I just want to put this out there – campervanning is freakin’ awesome!
It’s not something only classic American families do in the movies, it is literally for everyone and it’s so great. Here’s why. You can save money while combining the costs of transportation and a place to stay. You have the ability to turn your vehicle/house into a nightclub whenever you want and have a party on wheels. You can wake up to a different view outside of your window every morning, hang out with your homies, munch and play the game of who stays in their seat the longest without falling out. All while being on the move. The list goes on, but you get the gist.
I and some of my friends and ex-course mates decided to do something special to celebrate our graduation from university. What a better way to do so if not by having a 6-day party on wheels while exploring the amazing nature of Scotland’s highlands. So we decided to rent a campervan, select one of the most iconic routes in the country – NC500, buy plenty of supplies and hit the road.
We chose the NC500 as our route which is sort of like Scotland’s version of the Route 66 in US or the Ring Road in Iceland, except with much more castles on the way.
The route is a loop around highlands of Scotland, starting and finishing in Inverness. It has endless attractions and places to see, some of the most popular being John o groats, the Smoo Cave, soooo many amazing beaches, even more amazing castles, and the madly awesome road to Applecross – Bealach na Ba (I dare you to pronounce it how the Scotts do).
We decided to do the route in 6 days going in the direction from East to West and it’s fair to say that our minds were blown on a daily basis. During 6 days and 5 nights, we had everything. Nature, camper-night clubs, waterfalls, bbq’s and most importantly so much laughter.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” – so here are 15 thousand words in pictures.
While all buzzed up on the liquid bread, someone thought that it would be fun to go into the waterfall for a photo (Insta model alert). It was almost summer, after all, in Scotland (eternal Spring, if you’re from anywhere else in the world).
So we did.
Any trip to highlands in Scotland requires a hike, we did one too. It’s sure to say that it wasn’t one of our most pleasant experiences since it snowed and rained (in May), but ahh, you can’t win them all.
On the 6th day of our trip, we conquered the crazy gorgeous Bealnch na Ba and reached our final destination, Applecross. It was home-time.
The moral of this story is that adventuring with a campervan is awesome, easy and fun. Of course, it was not the campervan on its own which made the adventure so great. It was the people, and of course, Scotland’s nature played its part too. However, it was the campervan which enabled us to be together the majority of the time. It gave us the opportunity to wake up to a different view every morning and explore one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.
It’s your turn now, go gather some fellow adventurers, rent a campervan and go adventure!
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