Wild Camping Scotland
Charlie and I are just back from a few glorious days away in Scotland in one of our Autoquest 180 Motorhomes, and we would like to pass on a few great places well worth a visit, and wild camping areas, that we discovered on our short break away.
Firstly, we decided to head for the East Coast, St Andrews. Charlie was in his element as there was a Golf Tournament on, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. So we walked around with a couple of the players for a few holes, what a great day. If the Golf had not been on then what a great place to park up for the night right beside the beach. Go through St Andrews town and head for the R & A (Royal and Ancient), just behind it in Golf Place and head for West Sands Beach. There you will find 2 miles of sand and dunes and lots of places to park up for the night, right on the beach.
Then we headed to Pitlochry and looked for a campsite close to town, but then came across a car park right in the middle of the town, beside the tourist information centre. Yes, a FREE car park from 6pm - 8am with caravan and campervan parking at the back, away from the road. Excellent! park up for the night, head for a restaurant and pub and if Charlie was very lucky, he could catch a football match on TV.
What a joy when we came across McKays on the main Atholl Road. We had landed in Pitlochry on a Thursday night and it was Scottish Night. We were spoiled for choice, firstly there was a Scottish quiz, a singer/guitar player in a kilt, a highland dancer, great Scottish Cuisine and low and behold through the back, was a large projector screen, yes you guessed it, showing the footie. We were both very happy for the night and what a great night it was, then just a short stroll down the road to our Motorhome. Next morning we took the dogs for a walk and passed quality butcher and picked up everything we needed for breakfast and dinner for our next night.
In the heart of Scotland with real hospitality, clear sparkling air, beautiful scenery, rich clan history, fine food, plenty of space and lots to see and do. Pitlochry is primarily a holiday destination, which caters for the holiday maker year round in its own special way. The people are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful as it has been a tourist destination for well over 150 years, counting Queen Victoria amongst its earlier visitors.
Pitlochry is set in spectacular scenery and is ideally located for touring Highland Perthshireor further afield with Edinburgh 75 minutes to the south, St Andrews 90 minutes to the south east, Loch Ness 95 minutes to the north and Braemar and Royal Deeside 90 minutes to the north east.
The Trossachs here we come. We have never spent much time there in the past, so we decided to drive through and see if there were any hidden gems lurking in that area, and we were not disappointed. Kenmore, what a beautiful village. The Kenmore – A Privately owned hotel, is situated in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands, deep within Rob Roy and Campbell country. Nestling on the banks of the River Tay the Hotel is famous for its warmth, charm, Highland hospitality and vivid history.
A beautiful setting and historical location offer a touch of paradise unspoiled by time. Rooms, restaurants and bars offers superb views of the mountains and river. Rabbie Burns in 1787 was so struck by the area, that he composed a poem sitting on the bridge over the Tay and wrote it in pencil on the chimney breast of the fireplace in the Poet’s bar where it is to this day. An 18 month refurbishment program brought the hotel bedrooms and amenities into the 21st century, while taking great care to maintain the historical character and charm of Scotland’s Oldest Inn.
I’m sure you’ll feel relaxed from the glow of a roaring log fire and hand Burn’s poems in the bar to the friendly staff and fantastic food and scenery.
Being centrally located, the privately owned Kenmore Hotel, on the bank of River Tay, is ideal for touring across Rural Perthshire in the Highlands of Scotland.
From there we headed to Loch Lomond and spent our last night on a campsite in Arochar, Ardgartan. On the shore of Loch Long, Ardgartan is surrounded by the magnificent mountain scenery of Argyll Forest Park. Great for walking, mountain biking, pony trekking and mountaineering, Ardgarten is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts - you can even launch your own boat from the site. There is excellent river and loch fishing nearby too with permits available locally. If you want to travel a little further afield, the site is a perfect touring base for the Cowal peninsula, the seaside town of Dunoon, the Younger Gardens at Benmore and Loch Lomond.
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Happy Touring Scotland in 2009.