Summer this year was spent exploring the West Coast of Scotland and In July we decided to hire a campervan for a week. This was our first campervan experience and luckily enough we found Nevis Campers who were dog friendly, reasonably priced and extremely helpful with booking. There was great communication and support when we arrived to collect and they talked us through how to use and work certain aspects of the van. They are based in Fort William so we simply drove our car from Peebles and then parked up and they kept our keys safe. All in all a very easy collection and drop off service. Inside the campervans they sleep 4 with a lower seat double ned and an upper double bed. There is ample storage and also they feature heating/small fridge - freezer/freshwater storage/plug sockets/kitchen facilities - gas hob/grill/sink and folding table. Depending on the time of year you decide to do this, take warm bedding, we chose to take our duvet and pillows which made the experience even better. We would highly recommend booking with Nevis Campers if it's your first experience with campervans.
Isle Of Skye
Our first location was the Isle of Skye, we chose to drive the longer route and cross over the
Skye Bridgeover Loch Alsh. We stopped off at the Eildon Donan Castle which was absolutely beautiful and well worth the quick stop off, there is a small car park next to it which was great.
It really is such a beautiful drive and we felt so lucky to be in a campervan enabling us to stop off for all the scenery without rushing to book in to accomadation. Keep an eye out as you drive through skye for the abundance of seals, we spotted lots resting on the rocks in the water! As we entered Skye we thought we should stop off for food and spotted the cutest little deli called
Deli Gasta. They served delicious sandwiches and coffee to take away or sit in, we will definitely stop off there on our travels again.
We then decided to visit one of the famous tourist spots in Skye - The Fairy Pools. As we drove up the winding road there were lots of tourists who had the same idea but lots of passing places made this not an issue. As we arrived there was a large car park (which was in development of adding new toilets) and a parking charge as you enter which was around 3 pounds. A short walk down from the car park lead to the path which was quite marshy and luckily we had our hiking boots as we also had to cross some shallow rivers. As you can see from the photo of Buddha, it was extremely muddy although so beautiful and really it does feel like such a magical place to be. Some people were brave and went for a swim whilst we didn't have long enough to do this we enjoyed taking photos and exploring all the beautiful pools. It Is quite a steep walk up to the pools so bear this in mind if you consider going.
We continued driving after this and decided to stop off on the road near Dunvegan Castle, it was one of the most beautiful places we had been and the views were out of this world. There were no signs indicating we couldn not park up so we decided to stay for the night. Looking down we could see seals in the loch and to the left of us was the castle. It really was special. (See photo below).
Isle of Harris
The following morning we set off for the ferry from Uig to Tarbert. We booked this online well in advance through Calmac Ferries. As you board the ferry there are dog-friendly areas were you can sit both inside and out. It took around an hour and a half to arrive in Tarbert where we set off on our next adventure!
We chose to drive South from Tarbert and the scenery was outstanding, it is hard to put in to words. You literally feel like you are on a Caribbean island, it is that outstanding with the clear blue waters and white sands. The winding roads through the island are quite challenging although you do get used to them and there are plenty of passing places. Our first beach visit was Seilbost, we parked up and walked down (five minute walk). There was no one there but us and not a footprint in the sand it felt so secluded and beautiful with the surrounding mountains and clear water! This was our favourite beach visit from the whole trip. We decided to venture up a little to the famous Luskentyre beach. One thing we didn't expect after experiencing such a quiet part of the island was how busy and overcrowded this beach was. The car park was full and it really did not feel as special as our secluded visit to Seilbost. However, we parked further up the road and walked down, the locals stopped us to ask how we were and were we came from it was lovely to see they were not phased by the tourists. The beach was vast and beautiful although there were lots of families it was so big it did not feel overcrowded, we were glad we stopped for the quick visit. After all our beach visits we decided to try and park up for the night, we drove further south to the bottom of the island and found a parking space right next to the sea (there were plenty of spaces to park up and some lovely spots which were charged at a small fee of 5 pound per night).
The next morning we chose to explore the north of island and it was just as beautiful, we headed to Stornoway which was the main town. We decided to grab some lunch from the lovely Good Food Boutique. We then set off to explore our final beach before leaving which was called Garry Beach, there were toilets and a small car park which was perfect for the campervan. The weather was that lovely we sat down on the this beach for a while, families were there paddle boarding and swimming, it was a lovely beach and not too busy. Buddha really enjoyed this trip as he was able to be outdoors for majority of our trip minus the driving time (he slept great in the van). Two tips we would give would be to download movies to your laptop, we done this and it was great for night when it became cold outside, there are also charging points in the van. We also took two camping chairs which are really handy for stopping off places to sit outdoors. We hope you enjoyed reading through our campervan experience and if you have any more questions please send us a message and we would be more than happy to help. We have already decided to book again next year and we are so excited!