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DAY 1: LOCH LOMOND

 
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INTO THE HIGHLANDS

LOCH LOMOND is the natural place to start your exploration of the SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS. Not only is it one of the country’s most beautiful bodies of water, it is also where the Highlands geologically begin – the Highland Boundary Fault, which separates the Highlands from the Lowlands, runs directly through the lake. Loch Lomond is also extremely popular, so you’ll need to pick your spot carefully. You’re heading to the quieter eastern side and to CASHEL, a scenic campsite set right on the lakeshore, where kids can enjoy a paddle in the shallows whilst you take in the far-reaching views towards snow-capped Ben Lomond – sunsets here are glorious. It’s around 70 miles from Edinburgh and just 25 miles from Glasgow.


TOP TIP The combination of striking scenery and some spectacularly located campsites (plus the possibility of freedom camping) makes Scotland a perfect place for CAMPERVANS, and this itinerary is based on exploring the Highlands in one. Bunk Campers rent a range of motorhomes that sleep up to 4 people, or you can push the boat out and hire the Grande, which has more living space than most people’s first flat and sleeps 6. Rates start at £60 per night for a four-berth “Ranger” and include unlimited mileage and a comprehensive kitchen kit; bedding and outdoor table and chairs can be hired at additional cost. They can arrange transfers to their depot in Broxburn, near Edinburgh Airport, where there is also free parking. It’s 60 miles from Broxburn to Cashel, along the M8, M9 and A811 to Stirling, the A84 and A811 to Drymen and then the B837 to Cashel via Balmaha.



 

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