North Coast 500: Explore the West Coast of Scotland by Camper Van (The Only Way to Do It!) by Carrie Watts

North Coast 500: Explore the West Coast of Scotland by Camper Van (The Only Way to Do It!)

White sand beaches, turquoise water, palm trees swaying in the wind ... an idyllic holiday scenario. One you’d never guess you’d find on the West Coast of Scotland. Traveling the North Coast 500 is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. My family and I finally managed it recently, renting a camper van named Morag Moo to explore the hills, lochs and beaches from Inverness to Durness and out to Achmelvich (Lochinver).

Photo: The inner chamber of Smoo Cave in Durness, Scotland

The place we most enjoyed was Smoo Cave (Durness). Nothing gives you perspective like exploring caverns by boat, seeing how time and the elements have shaped the world. Plus, we got to wear hard hats (always fun!). 

Photo: The famous Loch Ness in Inverness, Scotland

The camper van was the way to go. It let us set our own route, stopping when needed. It also allowed us to bring along our most important items (with two gluten- and dairy-free autistic children, having control over our environment is critical to everyone being their best!). Most importantly, it made a driving holiday extra special for my boys; they were excited to just sit in the van, sleep in the roof pop-up tent and spin the seats to use with the pull-out table. Everything about it added to the magic and wonder of our three-day trek. We can’t wait for our next adventure with Morag Moo.

Photo: The waterfall in Smoo Caves

Photo: Carrie Watts

Photo: Carrie Watts

Photo: Carrie Watts

Photo: Carrie Watts

Photo: Carrie Watts

Photo (main): A view over the Highlands of Scotland along the North Coast 500 route

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Ann Marie Patitucci
This sounds just perfect, Carrie Watts ! Thanks for sharing your trip- and photos!- with us! Welcome to our community of writers!
Carrie Watts
Thank you, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead! I appreciate your support in helping me get started. :-)
Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, what an adventure. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience with us, Carrie Watts . So excited to read more from you!
Carrie Watts
Thanks so much, Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds! I look forward to sharing more stories in the future.
Meredith Schneider
Wow Carrie Watts! What a fun trip! Pictures are beautiful and what an amazing experience your kids will never forget.
Sheri B Doyle
What a great way to see this part of Scotland. You have inspired me to do something like this when I visit. Thanks for the great story. Thank you for posting in the travel section too. Would love to hear more about traveling with your kids, especially with food allergies. I just traveled with my granddaughter in Germany and she is gluten free. We weren't prepared for the problem finding snacks etc. @carriewatts

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