The best fleet of motorhomes and camper vans for rent in Scotland
A perfect destination for a road trip, Scotland’s unique geography of lochs (lakes) and mountains was carved out during the last ice age. When the ice retreated, it revealed landscapes that have inspired everyone from British royalty to JK Rowling. A long list of delights includes Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain, Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park. Beyond the mainland, there are close to 800 islands boasting unique cultures, all easily accessible by ferry. Then there’s the North Coast 500, a circular route starting at Inverness and sometimes described as Scotland’s Route 66. If you’re renting a motorhome in Scotland, there are few more varied destinations.
Except for Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park north of Glasgow, wild camping in your motorhome rental in Scotland is allowed on any public land. Campervans should be parked in a designated space off the road. When wild camping near people’s homes, it’s polite to speak to householders first. It’s also important to leave the site as you found it. Take precautions to prevent uncontrolled fires and check out the outdoor code beforehand. Scotland also has a network of bothies – or mountain huts – in some of the most scenic locations, including the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire. There are also plenty of more formal campervan and caravan sites. Those around popular attractions such as the shores of Loch Ness get booked up quickly during the summer months. Prices start at £25 per night.
As with all the UK, Scotland drives on the left-hand side of the road. Road standards are generally excellent. However, lesser visited islands and rural locations can be limited to gravel roads. They also often have just single lane roads with passing places every few hundred meters for meeting oncoming traffic. But don’t worry, this rarely causes a problem. Motorways and roads connect most towns and cities. There are no toll roads or toll bridges.