Vdub's Recommended Scotland West Coast Route

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Vdub's Recommended Scotland West Coast Route

Vdub's Recommended Scotland West Coast Route

We have produced a broad itinerary of recommendations based on a one week road trip based mainly on the west coast, where you will see some of the most beautiful sights within the whole of the Scottish mainland. Camp out on white sandy beaches, try new sports.  I have also tried to include some characterful inns & pubs so you can treat yourself to some tasty food along the way. In the appendix at the back I have included campsite details, but you will find lots of places along the way, where you can pull over and wild camp if you like the view, which is the advantage of having the freedom of your own camper.

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Map Key:
Green - lunch/ stop off spots
Pink - campsites/ overnight stops

First day

Pick up in Aberdeen in the morning; collect The Van, get the walk around and you will be given a brief as how all the equipment.


Set off west, traveling to Inverness where you can pick up supplies. There is both a Tesco and an ASDA in both Huntly or inverness. Keep going west  past Garve to Srathcarron.  The first section of the drive is quite a long drive; 3 ¾ hours, but you will then be in the heart of the highland west coast. There are many places to stop and have lunch on the way, my recommendation would be the old station in Stathpeffer. After lunch over west to Lochcarron on the A890.

 

1st Night Camp at: The Wee Camp Site

tel: 07876 642355
Address: Croft Road Lochcarron Highlands  IV54 8YA
Price: £10 per night


Day 2 – Time to Explore

Plockton

Head to Plockton just south west Srathcarron, its only 30 mins drive.
Plockton is a really pretty seaside Village lying beside crystal clear water.. There are two bay side inns with a beer garden overlooking the water, this is the perfect place for lunch. 

If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire stand up paddle boards, wet suits, kayaks and sailing dinghies. This is the perfect place for beginners as the bay acts as a natural harbour.

In the afternoon head back to Lochcarron and head over to Apple Cross via the Bealach Na Bà pass: “This road rises to a height of 2053m and in one of the most scenic and most famous roads in Scotland. When descending it is very twisty, narrow and steep, not for learner drivers.

 Applecross

2nd Night Camp: Applecross Campsite by Strathcarron

tel. 01520 744268
Address: Applecross Campsite by Strathcarron, Ross-Shire, IV54 8ND 

Booking in advance would be desirable as it is very popular in summer, its around £10 pounds a pitch, and has good facilities.

For your evening entertainment and food head to the Appelcross Inn or the Applecross Walled Garden Restaurant,  the food is amazing in both places; again we recommend booking in advance.


Day 3

Gairloch

Head north, you can take the coast road or go over the steep pass if the view wasn't good the day before. You will reach Gairloch in about an hour and 45. There is good beaches called big sands on which to have a picnic or there is the old converted stables and steading which is now a great cafe. The Steading, Achtercairn, Gairloch IV21 2BP

After lunch head up to Ullapool. Ullapool is a busy little town with a harbour where you can enjoy boat tours or catch the ferry to the outer islands.

It has all the facilities you need to resupply. It has a large supermarket and petrol station. If you like seafood maybe try the Ullapool shack -9 W Argyle St, Ullapool IV26 2TY.

 

3rd Night Camp: Ardmair Point Holiday Centre

tel: 01854 612757 or 07769692140
Address: Ardmair Point, Ullapool, Ross-Shire, IV26 2TN


Day 4 – Time to Chill

Lochinver

This a is much shorter day.
Drive 30 miles north to Lochinver. For lunch there is a great famous Pie shop Lochinver Larder. In the afternoon I would recommend an amazing drive past two beautiful beaches, Achmelvich and Clachtoll and up past Stoer light house, making a big loop back to Ardvreck Castle A837 Lochiver road.

For evening meal the Caberfeidh is very good.

 

Night 4 we would recommend this beautiful campsite:

http://www.clachtollbeachcampsite.co.uk/
tel: 01571 855377
Address: 134, Clachtoll, Lochinver IV27 4JD


Day 5

Smoo Cave

It is not too long a drive to the very north west of Scotland; to Durness.
We recommend a vist to lighthouse, Café at Cape Wrath  and/or Smoo Cave
At this location I would wild camp on Durness beach probably one of my favourite places on the Scottish mainland. However, if you want to camp there is a campsite very close, Sang Sands Durness IV27 4PZ 01971 511726


Day 6

Dornoch

Time to set off back East I recommend heading to Lairg, you can either drive the north route past Tougue and down the A836, or the slightly faster route of heading back down to Laxford bridge A838; just be warned both have long  single track sections so just take it easy. Possibly try the Pier restaurant in Lairg for lunch the head to Dornoch. Possibly the Pier restaurant in Lairg.  Then travel to the quaint county town of Dornoch. If you it castles, we would a trip slightly north to Dunrobin near Golispie.

 

6th Night Camp: The Links

tel: 01862 810423
Address: The Links, Dornoch IV25 3LX
http://dornochcaravans.co.uk/


On your final day just head back to Aberdeen, via Inverness.

I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions just give me a buzz 07740778818

G @ VDub

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