Motorhoming in the Scottish Isles – Part two

Camping can be a great way to get away from it all and enjoy the scenic landscapes. I don’t know about you but the idea of freedom gets me really excited! This time we’re taking you to the Inner Hebrides Islands and surrounding towns.

In Motorhoming in the Scottish Isles – Part one, I looked at travelling by Motorhome or Campervan Rental in the Outer Hebrides.

Inner Hebrides Islands by Motorhome Rental

Collecting the Spaceship Campervan

Our adventure started in Edinburgh with the train journey to Cowdenbeath and then a taxi onwards to Kelty, the location of Spaceships campervans.  Firstly, I thought it was going to be an adventure in itself to collect the campervan but we found it really easy to get to and with the M90 junction located nearby it was brilliant!  We were off and running north towards the Isle of Skye.

Campsites

We had researched some camping sites ahead of time but hadn’t booked.  (Looking back we were extremely lucky, as most campsites were fully booked.)  We were unsure how far we would drive without stopping but had aimed at Portree.  The drive from Kelty to Portree being 5 hours long, can be a lot in one go.

inner hebrides islands: Experience the local cuisine. ©MDHarding
Experience the local cuisine. ©MDHarding

We stopped briefly for dinner at Kyle of Lochalsh where there is a small selection of bars and restaurants. It is also worth the stop to enjoy the view of the Skye Bridge.

Inner Hebrides Islands: 1st night camping with VW Campervan in Portree, Isle of Skye. ©MDHarding
1st night camping with VW Campervan in Portree, Isle of Skye. ©MDHarding

The number one campsite a few minutes drive from Portree on the Isle of Skye is Torvaig Campsite. It even has hairdryers in the ladies shower block!  The location was perfect to explore Portree and only a short drive to the Old Man of Storr for a bit of walking.

The Old Man of Storr on Trotternish Ridge standing 2,358 high was formed when an ancient landside took place and left the pinnacle behind. It is said that the landslide could have taken place 175 million years ago.  Now one of the most photographed landscapes in Scotland.

Inner Hebrides Islands: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye. ©MDHarding
The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye. ©MDHarding

Not for the faint hearted!  But well worth it when you reach the top.  The views are incredible.

As mentioned in “Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye” there are some incredible walks to see some of the best Skye has to offer.

Next stop Uig. As we were sailing early from Uig Port we stayed at the conveniently located Uig Bay Campsite. Wake up to music in the  shower block. A great way to start your day.  Refreshing!

Inner Hebrides Islands: Uig Bay Campsite, Skye ©MDHarding
Uig Bay Campsite, Skye ©MDHarding

There are no shops at either campsite but all essentials can be purchased in Portee or a the Uig petrol station.  Which had a huge selection of toiletries, snacks and much more!

By the time we got to the Isle of Harris, the notion to just park up for the night was too much to bare.  We had driven all day exploring the many wonderful white sandy beaches and some beauty sleep was definitely required.

Inner Hebrides Islands: Bosta, one of the many sandy beaches, Harris. ©MDHarding
Bosta, one of the many sandy beaches on Harris. ©MDHarding

We found Harris and Lewis much more relaxed with toilet and shower blocks by the beaches. (Please note showers cost 50 pence per 4 minutes!).  There is nothing like waking up and going for a walk along the beach!

On the way back down towards Edinburgh there are a number of campsites but after experiencing the peace and quiet we opted to park up en route. We discovered most parking areas do not allow overnight parking between 8pm-8am.  And laybys are not safe with lights turned off in the evening.  A few miles outside Fort William there is just the perfect parking/picnic area over looking Loch Linnhe.  Having the place to ourselves, you could hear a pin drop!  We awed at the stars twinkling and illuminating the evening sky.

Inner Hebrides Islands: Early morning overlooking Loch Linnhe. ©MDHarding
Early morning overlooking Loch Linnhe. ©MDHarding

After a good nights rest and another few miles further down the road is Tyndrum.  The Green Welly has it all, gift shop, breakfast café and most important toilets!

Our adventure in the Spaceship Campervan was one we will never forget.  It was that good we are looking forward to doing it all again soon!  Renting a Motorhome is easy and its a great way to explore the Scottish Highlands and Islands at your own pace and with ample flexibility.

Please see Motorhoming in the Scottish Isles – part 1 for further information on Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry crossing and more.

As always we would love to hear from you.  Have you travelled to the Inner Hebrides Islands and Harris and Lewis?  What were your highlights? Please comment below.  Also if you have any questions, don’t hesitate in getting in touch.  Happy Travels x

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Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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