Motorhome and Campervan Hire in Scotland
Motorhome and Campervan Hire in Scotland
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THE CAMPERVAN EXPERIENCE
Hire a campervan in Scotland and it will give you the freedom, flexibility and sense of fun to explore the whole country, including the hidden spots
Campervan hire in Scotland is always an adventure. The perfect place to pitch up is never far away, with camping sites to suit all budgets and tastes. In most cases, your campervan pitch will provide you with access to water and electricity, and the site will have washing and bathroom facilities, wifi and sometimes a restaurant.
Or if you prefer to live life on the wild side, drive your hire campervan off the beaten track and pitch up in a scenic spot. Wild camping is legal in Scotland but you must follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It's not complicated – basically respect the the countryside and leave no trace of your stay.
Scotland's scenic driving routes
When you hire a campervan the best thing about it is having your home on the road, so why not take advantage of Scotland's National Tourist Routes and get your roadtrip started. There are 12 routes that lead off the main roads and motorways into some of the country's most incredible scenery. The newest is the North Coast 500 – a 500 mile route along the north coast of the Highlands taking in the most beautiful parts of this stunning region.
- Drive on the left.
- If you are coming from another European Union country as long as you have a valid licence you can drive in Scotland.
- In the countryside there are fewer fuel stations so its best to keep your vehicle topped up in remote areas.
- Drink driving is taken very seriously.
- There are no toll roads.
What to see
One of the top things to do is explore a castle. Visit one of the most famous ones such as Edinburgh or Stirling. Discover the history behind Scotland's castles by camping nearby, or even within the castle grounds.
Blair Castle in the Cairngorms has a caravan park set within its historic grounds offering breathtaking views of the surrounding national park. From the comfort of your hire campervan discover the story of this castle and its royal guests, from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria. Also check out fairytale Culzean Castle on Ayrshire south coast, Hoddom Castle park, and Scone Palace, one of the most historic sites in Scotland.
For a lively glimpse of Scottish culture, taking part in a ceilidh is a must. The scenery is superb, but sometimes take time to look up at the sky from your motorhome. During the winter you can see the Northern Lights, and out in the countryside the stars are amazing.
For history, step back in time at major museums such as the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, or visit the 5,000 year old Calanais Standing Stones in the Outer Hebrides. And no holiday is complete without a visit to Loch Ness, home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster!
When is the best time to visit?
Your motorhome hire will be perfect at any time, as Scotland offers everything for all seasons. The changeable Scottish weather is famous, some say you can experience four seasons in one day! But even if the weather is not necessarily good you can guarantee it will be dramatic and interesting, especially when viewed from your cosy motorhome!
If you hire a campervan in Scotland you will be part of a community, meeting fellow campervanners along the way to exchange experiences and enjoy the camaraderie of the open road. Here long-time campervanners Graham and Viv Scott from Nuneaton, who spent three weeks touring Scotland in September 2016, offer a few highlights from their trip:
- A trip over to the Orkneys from John O'Groats is well worth it. Park your campervan in the public car park and catch the ferry. Skara Brae Neolithic settlement is amazing.
- Good camp site on the most southerly point of West Scotland, New England Bay. Can walk from there to Logan Botanical Garden which is a little gem.
- North Berwick (not Berwick on Tweed) is a beautiful place with one of the best beaches anywhere in our opinion. Can take boats out to Bass Rock, famous for its gannets.
- Oban is great for seafood and you can catch ferries out from there to some isles. Two excellent fish restaurants are Fishouse and Eeusk. They are both right on the harbour front in Oban. We slightly preferred Fishouse as the restaurant is on the first floor and the views out over the harbour and beyond are great.
And finally...famous food and drink:
Haggis is a traditional pudding or sausage made out of sheep stomach. You either love it or you hate it! Whisky is the country's most famous drink. There are many opportunities for distillery tours where you can immerse yourself in the world of this legendary liquid – but don't drive your hire motorhome straight after!
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