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    Have been reading the forums for a while now and have just became a full member. We are Australian and the plan is to take our family of 6 on a Scottish motorhome holiday for about 4 weeks in May 2020. My FIL and his ancestors were from the Scottish Highlands. We have owned a caravan here in Australia for nearly 10 years and we spend most of our holidays travelling and free camping. We are looking to do the same for our Scotland trip given there will be two adults and four kids to cater for and thus we are hoping the full membership and tips will be of great benefit. Current plan is to fly into London, spend a few days there and then fly over to Paris for a few days then fly back into London and hire a motorhome and travel to Scotland via Bath,Cotswolds and the Lakes District. We will then travel clockwise around Scotland visiting Galloway Forest, Galston (family history!) Edinburgh, Falkirk, Loch Lamond, Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye, John O Groats, Orkney Islands, down to Alvie/Kingussie/Aviemore/Tominutoul areas for more family history exploring. Not sure how we are going to fit in everything within a total of 5 weeks even though we are used to travelling long distances for our holidays over here. Cheers!
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    Hi and the POI map will be of great help to you and someone will come along and give you some advice enjoy your travels

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldessam View Post
    Have been reading the forums for a while now and have just became a full member. We are Australian and the plan is to take our family of 6 on a Scottish motorhome holiday for about 4 weeks in May 2020. My FIL and his ancestors were from the Scottish Highlands. We have owned a caravan here in Australia for nearly 10 years and we spend most of our holidays travelling and free camping. We are looking to do the same for our Scotland trip given there will be two adults and four kids to cater for and thus we are hoping the full membership and tips will be of great benefit. Current plan is to fly into London, spend a few days there and then fly over to Paris for a few days then fly back into London and hire a motorhome and travel to Scotland via Bath,Cotswolds and the Lakes District. We will then travel clockwise around Scotland visiting Galloway Forest, Galston (family history!) Edinburgh, Falkirk, Loch Lamond, Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye, John O Groats, Orkney Islands, down to Alvie/Kingussie/Aviemore/Tominutoul areas for more family history exploring. Not sure how we are going to fit in everything within a total of 5 weeks even though we are used to travelling long distances for our holidays over here. Cheers!
    Welcome aboard & good luck on your travels

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    Hi welcome and enjoy
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    Hi welcome and enjoy,you will be made most welcome over here plenty places to see and stay
    Keep watching g the forum for tips whichWILL help on your travels
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    Hi and welcome along, hope your trip planning goes ok.

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    You will love Scotland although motorhome and traffic in general have increased a lot due to the success of the NC500.

    Getting off of the main routes will give you far more chances for wildcamping, but try and include the odd stopover at sites to get rid of waste etc. I can thoroughly recommend the site at Rothiemurchus near Aviemore as a stopover, but you would need to book in advance.

    I would also include Applecross which is my favourite place. The inn there does superb food and the scenery is stunning. If you don't mind travelling long distances in one hit, I think your itinerary is perfectly doable, in fact we are travelling to Applecross tonight (577 miles) and then on to Mellon Udrigle (a first for us), then back down to Glencoe and then Rothiemurchus before heading home to Cambridgeshire and we will be doing this in 10 days.

    Stay online during your trip and advice will be readily available as you travel.

    Enjoy!
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    Welcome from the six countys,scotland is v/good and well worth seeing,do think of crossing to n/ireland and donegal if you do wish to wild.
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    Gooday blue, and welcome, donít forget the tinnies. Good bunch on here, and always there to help.
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    HI from a Scot in Scotland.

    Yes it's doable... sort of. Its honestly pretty ambitious in reality so I would suggest that you priortise what you really need to do and what is a "bonus"

    Here its not the distance that is really the issue but the time it takes. Today we travelled from Stonehaven (just south of Aberdeen) back to here in the Scottish Borders and that was 160 miles. Time was a bit over 4 hours with a stop for lunch. Take into account 2/3ds of that was on dual carriage way roads with a top speed of 70mph. A lot of the roads you are considering will be a legal top speed of 60 with some being realistically 40 in a large van.

    Not being negative, just practical.

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