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Touring Scotland by Motorhome

Ten Days Touring Scotland by Motorhome.

Touring Scotland by Motorhome

Touring Scotland by motorhome is the ideal way to ensure that you see much of Scotland, but life will be easier, if you stay more than one night in each caravan park; study a map and plan your visit so you can stay in one place for a few days and explore in a different direction each day.

VisitScotland, the national tourist board, inspects caravan parks every year and the best of them are awarded 4 stars (excellent) or 5 stars (exceptional) for their standard of facilities and services. Many of these parks have joined the group of Thistle Holiday Parks.

For a 10-day stay, I suggest an itinerary along the following lines:

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Edinburgh and the Lothians: Stay in the area east of the city, in Tantallon Caravan Park in North Berwick or Belhaven or Thurston Manor at Dunbar. Both towns have a good train service to Edinburgh, so you do not have the hassle of parking and can enjoy the city and the countryside.

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There is plenty to see in Edinburgh – the Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, Dynamic Earth and the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre are just a few of many attractions. Near North Berwick are the Scottish Seabird Centre (with a possible boat trip to Bass Rock), the Museum of Flight (with a Concorde), Tantallon and Dirleton Castles, and Glenkinchie Distillery. Plan to spend at least a day in Edinburgh and a day in the Lothians.

If you are heading north, the next stop could be in Perthshire, where there is Pitlochry and Dunkeld and Blair Atholl, all of which have good caravan parks. Set up home in any of these places and you have an excellent choice of excursions for daytime and places to eat in the evening.

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Enjoy the View

 

Touring Scotland by Motorhome

You could head west to Kinloch Rannoch (one of the most remote parts of Scotland, where few people go); or to Aberfeldy (Dewar’s World of Whisky) and Kenmore (Scottish Crannog Centre); or east to Loch of the Lowes (where ospreys nest) and south to Scone Palace. There are also places where you can hire a bike and find cycle paths or quiet roads.

In the West Highlands Oban is a good choice, because from here you can take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Mull and across to Iona. If you have a car or a small motorhome, an exciting journey is along the Ardnamurchan peninsula right to the furthest west point of the Scottish mainland;  climb to the top of the lighthouse and you may be lucky enough to spot whales. Return via Glenuig, Lochailort and Glenfinnan – and you will travel through one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. Two places to visit are the Glencoe Visitor Centre and Dunstaffnage Caste.

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On the way south, stop off at Inveraray. This village sits on the shores of Loch Fyne and has a magnificent Castle, owned by the Duke of Argyll, as well as Inveraray Jail, where you can see how the criminals of two hundred years ago were treated. From Inveraray, it is only a couple of hours to Glasgow, along the banks of Loch Lomond.

 

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Motorhomes for Hire in Scotland

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Every spring and summer there is always a large demand for motorhomes for hire in Scotland.  Scotland is good place to visit when the weather is looking up as it can get a bit chilly and wet in the winter, but really it is always the season to visit Scotland especially when the small country is perfectly formed in autumn.

Forests of golds and greens, haunted castles, grand lochs, big skies and epic mountain scenery; unforgettable beaches, wonderful wildlife, adrenaline fueled activities, romantic getaways and cool cities too. Autumn is spectacular in Scotland so come and see the sights. So what is it about Scotland?

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If you like castles, Scotland has plenty of them:  Craigievar Castle looks as though it’s come straight from a fairytale. Fyvie Castle is an another outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Castle Fraser is for many the Scottish citadel par excellence, its turrets commanding the scene as visitors approach down the Broad Walk.

Set amid the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm mountains, 17th century Braemar Castle is appropriately spectacular, with castellated turrets, a star-shaped curtain wall and a bottle-necked dungeon. The magnificent ruin of Huntly Castle is majestically sited where the rivers Bogie and Deveron join, on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Huntly.

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So let’s look at one of the motorhomes for hire in Scotland, this is the

The innovative 2012 Swift 696 features twin full width bunks at the rear, and the lower one swings up to the vertical to turn the rear space into a garage store with a large exterior doors at the side so the cycles and toys etc are stored away from the living area. Fixed double size bed over-cab sleeping area and another double bed when the dinette is converted. good sized luxury washroom with  shower, electric flush cassette toilet and wash basin.

A spacious fully fitted kitchen including cooking hob with oven and grill, comfortable dinette ,The dinette table and seating extends to allow six people to sit together at meal times and all six can travel in safety and sleep in comfort.

For your safety as well as the front driver and passenger these motorhomes are also fitted with 3-point inertia seat-belts for all four rear  travelling passengers, gas fired blown air central heating, fully winterised for all season camping.

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On The Ferry

This particular vehicle is a ‘no pets’ motorhome, There are plenty of motorhomes for hire in Scotland, so do call and we can make sure you get the right one for your holiday.

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TOUR SCOTLANDS ISLANDS BY MOTORHOME

Tour Scotlands Islands by Motorhome…. Tips and Advice.

Tour Scotlands Islands by motorhome is becoming a popular choice for people within and for those who travel to the UK. The reasons are many and varied, However they will almost certainly include the rugged coastline, wild and open wilderness, high mountains and stunning secluded lochs. Here are some routes that take you to the Hebridean islands.

Easy access to the Hebridean Islands is one reason why many people choose to tour Scotlands islands by motorhome . Perth to Ullapool and then on to the Ferry to Stornaway in Lewis is one of the main Hebridean islands . Perth to Ullapool  only takes around 3 .5 hours.

Travel through Lewis then to Harris then Ferry across to North Uist travel down to Barra through South Uist the the Ferry to Isle Of Skye the from Helmsdale get the Ferry to Malaig on the Mainland.

THE WHALE BONE ARCH LEWIS

This is situated beside two houses on the A857. If you are coming from the North then it is on the right hand side. If from the south, then obviously on the left.tour scotlands islands by motorhome

The two bones that comprise the arch are the lower jaw bones of a Blue Whale and were removed from a beached Whale that came ashore in 1920. The harpoon that is shown in the picture was still in the Whale, however the explosive charge in the Harpoon’s head had failed to explode. Therefore, both Whale and Harpoon were intact. The Crofter that dealt with both Harpoon and Whale was lucky not have been injured when the Harpoon’s head finally exploded in his shed. Luckily he was not in the shed at the time.

The magnificent Whalebone Arch now stands as a gateway in the garden of the two houses.

THE BLACKHOUSES LEWIS

If you do intend to tour Scotlands Islands by motorhomes then don’t miss the blackhouses in Lewis

Blackhouses were so named not because of the fact that they were in the early days smoke filled and had small windows, but because they were compared to new houses being built in the late 1800′s which were called ‘white houses’. The new ‘white houses’ were designed to separate humans from their livestock and animals.

The design of a blackhouse originates back several thousand years, as does the constructional method. The building consists of two concentric dry stone walls with a gap between them filled with earth or peat. The roof was either thatched or made up of turfs and constructed upon a wooden frame. The frame was supported by the inner wall, which gave the characteristic look of a shelf around the outside of the building. As the roofing material had to withstand quite extreme weather conditions at times, the roofing material was often secured down by using netting with large stones tied at the ends.

Unbelievably, some of the blackhouses were still inhabited until the middle 1970′s, although it has to be said some blackhouses had fireplaces and chimneys, instead of the chimney free traditional construction.

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The fresh air, the relaxed atmosphere and the perspective of adventure are the key ingredients at the beginning of any tour of Scotlands islands by motorhome.

HARRIS

The Isle of Harris is joined to the Isle of Lewis and is the second island down the Outer Hebrides chain of islands. Magnificent beaches and scenery along with its famous Tweed and Art galleries are its hallmarks.

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Beaches are probably the feature of Harris that impress most visitors. The colour of the water, even on a dull day, and the purity of the sand are simply stunning. The beaches range from the huge expanses of Traigh Losgaintir (Luskentyre) and Traigh Sgarastaigh (Scarista) to little sheltered coves beside the road at Na Buirgh (Borve). Behind the beaches are the machairs – green grassy plains covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer. The images probably don’t do justice to the wonderful colours and sheer size of the beach area.This area is a must if you intend to tour scotlands islands by Motorhome.

Isle of Skye. An abundance of wildlife can be found here. Home to the famous Golden Eagles, you may also see otters, Minke whales and dolphins around the island.

A well known tourist route is to drive along the Mallaig road towards the camping sites of Arisaig, where you will find plenty to see and do. Surrounded by stunning scenery, this area is a must see for all who tour Scotlands islands in a motorhome.

 

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Motorhome Hire / Rental Camp Site Tips

Tips on pitching your Motorhome Hire / Rental   on Campsite pitches in Scotland

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Avoid parking your  Motorhome Hire / Rental on soft wet grass or mud.

Most hire / rental  motorhomes are front wheel drive and the weight of the rear living accommodation makes them vulnerable to wheel spin and getting stuck in muddy or soft ground. However if you find yourself in this situation best to place pieces of carpet under the front driving wheels, as this will normally work by getting the hire / rental  motorhome free of the muddy / soft area.

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Highland View

Try to choose a level area when parking in Scotland for the night; parking the hire / rental motorhome on a steep slope can not only affect your sleeping it can also affect the working of the fridge.Where there is a slight slope that you can’t get level, sleep with your head at the top of the high end – this should help avoid headaches.Best to Use level blocks to level off the motorhome hire / rental  . You will need remember to chock the wheels to stop the motorhome from rolling backwards. the dangers here are obvious.

When parking up in Scotlands Campsites, decide which side you prefer the living area door to be on – think about where others are parked / camped and road safety where you have children and / or pets with you.On the hot summer days keep the window blinds shut and the windscreen sun shield on. The blinds in the motorhomes hire / rental  have a silver back that reflects the sun keeping the motorhome hire / rental  cool.When hooking the motorhome up to a 240v hook-up, always attach the plug to the hire / rental  motorhome before attaching to the 240v supply, this can prevent electric shocks from wet cables.Where a hook up is not available you won’t be able to use the 240v sockets and will rely on the 12v supply and gas,Where relying on the 12v supply make sure you keep a check on the supply levels on the control display panel – it will re-charge as you drive around Scotland around or run the engine for half an hour or so if you intend to remain stationary.

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Avoid campsite pitches that are under trees as low branches scraping on the motorhome hire / rental  will affect your sleep.The over cab bed can sometimes feel claustrophobic; the best tip is to have the over cab window open as it allows air to circulate.Awnings are fantastic in summer and are designed to shade you from Scotlands sun. Avoid putting them out in any wind, but never leave them unattended or out overnight.Secure the legs of the awning using tent pegs as this will prevent children and animals accidentally knocking the legs away from under the awning.When using a hook up make sure the fridge is switched to 240v as this will help save gas.

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On the Beach

Using campsite bathrooms rather than those in themotorhome hire / rental  as much as possible – this cuts down your water use and the need to empty the toilet too frequently – chores you want to avoid when you’re away and enjoying yourself.Toilets in motorhomes indicate when they are close to full. Empty the toilet straightaway when the indicator light appears as this will avoid overflowing.Find were the chemical toilet emptying point is before attempting to empty the chemical toilet. If parking the motorhome hire / rental  close to the emptying point is possible then do so, the toilet cassette can be very heavy.Although emptying a chemical toilet is not too bad an experience, wearing rubber gloves is a good idea.

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Make sure the external gas vent is not covered while gas is in use.When recharging the toilet cassette avoid using the campsites drinking water supply; a dedicated water supply should be located close to the chemical toilet emptying point.Plan your next campsite before setting off, always ring to check availability and book your next site if possible.

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Parked up for the Evening

Motorhomes have a onboard container that stores waste water. When on a campsite make sure that the emptying valve is closed. Grey water running from the motorhome to other campers is not accepted. Most campsites have an area to empty the grey water when leaving.Avoid carrying the grey water . Emptying the grey water tank before leaving the campsite is preferable, although emptying the grey water on waste land is acceptable.

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Before setting off in a motorhome hire / rental always do a visual “pre flight check” – check the windows are all shut, that the tv aerial and roof lights are all shut and the hook up lead have been disconnected.

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Wild Camping In Scotland in a Motorhome

 Wild camping in Scotland in a Motorhome

Wild Camping in Scotland in a Motorhome are free stopovers are a free network of places to stop.

More Information on wild camping in Scotland in a Motorhome can be found at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

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Although it is rare to hear of any incidents involving motorhome stopovers,  and wild camping in a hire Motorhome in Scotland, security and your own well being is important. If the area feels dodgy and the site is vulnerable then moving on to the next stopover is the best option.

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Wild Camping Scotland

Wild Camping in Scotland in a motorhome means you will have little or no facilities, when using these conserve water and the 12v leisure battery as much as possible. Emptying the chemical toilet when wild camping in a motorhome  is not possible; instead plan a campsite stop every 3 or 4 days to empty waste and take on water. Using a generator is frowned up on by fellow motorhomers and not allowed on most sites.

Using wild camping in scotland in a motorhome is normally free and therefore as a motorhomer your duty is to keep them tidy and it is extremely important when leaving that all litter has been removed even if it not yours.

Hire Motorhomes and Music festivals in Scotland

Hire Motorhomes are a great option for festivals, offering a home from home at the end of a long day of fun (and for avoiding the rain in bad weather)check the festival information to see if motorhomes are allowed, whether special tickets are required and if there are motorhome length and height limitations.Some festivals only allow motorhomes on and off the site on particular days, at certain times or via pre defined routes – factor this information into your planning.Pack the vehicle well – you probably won’t be able to leave the site to stock up on essentials mid festival.

Wild Camping in Scotland in a Motorhome

Wild Camping in a Motorhome

Electric hook ups will not be provided and you will be reliant on the 12v leisure battery supply and gas. Keep the leisure battery topped up by running the motorhome engine each day – we recommend the most convenient time to do this is over breakfast. Avoid using items such as the TV, spotlights etc. These consume large amount of energy and will quickly run down the leisure battery.You will have access to fresh water but you may not be able to drive to the tap to fill up – conserve water as much as you can and take a water roller barrel so you collect more water.wild camping in scotaln in a motorhome

Water conservation is important when wild camping in scotland in a motorhome, so when showering avoid leaving the shower on, instead wet yourself down then switch the shower off, wash yourself down with soap or shower gel then switch the shower on again to rinse off the foam. Keep the motorhome keys in a safe place at all times, losing keys would be a disaster to your stay.Remove your boots before entering the motorhome, mud and grass in the motorhome will affect your comfort.

Allow plenty of time in your journey schedule for leaving the festival – events such as T In the Park in Scotland have around ,1000 motorhomes and campervans on site and this amount of traffic can take a long time to clear.

Returning the motorhome to the Hire Company

To avoid charges when returned to the hire company …Return the motorhome at the agreed time and at the agreed location; remember the motorhome will most likely have to be prepared to go out again on the same day.When returning the motorhome make sure the toilet cassette and grey water tank is empty and the gas is switched off. Check fuel is at the same level as when receive. When emptying the motorhome open all the cupboards, check the garage area and any other storage to make sure no personal belongings have been left behind such as i pods, computer leads etc.Remove all litter and give the motorhome a good sweep out.

 

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