Motor Home itinerary
There are hundreds of miles of the Scottish Highlands to expolore with your motor home, we've detailed below some of the areas we feel should not be missed!
3 night short-break - North Highlands
Depart Inverness and head north along the A862. Beauly is a nice stop along the way to pick up fresh supplies and has a lovely butcher and a great delicatessen.
At Muir of Ord, you'll pass the famous Glen Ord distillery then bear left along the A832, join the A835 and then at Garve join the A832, heading towards Gairloch for your first overnight stop. The journey time (not including stops) will take you approcimately 1 hour & 40 minutes from Inverness. Gairloch has a beautiful beach, great camp site and there are many attractions to visit nearby. However there are plenty of other places to stop for the night in the vicinity.
The next day you can continue north on the A832. There are beautiful gardens to visit at Inverewe Estate. Make your way towards Ullapool, this will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to drive to from Gairloch. Ullapool a great stopping point for lunch. A busy little fishing port with lots of nice little shops, cafes and restaurants to visit.
Continue north, first on the A835, then join start heading towards Durness. Ullapool to Durness is 67.5 miles and will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. The north coast is famous for its lovely beaches and there are plenty of nice walks to find along the way.
From Durness follow the A838 towards Bettyhill for your second overnight stop. This will take about an hour and is 41 miles away from Durness. Bettyhill is a lovely spot.
The next morning start heading south on the B871, heading towards Helmsdale, from there join the A9 and head for Golspie. This will take about 1 hour 30 minutes. Just before Golspie you'll find Dunrobin Castle which is located on the north east coast, plenty to see and do here and don't forget to join the falconry display.
A good stop for lunch is Dornoch, some great shopping at Dornoch Jail. You can also head down for a wee whisky sample at Morangie Distillery.
Continue south on the A9 for about an hour, at the Tore roundabout take the A832 and head towards Fortrose for your final overnight stop. A good spot for a tasty meal is The Anderson. From here if you head towards chanonry point you may catch a glimpse of the famous moray firth dolphins.
Hand over of the motor home is 10 am on your final morning.
4 night short break - Skye
Depart Inverness and head south west on the A82. At Invermoriston take the A887 heading for Kyle of Lochalsh. Cross over the bridge which takes you onto the Isle of Skye and follow the A87, heading towards Portree for your first overnight stop. Portree is a lively town and you will find a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. You find lots of things to see and do in Skye here. Inverness to Portree takes about 2 hours 30 minutes and is 113 miles.
The next day keep heading north on the A855, this takes you all around the top of the island, then pick up the A850 and make your way towards Dunvegan, make sure you visit the castle and explore the beautiful gardens. There are several campsite around here so you could make your second overnight stop near Dunvegan.
In the morning head south on the A863, then take the B8009 and head towards the Talisker distillery . For a fantastic lunch, head towards Broadford and go to Creelers. After lunch make your way towards Armadale one the south of the island. The Clan Donald Centre is very informative and well worth a visit. Spend your third night near Armadale.
In the morning take the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. From Mallaig, follow the A830 through Glen Finnan towards Fort William. Take the A82, the at Spean Bridge join the A86 and head for Newtonmore. There are lots of attractions around the Aviemore area and you can plan to spend your final night perhaps near Carrbridge which is convenient for returning your motor home the following morning.