May Bank Holiday Escape in Scotland

For an unforgettable camping escape in a remarkable corner of the country, it doesn't get much better, or bigger, than the Scottish Highlands. Vast lochs and sprawling landscapes compete with big blue skies, punctuated by craggy peaks and soaring birds of prey. Whether it's the crumbling castle ruins and battlefields that capture your imagination, or the unerring legend of Nessie, there's certainly no shortage of things to see and do here in the Highlands.

To give you a little inspiration, take a look at our suggested four-day itinerary covering the May Bank Holiday weekend. From distillery tours and ancient battlegrounds to open gardens, live music and dolphin-spotting on the waters of Moray Firth, this magical region is crammed with spectacular sights and experiences. Pitch up at our much-loved waterside Club Sites in RosemarkieDingwall or Loch Ness Shores, and get to know the legendary Scottish Highlands - creating unforgettable holiday memories as you go.

Whether you're heading somewhere new or you're returning to an old favourite, we hope this itinerary helps get your May Bank Holiday weekend off to a winning start.

Day 1 - Friday

Start your long bank holiday weekend in this gorgeous corner of the country by getting acquainted with the local landscapes. Make a beeline for the excellent Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield, around half an hour's drive from Rosemarkie and Dingwall Club Sites, where you can experience lofty views of the battleground from the roof of the building. Dedicated to the Culloden Battle that took place on 16th April 1746, the Visitor Centre has an excellent interactive exhibition featuring films, stories, and guidebooks, and way-marked trails around the site itself.

When in Rome... well, you know the rest! No trip to the Scottish Highlands is complete without touring a local whisky distillery - and guests staying at Rosemarkie or Dingwall certainly have plenty of nearby distilleries to choose from. One of the closest is the Glen Ord Distillery, around 20 - 30 minutes away, which is open for tours of the working distillery, a taste of the good stuff and the chance to buy your favourite tipple in the on-site shop. Advance booking is advised for tours.

Day 2 - Saturday

The historic town of Cromarty is located on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth, around 20 - 30 minutes' drive away, and from here various boat tours are available to enjoy the local scenery and spot sealife. The two-hour 'Wildlife Watch' boat trip sets sail daily, touring the Inner Moray Firth in search of Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, and Common and Grey Seals. You may be lucky enough to spot Minke Whale, too.

For a slightly different water-based excursion, head to Drumnadroicht and embark on the ever-popular Loch Ness Cruise. Whether or not you're a believer, these hourly boat trips are a cheery way to pass a little time and, in addition to learning about the famous legend and keeping an eye on the scanning sonars, you can enjoy glorious scenes of the loch and cracking views of Urquhart Castle.

Day 3 - Sunday

After a day on the water, take to your heels and tour some of the best local landscapes in your own time. There are numerous self-guided walks to follow around Dingwall, Black Isle and Garve ranging from short 1.5km jaunts to more challenging 12km hikes.

Allow time in the afternoon to visit Tollie Red Kites Nature Reserve & Feeding Station near Dingwall. Here, you can spot magnificent birds of prey including buzzards, ospreys, great spotted woodpeckers and of course, red kites. Volunteers feed the winged predators every day (2.30pm in Summer) and visitors can watch the spectacle from a covered building, against a backdrop of glorious views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis.

Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday

Head to the aptly named gardens at 'The Lookout' on Monday for a Charity Garden Open Day. This award-winning coastal garden offers a wonderful selection of outdoor spaces including a cottage garden, a rock garden, a highly productive raised vegetable patch and a lily pond, complete with stunning views over the Moray Firth.

Wind up your bank holiday weekend in the Highlands with a lively night in Inverness. After dinner, head to the Hootananny pub on Church Street from 9.30pm for traditional live Scottish music, where talented local musicians congregate and play around the tables in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

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