Touring Scotland

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  1. robnchris

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    Hi Guys, we are off to tour around Scotland next Saturday, the plan is to take our time as we have a month so is there anywhere that we should absolutely not miss, and also is there anywhere that we just shouldn`t bother with.

    We do have a loose plan but nothing more than driving up the east coast across the top and back down the west coast.
    Would like to do a share it between organised sites and a bit of wild camping, we are members of the Caravan Club and Camping and Caravanning so will also be looking a the quieter sites.

    Any advice gratefully accepted, thanks.
     
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    Hi Rob / Chris (& Tiggi )
    Here is a nice CL near Nairn. Set in a walled garden, we had a nice few days there last year.
    Geddes House

    MRS E MACKINTOSH-WALKER
    Geddes House
    Nairn
    IV12 5QX
    Scotland

    Telephone: 01667 452241
    Email: elizabeth@geddesonline.co.uk
     
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    If you go up the east coast and back down the west, there's a big bit in the middle you'll miss out. I'd recommend up the east coast as far as Aberdeen then hang a left up Deeside. Turn right at Ballater and head over the Lecht to Tomintoul, then Granton on Spey/Aviemore (Loch Morlich is nice) and onto Inverness. Some steep/narrow bits in there, but that'll be good practice for coming back down the west coast.

    Alternatively turn left at Perth and head up the A96 through Glen Shee to Braemar (nice cc site or wilding in the carpark in the village or at Lynn of Dee). Then down to Ballater and as above.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers,

    Rod.
     
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    Cairngorm Reindeer heard

    If you enjoy animals a trip to the Cairngorm Reindeer Heard is definitely worth a visit. The deer roam free on the hillside but obligingly come and see you when you arrive with food! You can hand feed them, take plenty of photographs and at this time of the year all the young are there too - though they are less confident and hang back a little.

    This is the only Reindeer heard in the country run by Alan & Tllly Smith, their family and other volunteers. The starting point is in Glenmore near Aviemore.

    Check out www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk:thumb:
     
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    We`ve just returned from 4 weeks in Scotland......and really it depends what you are looking for or what you enjoy ?

    For us, wildlife photography is a big interest, as well as discovering places we`ve not seen before, so we enjoy Sutherland, the remoteness of Altnaharra north of Lairg ( good little site there), and often just take a single track road that we haven`t explored....however we would give the east coast north of Aberdeen a miss and head up to Lairg as it`s no where near as interesting as the north west and west coast. In Scotland there is much to see and enjoy, whether it`s castles, wildlife, or scenery, and your 4 weeks will fly by.......Enjoy !! :thumb:

    Geoff
     
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    Thanks all you guys for the info, realise it was a very general question but we do have a month and want to see as much as we can without rushing, we will of course return in the future so what we don`t see on this trip will be visited again.

    Just got the truck loaded with the wine so we now know how much room we have left for clothes..:RollEyes:

    Thanks again.:thumb:
     
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    Hi hope you have a great time. Gruinard bay on the west coast is worth a stop for a night, nice little car park and a fabulous beach for a walk and if the weathers nice you might get a fab sunset like we did.:thumb:
    Enjoy.
    Regards
    Tim
     
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    Don't write off the north east! There are some beautiful villages along the Banff and Buchan and Moray coast - Pennan, Crovie, Fordyce conservation village, Cullen with its beach, Viaducts and probably the best icecream in the north east if not in Scotland!, Portnockie, Findochty, Spey Bay... to mention just a few. All worth a visit
    Cheers, Tom
     
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    I agree completely with the last post - the north east of Scotland has some amazing places to visit.

    We get wild campers in Portgordon, the far end of the village has perfect parking looking out to sea where if you stay awake late enough there are some beautiful sunsets.

    Just out of the other end of the village we have our own seals, parking nearby, couple of vans being wild camping there for the last few days.

    If you do opt for the east coast and come through Portgordon you will probably drive past our Chausson so give us a wave. :Wink:
     
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    Sorry...I should have said "in my opinion" :Doh:
     
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    :thumb: Thanks for the reassurance about the North East coast! We're going in a couple of weeks to visit the places associated with my family history (Cullen, Keith, Duffus, Buckie) + Mike was evacuated to MacDuff during the war so he is keen to revisit. So glad to hear it will be worthwhile.
     
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    A bit late to this thread, but no-one has mentioned Culloden - a wierd atmosphere there - and a really good visitor's centre.

    Also the Moray Firth is lovely, with dolphins (or are they porpoises?) cruising by.
    Then on the West Coast there is the viaduct at Glenfinnan
    http://bit.ly/b4mdx6
    which featured in a Harry Potter film, and the is place where Bonny Prince Charlie landed!
     
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    If your doing the west coast or going up to the top north east then why not take in a couple of the Islands. Orkney is only an hour from the top bit and most of the hebridian islands are not much more. Our favourite is Arran but they are all interesting in their own way. Cal Mac do a hopscotch ticket so you can start on one and hopscotch to 2 or 3 others before returning to the mainland. Loads of wild camping to be had.

    Hows this for a wild spot? They even provided us with our own private Al Fresco dining table!

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