Road trips are just the perfect way to get around and explore a new country. For our Scotland trip in January we drove around with a camper van which was not only our vehicle but also our accommodation, kitchen and home for 7 days.
Read on to learn about our highlights, our route and why the UK in winter is the best idea!
Written by Anskar
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Scotland in Winter?!
Once again we decided to travel the UK in winter (the first time was Ireland in February 2017). The cozy season offers a variety of advantages, with less tourists and uncrowded hotspots being the major ones. The temperatures in winter are actually quite mild and it snows not very often. Our van from Bunkcampers was equipped with a heater so we didn’t have to freeze by night.
But as said, the best part was that we had some of the famous spots all for ourselves. And that’s the most important part when it comes to photography. Standing all alone in front of the gigantic Storr was definitely among the highlights of our trip.
From South to North & West to East
Scotland isn’t just about highlands and when we travel a country, we want to experience the diversity of it. That’s why we also explored the eastern coast of Scotland.
However, we started our journey in Edinburgh with Glen Coe being our first stop. The fascinating region gives the perfect first impression of what the highlands are all about. Deep valleys within orange-black mountain ranges traversed by rivers and waterfalls. Often with just one dead-end road leading through it.
Next up was the famous Isle of Skye where we spent two days before heading back to the “mainland”. Through the Northwest Highlands we made our way straight up towards the north eastern corner of Scotland. Once arrived we spent all morning exploring the beautiful Stacks of Duncansby. The last two days were dedicated to the east coast of the country.
To be honest, there was not really THE highlight for us. Many different spots left us speechless for their very distinct reasons. But the best advice we can give is to search for the hidden gems. Try to look beyond the Old Man or Quiraing. There really is a lot to discover in Scotland!
Among our highlights was definitely the magical landscape of the Fairy Glen. The valley of the fairies is truly enchanting. Castle Ewan (which actually isn’t a castle) surrounded by the hilly landscape and interspersed by little lakes and waterfalls just gave us that Scotland feeling right away.
Maybe it was so magical for us as we couldn’t see a thing in the neighboring Quiraing because of the thick fog and the harsh wind and rain. While at the Fairy Glen the weather was all friendly and peaceful.
As you can see Scotland can be quite charming in winter as well! Have you been to Scotland? If so, what was among your highlights and how did you get around? Tell us in the comments!