Trip of the month: Edinburgh Festival and the Scottish Islands
A huge thanks to all of you who have signed up to our Trip of the Month recently especially those we met at the Kop Hill Climb – I hope you are inspired by what you read and we look forward to helping you plan a GlamperRV adventure sometime soon. In fact I am delighted that so many of you realise how incredibly cosy GlamperRV is in the winter months and with our lower prices, fewer crowds and quieter roads it offers a great time of year for a getaway.
This month I am taking inspiration from two families who visited Scotland this summer, one to visit the Edinburgh festival and then tour the west coast and another visiting from Australia for a grand tour taking in the Outer Hebrides, Highlands and a number of whisky distilleries en route! Both families were pleasantly surprised by the drivability and fuel economy of GlamperRV as they headed north to Edinburgh.
During festival season Edinburgh is transformed into a cultural hotpot featuring stunning examples of artistic expression from around the world. With city centre accommodation limited the organisers have created a dedicated festival campsite for those visiting and performing situated to the west of the City. This made the perfect base for our customers with dedicated buses whizzing them into the city in 25 minutes and with their bikes in the GlamperRV garage, they also enjoyed the cycle routes into town. The 2018 Edinburgh Festival runs from 4th-28th August and with our current fleet of GlamperRV already fully booked at the beginning of August I would encourage you to book early if you are planning a trip during the holiday season.
From Edinburgh it was over to Oban on the West Coast passing through the stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which they enjoyed enormously. The vista from the front seats with the giant windscreen did not fail to impress as they soaked in the stunning scenery. In Oban they managed to visit an exhibition of John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo for those in the know!), an artist who comes from the town, whose work I very much admire and images of which I have used to decorate all our GlamperRV. They found plenty of places to park overnight using the excellent Wildcamping website.
From Oban they took the ferry over to the Isle of Barra, served by Calmac who operate the crossings to the inner and outer Hebrides. Their advice was that booking is definitely needed during the peak summer months. They loved their stay in Barra and overnighted at Croft 2, an uncrowded site situated at the northern tip of the island and located only 50 metres from a mile long white sandy beach which overlooks the sound of Barra where seals, otters, basking sharks and dolphins can often be seen.
From the Outer Hebrides they headed back to the Isle of Skye and fell for the pretty harbour town of Portree (pictured above) where they found plenty of parking. Skye boasts a range of dramatic wildcamping sites and their favourite was a spot to the North of town at the Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls View Point which they hugely enjoyed. They also recommended the Three Chimneys on the west of the island for good, local cuisine (and a good overnight spot!)
From Skye they crossed via the road bridge back onto the mainland and headed for Fort Augustus, hopeful for a sighting of Nessie as they enjoyed the leisurely drive up the east bank of Loch Ness towards Inverness and the pretty coastal town of Nairn. From there they travelled down through the highlands with a fabulous drive along an almost deserted single track road across the moors and taking in Aviemore and the Cairngorms Mountain Railway before focusing on their whisky tour (the Australians anyhow!) and Dalwhinnie was voted their favourite.
Having toured part of Scotland with GlamperRV this is just a taster as there is such a wide abundance of stunning places to visit. If you are planning a trip please let me know and I would be happy to give you some pointers!