The best campervans and motorhomes for hire 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.
Wild camping in a campervan is forbidden in Scotland, you can only camp in a tent. Therefore, if you want to rent a a motorhome in Scotland, we recommend booking a campsite 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 campervans and motorhomes 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.