I recently had the chance to spend 10 beautiful days touring Scotland with some friends over the festive wintry season.
It was actually the first time I got to travel around the country during wintertime and I was more than excited to discover the colder visage of what I like to call my “Home Away from Home”.
This wintry break lead us to Glasgow, Inverness, Ullapool, Thurso, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
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And what best way to make the most out of this experience than riding the Scottish routes in a stylish and oh-so-comfy turnkey campervan. This convenient solution allowed us to stop wherever we wanted for a quick nap, snack, deer-watching-session or whatever you feel like stopping for. See, there’s really nothing like a homemade Orkney Cheddar sandwich (along with an ale from the Black Isle Brewery…) on Durness beach, fighting the strong winds and watching the crashing waves.
The awesome chaps from Rockin Vans have just the right, perfectly-convenient campervans for these kinds of trips, even providing you with all the necessary equipment so that you don’t have to pack like you’re moving out or worry about bringing a blanket, pillow, towels or dishes. [Yes, the campervan even comes with a cheese grater for your Orkney Cheddar sandwich.]
I tend to be a bit of a
pain in the a** “comfort freak” and sleeping in a campervan, especially in wintertime, has never been my go-to choice when it comes to travel accommodation. I’d rather pick a charming B&B with a view and homemade scones for breakfast but, I must admit I was litteraly blown away by the amount of comfort and convenience in such a tiny space. I could even fit my luggage in the campervan without having anything else to carry on my lap.
Want to cook yourself an omelette at 3 o’clock in the morning in Glencoe? You can! Want to wash your dishes with a view over the world-famous Loch Ness? You can! It’s probably the most enjoyable dish washing session you’ll ever experience.
As there were six of us, we rented two campervans but one can perfectly suit four people as there are two double beds per van. Do not hesitate to visit Rockin Vans’ official website for more information!
Photos from Our Scotland Road Trip
5 Cities and 5 Stops on the Trail
Well, it’s time for me to share some yummy spots we visited along the way to quench our whisky and beer thirst and to simply indulge with some fine and hearty but still fr**king tasty Scottish cuisine!
1. Glasgow: Òran Mór for a holy dram in a majestic setting.
Address : Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8QX, UK
Phone:+44 141 357 6200
2. Inverness : Hootananny for some live music.
Address : 67 Church St, Inverness, Inverness-Shire IV1 1ES, UK
Phone: +44 146 323 3651
3. Loch Lomond Area :The Drovers Inn for some haggis, neeps and tatties in a spooky haunted house.
Address : Inverarnan, North Loch Lomond G83 7DX, UK
Phone: +44 130 170 4234
4. Aberdeen : The CASC Bar for artisan beers, whiskies, tapas and cigars in a relaxed atmosphere.
Address: Stirling St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB11 6ND, UK
Phone: +44 1224 212373
5. Edinburgh : The Bow Bar for some fine whiskies in the picturesque Old Town
Address: 80 W Bow, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2HH, UK
Phone: +44 131 226 7667
EXTRA: Touring Speyside?
Stop at The Speyside Centre for some quintessential Scottish souvenirs and a venison casserole at the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant. The Speyside Centre is also home to The Whisky Lounge, providing whisky tastings and events in a cozy, elegant and Chesterfield-sofa-fueled atmosphere. I hope you get to enjoy a tour around Scotland one day!