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Message posted by GrannyBoat via mobile 15/8/2019 at 5:22pm
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Hi, we tow a caravan and have been told that the road around the top of Scotland isn't really suitable for towing a van. We'd like to see as much of Scotland as possible when we come up - any suggestions for an alternative route?

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Message posted by Capt Lightning15/8/2019 at 6:55pm
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True, some parts of the north aren't suitable for caravans.

Where do you start from?
When are you coming?
How long do you have?
What do you particularly want to see?

If you want to see as much as possible, you'll either need a month or rein in your ambitions. Alternatives? Well you could start on the E.Borders, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen coast or Royal Deeside. Speyside, The Caledonian canal to the West and then south through Kintyre, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.

Or the other way round.


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Message posted by ficklejade15/8/2019 at 10:26pm
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Believe it or not, we had several holidays in the north and west Highlands with a caravan when many of the roads now twin track were all single track with passing places. Having said that, it was a small 4 berth van and Dad knew all the roads very well and there was NOTHING like the traffic there is now – mainly locals, delivery drivers and the usual service vehicles and the odd tourist. It is VERY different now unless you go out of season. If you look on YouTube under NC500 (North Coast 500), there are plenty of videos which will give you some idea of the roads.

Like Capt.Lightning, we all really need to know a bit more about your unit, your interests and the time you have to give advice on a suitable route. You’ll get plenty of help and advice.


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Message posted by SmedmorDCH16/8/2019 at 8:02am
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We have just returned home after leaving home 12/05/19 to 08/08/19, and toured around Scotland, starting in Argyll & Bute, and then moved up the west coast, up to the top, then across to the east coast and back down.
As Capt Lighting and Ficklejade have already said where would you like to go/see, and as Ficklejade has said the popularity of the NC500, it is very busy, and popular sites are booked up very quickly, the time we went it was quite, but end of July, then August was busy so came home.
intend to do the same again next year but set off beginning of April next time.

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Message posted by oxter via mobile 16/8/2019 at 8:44am
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Quote: Originally posted by GrannyBoat on 15/8/2019
Hi, we tow a caravan and have been told that the road around the top of Scotland isn't really suitable for towing a van. We'd like to see as much of Scotland as possible when we come up - any suggestions for an alternative route?



I am wondering if you know what you are taking on?

For example, the coastline of mainland Scotland is much longer than that of England. Adding the Islands would take a lifetime of touring.
I suggest you look at a map and choose a wee bit to tour after you’ve looked for campsite locations and places to see when there.

By all means ask for help and advice, but get a perspective of proportions first and have a good trip.

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Message posted by Capt Lightning16/8/2019 at 1:28pm
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I usually recommend looking at This site. You can get a good idea of what there is to see in all areas of Scotland. V good interactive map and loads of information.

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Message posted by Dot P18/8/2019 at 6:37pm
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Not sure would agree that the North of Scotland it not suitable for towing, the main roads are fine. We saw plenty of caravans of all shapes and sizes, including a good number of large 4 wheelers right along the NC500.

Even on the B roads down the from the north through to Lairgs we saw caravans. You do see 40 ft arctics being towed all around Scotland - especially on the forest routes. I think its more to do with how confident and comfortable you feel towing up there.

The East coast up to John O'Groats has some of the best roads and some amazing places to visit. From there an hour over to Orkney, well worth exploring for a couple of weeks (if you get the ferry to Stromness there is a campsite there so you need not move your caravan at all.




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Message posted by Fiona W18/8/2019 at 11:05pm
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Keep on the A roads & you'll be fine. They have to conform to certain standards. I'd be wary of the B roads & certainly keep off the C-roads (yellow on the OS maps, not numbered on a road atlas). You'll have to double back or detour in your car if you're keen to see, say, the beautiful minor road that hugs the coast south from Lochinver, as it was "interesting" in a MH, single track, with blind bends, meeting cars that couldn't - or wouldn't - reverse to the nearest passing place.
But if it's the A something, you'll be fine. Come. Enjoy.

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