Welcome to the Scottish Highlands, the third of a series of posts on our tour of Scotland. Highlights include swimming in Loch Ness, the moors, the Isle of Skye, the Isles of Harris and Lewis and the little-known and unique St. Kilda Archipelago.
The Scottish Highlands and the moors were always on my bucket list, ever since I saw movies like The Hound of the Baskervilles and An American Werewolf in London. From these movies I visualized the moors as dreary, permanently fog-covered lowlands. Instead, we experienced a mountainous terrain alive in shades of purple, green, yellow, and rust. I will forever associate the colour purple with Scotland.
Deb wanted us to tour the Scottish Highlands in a camper, which is not something I am accustomed to. My motto has always been “4-star, or better”. So we rented a campervan from Atlas Motorhome and Campervan Hire. Because it was a last-minute rental we had to pick up the campervan in Glasgow. The bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow was quick, comfortable, and inexpensive. And after thorough lessons on how to fill the water tank, drain the gray (used) water, fill the gas tank for cooking, operate all the controls, and yes, empty the chemical toilet, I felt empowered. Off we went.
We drove at a leisurely pace along a scenic route and stopped often to take in the sights. It was fabulous. We spent 4 nights to get from Glasgow to Leverburgh, on the Isle of Harris.
After our day tour of the St. Kilda Archipelago on the Sea Harris boat, we spent 5 nights driving back to Glasgow, again taking a scenic route. And again, it was fabulous, but it did rain a lot. We plan to return to the Glencoe area someday in the middle of summer to camp, hike and kayak.
The last half of August is the end of the camping season on the Hebrides, so we were able to book campsites last minute. But on the Isles of Lewis and Harris, the campsites are few and far between, and some do not provide services. Some nights we stayed in campsites and some nights we just “wild” camped. We had no problems with either.
See the highlights below of our tour of the Scottish Highlands.Click on any photo to view them all full size.