Why is Scotland the Perfect Place for a Campervan Holiday This Summer?

Roaming around Scotland in a campervan is a very popular staycation option, and who could blame them when there is the entirety of the Highlands, the islands, the towns, and the cities to explore in Scotland? And you can see it all from your cosy little campervan. You can drive between the spread-out landmarks, with a bed and a kitchen nearby, stop almost anywhere you fancy and take in the splendour of the countryside, then head back home in comfort.

But why Scotland? We’re breaking down why exploring The Land of the Brave is the perfect place for a campervan staycation.

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The Freedom to Roam

The Right to Roam is a colloquial term for the Land Reform Scotland Act of 2003, which aims to strike a balance between countryside roamers and private landowners. It means no aristocrat with acres of land can come out and chase you away with their cane if you fancy a picnic amongst the trees. It also means, unlike in England, that you can camp, cycle, horse ride and drive around permitted areas.

There are of course limitations to the right to roam. Exemptions include private homes and gardens, lands housing growing crops, and shelters for tents, but ultimately, a majority of Scottish land is legal to roam freely amongst.

But what it does mean for campervan owners is that wild camping is a readily available option whenever you feel like it. Simply hop in your campervan, find a nice spot, and set up. However, you should remember that off-road driving will require the permission of the landowner. Do some research to allow yourself to park nearby but not disturb the area. Find a suitable campervan for you at www.ariescape.co.uk and start roaming.

And you should remember that the right to roam comes with the implied “responsibly” attached. Leave nothing but footprints and use common sense to not disturb land owners.

The hidden mythology

The Scottish countryside is something of legend. The tourism blogs fawn over it, the photographers love it, the outdoorsy types get a thrill from it: it’s the emerald gem of the British landscape.

And the best part that is woefully underappreciated is the inherent mythology baked into the landscape. The Fairy Pools is an obvious example. The Isle of Skye’s famed waterfall “phenomenon”, as Wikipedia puts it, is a magical experience, with its aqua blue waters that look like they’d be more at home in the Bahamas, and its nature as a pool hidden amongst the trees. After a ferry, a drive, a walk, and a dive into the freezing waters, you’ll feel like you’ve earned seeing this spot. It’s hard to think that some fae have no influence on this landmark.

Similarly, you’ve got gems like The Devil’s Pulpit, which is a stream and waterfall that flows over burnt red land rocks that look like a church pulpit. It’s hidden by moss-covered gorges but is a quick drive from the Central Belt, making it a popular spot in the summer. See The Kelpies statues in Falkirk, drive down the M80 to see Arria, the mermaid, venture into Fingal’s Cave, or obviously stop by Loch Ness to spot Nessie.

The quaint little towns

The Central Belt, made up of Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding counties, is the most populous area of Scotland. Edinburgh has the landmarks, the beautiful architecture, the very touristy feel. Glasgow has character. You go to Glasgow to make friends at events. People make Glasgow, after all.

But that means that 90% of the best built up areas of Scotland get ignored. If you are visiting Scotland with your campervan, the best piece of advice you can get is to get on a ferry. Drive your campervan as little as an hour in any direction from the Central Belt and you’ll find a ferry. Once you’ve landed on one of the many beautiful islands of the country, you’re likely to come across a lovely little town to explore. Some fan favourites include Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull, with its different rainbow-coloured homes making it particularly distinctive. Tiree, with its beautiful sandy beaches, has a massive music festival every year. Or, going further north, there is the mentioned Isle of Skye, or the Shetland islands, which are closer to Norway than they are to Scotland, and therefore have a lot of crossover in culture.

Visit little cafes, bespoke restaurants, enjoy the cuisine of the nearby sea, and usually the nearby land too, and get talking to the friendly locals for an experience you’ll never forget.

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