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14 May 2019

Fellow motorhome newbie and Scottish wildlife filmmaker and presenter Gordon Buchanan only recently went on his first motorhome adventure. Read all about his trip and how he and his family found their freedom. Meet Gordon Buchanan and his family, wife Wendy and kids Lola and Harris.

Together with their dog Stewart they set off on their first ever motorhome adventure back in October in the Elddis Autoquest 194. First impressions were that it was roomy and well-proportioned on the inside, which meant that it didn’t feel like they were driving a large vehicle, and that a bonus was that the raised driving position gave even the most familiar routes a new view.

Setting off with a loose plan, the Buchanan family went north to spend a night just outside of Inverness, visit Culloden Battlefield Centre and then head towards the North Coast 500 to do as much of it as they could in the time that they had.

They stayed at Fortrose Bay Campsite for the night, situated on the sea shore with fantastic views over the Moray Firth, with nearby Channonry point is famed as one of the best places in the UK to see Bottlenose dolphins. Unfortunately, no dolphins were out to meet Gordon this time but the lighthouse and views across the Moray Firth to Fort George made the walk worth it.

Planning where to go and what to see for the day, the decision was made to head to Applecross, a tranquil place nestled between the mainland mountain masses and the Isle of Skye. The drive there isn’t too shabby either, and has been described as one of the best drives on the planet.

The total distance from near Ardarroch at the head of Loch Kishorn over the pass to Applecross is just 11.4 miles. However, safety is vital on this stretch of road. There are road signs with warnings at the start of the climb with those with caravans and large vehicles being advised to take the low road, via Shieldaig and Kenmore.


As beautiful as the surroundings were, the Buchanan family buckled in for a bumpy ride. It was pitch black by the time they began their climb and when they headed above the cloud line their view was limited to about four meters making it an apprehensive journey.

Elddis Motorhome

Safe and sound in Applecross, it had certainly been a memorable drive, but the rugged landscape made it all worth it and Gordon and his family opted to abandon their North Coast 500 plan and simply spend the rest of their time exploring the Applecross peninsula. The Autoquest making the perfect base to walk in the woods and explore the coastline.


‘Our first trip in the Autoquest was everything a great adventure should be’ – Gordon Buchanan.


Click here to read more about Gordon’s first ever motorhome experience.

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