Suggested tours

Fort William and Glencoe

The 147-mile route begins in Fort William, home to Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and an international magnet for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. At 1,345 metres above sea level, you can expect spectacular views over the surrounding lochs and highlands, plus all the mountain biking, hiking, climbing, skiing or white water rafting you can hope for. Or for something more sedate, visit the town’s traditional pubs and Scotch whisky stores for a tasty souvenir!

From here you’ll follow the beautiful shores of Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe en route to Ballachulish, for some of Scotland’s most idyllic aspects and a host of fishing, kayaking and golfing opportunities. After a loch-side picnic, it’s time to jump back in the Swift motorhome and travel to Appin, where a short boat journey reaches the magnificent Castle Stalker on a tidal islet on Loch Laich. Monty Python fans will recognise the castle from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, while wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting eagles, stags and seals.

Hopping over Loch Creran, the route takes in some of Argyll & Bute’s most stunning landscapes ahead of arriving in Connel, where the Falls of Lora are waiting with a surreal display of white water rapids created by a tidal race from Loch Etive.

Now on to Inveraray, the gateway to mountains, islands, national parks and fortresses. Whether you choose to take a sea tour to witness marine life such as dolphins, puffins and seals, or dine on the area’s outstanding fresh seafood, it’s the perfect stop to stretch your legs.

Back in the motorhome, you’ll wind through Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park before climbing once again through the highland hills and finishing in Glencoe, famed for its otherworldly valley and mountain scenery. At the heart of the UK’s outdoor capital, Lochaber Geopark, Glencoe has endless leisure and sporting activities, while film buffs can spy locations from Harry Potter and James Bond movies.

Cairngorms and Perth

For an exciting journey through the Cairngorms National Park, packed with wildlife, sports, mountains and the odd wee dram, try the 157-mile route from Pitlochry to Perth. At double the size of the Lake District, it’s the largest National Park in Britain and teeming with rivers, forest walks, waterfalls and fun, offering everything from hiking to husky sledding.

Starting in Killiecrankie, known as the site of a major Jacobite battle as well as an excellent watersports area, the drive skirts the Park to Dalwhinnie. Fringed by mountains and with long views over Loch Etricht, it’s best known for the Dalwhinnie Distillery – the highest working distillery in Scotland – where you can pick up gifts straight from the barrel.

Hop back into your Swift Go motorhome and head north to Aviemore, a popular holiday destination surrounded by forests, mountains and lochs. To capture all the sights, take the funicular railway up CairnGorm Mountain, home to some of Scotland’s best skiing, or walk around Aviemore’s Rothiemurchus Estate forest, where you can see deer and red squirrels, try your hand at archery and clay shooting, or take a pony trek. If you’re travelling in winter or early spring, you can even get up close with the free-ranging Cairngorm Reindeer Herd!

Continuing north-east through the Cairngorms National Park, the route progresses through Nethy Bridge, an ancient centre for Highland Games at which summer visitors can experience caber tossing, highland dancing and more. Next you’ll reach Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, known for the Glenlivet Estate and Speyside Malt Whisky Trail.

Driving south to Crathie, you’ll be in fine company alongside the Balmoral Estate, the Royal Family’s Scotland retreat. Next is Braemar, famed for its natural life, mysterious stone circles, looming castles and secluded glens.

Leaving the Park, the route passes Glenshee, Scotland’s largest ski resort, before travelling on to the journey’s end at Perth. By now you’ll be ready to stretch your legs, and where better than this vibrant city which fuses contemporary facilities with historical attractions, as well as superb shopping and cultural activities.

North Coast 500

Scotland’s ultimate road trip, the North Coast 500 takes in rugged coastline, castles, wildlife and natural wonders.

The 516-mile route starts and finishes in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and a city as famous for its historical and cultural attractions as it is for its lively shopping, dining and entertainment scene. Jumping into your Swift Go motorhome, you’ll journey over towards the west coast through a picturesque area where leaping salmon can be seen on the rivers during autumn.

Next on the North Coast 500 you’ll take one of the highest roads in the UK to Applecross, an isolated Wester Ross peninsular (be careful to check road signs for maximum vehicle width). Untamed and beautiful with views over Skye and Raasay, it’s steeped in history as one of the earliest settled areas of Scotland and boasts an important archaeological site. When you can tear yourself away from Applecross’ seascapes, pristine beaches and ‘edge of the world’ feel, it’s time to head north through the Torridon region’s mountain-side roads and back to the coast at Gairloch. Here you can picnic on the sandy beaches or take a boat trip for whale spotting, deep-sea fishing or snorkelling.

Reaching Ullapool, you can soak up the surroundings by sea kayaking or taking a tour to see the seals, dolphins, eagles and wild horses. For a more relaxing outing, Ullapool is a wonderful place to try fly fishing or simply enjoy a meal by the coast.

After admiring the awe-inspiring landscapes from your motorhome as you drive across the north coast, you’ll arrive in the county of Caithness. There’s something for everyone in this natural playground, including unspoiled beaches, castles straight out of Game of Thrones, mystical brochs and hill-climbing. World-class surfing can also be found here over the pristine waters, followed by a warming meal of the region’s mouth-watering delicacies.

As well as Orca and Minke whales, braying stags and Highland cattle, one of the more spectacular sights in Caithness is the Northern Lights which can be seen over the winter months. An unforgettable experience and a real bucket list item, the Aurora Borealis is a theatrical performance like no other. John o' Groats is another highlight of this part of the world, sitting at the very top of mainland Britain and offering everything from beachcombing to local produce.

The route now winds down the coast back to Inverness, where you can kick back and reflect on all the incredible memories you have collected along the North Coast 500.