Scotland is part of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is
located in the northernmost country of the UK.
|Date||Place||Sights, Attractions, Activities...|
Departure with the Camper from Hamburg to Den Haag.
Rotterdam - Hull
Sightseeing Den Haag
Ferry Rotterdam, 9pm to Hull
|Sa.08.07.||Loch Achray in the Trossachs||
Arrive in Hull at 8am
Short stop in Lockerbie
Arrival in Glasgow at 2pm - city visit
- Macintosh House
- The Willow Tearooms
- George Square
- St. Mungo Cathedral
In the evening drive to Loch Achray for an overnight stay.
Drive from Ben A'an to Loch Lamond
- Visit the Falls of Falloch
Continue to Glen Coe
- Visit the monument
Hike To Torr to the Signal rocks
Overnight stay in Kinlochleven at Loch Leven
Visit the town of Glenfinnan
Visit the city of Fort William
|Di. 11.07.||Loch Duich||
Train journey from Fort William to Mallaig with "The Jacobite" (the Harry Potter Train).
Return trip in the first class (59 pounds). Duration: 2 hours.
Travel by camper to the Isle of Skye
- Battlefield on Glen Shiel
Visit of Eilen Donan Castle
Visit the town of Portree
- Kilt Rock
Flodigarry to Old Man of Storr by bus
Cancelled a 2-day hike because of a storm.
Visit Uig with the camper
Tour the town of Uig
Continue to Waternish
Overnight in Uig
Travel by ferry from Uig to Tarbert on the Outer Hebrides.
- Tweed exhibition
Drive to the toboggan
- Visit the old church of St. Clement
Drive to Huisinis
- Beach walk (4 km)
Drive to Callanish
- Visit the Callanish Stones
- Blackhouse Village- Drive to Stornoway
- Ferry to Ullapool
- Continue to Dochgarroch
- Delicious food at Oakland Restaurant
Caravan Park at Culloden
Drive to Inverness and sightseeing
St. Andrew´s Cathedral
- Castle Inverness
- Drive to Culloden
- Visit the Culloden battlefields
|Di. 18.07.||Hotel Pittodrie House||
Drive to hotel Pittodrie House - Chapel of Garioch
Drive from Hotel Pittodrie House to Aberdeen
- St. Machar's Cathedral
- Brig o'Balgownie Bridge (1320) over the Don
- Mercat Cross (former Market Square)
- Town Hall
- Provost Ross's House
- King's collage
- West Kirk of St. Nicholas
Grab a bite at The Prince of Wales pub
Drive to Dunnottar Castle
Drive to Balmoral Castle
Visit the following castles:
- Balmoral Castle
- Braemar Castle
- Scone Castle
Visit Balmore Castle
City Tour Stirling:
- Holy Rude Church
Drive to LochearnheadHike of the Glen Oleg Nature Trail (11 km)
Visiting the "Highland Games Balquhidder, Locherarnhead and Strathyre"
Drive to Braemer
|So.23.07.||Camping during the hike||Hike Loch Muick and Lochnagar|
|Mo.24.07.||Charlestown of Aberlour||
Continue the hike
Drive to Dolphin Center Spey Bay
Overnight in Charlestown of Aberlour
Dinner at The Mash Tun
Charlestown of Aberlour
Small hikes in and around Aberlour
Factory Sales Walkers
- Aberlour Speysick specialty store
- Visit the Distellery Glenfacias
Visit the waterfall: Linn Falls
Visit the Alberlour Distillery
Drive through Perth
Visit the Cairngorms Brewery in Aviemore
Visit the ruins of Ruthen Barraks
Old railroad bridge in South Queensberry
City tour of Edinburgh
- Coledonian Hotel
- Church of St. Jules
- Visit the Castle of Edinburgh
- Hight Street or Royal Mile
- Monument Greyfriars Bobby
- Hollywood Palace
- Afternoon Tea in Patisserie Valerie
- Department store Junners
- Scott Memorial
- across George Street to Dean Village
6 km of St. Abb's Head
Drive to Dunbar
Boat trip from North Berkshire to the 3 bird islands: Firth of Forth and Bass Rock
Visit the Sea Bird Center
Drive to Melrose
Visit of the monastery Melrose Abey
Lunch at The Townhouse RestaurantFerry from Hull to Rotterdam
Scotland is full of amazing sites to see, ranging from old heritage sites, historical buildings and battlefields to cultural traditions, myths, legends and proud stories about Scotland's past.
Scotland is typically a nice island for the summer, however is also frequented with rain during this period. There is much more rainfall on the west coast than on the east coast, and similarly, there are also much more midges (a type of insect-akin to small flies) in the west. With a good antiseptic (with Deet), you should not have any major problems and of course it will help to keep your cover up. Since the weather is very changeable (for us we encountered stormy weather and grey skies), you might encounter some difficulties if you plan to have multi-day hikes with tents, as we did. On the other hand, routes with overnight stays in B&B's could offer a good alternative, especially for keeping warm and staying dry.
Scotland, similar to England, is a country of B&B's, Castle hotels (similar to that of 'Schlosshotels' in Germany). We can highly recommend the experience of an old castle hotel as you get a good insight into the British way of life and atmosphere of the upper class. The prices for a night in such a hotel are correspondingly high and are about £150-300 for a double room. Campsites also have plenty of options and are typically between £20 and £30. Wild camping is also possible. Many parking spaces are suitable here as long as they are not marked with a "no overnight parking" sign. A good website for wild camping can be found at: http://www.wildcamping.moonfruit.com.
The English or Scottish food is better than its reputation. We liked the classic Fish 'n Chips, Haggis and Black Pudding (the two last being an acquired taste) however the very well equipped supermarkets offer plenty of options for those looking to self-cater. We frequented supermarkets such as the Coop and Morrisons. Some shopping classics for UK fans include custard (a mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk), fresh fruits, lemon curd, fudge and clotted cream (thickened cream). And, of course, chips in all flavors! Alcohol is more expensive because of the alcohol tax and particularly noticeable when buying whiskeys, which would be much cheaper in Germany.
Fortunately, admission to museums is usually free, but the entrance fees for the castles and sights are usually £10 per person. If you want to visit several castles and sights, you should consider purchasing an annual membership at Historic Scotland. For £52.50 per person (couples and families cheaper) you can then visit several sights as part of the membership. Tip: you should check if the sights you want to see are on this list before purchasing the yearly pass. Recommended sites include: Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, St. Andrew Castle and Abbey, Melrose Abbey. For more information, visit https://members.historic-scotland.gov.uk.
You get used to left side driving quickly and if you have a navi like TomTom it is recommended to convert this to miles so that you can keep to the speed accurately. In general, it should be noted that you should plan more time for the routes, especially in the remote areas, where there are many one way roads.
One problem is the older washing machines in Scotland at camping sites, which accept only the old pound coins. Since there are not as many coins in circulation, one should pick up the old ones well. Overall, gasoline or diesel is relatively expensive in the UK. Overpriced petrol stations on motorways should be avoided. A good tip is to refuel at petrol stations that are connected to large supermarkets. Here we paid about 6-8 pence less per liter than the normal price. It should also be noted that in some remote areas (hybrids, northern Scotland, highlands) it is sometimes difficult to find shops and ATM's.
The weather in Scotland is very variable. You can experience all four seasons in one day. The best travel time for Scotland is May - September and the main holiday season lasts from June to August.
A special highlight was Charlestown of Aberlour.
Despite the better conversion rate (€; to £) entry fees are still relatively high in Scotland.
Lunch: Fish 'n Chips was especially delicious at the The Townhouse Restaurant in Melrose.