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Tips On Motorhome Hire for touring Scotland.

PERTHSHIRE GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS AND THE WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND

Day 1, Collect your Motorhome from Scottishtourer in Perth.

Why not spend your first day in and around Perth also known as the fair city. Home of some fine art galleries and the oldest reparatory theatre in Scotland. A short drive away in your Motorhome is Scone Palace and the National Hunt Race Course, or for motor sport enthusiasts this is also the headquarters for the Scottish Rally Championship, Mcrae Forest Stages rally in October.

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Leave Perth and head north in your Motorhome to Dunkeld, If your needing to stretch your legs a walk up to the Hermitage situated of the A9 is perfect. Travel and spend first night at Pitlochry, a popular and busy Victorian town in the Perthsire Highlands. Don’t miss a visit to the Pitlochry dam and the salmon ladder. There are also well signed woodland walks and it’s paradise for mountain bikers. Close by at Blair Atholl is one of Scotland’s many malt whisky distilleries and the famous Blair Atholl Castle, )Stay overnight at the Motorhome park) the home of the only private army in Britain. For the more adventurous of you, a half day booked with Nae Limits is a must.

 

Day 2

Driving north head for Aviemore, One of Scotlands winter ski resort and also hill walking and water sports in the summer months. Aviemore is set in Scotlands Cairngorms National Park. Close by at Carrbridge is the landmark adventure park. very popular with the young and the young at heart. For a more relaxing attraction fit in a visit to the waltzing waters. Motorhome parking is available at a vast number of sites in this area.

Day 3

North again to Inverness, plenty to do and see here from Shopping to Battle Fields, the capital of the Highlands of Scotland has plenty to offer everyone. Why not take one of the many boat trips available, and then park up the motorhome for the night on the banks of Scotlands famous Loch Ness to do some monster spotting!

 

Day 4

A beautiful scenic drive north in your motorhome will take you to John O Groats, the most northerly tip of Scotland. Following the road around this coast of Scotland will take you through quaint and picturesque fishing villages and harbours. Why not stop and spent a peaceful night in your motorhome at Ullapool . Perhaps you,ll be lucky enough to watch the fishermen landing their catch.

 

Day 5

Head back to Inverness and drive down the side of Loch Ness. The locks on the Caledonia canal at Fort Augusta or Neptunes Staircase just North of Fort William are well worth a visit. A fantastic scenic drive down through Fort William and Glen Coe and onto Oban. Ferries are available to the Scottish Islands of Mull, Collinsay, Barra and Uist from Mull, why not have a trip as foot passengers to the picturesque village of Tobermory on Mull. Island hopper tickets can be purchased this lets you tour most of Scotlands islands in the Motorhome.

 

Day 6

A leisurly drive in you motorhome will take you to beautiful Inveraray, a visit to the town jail and castle are worthwhile. For seafood lovers don’t miss out on Scotlands Loch Fyne Oyster bar where restaurant customers will be welcome to park their motorhome overnight overlooking the Loch.

 

 

Day 7

A drive round some of the sea lochs and Loch Lomond. Perhaps fit in time to visit Blair Drummond Safari Park or head across to Stirling where you can visit the castle or climb to the top of the 220ft Wallace Monument. Also close by is the Falkirk Wheel the only revolving boat lifter in the world. Spend the night in your motorhome in this area to allow you a leisurely drive back to Perth on your final day.

 

 

PERTHSHIRE THE HIGHLANDS AND THE EAST COAST

Days 1 to 3 as above

 

Day 4

Head East along the coast for Elgin, miles of beautiful beaches are to be found at Lossiemouth and it’s favoured by the mild Gulf Stream which is in this part of Scotland. Boat trips for dolphin spotting, surfing and cycle paths are all available here.There are plenty of sites available to park up the motorhome along this coast.

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Day 5

Motorhome down and spend the day in Aberdeen, the Granite City. Scotlands third largest city has something for all ages and taste. Shopping, granite architecture, modern arts scene, indoor and outdoor activities the list goes on and on.

 

 

Day 6

Further south along the beautiful coastal road will take you through Stonehaven, Montrose and onto Arbroath. Don’t miss out on sampling Scotlands famous Arbroath Smokies and how they’re prepared in the many smokehouses. A short drive will take you to Dundee where you can visit top quality award winning visitor attractions including Discovery Point, follow captain Scotts journey to Antarctica and The Verdant Works, a history about the Dundee weavers

 

Day 7

An hours drive in your Motorhome will take you to the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, which is listed as a world heritage site. With sights such as Edinburgh Castle set atop an extinct volcano it’s easy to see why Edinburgh has been voted one of the top visitor destinations in Europe for many years. With an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars as well as all the tourist attractions, one day won’t be sufficient to see all the Edinburgh has to offer. Park the Motorhome in one of the Scotlands capitals many Park and Ride car parks. If you have a late night park up the motorhome in one of the sites available in Edinburgh before travelling back to Perth on your final day.

 

 

This is just a few suggestions of what  Scotland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands have to offer you on your Motorhome hie holiday, the visitor attractions, activities, castles and distilleries are to numerous to mention. Your Motorhome hire vehicle comes complete with maps, books on great days out and activities in Scotland, and Historic Scotland Places to Visit. The beauty of your motorhome holiday is the freedom to choose what you want to do at your own pace.

Scottish Tourer is situated very central in Perthshire Scotland, it’s the ideal starting point to tour Scotland whether you want an action packed adventure or a restful motorhome holiday enjoying barbeques Loch side underneath your motorhome awning admiring the scenery. The choice and freedom are yours.

Scotland in a Motorhome

Motorhome Rental

Motorhomes in Scotland

Tour Scotland’s regions in a motorhome to retain the comforts of home as you travel. You can either use your own vehicle or rental services are available at various locations throughout Scotland. Motorhomes are the ideal solution for a great holiday, offering the freedom to visit the country at your own pace and enjoy welcoming holiday parks.

VisitScotland Holiday Parks Quality Assurance scheme now has a requirement that all parks accepting motorhomes which have more than 50 touring pitches provide a motor vehicle waste disposal point. Take the hassle out of your trip and stay at one of these sites, safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment at the same time.

Head to the east coast for some fantastic smaller sites such as the Sauchope Links Caravan Park in Crail or the Deeside Holiday Park, which is just six miles from the granite city of Aberdeen. Whether you are looking to walk thevarious tracks and paths of Scotland mountains, want to soak up the maritime heritage, or simply wish to enjoy the atractions of the various cities which include the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, there is plenty to choose from. The Highlands and islands is a great destination for outdoor activities with walking, cycling and fishing on offer and you can venture to touring parks which include Invernahavon Caravan Site at Newtonmore. Why not visit the Isle of Skye, Mull, Harris and lewis in your Motorhome to absorb the tranquility of island life during your break?

 

You might find it hard to believe that you can enjoy many great holiday parks within a few  miles of Edinburgh Castle and is a great base for exploring Scotland’s beautiful capital city with its stately architecture, old cobbled streets and the wonderful Georgian New Town.

Whether you want to enjoy Scotland’s scenic landscapes, prefer culture in the city or wish to mix and match, visiting with a motorhome holiday in Scotland couldn’t be simpler.

Motorhome Hire or Buy

The pros and Cons of whether to buy or Hire  A Motorhome.

Motorhomes are a large investment and often the largest purchase made by consumers apart from a house , The Motorhome is only for holidays and normally get very little use , It is also worth remembering that it is not every holiday every year that the Motorhome will be used , The Motorhome will also depreciate every year but certainly not as much as a car would, there are also other cost such as Insurance, Road Tax, and annual maintenance to consider.

For the purposes of this exercise I am assuming a first time buyer and a typical 5 berth Motorhome which is not bottom of the range budget but a reasonable mid range Motorhome fitted with extras such as Flat screen television , awning, picnic table and chairs  etc. The main cost of owning is depreciation this is the difference in price you paid for the Motorhome and the price you will get when you sell it , again for the purpose of this exercise I have assumed 3 years of ownership at an average of  4000 miles per year. You will see many places advertising used motorhomes at inflated prices so you may think my depreciation is way out .. believe it is not are these place selling the Motorhomes at these price ? We have had over 16 Motorhomes in our ownership over the past 25 years or so and never get what is advertised.

Average cost £36000.00

Depreciation on this is around £4000.00 per year based on a residual value of £2400.00 at  three years old.

Road Tax around £225.00 per year.

Annual Maintenance around £300.00 per year

Insurance around £200.00 per year

Total cost of Ownership per annum is around £4750.00

I would estimate the average family would use the Motorhome for a maximum of around 4 weeks per year , To hire a Motorhome for four weeks would cost around  £700.00 per week meaning the cost would be £2800.00 this means that you would save around £200.00 per year hiring rather than buying, However an older retired couple would probably use the Motorhome a lot more and possibly travel to other parts of Europe and their usage would be at least 8 weeks per year so it obvious that if the Motorhome use is over six weeks per year it would be better to own than hire a Motorhome.

When buying a Motorhome remember it is a bit of a compromise layout wise against the size , some lower fixed double bed motorhomes can only squeeze in a combined shower and washroom rather than a separate washroom those that have both tend to be longer and into being over 3500 kg which then means license restrictions such needing a C1 entitlement to drive these, When hiring it is unlikely that you will get the ideal layout as most of these motorhomes are bought for a multiple of customer layouts.

Remember that the Motorhome you hire is where you will be living in, sleeping in, eating in, and driving in for the period you have hired it for, Therefore it is crucial you have a modern well equipped vehicle of a size which is applicable to the size and age of your party. Motorhome manufacturers tend to build the vehicles as compact as possible  A motor home advertised as a 5 Berth would be totally unsuitable for any more than 3 Adults but would probably suit 2 adults and 2 children, A 6 berth motor home would only suit up to 4 adults maximum or 2 adults with 3 to 4 small children. Many 7 berth motorhomes are based on the six berth model but one of the lounge seats converts to a single. A true 7 berth with reasonable space will typically be 7.2 metres or over, Try to hire a Motorhome where every adult or person over 12 has a fixed bed , otherwise you will find yourself very cramped and having to make up beds late at night which in some motorhomes is like flat pack furniture building.

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