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Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Jaytee on Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:03 pm

We are looking to spend about a week in March travelling North from Filey and up to Scotland. We like quiet sites with loads of scenery, not averse to snow etc so was wondering if those of you who know Scotland well could put together a simple itinerary for us?

I know a week is not long so could run to ten days and I would happily do a 300 odd mile run up from here in a day (weather permitting) to get to the first site.

Bottle of wine for the best one  allthumbz 

Many thanks

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Backtrax on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:37 pm

Have only done Scotland once in motorhome so I speak as a relative novice, but I can say the West side through Trossocks then Glen Coe to Fortwilliam area is fantastic. It compares favourably with France where we spend most of our time.
We then went diagonally across via Lock Ness to visit Culloden Moor.
Travelling back down the East side was relatively dull.
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Dutto on Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:50 am

Hi there,

First stop would be the CC's East Fortune CL for one night and visit the Aviation Heritage Museum just around the corner the next day.

Total 200 miles.

Then on to Falkirk to visit the Falkirk Wheel and to Crianlarich (106 miles) which is a "hub" where you have to make a decision:

Personally, I would head West to Oban (41 miles) and then along Loch Ness to Inverness (another 110 miles) taking in:

o  Pass of Brander and the Ben Cruachan Power Station (worth a visit)

o  Oban itself.

o  Caledonian Canal and locks.

o  Fort William and Ben Nevis.

o  Fort George and the Nessy Museum (a genuine Scottish Tourist Trap)

o  Inverness itself.

From Inverness I would go via Nairn and Elgin along the Moray Firth coast and catch a bowl of Cullen Skink which is a local delicacy before heading inland to Dufftown to visit the Glenfiddich and The Balvenie distilleries.

After Dufftown the run from Tomintoul to Cockbridge takes you past The Lecht ski-centre (along the road that is famous for being closed every time it snows up there) to Ballater where you can visit a variety of historic castles including Crathes and Balmoral.

The distance from Inverness to Ballater via Dufftown is about 100 miles.

From Ballater the recommended route is up and over Glenshee via Braemar (famous for being the coldest place in the UK at -27 degrees) and down to the town of Blairgowrie and on to Perth.

Coming home you can take a totally different route by heading through The Borders and the Cheviot Hills by returning via Jedburgh.

The distance from Ballater to Filey via Blairgowrie and Jedburgh being 318 miles.

Total mileage for the trip is +/- 900 miles - add 100 miles for sightseeing and the lot for less that 1,000 miles.

Enjoy. wave  wave 

Hope this helps. allthumbz  allthumbz 

Best regards,
 drinksallround

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Jaytee on Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:35 am

Excellent, thanks for that and thanks Frank for yours. Going to be sat down with the map now and start planning.

Race for the wine is close  up!

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Paulmold on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:13 pm

We are going to Scotland at beginning of May but only for a week to join my sister for a few days. We are staying two days at Moffat C&CC site and then going on to Oban CC site. Not been to either site or areas before, in fact it must be 15 years or more since crossing the border.

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by icom706 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:59 pm

Paulmold wrote:We are going to Scotland at beginning of May but only for a week to join my sister for a few days. We are staying two days at Moffat C&CC site and then going on to Oban CC site. Not been to either site or areas before, in fact it must be 15 years or more since crossing the border.
I can recommend both these sites, Moffat is lovely it is one of our bolt holes when I get a couple of days free.a few good eating places and the narrowest hotel in Britain and of course Moffat toffee. The CC site at Oban is a few miles out of town with some of the best sea loch views you will get, makes me want to get up and go now. have a great trip when it comes.
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Paulmold on Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:48 am

Thanks Ernie, really looking forward to it.

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by petrocspals on Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:03 pm

You will enjoy this trip,as a complete novice I did six weeks from march last year in my nuevo. Memorable bits:-All the sites around Loch Marie & Loch Ewe(make sure you drive to the arctic convoy memorial), Glencoe, Skye(talisker distillary a must), Luss, Oban, Rosemarkie ,Killin,Edinburgh ,MelroseThe key thing for me was how easy the driving was,even the very narrow lanes are navigable &drivers so polite.Wish I was going again this year.Lucky you....
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Jaytee on Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:19 pm

Thanks petrocspals, we are putting together a trip using tips from each of the itinerary recommendations you have all sent.
Going to narrow it down into sections so we can do one at a time as we cannot get away for too long this time round.  up!
The Arctic convoys memorial is a must as a good friend of mine from the Landrover world I also frequent lost his father on those convoys.

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Dutto on Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:21 am

Hi there,

Just back from a couple of nights at the East Fortune CL (ahead of today's foul weather)!

Didn't notice until Friday morning but overnight we had both the electric water heater at 500 watts AND the Dimplex Chico heater at 700 watts switched on all night!

On most CL's we have found that it is one OR the other but not both!!

It's worth noting because March can still be a chilly month!  tap_fingers 

Best regards,
 drinksallround

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Scotland!

Post by Valandnorm on Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:40 pm

We live in Galloway, South West Scotland, and it's beautiful. Quiet roads,quiet beaches, Galloway Forest Park, bike trails, walking, lots of camping both on sites and off. Although we love the Highlands, particularly the West Coast, you don't need to do the high mileage to get to this forgotten part of Scotland. Don't tell too many people about it, though!
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by Peter Brown on Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:29 pm

http://www.adrattray.com/index.php?id=2

I give my personal endorsement to the establishment at the link above. Its not far from Culzean Castle site.

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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by frederic on Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:04 pm

Also don't forget the ASOC rallys from the end of June (Stranraer)  boat then Annan (hopefully) sun  and finally Dunbar (likewise) cheers! 
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by rogerblack on Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:41 pm

Whilst in no way wishing to detract from the majestic grandeur and ruggedness of the West Coast, Highlands and Islands, which we love touring, please don't overlook the gentler, drier delights of the Kingdom of Fife.

Heading east from the Forth bridges, there are numerous charming fishing villages, harbours and lovely beaches such as Aberdour (Silver Sands), Burntisland, Pettycur (I'm overlooking the huge sandy bay there as I type this), Kinghorn, Dysart, East & West Wemyss, then on around the East Neuk through Lundin Links, Lower Largo (birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, inspiration for Robinson Crusoe), Earlsferry & Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther (famous for its chippie!) Crail (most photographed & painted harbour in the UK), Fife Ness, Kingsbarns (amazing beach) and on to St Andrews (castle & abbey ruins, lovely hidden harbour and two beaches including the huge West Sands where Chariots of Fire was filmed) then Tentsmuir, Tayport (great views of Broughty Castle over the water) and Newport where you can cross the Tay bridge and head on northwards if you wish.

Oh, and we seldom see midges over this side! 
(Although in March you should be OK even in the West).  up! 

But as Valandnorm said about the lovely southwest corner, keep it to yourselves!!
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Re: Itinerary recommendtion for Scotland

Post by frederic on Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:51 pm

We will but only if a few of yous promise to visit solstice time. camper 
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