Guide to the Best Scottish Road Trips 2024

Our guide takes you through 6 amazing Scottish road-trips, away from your standard NC500. Taking the off-the beaten track approach, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Featuring the best lochs, pubs, castles, mountains, rivers and beaches, plus some amazing campsites and of course, campervans to be your travelling companion. All you need to plan the Scottish road-trip you’ve always dreamed of, in one place. 

The Scottish Islands Road-Trip

An island hopping holiday that takes in the stunning isles that sit off the Western coast of Scotland. 

Best For

Wildlife Lovers 


292 Miles

467 Kilometres

Days to Complete 

7-10 Days 

Isle of Arran (1 Day)

One of the most accessible islands of the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Arran can be reached by ferry, and must be booked in advance. This beautiful island encompasses stunning views and exciting wildlife. We recommend stopping off to see the Machrie Moor standing stones, Brodick and Lochranza Castles, for heritage sites surrounded by jaw droppings vistas. Goatfell is the island’s highest point and can be reached via a fantastic hike. Once you reach the top, weather permitting, you’ll have 360 views across the whole island.    

Isle of Islay (2 Days) 

North of Arran and the Southernmost island of the Hebridies is the enchanting Isle of Islay. The ferry can be caught from Kinncraigg on the mainland and must be booked in advance. Known for its sumptuous food and drink Islay has many whiskey distilleries to choose from. The 130 mile coastline is interspersed with sandy and shingle beaches, most popular for a chilly dip are Kilchiaran Bay or Tayvulion. To catch sight of some local wildlife, both Killinallan and Ardnave are well known for seal spotting, and sometimes even adorable sea otters are found there.   

Isle of Jura (1 Day)

The beautiful Isle of Jura can be accessed directly from the Isle of Islay by the 10 minute ferry. This narrow, mountainous island is home to wild roaming deer, there’s actually more deer inhabitants on this rugged isle than there are people! There are plenty of walking trails across the islands to choose from to get closer to the native wildlife. Stop off for a tour of one of the local whisky distilleries, as you travel along Jura’s one road up to the Ardlussa Estate. This historic house was originally built in the 1600s and was once home to the author George Orwell, who wrote his famous novel 1984 here. 

Isle of Mull (2 Days) 

Moving further North, the Isle of Mull is the second largest island in the Scottish Hebrides. You can catch the ferry from Oban, Lochaline and Kilchoan, but they require booking in advance. Wildlife lovers and bird watchers flock to this Island every year to catch sight of the adorable sea otters, the frolicking seals, soaring eagles, whales, dolphins and sometimes even basking sharks. There are amazing cycling routes and plentiful hikes to see the island’s glorious scenery, historic caves, and castles.

Isle of Iona (1 Day) 

The Isle of Iona is one of the smaller Hebridean islands, only 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long. Access to this island does allow vehicles with a permit, however its size means many visitors will find it easier to leave their campervan on the mainland and take the island in as a day trip. Its best seen on foot and you can take in the best wildlife and scenery the island has to offer. There are plenty of beaches to see all over the island and cafes, pubs and restaurants to break up a great day’s walking. 

Isle of Skye (2 Days) 

At 50 miles long, The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the inner Hebrides. Famous for its history, wildlife and spectacular scenery. There’s so much to see and do, from kayaking around the coast, wildlife boat trips, beaches, mountain hiking and much more. Highly recommended are the Isle of Skye Fairy Pools, An Corran Beach, The Cuillan Mountain range (this is a very challenging hike so visitors may want to enjoy from a distance!) and the Old Man of Storr.  

Heartland of Scotland Road Trip 

At around 200 miles for the round trip, this route takes in the heart of central Scotland. 

Best For 

Quaint villages and stunning cities. 


200 Miles 

321 Kilometres

Days to Complete 

7 – 8 Days

Perth (1 Day) 

Starting in the lovely city of Perth, which sits on the banks of the River Tay. This city oozes charm with its cobblestone streets, Georgian town houses and vast public parks. Be sure to check out the Guiness World Record holding Meikleour hedge, standing at an impressive 100ft, it’s the tallest hedge in the world. The Greyfriars Burial Ground is a historic cemetery nestled in the city centre, perfect for quiet contemplation. On sunny days you can kayak along the River Tay, check out the local distilleries, The Branklyn Garden or The Black Watch Castle and Museum for your dose of history.

Loch Leven (1 Day) 

Spend the day surrounded by nature as you explore the circumference of this spectacular loch. Take a boat trip, or while away the hours fishing or bird watching at the loch side. There’s plenty on offer all around the banks of the loch. The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a 13 mile walk that takes it in from every angle and is suitable for walkers of all abilities.

Stirling (1 Day)

The grand, historic Scottish City of Stirling is home to ancient castles and battlefields. This city lets you take a step back into history. The magnificent Stirling Castle is top of the list to see, situated at the top of the cobbled high street you’ll be well rewarded with its formidable walls, and picturesque vistas. If panoramic views are your thing, next stop is the National Wallace Monument, a 220ft tower built to commemorate the life of the Scottish hero and legend, Sir William Wallace. 

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (2 Days) 

The spectacular scenery of the Trossachs has been the landscape behind many films and movies, from Game of Thrones to Monty Python. You’ll need at least 2 days to take in everything this national park has to offer. From hikes, to paddle boarding the Loch, or cycling around the winding roads taking in the scenery. Filled with quaint towns and villages, waterfalls, and wonderful wildlife, you won’t be short on things to see and do. 

Loch Tay and Tay Forest Park (2 Days) 

Carry on North from Loch Lomond and you’ll come to the the quaint village of Killin, perched on the edge of Loch Tay. Spend a day exploring the loch and its surrounds, there’s plenty of water activities available in the warmer months and cosy pubs for evenings spent around a roaring fire. North of Loch Tay is the village of Kenmore and the Tay Forest Park, an idyllic forest surrounded by countryside villages with stone roofs, cobbled streets, and cute cafes for coffee and cake. If you have the time stop off at Craigtin House and Courtyard, Blair Castle, and the village of Killiecrankie.    

The Scottish North East Road Trip  

This Scottish road trip takes in the cultural hub of Aberdeen, hugs the rugged and beautiful East Coast, then tracks down through the mountain passes of the Cairngorms. One for the adventurers. 

Best For 

Dolphin Spotting and mountain passes. 


250 miles 

402 Kilometres

Days to Complete 

8 – 10 Days 

Aberdeen (1 Day)

Starting in the beautiful port city of Aberdeen, take in the famous granite architecture, travelling back in time wandering the streets of The Old Town known as ‘The Granite City’. The third most populated city in Scotland, it’s a bustling hub of culture. A true seaside city, you can relax on the Aberdeen City beach, or watch the urban dolphins frolic in the harbour. Enroute to your next stop, stop off at Balmedie Bay, Forvie National Nature Reserve, Scotstown Beach, Rattray Head Lighthouse and the stunning Cruden Bay. 

The East Coast (1 Day) 

North from Aberdeen you will discover the remarkable East Coast, this rugged shoreline is home to some spectacular vistas. Stop off at the small town of Fraserburgh, a hidden gem that’s not to be missed. Check out the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, the glorious beach and harbour, or the quaint ‘wee hooses’ of the town itself. Nearby Cullykhan beach is tucked away in a secret bay away from the crowds, or hike up to Fort Fiddes for a view out across the town, if you have the time stop off enroute at Brodie Castle and Estet for some impressive architecture.  

Moray Firth Coast (1 Day) 

Moray firth is the entrance to the North Sea, traversing the coastal path here feels like you’re on the edge of the world. This triangular inlet is home to one of the oldest and best preserved fishing villages in Scotland, a resident pod of dolphins, idyllic cottages, ruins, and rugged scenery make this popular for tourists and as a filming location! Take the coastal road from Lossiemouth to Inverness to explore the entire south part of the Moray Firth Inlet, being sure to stop off at Culbin Forest and the Culbin Bar, Findhorn village and beach, and the friendly seaside town of Nairn. 

Speyside  (1 Day)

If you have the time, head inland to the towns, villages and wild countryside that surrounds the River Spey. On the cusp of the Cairngorms, there are plentiful distilleries, rolling hills, and characterful villages. Visit Ballindalloch, a stunning village known for its castle and whisky distilleries, Brodie Castle, a grand 16th century castle, the famous Aberlour Distillery and Fochabers Village and Castle.

The Cairngorms (2-3 Days) 

Starting at Grantown on Spey driving through to Blairgowrie, you enter into the majestic wonders of the Cairngorm National Park. This route will take you through the highest roads in the UK, take your time enjoying the vistas and villages on offer, this isn’t a race, it’s a meander through some of the most spectacular views Scotland has to offer. Stop off for day hikes to see the mountains close up, traverse secluded lochs, discover ancient woodlands and get lost in the history of the area. Perfect towns and villages for stops enroute include Aviemore, Kincraig, Blair Atholl, and Killiecrankie.  

Glasgow to Fort William Road Trip 

A 120 mile trip perfect for long weekends traversing the rolling green hills and spectacular Lochs of central Scotland. 

Best For

Mountain Hiking and Bird Watching 


120 Miles 

193 Kilometres

Days to Complete 

3-5 Days

Glasgow (1 Day)

Starting in Glasgow, the heritage heart of Scotland, this port city has world renowned striking architecture, art galleries, museums and culture by the boatload. Visit Ashton Lane, for a cobbled street that oozes charm and does a cracking fish and chips, the Natural History Museum, a magnificent gothic building, or the Glasgow Necropolis, a fascinating Victorian Cemetery. Eat, drink and be merry in this vast city filled with hidden gems.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (2 Days) 

The spectacular scenery of the Trossach’s has been the landscape behind many films and movies, from Game of Thrones to Monty Python. You’ll need at least 2 days to take in everything this national park has to offer. From hikes, to paddle boarding the Loch, or cycling around the winding roads taking in the scenery. Filled with quaint towns and villages, waterfalls, and wonderful wildlife, you won’t be short on things to see and do. 

Glencoe (1 Day)

Visit the tucked away village of Glencoe, a gem of western Scotland. This quintessential Scottish Highland village lies at the bottom of the Glencoe valley. Explore the local area famous for its gushing waterfalls and challenging trails that will take you up to a number of peaks including Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian, while hiking keep your eyes peeled for local red deer and eagles! If you plan on staying in the village, be sure to stop off at the Glencoe Folk Museum located on the site of old thatched cottages and filled with local history.

Loch Leven (1 Day)

Loch Leven Nature Reserve is a haven of tranquil waters. This freshwater loch is home to a huge variety of bird life, from the tufted ducks that call the vast expanse of the loch their home, to the Ospreys that hunt in the skies, flocks of wildfowl, and kingfishers that dip in and out of the loch edges. The lucky few may even spot the resident otters playing in the reeds. A heritage trail runs around the circumference of the lake as you can walk or cycle part or the whole way around for a 360 view of this natural wonder.  

Loch Linnhe (1 Day)

Loch Linnhe may be a smaller Loch, but is famous for its glorious sunsets, this sea loch draws photographers from around the world for its spectacular views. Outdoor activities abound at this scenic spot, and you can enjoy the views from a kayak, sail boat, while fishing or just with a stroll around the lake. As a sea Loch, you may be lucky enough to see dolphins or seals popping their heads above the lake to say hello!

Ben Nevis (1 Day)

The highest peak in the whole of the UK and the tallest of the Three Peaks, Ben Nevis is a stunning hike but not one to be taken lightly. Standing at 1,345 m you can hike the whole thing in a day (Weather Permitting) and enjoy one of the local pubs at the trailhead for a well earned pint and pub dinner afterwards. There are a variety of trails for different abilities, check weather conditions and local recommendations before starting a hike. 

Fort William and Lochaber (1 Day) 

The final day of this tour can be spent in well earned comfort exploring the town of Fort William and its surroundings. Relax and enjoy the lively spirit of this loch side town. There’s plenty of places to eat and drink the local cuisine, you can paddleboard on the harbour, or if you’re feeling like a rest, why not take a cruise boat to see the local wildlife? 

East Lothian and the Scottish Borders Road Trip

Best For 

Beaches and Cliff Top Views


50 Miles 

80 Kilometres

Days to Complete 

5-6 Days 

Edinburgh (2 Days) 

Spend a few days in the Scottish Capital, taking in the phenomenal heritage of this historic city. Many parts of Edinburgh feel like they haven’t changed since they were built, explore the cobblestone streets, the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, stop off in the historic pubs and take a walk up to Arthur’s Seat for a panoramic view across the city. 

Aberlady Bay and Gullane Beach (1 Day) 

Heading out of Edinburgh, there are bays and beaches aplenty, take the coastal path and stop off to see the pretty architecture of Aberlady Bay, a small town and local coastal nature reserve. Stop off enroute at Gosford House for lovely walks around a stately home. Gullane Beach and town are a sweet spot for an evening stop off to watch the sunset. 

North Berwick (1 Day) 

This charming Scottish seaside town is perfect for a stroll around the shops and cafes, taking in the glory of the bay over a coffee and cake. Avid bird watchers should take a visit to the Scottish Seabird Centre and then walk up to The Glen for views across the sea. If you have time the local Tantallon Castle is also worth a stop over. 

Tyninghame (1 Day)

A quaint and charming area of conservation famous for its’ pastel pretty in pink houses wonderful wildlife. Stop off at the historic Tyninghame Smithy for coffee and lunch in the cafe, and visit the Tyninghame House to see a remarkably preserved 12th Century home. Talk long walks around the East Lothian countryside from here, being sure to stop off and bird watch at the Tyninghame Beach. 

Dunbar (1 Day)

Famous as the birthplace of the environmentalist John Muir, he lauded Dunbar as the place that inspired his love of wildlife. From the bustling harbours that are still used for fishing today, to the ruined remains of Dunbar Castle, this town is oozing history and charm. It’s said to be the sunniest place in SCotland and has beautiful beaches and plenty of walks to satisfy all travellers. 

Oban and the Scottish Castles Road Trip 

Best For 



Days to Complete 


Oban (1-2 Days)

A colourful seaside town known for its fine seafood, you could spend days discovering the hidden secrets of this holiday town. Take a boat trip from the working harbour to see the town from the sea. Visit the Oban Distillery for a taste of the local whisky, or check out the local cultural events going on around the town. There’s always something happening in Oban, music, craft and art combine in this lively spot. 

Dunollie and Dunstaffnage Castles (1 Day) 

Stopping off first at the Dunollie Castle and Grounds, this majestic clifftop castle takes in magnificent views across Oban Bay, its ruins are great for kids to explore and there’s exhibitions on that immerse you in the history of the castle and area. Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel are stunning to walk around any day, but over the summer they host mediaeval weekends where you can step back in time and watch birds of prey, knights jousting and even try your hand at archery.  

Castle Stalker and Loch Laich (1 Day) 

This romantic ruined castle sits at the centre of the dark water, be sure to take a camera for dramatic shots. The castle is privately owned but can be seen from the shore and there are boat trips running throughout the summer. Castle Stalker View Cafe sits across the Loch from the castle offering coffee and cake and of course a fantastic view. Stop over in Appin if you have the time, this lovely village can be explored by bike or on foot. 

Glencoe and Loch Leven (1 Day) 

Visit the tucked away village of Glencoe, a gem of western Scotland. This quintessential Scottish Highland village lies at the bottom of the Glencoe valley. Explore the local area famous for its gushing waterfalls and challenging trails that will take you up to a number of peaks including Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian, while hiking keep your eyes peeled for local red deer and eagles! If you plan on staying in the village, be sure to stop off at the Glencoe Folk Museum located on the site of old thatched cottages and filled with local history.

Bridge of Orchy, Kilchurn Castle and St. Conan’s Kirk (1 Day) 

A short distance from each other lies Bridge of Orchy, a tiny white washed village with a delightful and highly photographic stone bridge. The Kilchurn Castle is a ruined fortress that looks out over Loch Awe, a powerful castle that dominates the landscape in all seasons. A short drive away, sits St Conan’s Kirk, a historic tourist attraction in the village of Lochawe, a phenomenal piece of architecture, this is a must see and a hidden gem of Argyll. 

Scottish Campervans 

What better way to explore these magnificent Scottish Road-trips than by campervan? You’ll be travelling with absolute freedom, always having everything you need with you and able to change your mind and your destination at the drop of a hat. Here are our favourite Quirky Campers based in Scotland.



Fauna is the pet friendly cosy cabin on wheels. Her compact size and automatic transmission makes her easy to drive around those winding Scottish roads. Glasgow based, she’s perfect for escapes up to the Scottish Highlands. 

Heater | Sink | DIning Table | Stove | Festival Friendly | Inverter | Fridge 



Happy Hamish is a light and breezy companion for your Scottish travels. Pet friendly and fitted to the brim with every modern amenity you could possibly need, what better way to travel through the highlands and Islands than in this fantastic campervan. Located in Kincraig, Hamish is perfect for trips exploring the Cairngorms and further North. 

Dining Table | Festival Friendly | Outdoor Shower | Solar | 6ft Bed | Reverse Sensors | Heater | Pet Friendly | Fridge | Toilet | Sat Nav



Elton is the snazziest of the Quirky Campers, perfectly stylish inside and out, compact in size but spacious enough for you and 3 other friends or family. This automatic campervan will have you whizzing around the coast in no time, the envy of everyone who sees you.

Air Con | Dining Table | Heater | Outdoor Shower | Solat | Sat Nav | Awning | Oven | Fridge | Stove 



Ozzy is located just south of Glasgow in East Kilbride. Easy to get to and ready for adventure. With wood panelling and dark highlights, this romantic cabin is perfect for a romantic getaway. Explore the wilderness in this beautiful van knowing that you’ll  have a cosy hideaway to come back to at the end of the day. 

Air Con | Fan | Heater | Pet Friendly | Fridge | Stove | Reverse Sensors | Dining Table | Festival Friendly | Solar | Toilet 



Edinburgh based Isla is just waiting for you to pick her and go on a Scottish adventure. This stunning campervan has a sleek whitewash design with a hint of moroccan influence, a picture perfect pet friendly campervan for two, ready for strolls around lochs, hikes up mountains and beach time galore. 

Fan | Heater | Sink | Pet Friendly | Fridge Toilet | Reversing Sensors | Dining Table | Festival Friendly | Outdoor Shower | Solar | 6ft bed | Sat Nav



Located just north of Glasgow in the town of Bishopbriggs, Sonny is a campervan on the cusp of the Scottish wilderness. Prepared for any adventure you can imagine whether it’s paddling the lochs, hitting up the Islands, birdwatching or searching for seals, Sonny will be your reliable and trustworthy travel companion. 

Fan | Levelling Jacks | Stove | Tow Hitch | WIFI | 6ft Bed | Bike Storage | Sat Nav | Reverse Camera | Dining Table | Heater | Pet Friendly | Fridge 



The Glasgow based stylish Syvlia is a sleep sprinter, waiting to be your Scottish tour guide. Wherever the wind takes you, Silvia will be along for the ride. With all your mod-cons you can travel in style and luxury while never missing out on the freedom of travel campervans offer. 

Pet Friendly | Fridge | Toilet | 6ft Bed | Reverse Camera | Fan | Oven | Stove | Parking Sensors

Scottish Campsites 

Scotland is home to some magnificent campsites, no matter what view you seek you’ll find a campsite that offers it. Whether you want to wake up to the sun rising over the vast expanse of a loch, down the valleys or over a mountain, we’ve got you covered. 

Linnhe Lochside Holidays Campsite

A campsite that overlooks a stunning stretch of water where two Lochs meet, keep your eyes peeled for otters and porpoises and watch spectacular sunsets while you cook your dinner. With family friendly areas, views to Ben Nevis and amazing amenities, this is a campsite not to miss. 

Address – LINNHE LOCHSIDE HOLIDAYS, Corpach, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 7NL

Showers | Campfires Allowed | Electric Pitches | WIFI | Beach | Pet Friendly | Family Friendly 

Ben Nevis Holiday Park 

A stone’s throw from the highest mountain in Britain and set alongside a beautiful flowing river. With all modern amenities provided this is the ultimate campsite for mountainside relaxation. 

Address – Camaghael Rd, Caol, Fort William PH33 7NF

Pet Friendly | Family Friendly | Toilets | Showers | Laundry | Shop | Cafe 

Red Squirrel Campsite

A campsite surrounded by the stunning scenery of Glencoe, this site truly immerses you in nature. A rugged and back to basics campsite, but with the basic amenities to keep you happy. You’ll feel nothing but relaxed and calm your entire stay. 


Food Truck | Wild Camping | Toilets | Showers | Pet Friendly 

Barrow Campsite Nairn 

A small family run site that’s right on the cusp of the Scottish Highlands, a perfect base if you’re setting off to explore! Open all year round with 360 vistas to the open countryside. 

Address – Kinchyle Farm, Nairn, IV12 5NY, Scotland

Pet Friendly | Family Friendly | Toilets | Showers | Hard Pitches | Shop | BBQs Allowed

Port Nan Gael Campsite

A campsite on the banks of lochs and with the backdrop of the stunning wilderness of the Isle of Mull. Every pitch has sea and mountain views, there’s nothing quite like this idyllic spot for a little R&R. 

Address – ​​Port nan Gael Campsite, Pennyghael, Isle of Mull PA70 6HB

Toilet | Shower | Family Friendly | WIFI | Hook Ups | Washing Facilities 

Glenbrittle Campsite 

A remote campsite that brings you back in touch with nature. This wilderness campsite is nestled at the foot of mountains on the Isle of Skye. Ideal as a base for exploring the island it offers all the fun of wild camping with the advantages of premium facilities. 

Address – Glenbrittle Campsite & Cuillin Coffee Cafe, Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA

Toilets | Showers | Family Friendly | Cafe | Laundry | Washing Up | Shop 

Bunchrew Caravan Park 

A friendly campsite set against the backdrop of a beautiful forest, this tranquil setting creates a quiet and charming campsite, perfect for finding peace and seclusion on your road-trip.

Address – Bunchrew, Inverness IV3 8TD

Toilets | Showers | Laundry | Shop | Bike Hire | BBQ | Wifi 

Are you ready for your Scottish adventure?  Check out our range of Scottish campervans today to take the first step to freedom!

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