Scotland is a beautiful and welcoming country, the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable campervan trip. The roads are quiet and it's one of the few countries in the world where you can wild camp in a lot of areas. If anything, one reason you'll enjoy the comfort of having your own campervan is while it is beautiful, Scotland does tend to rain a fair bit of the time (quite softly and soothingly, we will add though). This won't spoil the view but it will make it easier to visit various landmarks, rather than having to walk around in a tour group or stuck on a bus with no leg room. You've also got the comforts of a hot drink to enjoy at anytime.
Given that a lot of Scotland is rural, the roads can be narrow but not in all parts and as soon as you set off on your journey you'll quickly get used to the roads.
What makes Scotland one of the best places to hire a campervan is that once you do, you don't necessarily have to stay in campgrounds. If you enjoy a sense of freedom, you can park anywhere overnight unless there is a specific restriction. If you don't enjoy living out of a suitcase and lugging it from hotel to hotel, if you love the freedom & ability to cook and eat your own food wherever you like, then this is the holiday for you. Campervan holidays are all about going where you want, when you want and meeting unique locals and other travellers, which is a truly special experience. Parking by a river and swimming in waterfalls - absolute heaven, and that's just the start!
As an overview, expect to pay around £6 for quick takeaway food or about £10 for a pub lunch. A mid-range restaurant meal will set you back about £25 while a high-end meal will cost around £50. Petrol prices are around 15p per mile.
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As we said, it's fantastic that you can wild camp in a lot of parts of Scotland but if you need the facilities that campgrounds have to offer (such as showers, toilets and dumping points) here are some great options.
You'll get all your basic facilities here along with damn-good scenery as this one's set between mountainous peaks. The drive into this valley-set campground is picturesque on its own.
Isle of Skye IV47 8SW
This site is set in the little village of Strontian which is known for its unspoilt nature, wildlife and white sandy beaches. Those with campervans can expect to pay around around £13 a night for two people. Here, you'll also get free wifi, outdoor barbeuqe and pizza ovens, amenities as well as access to bike and fishing gear hire.
Argyll PH36 4HZ
Get up close with lots of wildlife at this site including red deer, squirrels and eagles as you play a round of 9-hole golf. The campsite is close to Arran Distillery if you fancy a taste of whisky and it's also close to a loch and castle. Prices for campervan stays start from around £19 for two people.
Isle of Arran,
North Ayrshire KA27 8HL
Stay right on the water's edge at this humble campground. You may even see a seal! It's a bit of a drive to get here but if you want to escape to a magical part of the world where the beach meets the mountains, it's worth the drive.
Isle of Lewis HS2 9HS
Stay beside one of the most well known lakes in the world at this beautiful campground where you'll appreciate quality facilities including an onsite grocery kiosk and diner. This site is located on the quieter side of the loch, near the village of Foyers.
Monument Park, Lower Foyers,
Inverness IV2 6YH
This famous destination is breathtaking. The vast, dramatic landscape is a great spot to drive and explore and you'll be pleased that you've brought your hiking boots because your sense of adventure will definitely come out. Historic castles, charming fishing villages and quaint pubs are worth the drive up here. Warm the soul with a local malt whisky and get to know some of the locals.
Modern 18-hole golf is claimed to have started in Scotland and if you love the sport or just love history and magnificent architecture, the R&A as it's known, is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world. It's not cheap to play a round here (though nowhere near as expensive as Pebble Beach) but even walking around and enjoying a tea and cake is an experience. Enjoy views of the sea or watch others tee off at the "home of golf".
Scotland's largest lake is a short drive northwest of Glasgow and here you can hike, take a boat ride, fish, or simply take in the peaceful scenery. If you're in the mood for some luxury, Cameron House is an extravagant, 5-star hotel set in the southern end of Loch Lomond and there you can treat yourself to a romantic, lakeside lunch in the decadent castle or even a massage.
Visit this iconic tourist site and discover secrets of the large castle and see the Crown Jewels of Scotland for yourself. Admission prices are around £17 for adults and even include free guided tours throughout various times of the day. The guides are passionate and excited to show you around the impressive attraction. Getting to the castle, the closest public parking is at Castle Terrace and Johnstone Terrace.