route .. so when you want to find a place just check the GPS for the nearest place... press go and it will take you there. Our GPS also has loaded around 300 water taps to top up with water and places to empty the toilet waste. We are also adding Pub Stops where you can have a meal & drink and stay overnight. 

Scottish Tourer, West Coast Motorhome Route

This is a screen shot from our wild camp places on Google maps which gives an overview of  available places which can then be found on the Sat Nav.  Including our West Coast Motorhome Route.

From Perth our west coast motorohome route will take you north up the A9 towards Inverness. If you have had a long drive to reach us in Perth the you may only want to drive for 30 Minutes to Pitlochry where there is a nice wild camp spot follow this link,  http://tinyurl.com/4uukqqg.   Or if you wish to use a campsite then 45 Minutes from us is BlairAtholl campsite (Inspected and recommended by us) which is next to BlairAtholl Castle (which is one of the best preserved Castles in Scotland), or you can wild camp at Aviemore Ski Centre which is 2 Hours’ drive from Perth, with fantastic views.

On the way to Inverness stop in at House Of Bruar, which is a Scottish Highland food hall and stock up with the finest food Scotland has to offer, it is a little bit expensive but worth it, With Home baked bread, a delicatessen, and a huge array of fine foods, At the Butchers (Ask for Gary)  buy the Local Rib of Beef which has been hung for over 30 days and is delicious on the Barbeque, (Supplied with the motorhome) with Baked potato and caramelised onions, we can supply cooking instructions. 

Scottish tourer west coast motorohme route

If the weather is not so good higher up, then wild camp lower down at Loch Morlich where you can park right on the water’s edge, if you have kids don’t miss a visit to Landmark Kids adventure play park, only a few miles north of Aviemore at Carrbridge ,we don’t recommend visiting Loch Ness as the view is spoilt with the road lined trees so views of the loch are very restricted , It’s also a very busy Tourist area, with tour buses and tacky shops selling plastic monsters etc, So unless this is a must see on your tick list best to avoid and enjoy parking up for the night, at much more spectacular lochs in peace and quiet. When in Aviemore consider a 20-mile trip through the Cairngorm Mountains national park on the Strathspey Steam train, and spoil yourself with lunch in one of the 1st class carriages.

Strathspey steam train

High level Wild camping is also available on our West Coast Motorhome Route, up at the Ski centre, where you can enjoy a trip to near the summit of the Cairngorm Mountain, on the funicular railway which opened in 2001, it is the highest railway in the United Kingdom. The two-kilometre long funicular ascends the northern slopes of Cairngorm.

Funicular Railway

Scottish Tourer West Coast Route

From Aviemore travel to Inverness, and then up to Ullapool don’t miss a visit to the Butchers at the Ullapool Harbour, for some delicious local T Bone steaks, they also have fresh caught hand dived scallops, which Delicious pan fried with some garlic. The campsite Broomfield Holiday park (Inspected and recommended by us) in Ullapool is right on the water’s edge, and is interesting to watch the Ferries sailing past to and from the Islands, from the comfort of your Motorhome, from Ullapool head back down towards Inverness on the A835 for 10 minutes, and then turn off to the right on the A832 heading for Gairloch , Watch out for Inverewe gardens which is famous for exotic plants.

Corrieshalloch Gorge is situated is on the Droma River 20 km South of Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. It is 1.5 km long, 60m deep and was formed near the end of the last ice age by erosion caused by meltwater.

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Inverewe Gardens is an amazingly lush, sub-tropical-style, oasis jutting out onto the Atlantic ocean at the edge of Loch Ewe set amongst the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, this is a world-famous historic tropical garden.

Inverewe Gardens

Along the west coast route, wild camping is available, this spot is right on the sand dunes near (See photo Below) Cove at Loch Ewe, During World War II, the loch became a naval port of high strategic importance to the Allies, and was used as one of the assembly area for many of the Atlantic convoys heading for America and Africa, together with those destined for Arctic Russia, known as the Arctic Run, this was also the main entry point for British submarines making their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

Scottish Tourer wild camp spot

During World war two in 1942 Gruinard Island was the site of a biological warfare testing by British military scientists, The British government At that time there was an investigation by the British government into the feasibility of an attack using anthrax, because of the nature of the destruction and possible contamination of the weapon which was being developed, it was realised that tests could cause widespread and lasting contamination of the area by the anthrax, so to reduce contamination the government required a very remote and uninhabited Island, after a survey it was decided Gruinard Island would be ideal, so it was requisitioned from the local land owner by the British government.

Guirnard Island

Head down the Coast road to Loch Maree ... way better than Lochness or Loch Lomond with an abundance of peaceful wild camping spots right on the water edge with stunning views of the mountains each side.

West Coast Route Map with suggested places to stop.

Scottish Tourer West Coast Route Map

Continue on down this road then take the Torridon Mountain pass A896 this is a single track road with passing places but is very quiet and soak up the spectacular views of the high mountains such as Beinn Eighe.

Beinn Eighe

Turn Right along the unmarked single track road for Applecross however take care the first 3 miles as the road is steep with lots of blind corners however persevere as after this the road opens up with stunning views of the Western isles, This stretch of road has been voted the 2nd best drive in the world next to Route 66 in the States .. you will see why when you get there !!, , Applecross Campsite is close by however we found it a little bit expensive for what you get.

The main attraction of Applecross is its remoteness, it was only in 1822 that a road was built from Kishorn over the pass of the cattle to Applecross village, up until the 1950s the road was a gravel track, and during the winter was blocked for many weeks at a time, and the Village relied solely on the MacBraynes steamer service for contact with the outside world.

On reaching the top of the pass its worthwhile stopping n one of the car parks to enjoy some of the amazing views .. weather permitting, this is also a popular start to explore the surrounding mountains as it has the benefit of being 2000 ft high to start with, please be aware it  is very high up here and so don’t stray far from the car park otherwise you could land in trouble when low cloud blows in from the sea.

Wild camping is available in a magnificent spot right on the Beach at Applecross bay (See photo Below) with views of the Isle of Raasay and the Black Cuillin Mountain ridge of Skye , The wild deer come down from the mountains every night to eat the seaweed on the shore so you are guaranteed to get very close especially if you have an apple as the dear will eat from your hand.

Scottish Tourer at ApplecrossScottish tourer at applecross

Around 1 mile away is the Applecross Inn where you can enjoy some of Scotland’s finest seafood including Squat lobster which is unique to the west coast of Scotland,

Next head to A896 Kishorn, however this will mean a drive over the Applecross pass which is 2500 ft high straight down to sea level which on first sight appears to be more of rollercoaster ride than a road for a large motorhome however don’t be daunted as we have Motorhomes here every day during the summer months.

Scottish Tourer at Applecross Pass

The Kishorn seafood bar is voted in the worlds top 100 seafood restaurants and is only open during the day .. great for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack. everything is fresh caught that morning. During the summer they are open to 9pm .. Sunday 5pm.

Kishorn Seafood bar and the west coast motorohome route

Follow the road past Lochcarron take the A890 until you reach the T junction turn right for The Isle Of Skye ... however we advise turning left for 4 miles to visit Scotlands best castle “Eilean Donan” before heading to the Isle Of Skye.

Eilean Donan Castle

Then head for Kyle Of lochalsh and over the Bridge to Isle Of Skye when you reach the Sligachan Hotel bear left A863 for 800 yards to find a nice wild camp spot (right beneath the Cullin Ridge) within walking distance of the hotel which is a climbers pub .. steak pie and chips sort of establishment. There is a small campsite nearby opposite the Sligachan Hotel. 

Glen Brittle Road to The Black Cuillin Mountains on Skye

At the foot of the Black Cuillins Mountains at Glen brittle are the famous Fairy Pools, which are  beautifully crystal clear blue pools of mountain water in the Brittle River, these pools are famous for visitors worldwide, if you are feeling  brave then you can go for a swim in the cold water, otherwise it makes a great photo stop. 

Fairy pools on the Isle of Skye

A visit to the Talisker distillery turn left onto the A8009 is a must, however young children are not permitted on the tour due to health and Safety, The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. This alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt whisky is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave.

Talisker Distillery

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the If you are using a campsite... we have been to and are happy to recommend the Kinloch campsite at Dunvegan (Inspected and recommended by us) which is right by the sea, Only a short walk from the campsite is the Old School house restaurant .. here you can enjoy a huge plate of langoustines and a very nice cooked steak if seafood is not for you.

A must visit when in the Isle Of Skye is Dunvegan Castle and Gardens with a wealth of history and has been the ancestral home of clan MacLeod for over 800 years, Dunvegan is the oldest continually inhabitated castle in Scotland, which has been built the most stunning Lochside setting, the Castle has recently become a popular venue for weddings. 

Dunvegan Campsite

Move up the western coast through Uig (in our opinion the campsite here is poor) and round to the Skye Museum of life which gives a history of how the Islanders lived and earned a living in bygone years... very interesting , Go past the Museum for around two miles and on the left next is a fantastic wild camp spot at Duntulm next to the Sea overlooking the Western Islands of The Outer Hebrides , Overnight here with a nice glass of wine and the Barbie on ..sit back and enjoy the most spectacular sunset overlooking the sea across to the Islands... We did... see photograph.

Sunset with Scotish Tourer

Then head down the Eastern coast A855 stopping off at the Kilt Rock waterfall, stretch your legs for a 40 minute walk and a visit to the Old man of Storr, this is probably the most famous walk on the Island and certainly the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that protrudes high which is seen for many miles around, it is part of  Trotternish ridge and the pinnacle was created by a huge ancient landside, leaving behind one of the most photographed landscapes in the worldwide.

The old Mann od Storr

West coast route map with point of interest marked on it.

West Coast Route Map

Head to Armadale A851 and take the Ferry to Mallaig on the mainland. During the summer the Ferries run every hour or so and normally there is no need to book if the first one is full then simply wait for the next one, why not consider visiting Sea Safari in Mallaig who offer 1 Hour Whale / Dolphin watching Boat trips.  

Scottish Tourer Motorhome on ferry

From Mallaig head for Fort William A830 if you are looking for a campsite then don’t miss the beachside campsites at Arisaig. Sunnyside Croft this is one of our favourites. The owners Ian & Julie have brought camping into the 21st century everything is immaculately clean and modern with under floor heating in the toilets, Each pitch has an elevated position with views over the bay, A local Thai Lady cooks authentic take away dishes from her cottage which is only a few minutes from the campsite enjoy this while enjoying the fantastic views.. we did.  The site is situated 200 yards from the bay where Minke whales and Dolphins are frequently seen.

Campsite

Visit the famous Glenfinnan viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films and books, The Jacobite steam Train runs across the Bridge travelling between Fort William and the seaside town of Mallaig on the west coast during the summer months, the railway bridge spans 1,000 feet and 100 ft above the ground level, the Jacobite Steam Train needs to be booked many moths in advance to avoid disappointment.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Jacobite Steam train ... is know as one of the worlds best train journeys, the 84 mile round trip enjoys a fantastic list of impressive views, The journey starts near Fort William close to Britain’s highest Mountain Ben Nevis, the journey is through the most westerly Railway station in the UK Arisaig and passes Britain’s deepest fresh water loch, Loch Morar, and Britain’s deepest sea water loch , Loch Nevis, not forgetting the amazing crossing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct .. The Harry Potter Bridge.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

At the head of Loch Sheil stands the monument to the final Jacobite rising, the lone highlander in his kilts sits a top the 18 metre high stone column, with stunning vies of the sweeping glen below where highland life was so cruelly extinguished . the visitor centre give full details of the Jacobite rise and fall. Be prepared to be emotionally stirred by this tumultuous chapter in Scotland’s history.

Loch Sheil

Neptune's Staircase, is on the Caledonian canal near Fort William, and comprises of 8 locks, which was built between 1803 and 1822 by Tomas Telford, it is the longest lock staircase in the UK, the original system as hand powered and has been converted to a electric hydraulic system in recent years. It lifts boats 64 feet the eight locks are 180 feet by 40 feet and takes about 90 minutes to pass through the system. 

Neptnes staircase on Scottish tourere west coast route

West Coast route map with some points of intrest

From Fort william take the Glen Nevis road (Near Fort |William) and follow the road past the waterfall right to the top (Not Lewis or Bessacarr Models. height restriction)  .. here you can park overnight at the bottom of Ben Nevis in complete peace and tranquillity in the heart of the highest Mountains in the UK.

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Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and the entire British Isles. Standing at 1,344 metres above sea level.

Ben Nevis

The Commando Memorial, Is dedicated to the men of the very first British Commandos which was raised during world war two, It is a category A listed monument, which is situated a mile from Spean Bridge, and overlooks across the glens where the training depot was opened at Achacarry in 1942, the monument was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952, it has become a famous war monument / memorial and also a tourist attraction, with stunning views to ben Nevis.

The Commando Memorial on west coast route with scottish tourer

From Fort William follow the coast road A82 down towards Oban on the way bear left into Glencoe A82 turn round at Kings house and head back towards Oban A828 this is a stunning drive with Through Scotland's highest mountain range overnight parking is available at Glencoe Ski Centre £12.00 per night.

Glencoe with Scottish tourers west coast route

On the way to Oban take the A85 and visit the Cruachan power station this is an amazing feat of engineering with the inside of the mountain hollowed out to house the power station so as not to spoil the local scenery, On the tour a Minibus will take you the 1 kilometre roadway inside the mountain, The Guided Tour takes you on a short journey deep inside the mountain Ben Cruachan. The power station lies at the heart of the mountain one kilometre inside. Once inside the mountain on the walk way you will notice sub tropical plants which are well suited to the humid conditions inside the mountain, in the massive generating hall there is a viewing gallery, showing the four generators producing the electricity from the water which is stored in the loch above the mountain.  

Cruachan Power Station

When in Oban there are many burger style vans along the promenade but they are selling fresh caught seafood which is cooked in front of you, Scallops, Crab, mussels etc, If you want to spoil yourselves then head to the Temple Restaurant (Inspected and recommended by us) which is on the seafront with magnificent views and food to match.. If having seafood it is fresh caught and all the sauces are homemade.

Temple Restaurant in Oban

West coast route map with points of interest

Scottish Tourer West Coast Route Map

From Oban head down the A816 towards Lochgilphead then take the A83 along the Banks of Loch Fyne towards Inveraray., The George Hotel is an excellent restaurant using local produce and serve excellent Steaks and fresh caught local seafood, Near the top of Loch Fyne is the Famous Loch Fyne Oyster bar and providing you dine in the Restaurant they will allow you to park overnight in the overspill car park next to the loch, From here take the A82 through the Arrochar Alps and down the Famous Rest and be Thankful road towards Crainlarich then the A85 towards Lochearnhead wild camping is available at various spots along the loch, then take the A84 towards Stirling.

the rest and be thankful mountain pass

Inverary is on the waters edge of Loch Fynne and is a small quaint town with lots of history. Inverary Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.

Inverary map

On the way to Stirling stop for the day at Blair Drummond Safari park where you can drive through the various enclosures and get close to , Loins, Monkeys, Tigers, Elephants, Giraffes, Bears etc, it is also a Kids adventure park with water slides and Sea lion/ seal shows.. a great day out for kids and adults alike.

Blairdrummond safari park

west coast route map and points of interest

west coast route map

Stirling Castle is a must visit along with the Wallace monument (as seen in the Braveheart film), The Witches Craig campsite (Inspected and recommended by us) is close to the Wallace monument and is an ideal last night stop to clean the motorhome and empty the toilet before the 45 minute journey back to Perth.

Stirling castle 

Tips & Advice

When wild camping .. Only take pictures, and only leave footprints, If there is any litter please pick it up even if it’s not yours, Use common sense .. never park in front of someone’s house blocking their view , don’t park in farmers gates or field entrances.
Please use the local village shops rather than the big supermarkets , The produce is normally sourced locally and is of much higher quality and tastes delicious.

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