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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

Motorhome Scotland Where to hire?

Motorhome Scotland How to choose a Hire company for touring

 

Motorhome Hire Scotland

Motorhome Scotland …This article gives invaluable help in choosing a Motorhome Scotland Hire  Company for touring Scotland including what type of Company and Motorhomes to avoid. HIRE MOTORHOME  SCOTLAND 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. Motorhome Hire Scotland

 

WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE ?

Be very careful in checking the price and what is included, Many Companies who hire out a motorhome in Scotland don’t include Insurance in the quoted prices,

Also some advertise a week as the hire period this in many cases is only 6 nights collect say Saturday  am Return Friday pm, Look for a company who gives you seven nights for your money. Many charge Extra for picnic table and chairs, barbeque, cycle rack Etc.

Also you should also not be paying more than £500.00 security deposit and you should get this back when you return the Motorhome in good undamaged condition, (broken crockery is fair wear and tear and should not be charged)

A wind out awning is essential make sure this is fitted. Check the age of the Motorhome if it over four years old .. give it a miss as its probably a bit tatty after 4 years hiring.

Motorhome Hire Scotland

Your hired Motorhome Scotland should come with the following extras

included in the hire price, If it does not then choose another Motorhome hire company

  • § Full Comprehensive Insurance
  • § Colour Rear view camera
  • § Satellite Navigation
  • § Blue tooth hand free phone connection
  • § Flat Screen TV /DVD Player with multi slot (digital picture viewing)
  • § Picnic table and chairs
  • § Wind out Awning with Led exterior lighting
  • § Fold out Barbeque
  • § Rear Bike Rack
  • § Gas included however if you run low the Motorhome should have refillable bottles which can be topped up at most fuel stations with LPG
  • § Full comprehensive set of crockery for the size of your party
  • § Cruise control and Six Speed gearbox
  • § First Aid Kit, Gas alarm, Smoke alarm, Fire Extinguisher.
  • § Torch, Binoculars
  • § Toilet Fluid, Cleaning materials
  • § List of wild camping spots, Maps and books on what to do and see in Scotland
  • § 25 metre Electric hook up cable, 25 metre water filer hose
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HOW TO AVOID BAD HIRE COMPANIES ?

Most of the big advertising companies at the top of the Google search pages do not own any Motorhomes whatsoever they are office based providers who advertise private owners  Motorhomes on their glossy web page for hire and take around 40% of what you pay,

The owner only gets 60% that’s why we hear of  so many cases where at the last minute the Motorhome you had booked is not available and is substituted for another which is invariably much older and not the same specification as you originally booked but by this time it is to late to search around for another Motorhome hire company,

You will be using a private owners personal property which they may have paid a lot of money for (or in some cases not a lot of money!!), so the slightest scratch or broken plate  can see you lose your damage deposit,

in most cases they will remove all the extras they consider as personal property in case they are damaged so you could end up with a basic vehicle which is not adequate in our opinion for a touring holiday.

USE A BONA-FIDA HIRE COMPANY OR CHECK BEFORE YOU HIRE THAT YOU ARE HIRING/PAYING DIRECT TO THE OWNER OF THE MOTORHOME HIRE COMPANY.

Motorhome Hire Scotland

WHY USE SCOTTISH TOURER ?  MOTORHOME  SCOTLAND HIRE

We own and have paid for all the Motorhomes in our fleet, We (Company Owners) personally  inspect and test everything on every Motorhome before every hire, If you require Airport transfers it will be one of us who will meet you and return you to the Airport, and it will be one of us who will show you around your Motorhome and give advice on sightseeing and things to do in the areas you want to visit.

You will be given our mobile numbers which you can contact us on 24/7 even if its late at night just to find somewhere nice to stop or even to check the internet for a nice restaurant in the area. We are here to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday in Scotland in a modern, immaculately clean, fully equipped touring Motorhome. Via – Hire Motorhome Scotland

Motorhomes For Hire In Scotland

Motorhomes for hire in Scotland

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 fuelled activities, romantic getaways and cool cities too.

Autumn is spectacular in Scotland so come and see the sights. So what is it about Motorhomes for hire in Scotland Scotland?

Motorhomes for hire in Scotland 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.

Motorhomes for Hire in Scotland

So let’s look at one of the motorhomes for hire in Scotland, this is the  New Sift 2014 696 six berth motorhome which represents true luxury in a 6 berth model with everyone enjoying space and privacy.

Enjoy real home from home comfort for all the family in one of our flagship motorhomes.

The motorhome is equipped with TV & CD player, cutlery, crockery, oven, a fully integrated kitchen, luxury washroom with shower, hotel quality interiors and comfortable beds. Fully winter proofed, insulated and double glazed, along with gas fired central heating. Aircon & passenger airbag

The Swift 696 Motorhome is self contained and incorporates a dinette double, overcab double and has bunk beds at the rear. The motorhome has power assisted steering and an economical 2.8ltr Turbo diesel engine, which makes the vehicle very easy to drive and park.

This particular vehicle is a ‘no pets’ motorhome, but if you do want to bring your dog with you, give us a call on 01738 580755 and we can put you in touch with‘pet friendly motorhome hire’ companies.

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 contact www.scottishtourer.co.uk

 

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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

 

wild camping in a motorhome

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 Security Entails Good Practice

Motorhome Security need not be expensive,

it is true. The reported incidences of motorhome and recreational vehicle stealing are getting higher and higher ,not only in one country but worldwide.

This may be attributed to the fact that because scandalous criminals are also improving each time and becoming better and better at not only robbing recreational vehicles and motorhomes but also in their disposal of these stolen vehicles.

 

Motorhome Security is about Gearing Up Your Motorhome With Locking Devices.

And so, where does it leave the consumers?. When it comes to Motorhome Security , We are left with nothing else to do but to be wary and cautious of scrupulous-looking men around our recreational vehicles and motor homes, should there be any.

Or maybe it would be best to gear up your motor homes or recreational vehicles with all the locking device and equipment that will surely help protect your vehicle from theft.

Motorhome Security

Motorhome parked up for the night

Motorhome Secutity devices ….Installing A Locking Device.

The most commonly used locking device is the steering wheel lock which comes in different kinds. It can be bar or circular-lock, or can also be a chain with a padlock.

There are also other several locking gadgets that are designed to be affixed on the exterior of the vehicle. Such locking devices are produced by the lock-renowned manufacturing company Fiamma. These locking devices are easy to install without having to use any tools.

Motorhome Security

Traditional Motorhome Security Alarms.

Make sure you keep your motorhome safe-guarded with an effective alarm system.

There are various brands available to choose from. Choose the kind of alarm system that is specifically made for motorhomes. These conventional alarms for motorhome and recreational vehicles can be another very effective security measure or system for protecting your motorhome from theft.

Installing An Immobilizer In Your Motorhome.

Installing an immobilizer for your RV or motor home is definitely a good investment to ward off thieves from your motor home. This immobilizing device will prohibit any thief from starting the engine and therefore fail in his mission to steal the vehicle.

Motorhome Security… ensure you Remove Valuables From Your Motor home.

Do not leave any valuables in your RV or motor home. Make sure the registration is left in your house in a secure place, and never in the motor home. Also, make it a practice to close all the vehicle’s windows as well as the doors.

Motorhome Security…. Tracking Devices.

This is more of a technical locking system wherein it uses providers to provide a tracking signal for the motor home owner. With this, the owner of the vehicle can easily track down the thieves who stole the vehicle.

Nothing Ever Beats Good Locking Habits.

But then again, after all these, it will still zero in on one thing – that nothing beats having good practice in as far as securing your recreational vehicles or motor homes are concerned? .

Yes, you got it right! The most excellent form of security cannot be bought nor ordered in any tinsmith, locksmith or lock stores in the locality.

The greatest form of security and protection from possible thieves remains to be that of having” good practice” or keeping those “good habits” in locking your recreational vehicles or motor-homes.

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