West Coast of Scotland Holidays…

…in a campervan

West Coast of Scotland Holidays – the must see stops

Dreaming of West coast of Scotland holidays? You’re not alone. The West coast of Scotland is the most visited region of Scotland. It’s no surprise – the west coast of Scotland offers a wonderful rugged coastline, intermittent golden sand beaches and spectacular views to the Scottish Islands.  From Kennacraig and Oban you can take ferries to Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Iona and Skye. Each of these islands are totally unique and beautiful in their own particular way. 

With the West coast such a popular spot, it can get busy in peak holiday season. Of course, in a campervan you don’t need to worry about booking holiday accomodation ahead. You don’t have to plan a rigid itinerary. Although it does help to have some idea of the places you don’t want to miss. Here are some of our suggestions of places to visit as part of your holiday on the west coast of Scotland.

Sunset - West Coast Scotland campervan trip

You take the high road…

Loch Lomond

As a first port of call on the West coast of Scotland, you really can’t beat arriving on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond with the beautiful Ben Lomond commanding a striking view. If wild swimming is your thing then you could head to the Falls of Falloch and take a dip in the natural pool there. Or, visit Luss and take a wander or a boat trip around Loch Lomond.

 Camping at Loch Lomond.

Luss campsite is a great place to stop for the night. If you’d prefer a wilder experience then you can wild camp in Loch Lomond Country Park. You will need to get a camping permit to do this between March and September. Make sure you to familiarise yourselves with the byelaws in place to protect these natural areas. Passes can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.

Arrochar West coast of Scotland holidays Loch Long
West coast of Scotland holidays Arrochar

West coast of Scotland: Fyne time and castles

Loch Fyne

On leaving Loch Lomond, head towards Inverary.  The road takes you over the famous Rest and Be Thankful where you can stop at the viewpoint and see for miles around. Rest and Be Thankful is so named because in the olden days it was a place for travellers to stop as they reached the summit. Literally to pause and be thankful they had reached the highest point, before continuing their journey downwards.

As you continue you begin to wind round the loch sides of Loch Lomond, Loch Long and then, finally, Loch Fyne.  At the head of Loch Fyne you pass the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and shop.  It’s a great place for a stop either to stock up or just have a delicious lunch.

Oysters! West coast of Scotland holidays

Inverary and Inverary Castle

On the approach to Inverary you will see the striking Inverary Castle, home to the current Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and his family.  You may recognise it from the recent BBC drama, ‘A Very British Scandal’ about the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the 1960’s. The iconic castle and grounds are open to the public. 

Inverary is a pretty town, with much to see. You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy the museum at the famous Inverary court house and jail as it is a living museum. You will be transported back to the 19th Century and meet living characters who were tried and locked up here. Some were as young as seven years old. Another popular spot is Para Handy Cottage, birthplace of Neil Munro, the Para Handy stories author.  There are also plenty of small, independent shops to explore in the town.  Don’t miss Purdies of Argyll where you can buy beautiful and natural skin care and beauty products.  

Oban – shopping and coffee!

Oban - busy ferry terminal for island trips

Leaving Inveray, take the B8025 towards Oban. You can stop off at the Nether Largie Standing Stones and the Dunadd Iron Age Fort on the way to the busy ferry town of Oban.  In Oban there are lots of shops and cafes to explore, alongside the bustle of people catching ferries to the inner Hebrides.  If, like me, you love a chandlery, one among a number in Oban that is worth a visit is Aladdin’s Cave.  Another little shop that I always pop into is Hinba to buy a bag of coffee and taste the produce. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle, you can always head up the hill to McCaig’s Tower where, on a clear day, you can see right across to the islands.

This is just a taste of a what you can see and enjoy during a holiday on the West coast of Scotland.  At Big Sky Campers we have a wealth of knowledge about our beautiful country and we are always happy to share that with our customers. We can help you with route suggestions and recommend places of interest and campsites. There are lots of itinerary suggestions and recommendations about campsites and places to visit on our website. We also offer a full itinerary planning service, tailored to your specific interests. We use our local knowledge and contacts to build you a bespoke holiday to ensure you get to see the real, authentic Scotland. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about this service.

Happy holidays!

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