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I am planning a 2 week trip in June 2019 from Oxford to go North and get into the Scottish Highlands around Inverness, but also fancy looping back through Dumfries & Galloway

Now the joys of motorhoming are the journey, not just the destination, but I got wondering, what do fellow Funsters consider reasonable in terms of journey times between planned sites?

Also be interested in any suggested routes/sites.

Ta..
 

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Had a six week trip a few years ago... the only place we booked was the first night at Gretna.

After that we just drove up the west side, up to John a Groats and all the way back down the East side to Edinburgh..

And spent every night in a campsite that looked as if there was enough to keep us occupied, and did not pre book one site..

Some of the places we went it was a bit hairy, having a gert tag axle and 4 wheeled trailer with a car on... but we did it..

And one of the best trips we have ever had, especially having a car to get to all the out of the way places that tourist`s don`t normally go..

Even took in a couple of the Islands.. :xThumb:
 
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We don't really like driving more than 3 hours a day... That allows us to pitch early and get shopping in if we need to, or stop en route to look/visit something interesting
 

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I am planning a 2 week trip in June 2019 from Oxford to go North and get into the Scottish Highlands around Inverness, but also fancy looping back through Dumfries & Galloway

In August this year we travelled from Durham to Laggan - Roy Bridge - Fort William - Kingussie - Aviemore and then returned to Durham.

We went up the A1, travelling through the night to avoid the road congestion and then returned via the same route.

Nicky and I took 6-days and 5-nights and in all honesty we were thoroughly knackered at the end of it. We were constrained by time on this occasion otherwise we would have added 3 or 4 more days to the trip just to get some benefit without the need to rush.

If you then want to add a D&G road trip to the list, and make an interesting holiday of it too; then you will really need to plan well or else you'll always feel as if you're travelling unrested, especially with having to plod-up from Oxford.

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For scenery the west coast cannot be beaten and if you've limited time I'd suggest go that way and also plan for a couple of days chilling out as well. Nothing wrong with Inverness let me hasten to add but if it's views you want west is best.

It's also probably best to avoid the NC500 too - it's already over-popular with insufficient facilities and overcrowded roads.
 

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I am planning a 2 week trip in June 2019 from Oxford to go North and get into the Scottish Highlands around Inverness, but also fancy looping back through Dumfries & Galloway

Now the joys of motorhoming are the journey, not just the destination, but I got wondering, what do fellow Funsters consider reasonable in terms of journey times between planned sites?

Also be interested in any suggested routes/sites.

Ta..
I spent 6weeks touring Scotland last year as there was so much to see. If only had two weeks I would only look at going as far as glencoe then back down to dumfries...
 

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Round trip, most direct routes, Oxford, Inverness, Newton Stewart, Oxford, 1150 miles.

A lot to drive in 2 weeks if you intend some extended Highland detours as well.
Driving may be pretty slow in the Highlands.
 
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I'd split your Scottish trip into at least two trips.
When in D&G don't forget the night sky, so that will take two full days but should be dark enough by Six in the evening.
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For scenery the west coast cannot be beaten and if you've limited time I'd suggest go that way and also plan for a couple of days chilling out as well. Nothing wrong with Inverness let me hasten to add but if it's views you want west is best.

It's also probably best to avoid the NC500 too - it's already over-popular with insufficient facilities and overcrowded roads.
Thanks, I I tend to avoid the NC500..
 
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Round trip, most direct routes, Oxford, Inverness, Newton Stewart, Oxford, 1150 miles.

A lot to drive in 2 weeks if you intend some extended Highland detours as well.
Driving may be pretty slow in the Highlands.
I agree it’s a hike.... I had considered an itinerary like this:-
Day 1: Oxford to Boroughbridge (196miles - Approx 3hrs 45mins)
Day 2 : Boroughbridge to Falkirk (206miles - approx 3hrs 45mins)
Day 4: Falkirk to Inverness (156miles - approx 3hrs)
Day 7: Inverness to Fort William (85miles - approx 2hrs 30 mins)
Day 11: Fort William to Dumfries (173miles - approx 3hrs 30mins)
Day 13: Dumfries to Bury (153 miles - 2hrs 30 mins)
Day 14: Bury to Oxford (160 miles - 3hrs 15mins)

May reconsider....

Thanks
 
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CMC Dunnet Head campsite is a nice spot you can walk straight out onto the beach we did three weeks around coastal Scotland a few years ago up the east coast and back down the West finishing in Dumfries & Galloway, one of our favourite trips.
You’ll love it:xThumb::xThumb::xThumb: enjoy.
 
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Eat when hungry, drink when dry and try to stop wherever we are by 1500.
I am married to a bed lover so although I try really hard, leaving before 0900 is not for the feint hearted.
 
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If you only plan one trip you'll be back again. Use this trip as a recce then plan the next couple. We tour in Scotland at least twice a year and have done for over 40 years, still places we've not visited. Okay, we live in the South West of Scotland but it's still a 6 hour drive to Fort William, big country, slow roads.
 

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