Aberdeenshire 7-day trip
Rent from Go Scotland Motorhome hire to enjoy an incredible trip in ‘Scotland’s castle country.’ With over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape there are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK. This east coast trail in your motorhome will see you enjoy the truly stunning array of castles. Breath-taking views and vast history will keep you constantly entertained.
Leave Go Scotland Motorhome Hire’s office and head north over the newly built Forth Road Bridge. From there you will head to Falkland Palace & Garden if you have time (depending on your pick up time), one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces, adored by none other than Mary, Queen of Scots.
Head north following directions for Aberdeen. Your first stop will be the idealistic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, Dunnottar Castle. Visit here in your camper for your own memorable experience and discover the importance of Dunnottar – an unconquerable fortress that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past. From here you will head north from Stonehaven on the A957, that brings you to Crathes Castle, a magical turreted castle set within glorious gardens. Not only is the castle itself fantastic, there are plenty of woodland trails you can explore. Next you will head 5 miles to Drum Castle. This is where you will discover 700 years of history at Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire. Climb the Tower of Drum, walk in the Garden of Historic Roses and wander the Jacobean mansion.
Day three of your motorhome adventure starts at Castle Fraser, one of the grandest castles of Mar. it is located just over 15 miles west of Aberdeen, the imposing and distinctive Scottish castle is full of historic stories. From here you continue to head north, taking in all that the Aberdeenshire countryside has to offer. Tolquhon Castle and Haddo House are next on the list, both vastly different but equally beautiful. Tolquhon Castle at Tarves is one of the most aesthetically pleasing castles in the Grampian countryside, while Haddo House is stately and striking, creating a great impression from the moment you set eyes on it. The surrounding grounds and near by country park has plenty of walks, lakes and monuments. Make sure you check them out before tucking in for the night in your motorhome.
We start in Turriff for day three, so it could be an idea to rent a stop at Boggieshalloch Caravan Site. First stop is Fyvie Castle, which is a pure example of Scottish Baronial architecture. From there continue driving north until you arrive at Delgatie Castle. Don’t let the modern coffee shop fool you, this castle dates from the 11th century and is immersed in Scottish history throughout. Your last stop will finally take you to the coast and the North sea, there you will encounter Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum. Explore the fine castle turned lighthouse, originally built for the Fraser family in the 1500s.
Head along the north coast at the start of day five, unless of course you choose to make the trip across the previous night. Here Spynie Castle awaits with 500 years of history. Spynie is the largest surviving medieval bishop’s house in Scotland. You will finally be taking your Go Scotland motorhome south, through Elgin and Rothes. Next is Balvenie Castle, which is one of the oldest stone castles in the country. Initially known as Mortlach, it was built in the 12th century by a branch of the influential Comyn family and later amended in the 15th and 16th centuries. After this you will really feel the advantage of being in a camper, heading south through the spectacular Cairngorms towards Braemar Castle. Take this unique opportunity to drive leisurely across the Scottish countryside in your mobile home.
You will want to spend more time gazing at the surroundings at this point of the trip, so make sure you leave with plenty of travel time to spare. Starting day 5 at Braemar Castle which was built in the 1200’s as the seat of the powerful earls of Buchan. This will act as a great warm up for what will undoubtedly be the highlight of your motorhome hire trip, Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. You will want to spend a good few hours here taking in the deep history, enjoying the views, visiting the eatery and of course the gift shop.
(Depending on when your drop off time is).
After you have headed south though the Cairngorms into Perthshire. Take your motorhome to one of the following castles that are on the way back to Go Scotland’s office. Balhousie Castle and museum, which sits on the edge of the North Inch in Perth. The origins of the Castle are to date back to the 12th century, which you can learn all about at their highly rate museum. Dunfermline Abbey, where some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest. Founded as a priory, it was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum.
Touring Scotland’s most famous castles can be a trip you will never forget.
We hope you have felt inspired to hire one of our motorhomes and find out for yourselves what Scotland’s castle country is all about. This trip can of course take up to 14 days depending on how you like to travel, another major benefit of hiring a motorhome over staying in hotels.