Hey guys! So we had a great idea of letting our customers talk about their campervan adventure around NC500 Glasgow. We had a lovely couple contact us a few weeks back to hire one of our VW campervans and offered to write a blog about their journey. Hopefully in some way the information they have provided will be helpful in planning your own campervan adventure! Eeek we are excited to meet all of you! If you haven’t yet, check out our Instagram @trax_adventure where we share lots of your photos. You neve know you may find a place from these photos that you would like to visit.
Choosing our campervan
We have hired a VW campervan from Trax as we have always wanted to do the NC500 Glasgow. The customer service was brilliant. All our concerns and questions have been thoroughly answered. As we were heading out for a 2 week trip we have decided to hire the campervan instead of the Mini Camper. I think this was a great idea, it allowed us to have extra storage space and just space for ourselves too. The campervan has a pop top roof as well as the RIB seats that can change into a bed. As far as the kitchen goes, we had all the necessities as we expected including pots and pans, utensils and cutlery. We have decided to add on some extras, such as bedding and a camping table with chairs. The collection was in Glasgow City Centre and same with the drop off. Now that we mentioned the all important bits regarding our chosen campervan, we’ll move onto the NC500 Glasgow trip!
The start of our Scotland journey
From collecting our campervan we have already planned our NC500 Glasgow trip. Can you believe it? I bet you can, we love to be organised and I think many of you do too. From Glasgow we have headed towards Inverness. The length of the journey is about 3 hours. We haven’t made any stops because we were just so eager to get there but you could make a pit stop at Perth or the Cairngorms National Park. Well, coffee was the first thing on our mind, so we stopped at the Velocity Cafe - what a lovely atmosphere we definitely recommend fuelling up here. After this we headed to our campsite and took a taxi to the Castle Tavern for a tasty real ale and dinner. We have then wandered along the sheltered riverside paths around the Ness Islands.
Heading next to Lochcarron
Lochcarron is a popular place to visit when doing the NC500 Glasgow. It is located only 48 miles from Inverness following the A890 and A835. Lochcarron is a beautiful village on the shore of Lochcarron in the Wester Ross region of Scotland. Let me tell you, the scenery is so beautiful. It is definitely worth
visiting this place even if you are only going to stop here for an hour like we have. We had our packed lunch sitting by the shore in a sunny area.
If you are travelling more North then be sure to stop at Ullapool and leave enough time to explore this charming town. Ullapool is nestled on the shores of Lochbroom, as many say it is the gateway to the Northern Highlands. We have actually decided to wild camp here or as some people may call it camping off the grid. We have found a lovely tucked away spot from the town centre. The next day we caught the ferry to visit the Isle of Lewis. We recommend exploring Corrieshalloch. It’s a deep gorge created by glacial meltwater. It is just outside of Ullapool, so you won’t be disappointed. Nature is mesmerising. This has to be a stop on your NC500 Glasgow route that you have planned.
Heading to Durness
This most westerly village in the Scottish highlands is surrounded with beaches, turquoise waters and rocky coastline. We have planned a lot of activities on our NC500 Glasgow journey, as we love adventure activities too, not just sightseeing and walking around. We have climbed the Ben Stack mountain. You need to see the views from here absolutely breathtaking. Then we relaxed at the Balnakeil Bay, cooked a lovely lunch and just took in the views and relaxed.
Hopefully our experience with our campervan hire and the places we have visited and recommended have been of some help to you. We love sharing our stories and we have plenty more to share in our part 2 blog too. We did want to get into more detail but it is so hard to fit everything into a small blog. It has helped us researching the popular stops of the NC500 Glasgow and then planning our routes around those places and trying to see if there are any hidden gems!