There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors at springtime. It’s the time of year when fragrant gardens are blooming and Britain’s wonderful range of wildlife is in full view. With this in mind, it makes it a magical time to be outdoors, and all the better to explore somewhere new. To give you some ideas, we’ve put together a Scotland motorhome holiday trip for you to visit during the May bank holiday weekend when you hire a motorhome from Priory Rentals.
Motorhome holiday in Scotland
Friday 28th April
Start your motorhome holiday weekend early on Friday if you can. Visit the Scottish highlands get acquainted with the local landscapes. Make a beeline for the excellent Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield, around half an hour’s drive from Rosemarkie and Dingwall Club Sites, where you can experience lofty views of the battleground from the roof of the building. This centre is dedicated to the Culloden Battle that took place on 16th April 1746.
No trip to the Scottish Highlands is complete without touring a local whisky distillery and in Scotland, there are plenty to choose from. One of the nicest is the Glen Ord Distillery, which is open for tours of the working distillery, Here you can get a taste of Scottish whisky and the chance to buy your favourite flavour in the on-site shop. If you do wish to do the whisky tour during your motorhome holiday be sure to book in advance.
Saturday 29th April
The historic town of Cromarty is located on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth. It shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes driving time in your motorhome. From here various boat tours are available to enjoy the local scenery and spot sea life. The two-hour ‘Wildlife Watch’ boat trip sets sail daily, touring the Inner Moray Firth in search of Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, and Common and Grey Seals. You may be lucky enough to spot Minke Whale, too.
For a slightly different water-based excursion, head to Drumnadroicht and embark on the ever-popular Loch Ness Cruise. These hourly boat trips are a cheery way to pass a little time and, in addition to learning about the famous legend and keeping an eye on the scanning sonars, you can enjoy glorious scenes of the loch and cracking views of Urquhart Castle.
Sunday 30th April
After a day on the water, take to your heels and tour some of the best local landscapes in your own time. There are numerous self-guided walks to follow around Dingwall, Black Isle and Garve ranging from short 1.5km jaunts to more challenging 12km hikes.
Allow time in the afternoon to visit Tollie Red Kites Nature Reserve & Feeding Station near Dingwall. Here, you can spot magnificent birds of prey including buzzards, ospreys, great spotted woodpeckers and of course, red kites. Volunteers feed the winged predators every day and visitors can watch the spectacle from a covered building, against a backdrop of glorious views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis. This will certainly be a highlight of your motorhome holiday.
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May
Head to the aptly named gardens at ‘The Lookout’ on Monday for a Charity Garden Open Day. This award-winning coastal garden offers a wonderful selection of outdoor spaces including a cottage garden, a rock garden, a highly productive raised vegetable patch and a lily pond, complete with stunning views over the Moray Firth.
To finish off your motorhome holiday weekend head to Inverness to spend your Monday in the Highlands. After your evening meal, head to the Hootananny pub on Church Street from 9.30pm for traditional live Scottish music, where talented local musicians congregate and play around the tables in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
Campsites in Scotland:
All of these thrilling experience we’ve suggested are within a short drive of one or more of the following campsites. So after visiting these locations on your motorhome holiday, it means you’re never far from a comfortable campsite in which to lay your head down at.
- Loch Ness Shores
- Millarochy Bay
Hire a motorhome for a weekend away
If Scotland doesn’t take your fancy then why not check out our blog page for some more exciting ideas for a motorhome holiday. Please be aware that if you are thinking of hiring a motorhome for the may bank holiday weekend then you need to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.