2018 Holiday Ideas
Readers of top travel books "Rough Guide" voted Scotland "The Most Beautiful Country in the World" in 2017. So this could be the year you should visit Scotland before the rest of the world gets here.
If you live in the UK, with exchange rates being as they are, it's a great year to get to know Scotland better.
If you're travelling from outside Great Britain, there's a good chance you'll get more pounds for your local currency in 2018 than previously.
So what is it about Scotland that warranted beating Canada, New Zealand and all the other contenders? If you only have a limited time to visit Scotland we wanted to help answer this and ensure all the right bucket-list dreams (including the ones you didn't know about already) can be ticked off! (Our featured image above shows Oor Wullie with recent Guests, Sarah & Ryan at Luskentyre.)
Dependent on the length of holiday you have, you can choose from a short break, Hebridean Holiday or the North Coast 500 roadtrip.
Best Short Break
Start your roadtrip by visiting the trio of man-made wonders in Falkirk, The Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel & Callendar House. More info on our itinerary page.
Then head for one of the most scenic drives ever the stunning Rannoch Moor & Glencoe.
The landscape of The Moor may make you feel you've just landed on another planet. Then as you drive, the scenery which was first desolate and far reaching, through the Moor, starts to enclose around you as the dramatic mountains take over the landscape.
You are now entering Glencoe, prepare to get goosebumps and not necessarily from the cold, it may be from the dramatic scenery, it may be from the ghosts of the Glencoe massacre. Visit the National Trust For Scotland's Visitor Centre to find out more of the fate of Clan MacDonald and The Jacobites.
If you want to camp in the Glen itself then you need to decide if you would like to have the convenience of electric hook-up. Meaning you can use the heater & coolbox/fridge in your campervan and all the plug sockets for your gadgets, in which case you want to book the Caravan & Camping Club site near The Glencoe Visitor Centre. (Your VW is a member of The Privilege Club and that means a small discount here.)
Or if the proximity of the great pub, The Clachaig is more important to you than electricity, then you want the Red Squirrel Campsite, where you won't have access to electric hook-up. The pub is around a 10 minute walk from the campsite but you must take care walking on these roads, as you have at most a grass verge, rather than a pavement to walk on. Do take a torch to the pub with you, even if you think you will return before dark. Sometimes the best laid plans 'gang aft aglee' especially when sitting by a cosy fire, listening to traditional music, with a dram in your hand.
The next morning, head for the sensational beaches at Arisaig and The Sands of Morar. This isn't a big drive (around 2 hours) and takes you past the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct (made famous by the Harry Potter films.)
Arisaig has a row of spectacular beachside campsites to choose from, have a look at our recommended campsites for further information.
Or drive on to Mallaig to buy fabulous seafood or take the ferry over the sea to Skye.
You don't have to take the ferry to Skye, it's connected to the mainland by a Bridge, this is the way to go if you want to see Eilean Donan Castle. Have a peak at our video of the drive past the Castle.
The Isle of Skye is now so popular that it's best visited in Spring or Autumn. The ancient rocks and mountains and glens of Skye are truly mesmirizing. Drive around the Trotternish peninsula so as you can enjoy views of the Old Man of Storr & The Quiraing.
From Uig take the ferry to Tarbert on Harris and then drive to Luskentyre Beach, for a stunning beach walk. Later on you can drive past the other West Harris beaches to Horgabost campsite, where another paradise beach awaits. There's no hook-up at this site but they do have a communal fridge freezer and they sell wonderful burgers and other BBQ items close to the site entrance.
The next day you can drive to the Harris Tweed Museum and Isle of Harris Distillery, both are very worthy of a visit and gift shopping.
Explore Lewis (the adjoining island to the north of Harris). Don't miss Callanish Standing Stones, a spellbinding experience where you can ponder on the ancient rituals which must have taken place there. Have another beach stomp at Uig (this is on Lewis, not the Uig you left behind on Skye, it simply means 'bay'.) This beach is jaw-dropping and you can camp in the dunes.
Nearby you can buy fabulous smoked salmon from Uig Lodge or extremely fresh scallops from The Scallop Shack.
If you have longer, other Hebridean islands popular with our Guests are Berneray, North & South Uists, Eriskay, (all in the Outer Hebrides). Also Tiree, Mull, Arran and of course the whisky lovers' paradise that is Islay. (All Inner Hebrides)
Scotland's 'Route 66' The North Coast 500
Travel around Scotland's North Coast to experience world class beaches, mountains and wildlife. If you have longer, we recommend you visit the Orkney Islands from the North Coast. Our favourite places on this route and islands are detailed on our itineraries and campsite pages.