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For Britons dreaming of a caravan holiday in Scotland, the North Coast 500 will be the first choice. However, the Scottish route is one of the busiest in the UK, with everyone with a vehicle seemingly heading to Scotland for a holiday.

Expert Ed Bassett, Head of Wanderlust at caravan and motorhome platform Camptoo said: “Scotland’s topography makes it a fantastic road trip experience, from wild woodland to dramatic coastline, rugged mountains and green glens, not to mention an impressive number of Lochs and castles.”

It’s no surprise then that Scotland is the number one destination for a road trip.

Ed said: “Our current booking data shows that Scotland is the most popular UK destination for campervan holidays this summer – outperforming typical holiday hotspots like Cornwall and the Lake District.”

And of course, everyone is going to the same place: “Bookings show that Scotland’s NC500 route continues to be hugely popular.”

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to drive the NC500, but Ed encouraged people “to look further afield and head to the less obvious areas to avoid overcrowding, traffic congestion and overwhelming local resources”.

For a truly off the beaten track Scottish adventure, Ed has some recommendations.

All of these alternative routes are as picturesque as the NC500, but they’re less busy.

Perthshire Tourist Route (43 miles)
Ed said that this short route is “spectacular” and “offers non-stop scenery on an epic scale”.

He continued: “Highlights include the covered slopes of the rugged Sma’ Glen and Crieff Hydro, a Victorian spa. There are also several distilleries en route where you can sample local whisky, but please remember never to drink and drive.”

Moray Firth Route (80 miles)
Going from Inverness to Loch Fleet, this route passes the waters of Beauly Firth, Cromarty Firth and Dornoch Firth.

Holidaymakers will also go through Easter Ross and Sutherland, areas that Ed said are “two of the most breath-taking and untouched parts of Scotland”.

The Coig – The Shire (138 miles)
This route is one of five to make up The Coig in West Scotland.

Ed said: “Stretching between Irvine in the north, Ballantrae in the south and New Cumnock in the east, there is plenty to see along the way and attractions unique to the area – including beaches, harbours, and stately homes.”

Fife Coastal Route (77 miles)
Following the Firth of Forth coastline, this route takes in ‘the Royal Burgh of Culross, the historic town of St Andrews, and the beautiful fishing dwellings in the East Neuk area.”

One highlight is to stop at Dunfermline Palace and Abbey to see the burial spot of Robert the Bruce.

SnowRoads (90 miles)
For this route, visitors start at Blairgowrie and goes through “some of the most scenic points in Perthshire, Aberdeenshire, Moray Speyside, and the Highlands.”

On the way, holidaymakers will see “snow-capped mountains, rugged glens, and delicious locally sourced food and drink”.

This is also a great route to explore the Cairngorms National Park for outdoors adventure.
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