Scotland’s Route 66 - Inverness Castle

Cameron Dean of We Buy Any Motorcarvan gets on the road to see if the Scottish Highlands deserve their glowing reputation.

In what was undoubtedly a genius pitch from the Scottish tourism board -- comparing the Highlands North Coast 500 to the backbone of America -- motorcaravanners, campers, and glampers have flocked to the northernmost extremities of the country in their droves.

But is the journey really all it's cracked up to be? We decided to find out for ourselves.

Visiting flamingoes at Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is one way to make your UK break eco-friendly

When choosing a holiday it’s important that you consider your carbon footprint – and by opting for a UK break, you’re already saving the Earth from being affected by the gases your flights would have pumped out.

There is an online carbon footprint calculator which works out how much pollution your flight would have created, and even a short-haul three-hour return flight to Europe creates half a tonne of CO2e. A 50-mile round trip in a small car, conversely, creates about 0.01 tonnes.

Timber bush tours bus in Inverness exploring the Scottish Highlands

No visit to Scotland is ever completed without a visit to Inverness – long regarded as the country’s Highland Capital.

And using the city as a base means that travellers can explore the iconic and historic landmarks across the vast swathe of the Scottish Highlands.

Historic bust at the Monument

A bust depicting Scottish missionary David Livingstone donated to The National Wallace Monument in 1889 is believed to have been created by female sculptor Amelia Hill, and not by David Watson Stevenson as previously thought.

The discovery was brought to the attention of Stirling District Tourism, the charity that operates the Stirling visitor attraction, by sculptor Graciela Ainsworth who was conducting research into the history of female influence at the well-known Hall of Heroes.

The Enchanted Forest Photography credit: Angus Forbes Photography

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi award-winning sound and light show, has confirmed today that an independent report demonstrates that the event delivers a £7.66million shot in the arm to Perthshire’s economy. 

An independent report conducted by Tourism Resources Company in Glasgow, specialist economic impact consultants, was commissioned in 2018 by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust which operates the event.