Braemar motorhome fun

For an action packed long weekend or an exciting start to a longer trip, you can’t beat a trip north in a motorhome up to Braemar, about 2 1/2 hours north of our base. We headed up there earlier this month with our 11 and 14 year old children for some hill walking, swimming and barbecuing fun.

On the way, we headed  north past the old Palace at Scone  – it’s well worth a visit and often has events on. You could also take a detour to climb Dunsinane hill, made famous in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Take a few minutes to stop off and admire the huge (and fairly eccentric) Meiklour beech hedge  before heading north up to Blairgowrie. There is a Tesco here for provisions if you didn’t already pick some up in Kinross,  as well as some good independent cafes and laid back walks by the river. There’s also the lovely Cargill’s leap walk..

We headed north straight to Glenshee (one of Scotland’s well known ski areas – in the winter obviously). If you fancy bagging a ‘Munro’ or two, some of the most accessible in Scotland are easily done from the main car park here. For the less energetic, there’s even a chairlift. More adventurous walks are also available from here. A motorhome really comes into its own for hill walking – you can park close to the start of the walk, prepare your sandwiches before you go, and as soon as you’re finished,  relax / shower/ have a drink in comfort without having a long drive home first.

About halfway from Glenshee to Braemar, a small road starts and runs parallel to the main road the other side of the river.We let the girls out here with their bikes to do an easy and fun cycle down into Braemar, whilst one of us drove. Don’t take the motorhome on the little yellow road, though, as it is too narrow and there are no stopping places.

Top of the Cairn Well looking south towards the Spittal of Glenshee

 Braemar is in the Cairngorms National Park and close to Balmoral in Royal Deeside.  We stayed at Braemar Caravan Park,  which was very friendly, on a pitch at the back of the site near the trees.

There are lots of walks and cycling in the area  – we loved the Queen’s Drive walk.

From here, we headed west up a long ‘no through road’ to the Linn of Dee, for some fantastic walks, cycling, river swimming and cliff jumping (obviously take special care with this – we were lucky enough to meet some divers who had been in the pool first and were able to tell us the safe areas).

Fabulous swimming

It’s great to be able to swim, then warm up and dry off in a cosy motorhome before the next adventure….