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Motorhome Hire Tips

MOTORHOME HIRE TIPS

Motorhomes can be long and have a large rear overhang over the back axle, anticipate overtaking by manoeuvring much earlier than in a car, and use the mirrors to keep an eye on the rear of the vehicle.

Some motorhome hire companies have reversing aids such as cameras. However when reversing, always get the passenger to step out of the motorhome and watch the rear of the vehicle.

 

Motorhome Hire Scotland

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Try to avoid tight country lanes, were passing is impossible.

There are height barriers in many car parks – supermarket car parks are a good option in towns for parking as there are not height barriers and there is plenty of space for a longer vehicle.

Be aware of the dimensions of the motorhomes for hire and make sure these are somewhere visible that the driver can see.

Using a navigation aid such as a Sat Nav is a great way to get from A to B. They do however have a tendency to cut corners and lead you down minor ‘B’ roads or routes with low bridges.

Use a conventional map for planning your route using motorways and ‘A’ roads, and then when you are close to your destination use your Sat Nav to guide you to the exact location. Most of tour operators provide them for hire.

Some motorhome hire companies fit  tow bars and these have a maximum weight limit for towing. If you are thinking of towing another vehicle it’s important to know the combined weight of the trailer and load.

Always check with the operator that this does not exceed the tow bars maximum capacity and note that the towed item will not be covered by the self hire drive insurance in the event of an accident.

Motorhome Rental Scotland

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Electrical items are a necessary evil of modern life. Before setting off on your journey make sure all your electrical equipment is fully charged. Electrical equipment can be charged while on the move using the 12v cigarette lighter, however laptops, i pads etc need a 240v power supply to charge. Make sure when choosing a campsite a hook up is available as this will allow charging of this equipment.

All motorhomes have a fresh water tank, used for showering, washing up etc. Avoid overfilling the fresh water tank when starting your tour – the tank is extremely heavy when full and can have an impact on the MPG.

Local byelaws forbid overnight parking in many areas so campsites will be a necessity, although Scotland has different rules.

Plan your route in advance and pre book campsites during peak periods as many will be fully booked over the school holidays and Bank Holidays.

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Motorhomes For Sale Scotland

Your motorhome hire fee will include self hire drive insurance but you should consider taking out holiday insurance to cover those unexpected events.

Motorhoming is not only for the countryside, there are great campsites in the centre of London for example that provide a great low cost option for staying in the capital.

With children on board, break long journeys into segments. Plan stops that have some interesting places.

Switch the fridge to the leisure battery when travelling.

For safety, turn off the gas at the bottle when travelling.

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Motorhome Routes Scotland

MOTORHOME ROUTES SCOTLAND

Day 1 – , Motorhome Routes Scotland, Perth to Arisaig (4 hours – 160 miles)

Leave Perth up the A9.  turn off at Dawhinnie head for Fort William  stop here for some shopping. Got to  Arisaig and check into Sunnysite campsite. http://www.sunnysidecroft.co.uk Very nice campsite with excellent facilities. And fantastic views , Around £18-£20 per night for 2 people with electrical hookup.  Day 2 – Arisaig – Skye (60 miles) Short drive to Mallaig for the first ferry over to Armadale on Skye. Travel up the west cost and back down the East , Excellent local butcher! Stay at the Kinloch campsite . http://www.kinloch-campsite.co.uk/   which  is really good for around £20 including electricity hookup. Walk for 5-10 minutes up to the main road and go for dinner at The Old Schoolhouse , www.oldschoolrestaurant.co.uk,  This restaurant is highly recommended to Then drive over the Skye bridge to take some pictures of our favourite castle Eilean Donan at Kyle of Lochalsh)

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Motorhome Routes Scotland .. On the Ferry

Day 3 – Skye , Motorhome Routes Scotland, – Harris (30 miles)

45 minute drive up to Uig to catch the next ferry over to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. First place to visit was Hushinish beach on the west coast. It was a single track road which will take around 40 minutes to get there, You will pass through the Amhuinnsuidhe estate. This seems like you are about to drive through someone’s back garden but it is the main road. Leaving Huishinish we headed back towards Tarbert and to the campsite, Lickisto Blackhouse Camping. This campsite has an original blackhouse which has a communal area with fire and lounge area. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/reviews.asp?revid=9085

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Motorhome Routes Scotland

 Day 4 – Isle of Harris exploring

From Lickisto head north towards the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and then onto the standing stones at Callanish (all on the A858). Callanish has a nice visitor centre where where you can have a lovely lunch. Next stop the Harris Tweed shop in Tarbert  before heading south to the beautiful bay on the road to Luskentyre. This is a massive sandy bay which is a nice stop on a sunny day From Luskentyre Then head to Leverburgh.

 Day 5 – North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist (around 60 miles)

Once over on North Uist  head for MacLeans Bakery and Butcher  at Uachdar to pick up some extra supplies. for lunch follow signs for the Hebridean Jewellery Café at Iochdar.  http://www.hebrideanjewellery.co.uk   The café is lovely as is the shop!   T

 Day 6 – Eriskay to Barra , At the ferry “terminal” there is a drain to empty the waste water and also a hose to fill up with fresh water. Once on Barra  head to Vatersay. We had a play on the beach before lunch in the motorhome. From here we headed out towards Barra airport and watched the planes landing and taking off from the beach (check with flybe for flight times!). As it was still the afternoon we went back to Castlebay and took Aaron for a swim at the local swimming pool. We went for dinner at the Craigard hotel which was unfortunately pretty poor considering the price (£17 for frozen scampi and chips!!!). We just parked up in the ferry queue for the night as we were leaving on the 7am ferry.

Day 7 – Barra ferry to Oban the drive to Killin (55 miles, 1 hour 20) After the 7 hour ferry crossing to Oban we slowly made our way to our last campsite at Killin. We stayed at the Maragowan campsite, slightly more expensive as we are not members with the Caravan Club. We walked along the main road of Killin and ended up at the Old Smiddy. This is an excellent restaurant (although very busy) which also does takeaway. Day 8 – Killin to Perth(50 miles, 1 hour 20) via  Motorhome Routes Scotland

Wild Camping in a Motorhome

WILD CAMPING IN A MOTORHOME

Why Wild camp in a Motorhome at all

There are thousands of beautiful locations all Scotland that yiu can wild camp. Just a little exploration will turn up some lovely spots that you’ll want to keep all to yourself.

Parked up for the night Scotland

 

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A Beach in Scotland

The term Wild Camping does not mean ‘Wild Parking’ which is the practice of parking up in service stations or a Tesco’s car park. For wild camping in a  Motorhome   Think “Wilderness Camping” .   Of course in the UK and in Europe you’ll find it hard to find many true wildernesses but in Scotland there are literally thousands of places and you will often be surprised at what nice places you can find to stay for an evening just by following your nose.

Wild Camping in a motorhme

on the Beach in a motorhome in Scotland

Wild camping in a motorhome is not about saving money, it is about parking up in quiet locations that for a night or two you can enjoy and call your own.  some confuse wild camping with the free camping.  There are legions of people who proudly boast they never, ever pay to camp, they will park anywhere, if they have a nice location its a bonus, but if its tucked around the  back of the cement works, as long as they are not paying, that’s ok.

Keeping a low profile when wild camping in a motorhome

wild camping in a motorhome

Snow Capped Mountains Scotland

Some countries forbid any type of wild camping in motorhomes and insist that tradition campsites are used. However in most countries in Europe it is not against the law for you to sleep in a public place in your motorhome. That said, while there might be no blanket camping ban; most countries, including the UK,  have local laws that might prohibit camping in particular areas. Signs will be placed informing you, so look out for them. There are plenty of irresponsible people among the motorhoming community and they break simple rules, like staying for far too long and producing noise and mess. This is why we are seeing increasing numbers of those infernal “camping prohibited” signs appearing.

 

The key to successful wild camping is to keep as low a profile as possible. If the Police swing by and see your “camp” is complete with deck-chairs, washing line, awning and a large black sack off rubbish, they are probably going to bang on your door and ask you to move on.

No Overnight Camping

 

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Motorhome Rental Scotland

Motorhome Rental Scotland – This is Your Opportunity To Experience New Place.

Motorhome Rental Scotland

Motorhome parked up for the night

Motorhome Rental Scotland vacations are popular with a lot of people around the world. A  motorhome offers people the chance to travel in comfort and and at their own pace. It also lets people save money by cooking their own meals .. like an apartment on wheels. This offers freedom, economy and a holiday package all in one.

Speaking of which, there are many options when one is travelling  Motorhome Rental Scotland– if you have a lot of time and want to travel at your own pace – Motorhome Rental SCotland is the way to go. Many companies have websites where they offer packages and They will help you pick the right camper for the duration of the trip.Below is some general information to look at – especially if you are travelling in a foreign country.

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Motorhome on the road

Motorhome Rental Scotland

· What do I need to know about driving in Scotland

· Steering is on the right side – so we drive on the left side of the road. Overtake safely on the right side. Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers, especially children. A valid driver’s license is required. Mobile phones usage is banned while driving. Stay at an accident site and call the police. We recommend that the motorhome not be driven at night, for safety reasons. Watch out for animals on the road as they come out of their habitat looking for food.

· What about Speed Limits?

· Signs are posted on streets and highways – Cameras and speed detectors are used to monitor traffic. So, if you are issued a speeding ticket you are liable for the amount.

· What do I need to know about driving conditions?

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Enjoy the View

· Scotlanda  has a range of temperatures to deal with. Check information well so you have appropriate clothing and can participate in activities that are right for the season.

· What is the procedure to book a motorhome online?

· Go to our website and select a vehicle. Get a quote and if you are satisfied with the price and the have the right vehicle, proceed to the check out page and pay for the rental. You can request information on different rental options, depending on the number of people and duration of stay. Make sure to mention if you need baby seats, as it is mandatory to have children safely strapped in, while driving.

· What can I expect for inclusions?

All vehicles are serviced and maintained in good driving condition. All our Motorhome rental Scotland vehicles come equipped with crockery, pots and pans and also other amenities like a stove, microwave and refrigerator. Our aim is to give you all the comforts of a home while you are on vacation, at a fraction of the cost of hotel rooms.

In essence, if you are planning a long trip anywhere in the world, a motorhome rental is the perfect way to see any country and experience the culture and people up close.

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Motorhome Routes Scotland

MOTORHOME ROUTES SCOTLAND 

This is one of the most popular Motorhome Routes Scotland  for our customers when they tour Scotland in their motorhome.

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Your journey begins  in Perth at Scottish Tourer Motorhome hire.  We are conveniently situated close to the Crieff road which takes you  to Oban.

OBAN

Oban is poplar stop when touring in a camper van or motorhome.  It is the gateway to so many of the islands accessible by ferry.  It takes approximately two and a half hours to drive in a campervan or motorhome from Scottish tourer in Perth.  There are a selection of campsites in the Oban area with the camping and caravanning site being the most popular for our customers due to the privilege card we provide with each campervan hire. This entitles you to discounts and entry into some members only sites.

Motorhome Routes Scotland

Motorhome Routes Scotland

FORT WILLIAM

Fort william is known as the outdoor capital of the UK. Now if that wasn’t good enough reason to visit whilst visiting Scotland in your Motorhome then I don’t know what is!

There is something for everyone in Fort william whether that be walking , climbing, white water rafting or quad biking.  You will find every outdoor activity you can think of in Fort William.  If that is too much you can always stay in your Motorhome and relax!

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ARISAIG

leaving Fort William take the A830 to Malliag. This takes you through the village of glenfinnan. The viaduct may seem familiar, it features in the Harry Potter films. This is an ideal spot to stop in your Motorhome for a cup of coffee or a bit oflunch.

The village of Arisaig (the Safe Place) is centred on the sheltered shore of Loch nan Ceall, it spreads west along the Rhu road and north along the shore towards Morar. It is accessible wit your motorhome. Here the stunning views to the islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye begin and the beautiful sandy beaches that stretch along the old road towards Mallaig.

There are a selection of campsites available to stay in your campervan or motorhome, many have access to the white sandy beaches and are well catered for people touring Scotland in their motorhome.  A favourite of ours is sunnyside croft touring site.

SKYE

There are ferries operated by Cal Mac three times a day Mon-Fri. Check the recent timetables for more accurate information. All our motorhomes can be carried by any Cal Mac Ferry

Skye is an island of contrasts.The jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach. Inlets, bays and islands create a complex pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar, fascinating and steeped in history.

Again there are a selection of campsites on Skye that will be able to cater for those touring Scotland in a campervan or motorhome. The privilege card provided to you by Scottish Tourer ensures you get the discount on the camping and caravanning site on Skye.

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