Places to Stay
When you decide to rent a motorhome to discover the delights of Scotland, that can be the easy part - then you've a huge choice of campsites to stay at.
Here are some websites listing many campsites:
www.campsites.co.uk (or for just motorhome campsites in Scotland www.campsites.co.uk/search/motorhome-parks-in-scotland )
Also in 2020 we will be part of The Camping and Carvanning Club Privilege Scheme which allows you to stay at any of their participating sites with up to 30% off pitch fees! Click Here to visit their wesbite and find out where their campsites are located and how to book.
If you don't want to stay at a campsite and would like just to find nice places to stop overnight then for most of Scotland the rules are quite relaxed. You just need to make sure you are not on private land (unless you get the owner's permission), you are not stopped anywhere that says 'No Overnight Parking' and that you are not obstructing the road. The exception to this is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs which in certain areas have designated areas for camping that a permit is needed for - find out more about this at http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/things-to-do/camping/
A couple of apps you can use to find places to stay are Wild Camping POI for £24.95 which lets you download maps and use a phone app to find some fantastic off the beaten track places to stay, or the free Park4Night .
Below are some suggestions of places to visit that customers have given us great feedback about or if you would like some more inspiration there are some great itineries that have been created by Visit Scotland and you don't need to do the full routes you can choose bits from each to create your own special route - https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/itineraries/
North Coast 500
One of the most popular routes our customers take is the North Coast 500. This specially planned route was launched in 2015 and saves you the rouble of working out a route as it has been specially designed to show off some of best scenery in the north of Scotland. We constantly have customers coming back raving about this route with people mentioning about how each corner they drive round can bring a fantastic new view. North Coast 500 is designed for a 7 day trip but it is possible to do just sections of it.
More information on the NC500 can be found at www.northcoast500.com
There are some great videos showing what you'll see. Our favouries are :
- Video1 showing the lovely roads you drive along
- Video2 shows some of the things you can do along the route
If you are looking to do less driving and spend more time in enjoying great locations then there is the Heart 200 route which has just been launched. The 200 mile route takes you to Stirling, The Trossachs and Highland Perthshire.
More information on Heart 200 can be found at www.heart200.scot
Isle of Skye
Although not on the NC500 route, one place worth considering a visit that has a fantastic reputation and very popular with our hirers is the Isle of Skye. Easily accessed via a bridge Skye is well known for its magical rugged landscape with mountainous interior where many movies have been filmed.
Whilst nearer the coast there are narrow lochs, medieval castles and picturesque fishing villages. There are loads of things to do and see on Skye with one unmissable sight being the magical Fairy Pools. There may be a 2.4km walk to get to them but it is certainly worth it and if you are brave enough there are places to swim or jump into the beautiful clear blue (and very cold) pools!
For those wanting to unwind at the end of the day the main centre on the island is the town of Portree which has a lovely selection of pubs where you can unwind. More information on Skye can be found at www.isleofskye.com
Also a nice guide of what to do and see on Skye can be found here or you can view one of our favourite videos of Skye here.
If you want to escape from the mainland then a short ferry trip can take you to stunning and peaceful islands. See some of the destinations you can visit at https://www.calmac.co.uk/destinations
On some the island that Calmac visit as well as official campsites there can be special parking places with showers that you can stay overnight and they just request a donation.
Or of you fancy going further north to Orkney or Shetland then Northlink Ferries run from Aberdeen and Scrabster ( www.northlinkferries.co.uk ) or Pentland Ferries from Gills Bay ( www.pentlandferries.co.uk ).
Watch this video to find out more about island hopping.
Dalraddy Holiday Park
Dalraddy Holiday Park is a quiet location but just a short trip to the shops and restaurants in Aviemore
Just a few miles outside Edinburgh. Very clean and professionally run campsite. Spacious with loads of run between each pitch. Buses available nearby to go into Edinburgh. Only sometimes a little noise from aircraft landing at the nearby airport.
The Martin party
Glen Nevis Holiday Park
Glen Nevis Holiday Park is located at the foot of the mountain with beautiful views.
Various groups every year
Loch Lomond Holiday Park
Loch Lomond Holiday Park is a 'great' carvan park with lovely location near the loch. Only problem can be the insects in the summer months.
The Ramos family
Noah's Ark Caravan Park
Noah's Ark Caravan Park is less than 1 mile from us so ideal if you don't want to start or end your hire with a long drive.
Glenbrittle Campsite is on the south-west of the island in a great location at the seafront. A more remote and basic campsite but ideal for hikes up the mountains.
The Rapanaro party
Lochside Caravan Park
Lochside Caravan Park is a very small campsite with only space for 5 vehicles but with a lovely warm welcome. Great location right at the water and you can jump out your motorhome and into the loch for a swim if you're brave or the campsite rent out boats.
Sligachan Campsite is a small site has been recommended for the beautiful location at the base of the Cuillin mountains - as well as lovely to wake up ito it's a good base if you want to do some walking.
Witches Craig Caravan Park
Clean and well maintained site. Good value. Wireless internet access
The Rapanaro party
Off the beaten track in the north west of Scotland but Clachtoll comes extremely highly recommended with the amazing scenery and stunning beaches in the area. The campsite facilities are perhaps more basic than others but extremely clean Top points are given to the owners for providing a very friendly welcome and being on hand at all hours.They can provide a taxi service to an excellent local restaurant and if you're lucky you will be there when the owner holds a ceilidh on the beach! As it is the only campsite in the area it can get full and it is best to book in advance.