We headed off to the West Coast of Scotland and the Isle of Skye at the end of November in our 2 berth Bessacarr E410 motorhome. Many caravan and campsites were closed for the winter but here are a few suggestions for campsite and ‘wild camping’ motorhome sites:
The Camping & Caravan Club site at Moffat (fully serviced hardstanding pitches for motorhomes, open to non-members) is open all year and makes a convenient stopping off point for your first night being around 3 hours from Harrogate, just off the A74(M). It is a tidy site within 2 minutes walk of the many pubs around the market square.
We headed to Oban for opening of the Oban Winter Festival (19th – 27th November 2011. 2012 dates not released yet). Oban Camping & Caravan Park was closed but motorhomes and campervans are allowed to park overnight in the car park next to the Atlantis Leisure Centre car park free of charge. (Visit www.wildcamping.co.uk for great advice on where to free camp.)
Heading north towards Skye we found a super Caravan Club site at Bunree, near Onich (open to non-members). Stunning location with pitches right on the shore of Loch Linnhe. There were only a couple of motorhomes there in November but I would imagine this beautiful site gets very busy in Summer.
Freedom of the open road
The scenery along the road to the Kyle of Lochalsh and over the Skye bridge was spectacular…
Open campsites on Skye were limited. We stayed at Uig Bay Campsite – facilities were basic but it would make a very convenient overnight stop for an early morning ferry to the Hebrides. The bar at the Ferry terminal is not dog-friendly, but the Ferry Inn further down the road welcomes dogs after food service (last orders 8.00 pm).
Kinloch campsite at Dunvegan came highly recommended by previous customers but alas, was closed for the winter.
Instead, we stumbled across a campsite at Slighachan, right next door to the Slighachan Hotel country pub, with a truly impressive 360 degree panorama of the Cuillin mountains. For dramatic views this campsite takes some beating (although it is very exposed to the wind). The campsite was closed but there was a sign saying motorhomes are welcome to stay for free during winter (no facilities). Sadly the pub was closed too (31st Oct – 1st Mar).
Sligachan campsite, surrounded by Cuillins, Isle of Skye
The ever-changing dramatic skies and stunning landscapes make Skye one of the most popluar destinations for motorhomes – and now we understand why. We will definitely return for a longer trip next time.
The Bessacarr E410 was a great little motorhome, and kept us toasty warm in late November. It was fuel-economical too – over the whole trip we averaged 34 mpg. Unlike our Bessacarr e435 the external waste water tank isn’t heated so I wouldn’t recommend this motorhome in the depths of winter, but it is absolutely fine if the temperatures are above zero.
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