Choosing where to travel to in Scotland can be the toughest decision you’ll make during a campervan or motorhome holiday. Will you head north, south, east or west; to mountains and glens or the islands or the coast? Will you be inspired to journey somewhere thanks to local produce, history, heritage or a whisky distillery?
To help with your choices you could take a look at the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, which are based on users’ rankings, and where, once again, Scotland has been voted in the winners’ lists.
Four great Scottish islands
What are the best Scottish Islands in a Motorhome? Four Scottish islands are in the UK top 10, while six beaches are ranked in the top 25. Edinburgh is voted as the second-best UK destination, and Glasgow was voted into 10th place.
Isle of Arran
Voted as the fourth best island in the UK and the Channel Islands, the Isle of Arran is known as “Scotland in miniature” and boasts both lowlands and Highlands landscapes in one perfectly created isle.
There are hills, mountains, beaches, waterfalls, gardens, food & drink, history and culture to sample on Arran. You can climb epic ridges, stroll easy going trails, mountain bike, road cycle, spot seals, potter at the beach or visit castles, tea-rooms and even a distillery.
In addition, the ferry company, Calmac, that takes you from mainland Scotland at Ardrossan to Brodick, the island port, has affordable prices thank to the introduction of RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) fares.
Isle of Skye
In fifth place is Skye, with its stunning high-rise landscapes, including the famous Cuillin, beaches and amazing wildlife, such as red deer, otters, pine martens and golden eagles. This special place is also home to a fascinating history, which can be discovered at many castles and museums. Skye is easily reached by a bridge from the mainland.
Next in the top islands list is Orkney‘s largest island called Mainland. The northern islands of Orkney are ideal for history enthusiasts with all sorts to discover, such as the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and St Magnus Cathedral. The landscape is also like no other in the UK so expect to be wowed by this island.
Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides
Still in the top 10 UK islands, Lewis and Harris were voted into eighth position by TripAdvisor Travellers. These two islands actually form one in the Outer Hebridean island chain and are located at the top end of the west coast archipelago.
Both areas of the island are rich in scenery and boast some of Scotland’s top beaches, such as Luskentyre. There is plenty of historical interest, too. Visit heritage attractions such as the Calanais Standing Stones and Gearannan Blackhouse Village.
Harris is also the home of the famous Harris Tweed. Reach the Outer Hebrides by Calmac ferries.
Coming soon: Six top ranking Scottish beaches.
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