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Discover magical places exploring the coasts of Scotland the highland and islands
Ever wanted to work you way around Scotland on a road trip. Pitch you tent where ever you decide to stop for the night. Stay a few days at a magical spot you found along the way. Here are just some of the best reasons to camp out on the shores of the Scotish coast line.
Summer temperatures range from 14 °C (57 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F).
One of the centres of the burgeoning Scottish surf scene and thus one of the most popular surf spots in Scotland is Pease Bay. Considered to be one of the best waves in Europe with a good beach break and challenging reef for better wave riders. Also located close by are several major walking routes including Scotland’s only official coast to coast long distance walking route, the Southern Upland Way. The spectacular St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve will provide hours of relaxing walks, cliff top views and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Heading north to Caithness on the Scottish Highlands north coast, Dunnet is hugged by a sweeping sandy bay, with the crescent-shaped beach stretching away towards Castle Town. Often empty, the white sands are a great place for long walks. Following the B855 north from Dunnet to the lighthouse at Dunnet Head, takes you to the most northerly point of mainland Britain. The small town of Thurso lies about 5 miles west of Castle town, it’s harbour and beach looking out over the Firth to the Orkney Island of Hoy and the famous towering Old Man of Hoy. Surfers will enjoy Thurso East’s with it’s reef break. This whole area is a beautiful scape of lochs, history filled heaths, cliff top view surrounded bays, and deserted sandy beaches.
Following the roads south through Inverness and on through Fort Augustus and Fort William will bring you to the small town of Arisaig, lying on the shores of Loch nan Ceall. Along the B8008 from Arisaig are miles and miles of white sandy beaches with pretty views across the waters to the islands of Skye, Rhum, Eigg, Canna and Muck, finally ending in the small fishing port of Mallaig, Inverness-shire, where you can take a ferry to the islands. Tourism is the main industry in the Arisaig area due to the spectacular scenery and great beaches.
Working our way further south we run into the Firth of Clyde, in which lies the isle of Arran. A mountainous island, the main attraction being the imposing Brodick Castle situated along it’s east coast. The southern half of the island, being less mountainous, has a more favourable climate for outdoor activities. Along the coast spectacular views share the horizon. Pladda Island, with it’s tall white lighthouse lying just off shore, and the dome shaped Ailsa Craig, visible in the hazy distance. Rocky pools abound with a myriad of aquatic animals and otters, gannets, porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and grey seals are easily spotted from the many sandy beaches.
The Scotish coastline is dotted with many amazing camping options for visitors of all walks of life to choose from. The most popular sites are often the easiest to find. But if you dig just a little deeper those hidden gems are made visible. With the Sea view camping Scotland the hightlands and islands guide we have already done all the digging for you. We found hundreds of campsites along the Scotish coast line and listed them all in this easy to use guide for you. Happy travels.