Visiting the Scottish Highlands is like visiting the past. In between the hills and the mountains lies a history that unfolds thousands of years back, filled with darkness, battles, massacres, and turmoil. On top of all this, however, there is a romanticism and mystery which underlines its dark past with a present-day fairy-tale.
Whether it is the red deer which majestically roam the glens or the ice-blue lochs which shine and glisten in the sunlight; this is a place which is dense with ghosts, mysticism, and stunning, natural beauty.
The Perfect Destination For Your Motorhome
This is why the misty Scottish Highlands are a top destination for anyone looking to hire a motorhome. Expansive and vast, the drive through the highlands is unlike any drive you will ever make. With famous landmarks and secret glaciers, there is always something new around every hill and mountain, making it an adventure impossible to forget.
That isn’t to say they are easy to navigate, however. When it comes to the highlands, the journey from A to B can be a bit more of a daunting task than any other road, especially if you are not familiar with motorhome hires.
Ariescape Motorhomes Can Aid Your Journey
At Ariescape, we have equipped all our motorhomes with satellite navigation to help you on your way, so it’s important that you plan your highlands journey before you sit yourself down in the driver’s seat. You want to make sure that your journey from A to B can be filled with the best sights and attractions, allowing you to make the most out of your motorhome without feeling like you’ve missed anything out.
But what are the locations you should be tapping into your sat-nav? Well, we can’t exactly tell you where to go, but we can give you a few ideas to get you started. For your consideration, here are three of the most popular coordinates that can light up your highlands adventure:
Ben Nevis, 56.7969° N, 5.0036° W
Starting with the most popular tourist sight, Ben Nevis is not just the tallest mountain in Scotland, but the tallest peak in the whole of the UK put together. Once an active volcano, it is now a formidable giant which stands tall over the lochs and vistas of the highlands.
Capped with a layer of bright, white snow, its peak travels so high that it is often surrounded by a mass of lingering clouds and mist, making it an extraordinary sight for anyone passing by.
There are a number of camping sites close to Ben Nevis, so if you’re an enthusiastic hiker, this is the perfect spot to park up and put your boots to the test. While you might not climb the entire mountain, there are plenty of lower vantage points which can allow you to become one with the mountain and look down upon the glorious valleys below.
Cairngorms, 57.0607° N, 3.6066° W
The Cairngorms national park is the largest in the UK, reaching all the way from Angus Glens in the south to Aviemore in the north. Being 1200 metres above sea level, the Cairngorms have an alpine-arctic climate, which will likely make you feel like you’ve just driven through a portal into Iceland.
If you choose to tap this destination into your sat-nav, you won’t be disappointed. The park is awash with gorgeous, mystical forests, tall, rugged mountains and crystal-clear glaciers. River Dee, in particular, is a perfect spot for any keen fishermen. Also known as the “Silver Dee”, this river is 87 miles long, fast flowing and home to a number of salmon which have made their way up from the snow reservoir.
The river, as well as many others in the park, is a prime reason why Cairngorms is recognised as one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. Just remember, with the lowest temperature ever recorded being -27 degrees, it’s best that you switch up the heating of your motorhome before you arrive. Things are going to get chilly!
Loch Sunart, 56.6603° N, 5.9655° W
You might be thinking, what makes this loch more special than any other in Scotland? Well, for any nature lovers out there, this is one of the best places to whip out the binoculars and capture a few animals which you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the country.
Loch Sunart is a sea-loch, which means it is a tidal inlet of the Atlantic, and a hub for a variety of creatures such as puffins, dolphins and whales.
Camusdarach Camping Site is only a few kilometres away, which makes this a perfect place to pitch up for a night or two and wake up early to spot a bit of wildlife. You’ll be sure to meet other motorhome enthusiasts who have their own stories to tell, as well as a few suggestions on where you should park up next!