The tourist trail - Glasgow to Oban, to Isle of Skye and back
The best way to explore Scotland, you say? Jump in one of our Rockin’vans and head out on a tourist trail. One of the most popular trips is the Argyll Coastal Route, but that wasn’t quite enough for us so we expanded slightly and created our very own tourist trail.
Transport museum at night
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow can be seen as the people’s capital. It is a city steeped in history with a strong industrial heritage. As well as being a top shopping destination, the city is home to some fantastic museums, galleries and parks. Excuse the cliché, but there really is something for everyone.
If you’ve had enough of wading through crowds of people in George Square, steer your camper on the M8 and head out of the city into the spectacular Scottish countryside.
Follow the M8 and M898 over the Erskine Bridge, then take the A82 up to Loch Lomond.
Balloch, the gateway to Loch Lomond, is worth stopping in as there are numerous centres for watersports and cruises to take on the loch. We’d recommend moving on from Balloch up the west banks of the loch towards Luss. This village is in a beautiful location, with spectacular views in every direction. After spending some quality time taking in the scenery, you’ll head to Tarbet – the start of the Argyll Coastal Route.
Tarbet is a great place to park up for the night, before starting out on your roadtrip to Oban. It’s a popular stopping place for travellers, so there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat and put your head down.
The next morning you will head west on a 60 mile jounrye from Tarbet on the A83 through Argyll Forest Park and towards the infamous viewpoint, Rest and be Thankful. The memorial stone is just at the junction of the A83 and B828, just below Loch Bestil, the inscription reads:
“REST & BE THANKFUL
MILITARY ROAD REPD
BY 93D REGT 1768
COMMRS FOR H.R & C.
IN THE YEAR 1814”.
The town is a popular resort town, often reffered to ask the Gateway to the Isles, which is no surprise as there are ferry links to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay. To book tickets on any of the ferries, visit the Caledonian MacIntyre website.
Although there are numerous potential day trips from Oban, there are plenty of things to do on the mainland as well. It’s easy to spend a day in Oban visiting local landmarks and taking in the town’s history or heading to some of the family attractions.
If you plan to stopover here before continuing up to Fort William in the Highlands, Oban Caravan and Camping Park is a popular choice.
It’s just over an hour drive up to coast road (A828) to Fort William, you’ll pass over the impressive Connel Bridge and drive on the outskirts of Barcaldine Forest.
Perhaps most famous for nestling at the foot of the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, Fort William claims to be the outdoor capital of Great Britain. You could spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days in Fort William without running out of things to do, but climbing Ben Nevis has to be top of that list.
After a long day climbing over 1000 metres above sea level, you will need somewhere decent to spend the night. Glen Nevis Holiday Park is an obvious choice being located in the town itself, but nearby alternatives include Lochy Holiday Park and Linnhe Lochside Holidays.
This is the end of the Argyll Coast Route, but it would be a shame to skip a visit to the nearby Isle of Skye. So, the next leg of our tourist trail takes you on a rather beautiful journey through the West Highlands. From Fort William, you will take the A82 past Loch Lochy and onto the A87 past the shores of a number of lochs. You’ll eventually come to the vast Loch Alsh and cross over the Skye Bridge onto the island.
Isle of Skye
The largest of the Scottish isles, the Isle of Skye is an incredibly popular tourist destination. From gorgeous golden sands to the dramatic Cuillin, Skye is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If the scenery alone isn’t enough, there are plenty of visitor attractions and activities to enjoy.
Finding a place to stay on the Isle of Skye before taking the trip back to Glasgow should be easy enough. Wild camping is a popular option on the island; there are some great spots of flat grassy land to park up on. Alternatively, try Torvaig Campsite near Portree; Staffin Campsite up north in Uig, or Glenbrittle Campsite near Talisker.
If you want to explore the west of Scotland, there really is no better way than heading on a roadtrip in one of our Rockin’vans. Call us today to book the trip of a lifetime.