Touring Scotland

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  1. Loujess

    Loujess Read Only Funster

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    We are off to a family birthday on the Black Isle next weekend and after that intend touring the north, right up to the top. There are the obvious roads on our map, but does anybody know some roads which are particularly beautiful and we shouldn't miss? We are hoping to wild camp too so places beside lochs would be nice. Or some websites might be useful? :BigGrin:

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  2. DESCO

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    We tend to like Centre to West coast, the obvious roads are not like in England and main roads seem very small in most cases.

    Most routes are very scenic, and spots to stay easy to find, a lot of the time to get from A to B there is only one route, so can be hobsons choice.
     
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    We were up there last summer and loved it. A good stop was a site at Grantown on Spey with easy access to the Cairngorms and you can get a motor home up to the visitor centre where there is a large free car park.
    The route from Inverness towards Skye is very scenic , much of it alongside Loch Ness.
    We stayed on the C&CC site on Skye overlooking a loch(forget name at moment) and Skye is beautiful.

    Larry

    ps we had no problem on the roads with our 29 footer towing a toad .
     
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    in some places

    In some places be prepared to back up or look for the passing spots.. can take a time to get from A to B.. but hell that is what time is for. ... West coast is best.

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    Ivy,
    Go up the A9 to Helmsdale and then follow the road to the left that takes you through the Strath and brings you out on the road just to the west of Thurso, it is a beautiful road through the flow country and is filled with an amazing assortment of wildlife. But it is bleak to say the least if the weather is not good.
    Beware this is a single track road with passing places so if you have an RV you will need to be very careful as the edges of the road are soft and unforgiving.

    Go to the visitors centre at Helmsdale and also to the harbour and to the famous "Barbara Cartland tea room" its very quaint and good value for money.

    If the weather is not good then follow the road to Wick it is steep and hilly but offers great views over the sea. When you arrive in Wick make sure you go to the Heritage centre it houses a whole history of Caithness both fishing and farming.
    Leave Wick and head for John O Groats and when you have been and seen come back out and head for Thurso along the coast road there is a brillaint camp site opposite the Forestry park and right next to the beach. It is a great site with a visitors centre and has great places to walk.
    Go further along the road and come to the village of Mey and call in at the castles of Mey the summer home of the late Queen Mother - well worth a vist.

    That should keep you going for a bit.

    Norman
     
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