Trips Your Caravan Wants to Take in 2020
NORTH COAST 500:
With 516 miles of simply spectacular scenery, the North Coast 500 is increasingly popular with those wanting to discover Scotland through their love of driving.
So, what better route to take your motorhome on?
Perhaps not a trip for the deepest winter; the NC500 starts in the north at Inverness and then across to the west at Applecross – travelling even further north to Torridon, Ullapool, Caithness and John O’Groats – before heading back to Inverness via Dingwall. But the rewards are plentiful during spring, summer and autumn – with winter reserved for the brave.
For White Sands: go to Balnakeil Beach, Sutherland. Yes, the rumours are true – there are beaches in Scotland to rival the French Riviera (weather permitting), some even have palm trees (take that the Caribbean). Expect stunning views and epic surf.
For Castles: Scotland is known for its countless castles and keeps, a striking example of which is Urquhart. Urquhart Castle offers 1,000 years of history encased in rugged ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness. Need I say more?
If you prefer a stately home, Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Sutherland is a beautiful example, resembling a French chateau emerging from a Scottish forest. The house has been continuously inhabited since the early 1300s and used as a hospital during the First World War. Well worth a visit.
For Climbing: Head to Wester Ross. For mountain climbing with incredibly rewarding views – get your kit ready and make your way to either Stac Pollaidh, Ben Hope, An Teallach or Suilven. Or all four for those of you with boundless energy?
For Surfing: Brims Ness, Caithness is a must for any experienced Watersports enthusiast seeking a challenge. But if you desire something a bit kinder ‘surf-wise’ you will be spoilt for choice with this endless coastline. Don’t forget the wetsuit.
For Dolphins: Chanonry Point in the Moray Firth (located between Rosemarkie and Fortrose) is perfect for viewing the local dolphins. Boat tours are available during the summer months.
We recommend allocating at least 5-7 days for your North Coast 500 trip. Now get planning!
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS NATIONAL PARK:
If you have never been to the North Yorkshire Moors – you really need to plan a visit. Breath-taking scenery, stargazing, surfing, history and Hutton le Hole where sheep roam the streets - are just some of the many and varied reasons.
For Trains and Trekking: Goathland.
Worth a visit for the railway station, where Hogsmeade Station from the Harry Potter films is set - if you are a railway enthusiast or Potter fan. The Mallyan Spout is the crowning glory in a magnificent 3-mile trek walk. Victorian visitors arriving on the new railway line fell in love with this trek – starting in the village, heading down into the wooded valley and the waters of West Beck. The falls tumbling over the 70 ft high ravine are worth every step. Dress appropriately, walking boots are a must - there is a reason why it is called a trek, rather than a stroll. You won’t be disappointed.
For Smuggling Tours and Surfing: Robin Hood’s Bay.
Smuggling History: The American War of Independence (among other battles of Empire) had raised taxes and smuggling reached a peak. Robin Hood’s Bay in 1799: then known as Baytown, housed endless hidden cupboards and trap doors to enable a large percentage of the town’s population to be involved in smuggling bootleg items. Was literally everyone involved? Take a tour and find out.
Surfing: The reliability of the surf makes it popular with surfers – though not so popular that it becomes over-crowded. Winter and spring are the best times to visit. Be mindful of submerged rocks.
For Stargazing: Danby, Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest.
If you have always wanted to see the Milky Way without the need for a telescope, then a visit to one of these sites is a must. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is blessed with three dark sky discovery sites. When conditions are at their most perfect – you can see up to 2,000 stars. Between 14th February – 1st March 2020 the Dark Skies Festival will be providing lots of activities – ghost walks, starlight runs and stargazing.
There are plenty of caravan parks to choose from in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
So, start creating that itinerary!