If you’re planning on travelling Scotland in one of our motorhomes, you’re going to be getting some pretty scenic views. This is part and parcel of a country like this. Unless you’re driving in the dark, there isn’t one speck of Scotland that isn’t mesmerising. It is a hub of gorgeous landscapes, snowy mountains, sparkling lochs and vintage towns; all of which look like they were specifically designed to drop the jaws of all who travel through it.
But as with any scenic location, there are specific ways you can up your experience. This is a guide for the view seekers. The travellers who don’t just want a good view, but want the best view they can find. There are many to choose from, but seeing as we are experienced in all things motorhome-related – you might even call us connoisseurs. These are the spots we think should be at the top of your list.
Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh
Before you actually grab the keys for your motorhome hire, make sure you don’t miss out on the beauty of Edinburgh itself. This is one of Scotland’s – nay, the whole of Great Britain’s – most beautiful cities, and there are plenty of ways in which you can gaze down upon it. There’s the Castle, Monument Hill and even Camera Obscura, but one of the very best vantage points has to be Arthur’s Seat. This is the large hill that resides in Holyrood Park, which sees a number of climbers hiking to the top every day. It is a great communal adventure, and the view at the top simply cannot be beaten.
Forth Bridge – Queensferry
If you’re thinking of travelling to Queensferry, it’s likely that you will be crossing the Forth Bridge. This is a grand feat of engineering, built back in 1890. There are a few historic bridges across Forth, but the famous Forth Bridge stretches 2.5km between North Queensferry and South Queensferry, making it a great option to experience both towns and take in a pretty stunning view whilst you are doing it. The bridge stands tall above the River Forth and it is a great route for those who like a bit of a view when they are travelling. Try to cross it during the sunset hours. There is no better experience than looking down upon the waters of Forth whilst the sun begins to glisten atop the rising river mist.
Glenfinnan Viaduct – West Highlands
Let’s be honest, when we watch the Harry Potter movies, we all want to be aboard the Hogwarts Express. Well, if you decide to travel to the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the West Highlands, you pretty much can be. This is the spot where many of the train shots were taken for the films, and it is a perfect place to pitch up the motorhome and feel like you’ve been transported into a magical new world. Just be warned, there isn’t really a Hogwarts at the end of the trail. Unless you’re a witch or wizard, that is…
Bealach Na Ba – Strathcarron
For any hikers out there, you can’t get much better than the climb of Bealach Na Ba. This is a long winding road that leads through the mountains of Applecross, in Strathcarron, and it is perfect for those who love slipping on their mountain boots for a challenge. The view at the top is almost surreal. Whilst you’re still definitely in Scotland, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported into another country. Somewhere faraway, like a fairy-tale. For those who aren’t too fond of hiking, this one can still be for you. There is a road for anyone who wants to see the view without the effort of actually climbing. No-one’s judging you. It’s not lazy, it’s just practical!
Loch Carron – West Highlands
You can’t visit Scotland without experiencing one of the many lochs that it has to offer. Whilst a number of them have great vantage points, you can’t get much better than Loch Carron. This is a beautiful spot on the west coast of Cromarty, in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounding the loch are stretching hills that can give you some incredible views of the water. Unlike Loch Ness, there’s no monster to look out for here. There is just the reality of the scene around you. A stunning piece of land and water that never fails to shine and glisten, even if the day itself is overcast.
So, there you have it, five incredible spots to park up your motorhome and take in the beauty of Scotland. As mentioned before, however, there will be plenty more. Make sure to stay in the moment and really take in the world you are driving through whilst travelling. Some of the things you see are going to last in the memory forever.