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Exploring The Malt Whisky Trail and Moray Speyside by campervan

Posted on 19th February 2021

We might still be in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your dream holiday for when restrictions are lifted. There’s so much to see and do along The Malt Whisky Trail that it’s the perfect place for a short break, or an addition to a longer tour of Scotland. And what better way to get around than by campervan?

Of course, you’ll need to get your hands on a campervan first. If you don’t have your own, then you can hire one from one of Moray’s local providers. Moray Firth Campervan and Car Hire is based in Elgin, but can arrange to collect you from the airport if you’re flying in to Inverness or Aberdeen. Tartan Tourers, in Forres, has a range of motorhomes designed to help you travel in style. And if a converted VW T5 van is more your speed, Lossiemouth Campervan Hire has just the thing.

Whether you’re driving up, or flying in, you’ll need somewhere to park your campervan overnight. Fortunately Moray Speyside is blessed with a number of excellent campsites with all the facilities you need from the Cairngorms to the Moray Firth coast. As The Malt Whisky Trail is quite compact, you could choose to base yourself at one site, or move around between a few. Need some help with choosing the right site? Our camping guide has all the information you need.

No visit to The Malt Whisky Trail would be complete without a trip to one of our nine partner sites. As drinking and driving is a definite no, you might want to consider planning a trip to a distillery near your campsite and walking or taking a taxi to the visitor centre. Alternatively, most distilleries now offer a ‘designated driver’ tasting pack for you to take away with you, meaning that no-one has to miss out on a dram.

As for the rest of your day, well whether you’re a foodie, an outdoor lover or a history buff, The Malt Whisky Trail has something for everyone. Check out our website for more information on what to see and do along The Trail, and some itineraries to give you inspiration when planning your trip.

Lastly, don’t forget that this is a rural part of Scotland with many country roads. If you’re unfamiliar with driving in the UK then this handy guide by VisitScotland will help you to learn the rules of the road. Please only park your campervan or motorhome in designated areas, and not in passing places. And remember to dispose of your waste responsibly. By respecting the area and the people who live here, you can help to preserve The Malt Whisky Trail and Moray Speyside for future visitors.