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Driving a Hire Motorhome

This is some advice from   http://www.scottishtourer.co.uk who have over 25 years of motorhome hire in scotland.

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Driving a hire Motorhome, Motorhomes can be quite large and you may find the thought of driving one a little daunting. In reality, it is not as difficult as you might think. Motorhomes are essentially large vans and should be driven as such. The main thing is to remember that “slow and steady wins the race”. Here are a few tips to get you started safely and comfortably: 1. Size Matters Know the height, width and length of your hire motorhome. I would suggest having at least the height and width written down inside the cab somewhere (in metric and imperial) in case you come up against any unexpected road width or bridge height restrictions (in Scotland heights are also in ft and inches).

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2. Mirrors Before you start driving, make sure your wing mirrors are correctly adjusted and use them frequently. On the Narrow roads around Scotland give way to the trucks they will not give way to you and you dont want to damage your hire motorhome when on holiday in Scotland,  Not having a central rear view mirror can be a shock but you soon get used to it – modern van mirrors provide excellent visibility. Note: Although many vans have blind-spot mirrors, not all do. Make sure you understand what you can (and can’t) see in your mirrors; you may have a blind spot just behind the cab door on each side of the van. 3. Plan Ahead and Look Up! When driving, don’t try and rush. Take it easy and look well ahead. Remember to be aware of overhanging trees (this is where the most damage is done our hire motorhomes when touring scotland), cliffs and other height restrictions and take care to position yourself centrally within your lane when driving. The speed limits for motorhomes in the UK are the same as for cars for motorhomes with an unladen weight of no more than 3,050kg.

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4. Cornering Technique Cornering in a motorhome (especially a larger, coachbuilt or A-class motorhome requires a little more care than in a car: • Slow down well in advance of corners and be brake more gently than you might do in a car. • Aim to finish braking before you enter the corner and use the accelerator to maintain a constant speed through the turn. • This will ensure that your motorhome is balanced and settled as you drive through the corner, improving comfort and tyre grip. • Taking this approach will also make it easier to stop or make last minute adjustments to your road position if something unexpected happens. 5. Reversing a Motorhome When reversing, proceed very slowly, especially if you are doing it blind (without a reversing camera or a second person to see you back). Although your wing mirrors will give you good visibility, always remember the blind spot behind the back of your vehicle. If in doubt, get out and look. Reversing cameras can be a great help and safety aid, especially if you drive on your own a lot.

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Motorhomes in Scotland

Motorhome Hire Scotland

For exploring Scotland’s out-of-the-way places, a camper van or motorhome provides you with freedom, flexibility and a sense of adventure that is hard to beat. More comfortable than camping, more flexible than caravanning, campervans provide a reliable and affordable way to venture into Scotland’s untapped wilderness.

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Whether you opt for the comfort of a larger motorhome, the cool retro chic of a VW Camper or one of the new range of compact off-road vehicles, campervan breaks offer you complete flexibility. Choose how best to tour Scotland to suit your own pace and requirements, be it in the friendly atmosphere of organised campsites, the secluded tranquility of the countryside or a mixture of the two.

With many vehicles capable of carrying up to six people, campervan breaks can also be extremely good value if travelling with family or friends and you don’t have to compromise on amenities either. Many of today’s models are fitted out to an extremely high standard and come fully equipped with a host of extras including stoves, cooking equipment, tables and chairs, additional bedding, DVD players and satellite TV.

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Whether you’re looking for a value family holiday, to explore the beautiful Scottish countryside, or simply to get away from it all, a campervan break is well worth considering.

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.

Visit Scotland Holiday Parks Quality Assurance scheme now has a requirement that all parks accepting motorhome 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.

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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.

 

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Looking to hire a motorhome in Scotland? Then you have hit the spot! A very warm welcome to Scottish Tourer, motorhome hire. Here you will find information, rates and hopefully the inspiration to enter into the wonderful world of motorhome touring .There is nothing that compares to journeying down quiet roads and taking in the spectacular scenery and local charm at your own pace. We ensure all motorhomes come fully equipped with no extra charges so our rates are fully inclusive,

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Your motorhome will come fully equipped with many extras included in the price such as , Full Comprehensive Insurance, sat nav, picnic table and chairs, Barbeque, Wind out Awning, Exterior Lighting, Cycle rack, hands free  Gas Included, maps and best places to visit guide. List of wild camping spots in Scotland, Flat Screen TV and DVD player to while away the quiet nights. Cruise control and Six Speed gearbox,

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We are a small family company, centrally situated in Perthshire Scotland which is ideally located to start your motorhome holiday for exploring all that Scotland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has to offer.

The beauty of motor homing is the freedom to move or stay at places for as long as you want, when you want. You can plan your own holiday route in Scotland or follow one of our suggested itineraries of places of interest and things to do.

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We provide you with a 5, 6, or a 7 berth motorhome all of which are under 3 years old and are under manufacturers warranty, and are in as new condition, Every motorhome is cleaned by ourselves using industrial type equipment, Toilets showers, tanks and pipe systems are steam cleaned and disinfected prior to every hire to ensure total freshness. High powered industrial vacuums are used on all upholstery and sleeping areas on each motorhome after every hire. We take great personal care to ensure every motorhome is immaculately clean, which is what we would expect ourselves.

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Safety is our number one priority, and all of our motorhome’s are equipped as standard with fire and gas alarms, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, warning triangle and fluorescent jackets. Our motorhome’s have driver’s airbag, ABS or assisted ABS, and are fitted with all round disc brakes. Every motorhome is fitted with seat belts for all occupants.

In addition, every motorhome is inspected yearly and have current Gas Safety and Habitation Certificates, are serviced at the specified service intervals and any potential defects are remedied immediately. We supply all crockery, glassware, kitchen utensils, digital entertainment systems (Radio, TV and DVD systems), outdoor tables and chairs, bbq, in fact everything that you will need on a motorhoming holiday in Scotland or elsewhere in Europe for your ideal enjoyment and satisfaction.

In addition we can arrange extras such as:

  • Airport pick-up (at an additional charge, to Glasgow International, Edinburgh or Aberdeen airports.
  • Free car storage at our home location (at owners responsibility, although we are situated in a rural location with a very low crime rate).
  • Bedding at additional cost

We are located in Perth Scotland approx 1 hours drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen Airports.

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Who are Scottish Tourer?

We are Gordon and Corinne and are a family run business, we have been motor homing for over 25 years and using our experience have carfully selected motorhomes which fulfill the various requirement of our customers and have traveled to most countries in Europe and have extensive knowledge of wild camping (not using pay campsites) in Scotland the UK and Europe. We have traveled extensively in Scotland and have a vast knowledge of secluded wild camping spots close to beaches or overlooking the Scottish hills, and cliff top views. We believe your motorhome holiday should have total freedom and not having to pay to park in a line of other Motor homes on a campsite, every motorhome has been specially adapted with extra batteries and large water tanks and sensitive alarm equipment for added safety (very unlikely ever need in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland)

Tour Islands of Scotland

OOh where to start taking your motorhome in Scotland.

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First of all you will need to visit http://www.scottishtourer.co.uk for you motorhome to tour Scotland.

Main thing is – don’t be put off by the ferries in case you havn’t been on one in a van. It’s a doddle.

If you’re doing the west coast you must get out into the islands.

Consider getting an Scotland Island Rover ticket. Unlimited island hopping for a fixed price !

Check out calmac website.
They also do what are called Hopscotch tickets which join up several islands around scotland and can form the basis of an itinierary.

Be aware that there are significant discounts on certain routes via a pilot sheme called Road Equivalent Tarriff.

 

The effect of this is that it may be cheaper to book several individual tickets rather than a Hopscotch. Your motorhome will fit on all ferries

Oban is a great setting off point.Motorhome Hire Scotland
Couple of good campsites there.
Cross from here to Mull. Mull is lovely . Semi-wild camping in your motorhome at Calgary beach near Dervaig is fab.
Cross to Mull from Oban but come back from Tobermory to Kilchoan. Then head inland till you meet the main road at Salen.
Then north to Lochalort and on to Mallaig.
Ferry to Skye
Have a mooch round Skye especially the north – superb.
Ferry from Uig to Tarbert on harris.
Semi-wild camping at Horgabost (best beaches in the world….shhhh don’t tell everyone) park your motorhome on the beach.
Tour round Harris & Lewis.
Come back to mainland scotland via Ullapool. Park your motorhome at Ullapool campsite overlooking the bay
Motorhome Hire Scotland Head south along coast road to Applecross.
From Applecross inland over the cattle road (highest road in britian). Very do-able in a healthy van.
Fort William is nice. Superb campsite at Glen Nevis.All possible facilities.
Good campsite at Balloch on Loch Lomond – You could get the train into Glasgow centre. Remember to park your Scottish tourer motorhome safely in scotland

Head home

Nuff for 10 days ???

Bring rain coat, sunblock, snowshoes and midge repellant.
Bring deckchairs for the sun and Scrabble for the rain.

Be aware sometimes petrol stations cab be few & far between (especially on a Sunday). Don’t go below 1/2 a tank.

Good luck. Don’t feed the haggusses !

HIRE MOTORHOME AROUND SCOTLAND

Around Scotland In a Hire MotorhomeCongratulations on your decision to investigate Scotland as a destination for your hire Motorhome holiday, we can promise you that there something here for everyone from those looking for the ultimate in relaxation or even those who prefer the white knuckle, outdoors.Here’s a few ideas and links to get you thinking:

To get your hire motorhome  in scotland go to

www.scottishtourer.co.uk

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Enjoying the sunset over Isle of Skye

Scotland has 283 Mountains officially classed as Munros (which over 3,000 ft) including Ben Nevis which is the highest peak in the UK. All available for you to explore in your hire Motorhome, As you would expect that includes the most stunning walking for both the novice  to the most experienced of walkers. Don’t worry if your the type of person that prefers their walks on the strictly horizontal though as with nearly 12,000 km of coastline and many more lochs and forests to explore there’s plenty for everyone’s tastes.

 

You’ll find a great resource that gives clearly laid out details of hundreds of walks around Scotland.

Touring by hire motorhome provides the perfect mobile house from where you of can explore in comfort Scotland’s countryside and when you’re done, just pop the kettle on wherever you’ve parked up and relax!

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Parked up for the Evening

For those who like to travel on two wheels, the hire motorhome comes fully equipped with a cycle carrier that can handle up to 4 adult or childrens bikes securely.

The abundance of mountain and forest areas across scotland make it an excellent place to explore on two wheels.

For something a little more organised, take a look at the 7 Stanes centre near Peebles in the Tweed valley in the Scottish borders.

 

Anyone who knows anything about golf knows that Scotland is the undisputed home of the sport with some of the finest golf courses in the world and the mecca for all enthusiasts, St Andrews has ample overnight parking available for your Hire Motorhome, next to the Golf courses and close to the beach.

Travelling by hire motorhome provides an ideal means of travelling round some of the most famous and not so well known ut equally challenging courses. The motorhome includes a secure ‘boot’ area that’s accessible from inside and outside which has plenty of space to hold several sets of golf clubs as well as all of your other luggage.

To start planning your golfing tour, why not visit one of the following web sites for more information:

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Motorhomes for hire or rental in Scotland

Scottish history goes back a very long way and includes many colourful events and individuals from Mary Queen of Scots through to William Wallace. Your motorhome collection point is actually less than 1 mile from the birth place of the former so an ideal way to kick off your tour would be by visiting Linlithgow Palace. To find out more about the Palace and research the many other properties and events that are managed by Historic Scotland, click here where you can also get details of how to purchase a weekly pass to all the Historic Scotland sites.

If visiting grand homes and gardens is more up your street, why not visit the National Trust for Scotland by clicking here.

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Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish andCeltic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

If none of the above has quite hit the spot for you, here’s some other ideas for activities that could help to make your world tour of Scotland a holiday to remember:

 

 

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