Now that we are into September, we will soon be getting ready for Halloween. The ghoulish fun of October 31st is popular with people of all ages as we all love a good fright. More people these days are taking ghost tours and visiting supposedly haunted locations, and if you fancy a trek to some of the UK’s many spooky and scenic spots in your motorhome, you may want to consider a drive to Scotland. With its vast beautiful landscape and rich history, it is no surprise that Scotland has such an interesting selection of scary sights.
Bonnie Prince Charlie was the leader of the 1745 Jacob Uprising. After escaping the Battle of Culloden he lived out his life in France and Rome without ever returning to his native Scotland. Despite this, his spirit is said to stalk room 20 of The Salutation Inn, an establishment that has been open since 1699 and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s favourite Scottish hotel.
As you head north of the A9 you will find Killencrankie, the site of the battle that marked the beginning of the Jacobsite cause. The site is known as Soldier’s Leap and offers numerous beautiful walks through a wooded gorge that was favoured by Queen Victoria. The pass is on the network of Garry-Tummel walks and covers 20 miles. You can visit the battle area and discover its history while enjoying the snack bar, shop and ranger service. According to folklore, the site plays host to ghostly soldiers that re-enact the legendary battle when night falls.
Rannoch Moor is situated to the west of Loch Rannoch and covers around 50 square miles. It is a sombre and boggy moorland surrounded by ancient forests and dark mountains. Both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce fought on the land, and it was once believed that fairies, ghost dogs and strange creatures roamed the moor and lived beneath the water. Many people passing Schiehallion at the eastern end of the moor have reported being followed by a dog-like shadow that materialises from nowhere.
Electric Brae offers an interesting and unsettling phenomenon. This stretch of road attracts campers and travellers from all over the world desperate to sample the disorientating experience. The road appears to slope downwards when approaching it from the north and drivers assume the car will go faster but on applying the brakes cars grind to a complete halt. The road actually runs uphill despite appearing as a downhill slope, and drivers usually find their cars slipping backwards uphill. Approaching from the south offers the opposite experience and although the surrounding topography is the cause of the optical illusion it does not stop visitors flocking to Scotland to experience Electric Brae.
These are just a few examples of the thrills and chills offered by a motorhome hire driving holiday in Scotland, and if you are interested in a scary motorhome drive across the country we can help you find the perfect vehicle.