Is a holiday in Scotland for you?

Is a holiday in Scotland for you?

Holiday in Scotland

Where else in the world could you go from bagging a Munro, to sipping the finest Scotch whisky and devouring some of the finest seafood, to seeing  the world-famous Loch Ness Monster.

Scottish vista

 

When you’re travelling around Scotland in a campervan or motorhome, you’ll soon learn that the journey is far more important than the final destination. Scotland has just about everything you could ever want or need for a once in a lifetime road trip.

When people think of Scotland, they often think of the major cities Glasgow and Edinburgh, or other popular tourist destinations. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with that, in reality, you’ll see the best side of Scotland by avoiding the usual tourist routes and exploring the country.

Luckily for you, here at Rockinvans we’ve picked out a few of the best trails off-the-beaten-track for campervanning in Scotland.

 

East Neuk of Fife

East Neuk of Fife

This corner of Fife is well known for its beautiful scenery and quaint fishing villages. If you’ve been camping in Edinburgh, but want to escape to a more rural area, this trail is perfect for a few days’ peace and quiet.

If you were to draw a line between St. Andrews and Largo Bay, Fife’s East Neuk would cover the area of land to the east. Some of the highlights of the trail are fishing villages: Crail, Pittenweem, St. Monans, Anstruther and Elie; the delicious seafood they provide to the local restaurants and the golf courses.

For a particularly scenic drive, head along the Fife Coastal Path between Crail and the Forth Rail Bridge.

Where to camp:

St Monans Holiday Park, St Monans (01333 730 778)

Facilities: toilets, showers, laundry and electric hook-up.

St Andrews Holiday Park, St Andrews (01334 474 250)

Facilities: bar, restaurant and takeaway; shop; toilets, showers and laundry; electric hook-up; games room and Wi-Fi internet zone.

Silverdyke Park, Anstruther (01333 313098)

Facilities: showers, vanity units and family shower room; washing up and laundry; games room (due to open March 2013) and Wi-Fi.

Road to the Isles

Scottish Road

 

This scenic route is a definite ‘must-see’ if you’re campervanning around Scotland. Not only do I think it’s one of the most stunning views in the country, but as the name suggests, a route to exploring the Scottish islands.

The trail starts at Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, winds along the A830 to Mallaig’s ferry port.  Although, the road can easily be travelled in a few short hours, if you want to make the most of the trail, stop off at some of the villages en-route: Corpach, Glenfinnan Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar.

Where to camp:

Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Site, Fort William (01397 702191)

Facilities: shop, children’s play areas, restaurant, showers and toilets, electricity and waste water, dishwashing and washing machines and dryers.

Camusdarach Campsite, Morar (01687 450221)

Facilities: modern toilet and shower block; laundry and washing-up areas; facilities for the disabled and babies and eco-friendly waste disposal.

Sunnyside Croft, Arisaig (01687450643)

Facilities: toilet block, Showers, hair dryers, laundry room, disable shower room, family bathroom, and dishwashing area; shop and optional electrical hook up.

 

Isle of Skye

Old man of Skye

You might think I’m cheating here, considering that Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. However, there are plenty of places to go to escape the crowds and explore areas off the beaten track.

Take in the breathtaking views of the Black Cuillin, spend the day on the white sands of a secluded beach, visit the museums and soak up the culture. Whatever you want to do on your camping trip, you can do without the hustle and bustle of tourists on the Isle of Skye.

When you’re done sightseeing, you can retreat back to your camper and spend the night out in the wild, or stop at one the sites below.

Where to camp:

Glenbrittle Campsite, Glenbrittle (01478 640404)

Facilities: shower, toilet facilities and campsite shop.

Uig Bay Campsite, Uig (01470 542 714)

Facilities: Ladies and gents toilet and shower facilities, washing machine and tumble dryer, pinic area, electrical hook up, Wi-Fi and cycle hire.

Torvaig Campsite, Portree (01478 611849

Facilities: toilets, washing block and electrical hook up.

A Scottish Guide to Winter Camping

A Scottish Guide to Winter Camping

A Scottish Guide To Winter Camping

 

Newsflash: you don’t have to wait until summer to go camping!

Winter Wonderland

 

Here at Rockinvans, we just don’t understand why more people don’t take advantage of the off-peak season and go camping in the spring, autumn – or dare I say it, winter.

Being north of the border, we are used to the bleak wintry weather – we deal with it for 11 months of the year. If we were to let a few drops of rain get in the way, we’d never hit the open road. Plus, winter in Scotland is pretty spectacular.

We’ve put together something of a winter survival guide for campers, so if you relish the thought of a few days campervanning in Scotland, but don’t want to wait until summer, take a look.

Wrap up warm

It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that don’t think to take appropriate clothing. Make sure you pack enough to wear a few layers and a couple of pairs of socks each day. Also throw in hat, scarf, gloves, a warm coat and a rain jacket.

A dog that’s feeling the cold

 

 

Bedding

There is nothing worse than climbing into a freezing cold bed at night, so make sure you are prepared for the cold night ahead. Don’t use the same sleeping bag you use all year round, get one with 3 or 4 season rating.

Everyone has to keep warm

Tip: fill a hot water bottle and allow it to lie in the sleeping for 15 minutes or so before you jump in!

Check the weather

If it’s the middle of winter, you have a pretty good idea that it’s going to be cold, but what about wind, rain or snow? Make sure you know the weather forecast, particularly freezing temperatures and storms.

Scottish Weather

Search for campsites in advance

Some people like to just hit the road and see where they end up, whereas others will have a plan set in stone. If your camping in winter, you don’t need to have a strict itinerary, but make sure you check out campsites in advance because many close for the winter season.

Searching for a campsite, best to pre-book

Firewood

It’s really difficult to find suitable firewood throughout the winter so the best bet is to stock up before you leave. Lighting a campfire will keep you warmer and allow you to rustle up some delicious hot meals.

Firewood covered in snow

Cook hearty meals

In the summer it’s pretty easy to get by on sandwiches and salads, which can be knocked up in the van, but during the winter you’ll want something warm and tasty. Make sure you take plenty of tinned soups and enough tea and coffee to get you through the cold days.

Eating in a campervan

Entertainment

The winter nights are much longer than the summer ones so you can forget staying outside until 11 at night. To make sure you don’t get bored in the evenings, take plenty of things to keep you occupied – books, magazines, board games, playing cards etc.

T in a campervan

Campervanning doesn’t have to be restricted to the summer, so why not take advantage of the crowd-free campsites and jump in one of our vans this winter?

The Best Scenic Routes in Scotland

The Best Scenic Routes in Scotland

The Best Scenic Routes in Scotland

The best scenic routes in Scotland

 

When it comes to touring scenic routes in Scotland, you are really spoilt for choice. There are hundreds of miles of road winding up and down mountains and following the rugged coastline.

If you want to spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks revelling in the Scottish scenery, we’ve handpicked some top scenic routes for your campervan. So, whether you want to explore Scottish history through the many castles and museums, or escape from everyday life on a remote beach, there is plenty to see on your travels in your Rockinvan.

 

Glasgow to Fort William

Glasgow to Fort William scenic trip

 

The A82 from Glasgow to Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis offers some of the most spectacular views in the whole country. In fact, not that long ago, it was actually voted Britain’s best road – no surprise when you consider the panoramic views of Loch Lomond and Glen Coe.

While driving in Glasgow is nothing special, once you are heading north out of the city, you’ll soon be surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful scenery. Drive up the shore of Loch Lomond, through the Trossachs National Park, through Glen Coe and along the Loch Linnhe shore to Fort William.

An ideal stopover is Lochy Holiday Park, just 10 minutes out of Fort William, and at just £14.50 per night, inclusive of two adults, it’s hard to grumble.

Alternatively, you could always branch off at the top of the Trossachs and head west along the A85 to Oban, but more on that later.

 

Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed

lovely bridge

 

From one major Scottish city to another, the scenic route between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed can be rather breath-taking.

You’ll leave the capital city behind and cross over the English border into the Northumberland countryside. Although you can stick to the boring A1, by heading off the main roads and onto the A199, A198 ad A1107, you’ll see some of Scotland’s finest sights, including Dirleton and Tantallon Castle.

If you don’t want to head back across the border before seeing what this quaint village has to offer, you could always park up at South Meadows Caravan Park in Belford. Set in parkland, with the woods on the perimeter, this park is a peaceful haven and is £19-21 per night.

 

Dalmally to Tobermory

Scenic trip to Tobermory

 

The coastal town of Oban is often referred to as the Gateway of the Isles as from here you can catch a ferry to Mull, Coll, Tiree, Barra, South Uist, Islay, Lismore and Colonsay, and continue on your travels even further afield.

We’ve already mentioned just how picturesque it is up towards Loch Lomond, but this route starts just slightly to the west in Dalmally near the A85.

You’ll cut through another Scottish mountain, Ben Cruachan, through the Ardnaskie Wood and down the coast towards Oban. From Oban you’ll catch a ferry to Craignure on the Isle of Mull and drive right up the coast on the A848 and A849 to Tobermorey.

From here you can explore Mull, do a spot of island hopping or head back to the mainland. If you are staying on the Isle of Mull, spend the night at Tobermory Campsite. It offers basic but clean facilities and is just £7 per adult, £3 per child and £2 for electric hook-up.

 

Do any of these scenic routes take your fancy? If so, head on over to Rockinvans to book your campervan hire now.

Fishing in Scotland

Fishing in Scotland

A Guide To Fishing In Scotland

Fishing in Scotland

 

Are you thinking about a fishing trip to Scotland? How does sitting beside one of many serene lochs and landing a catch in our rivers against a backdrop of stunning scenery sound?

Perfect?

Well, jump in one of our Rockinvan campervans and set out on a world class fishing trip. Whether you want to fish for Atlantic salmon, trout, grayling or wild pike, Scotland provides the perfect opportunity to combine your campervan hire with a spot of fishing

A salmon caught in Scotland

 

 

Salmon Fishing

 

Scotland is famous for being a home to the ‘king of fishes’, the Atlantic salmon, and many of its rivers have excellent stocks. The best option for angling is he River Spey, but Galloway is a hidden gem for Scottish salmon fishing.

It is in this corner of Scotland that you will find some of the best river fishing in the country, and although you’re hoping that salmon will be the catch of the day, you’ll also find trout and numerous coarse species, such as pike, carp and bream.

The River Annan starts out just north of Moffat as a burn and flows downhill until Evan and Moffat water join at Three Waters Meet. It is a superb salmon fishing destination; head to the lower beats in August and further up the river in October and November.

 

Castle Point Caravan Site

Rockcliffe, Galloway, DG5 4QL

01556 630248

[email protected]

 http://www.castlepointcc.com

 

 

Mossband Caravan Park

Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries, DG2 8JP

01387 760505

http://www.mossbandcaravanpark.co.uk

Trout and Grayling Fishing

Trout & Grayling Fishing

Although perhaps most famous for salmon, Scotland is also a haven for trout and grayling fishing. You will find both sea trout and wild trout in various rivers and lochs or stocked trout in the stillwaters.

I’d recommend heading over to the Hebrides for trout fishing as there are plenty of lochs to make the most of, but the rivers are home to migratory fish between June and October too.

Lewis, North Uist and South Uist are some of my favourite islands for trout fishing in Scotland. As with the rest of Scotland, you will need to obtain a permit for salmon and trout fishing.

It’s also wise to avoid Sunday fishing on the islands due to strong Hebridean values, so take some time away from the waters and see what else is on offer.

Eilean Fraoich Caravan Park

North Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9BQ

01851 710504

Home

Moorcroft Holidays

17 Carinish, North Uist, HS6 5HN

01876 580305

http://www.moorcroftholidays.co.uk

A big one

 

 

Coarse Fishing

 

The term ‘coarse’ refers to any freshwater fish, such as pike, carp, brem, chub, dace, perch and roach, but not salmon and trout. Pike can be found all over Scotland apart from the north, and carp is increasing in popularity too.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is a fantastic area for coarse fishing, from specialist coarse fisheries such as Magiscroft in Cumbernauld, to freshwater lochs such as Loch Venachar, and rivers such as the River Forth.

 

Lagganbeg Holiday Park

Gartocharn, Loch Lomond,G83 8NQ

01389 830281

http://www.lagganbeg.co.uk/

 

 

Lomond Woods Holiday Park

Tullichewan Drive, Loch Lomond G83 8QP

01389 755000

http://www.holiday-parks.co.uk/

Sea fishing

 

 

Sea Fishing

 

Scotland’s coastlines are some of the most spectacular in the world, so it’s no surprise that sea fishing a very popular sport. Whether you’re fishing from the shore or boat, you can angle without any permits or licences.

There are hundreds of miles of coastline around Scotland, so you have plenty of destinations to choose from, but the north and east are ideal for cod and ling, whereas Pollack and dog fish are easily found in the south west.

 

Low Glengyre Farm

Ervie, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 0QY

01776 853573

 

Deeside Holiday Park

South Deeside Road, Maryculter, Aberdeenshire, AB12 5FX

01224 733860

http://www.holiday-parks.co.uk/

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Campervan Trip Essentials

Campervan Trip Essentials

Scotland Campervan Trip Essentials

Are you a campervan hire virgin? If you’ve never had the luxury of cruising down the west coast of Scotland, tackling the hills in the Cairngorms or taking the ferry over to the isles in your camper, we’ve put together a no-nonsense guide to Scotland campervan hire.

Although your van gives you the freedom to go wherever the wind takes you, you will often be out in the wilderness and many miles away from the shops. With this in mind, there are a few essentials that every camper should have on board.

The Basics

When planning any trip away from home, whether it’s a couple of days in the UK somewhere, a week in Benidorm or a month-long cruise around the Caribbean, you will always need the basics.

For your campervan hire:

  • Driving Licence
  • Two separate forms of ID (can include driving licence)
  • Credit/Debit card for £500 or £750 authorisation

The usual culprits:

  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Debit/credit cards
  • Batteries
  • Torch

Don’t forget to pack for all weathers:

  • Suitable clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Adequate footwear
  • Carrier bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

 

If travelling to Scotland from abroad:

  • Travel insurance
  • Plug adaptors

In case of emergency:

  • Contact telephone numbers
  • Addresses of family & friends
  • Medical history (if appropriate)

 

Toiletries

Although it’s not the end of the world if you forget to pack your toothbrush, it can be a bit of a nightmare if you have spent the best part of a day travelling in your camper to some remote area in the Scottish Highlands. It’s also much cheaper to bring those from home than to buy miniature travel toiletries once you’re on the road.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up
  • Perfume/aftershave
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm

 

Medication

Do you have a first aid kit lurking around somewhere at home? It’s probably nothing comprehensive, perhaps just a bag containing a few plasters and painkillers, but it does the job.

With the increased likelihood of injury due to exploring the Scottish landscape, it’s really important that you bring some basic medical items along with you on your campervan trip.

  • Plasters and bandages
  • Painkillers (Paracetamol, Ibruprofen & aspirin are the most common)
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Travel sickness medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Any medical prescriptions

 

Food

Dining out every night can make a significant dent in your campervan trip budget, so it’s likely that you’ll be cooking up a few delights in your van. The benefit to campervan hire is that you can cook on board, so save the pennies and pack some cupboard essentials:

  • Milk (life-long is the best bet)
  • Tea & coffee
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Soup and other tinned or packet foods
  • Crisps, biscuits & snacks

 

It may look like a lot of stuff to lug around with you, but believe us, you’ll be thankful when you are desperate for a nice warm cup of tea, or you feel like you can’t go another day without washing your hair!

Campervan hire Scotland is easy with Rockinvans, we’re located in Ayrshire, but offer pick-up and collection from Prestwick Airport and Glasgow International Airport.

Top 10 Scottish Foods For Tourists

Top 10 Scottish Foods For Tourists

Scotland has never been particularly well-known for its cuisine, but it seems that tourists are finally starting to see past the world-famous haggis and find out what else Scottish foods has to offer. If you’re on a roadtrip around Scotland, you’re in a really great position to try out a range of regional Scottish delicacies.

Angus Beef

 

1)    Aberdeen Angus Beef

The Lonely Planet’s Food Lover’s Guide has Aberdeen Angus beef as one of the best foods to be found in Scotland. It describes it as “the pride of butchers’”, and in all honesty, they’re not far wrong.

Arbroath smokie

 

2)    Arbroath Smokie

These Scottish treats are thought to have originated in the small village of Auchmithie, but the smoking process was soon moved to Arbroath. Smokies were accidentally created when a fire started in the store holding the salt-preserved haddock.

Lorne Sausage

 

3)    Lorne (Square) Sausage

If you order a cooked breakfast in Scotland, you might be surprised to find a chunk of square meat adorning your plate. This is the lorne sausage – believed to be named after a Glaswegian comedian, Tommy Lorne. There are some other theories behind the square sausage though, some say it’s named after the Firth of Lorne, whilst others believe it was created because a flat sausage makes a better sandwich!

Black Pudding

 

4)    Black Pudding

Unsurprisingly, black pudding is not a dessert. This is another addition to the cooked breakfast, but was originated as a way of making use of the whole pig. Although pig’s blood, oats, barley, spice and fat, all blended into an intestine really doesn’t sound that appetising, it really is worth trying.

Dundee Cake

 

5)    Dundee Cake

One of Scotland’s most famous foods is its light fruit cake, Dundee Cake.  As with many Scottish delicacies, there are a number of stories behind its beginnings. Some believe that Keiller’s marmalade company were behind it, whereas others claim that the cake was made for Mary Queen of Scots because she didn’t like cherries in her fruit cake.

Macaroni Cheese Pie

 

6)    Macaroni Cheese Pie

Only in Scotland would you find a teatime favourite inside a pie. There is little need for explanation as the name really tells all, macaroni cheese in a pie. This delicious snack packs moreish cheesy goodness into a hot water pastry crust.

Scottish Oatcakes

 

7)    Oatcakes

The Scottish savoury oatcake is different to any other type of oatcake you may have had before. These oatcakes (sometimes known as bannocks) are made using oatmeal and are either baked or cooked on a girdle. Scottish oatcakes are often paired with smoked salmon and cheese for a scrummy snack.

Shortbread

 

8)    Shortbread

There is nothing more classically Scottish than shortbread. This biscuit is made using just three ingredients; flour, sugar and butter.  Scottish shortbread is now eaten all year round, but traditionally on special occasions such as Christmas and Hogmanay.

Neeps and Tatties

 

9)    Neeps & Tatties

Literally, swede and potatoes… this side dish usually accompanies another Scottish delicacy, Haggis, but goes well with any meat.

Deep Fried Mars Bar

 

10) Anything deep fried!

The battered Mars bar has now achieved worldwide fame and symbolises just about everything that is wrong with the traditionally unhealthy Scottish diet. However, it’s not just Mars bars that are deep-fried up north, pop into any fish and chip shop and you’ll find deep-fried fish, sausages and pizzas! Of course, we wouldn’t recommend eating these Scottish foods regularly, but a wee taste won’t do any harm.

Get Away With Campervan Rental Scotland

London to Scotland in a VW Camper Van

Get Away With Campervan Rental Scotland

The best views in the morning

 

For many just the word ‘camping’ sends shivers down the spine and the memories of your childhood holidays come rushing back. However, the other half has fond memories of pitching tents, making campfires, exploring the wilderness and having fun.

If you want to enjoy a break out in the fresh air away from the stress of everyday life, but don’t want to be too close to nature, campervan rental Scotland is the perfect alternative.

By renting a campervan, you get the luxury of being able to travel around and explore, without the need to sleep on the ground in muddy field.

So, why Scotland you ask?

Scotland is the ideal place for campervanning, from stunning coastlines and lochs to the incredible peaks of Ben Nevis, and from the world’s best seafood to Aberdeen Angus beef. Yes, whether you want to sit back, relax and take in the surroundings or get active and ‘bag’ a Munro or hit the pistes, Scotland has it.

Rockinvans campervan rental Scotland is conveniently located in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire – less than 30 minutes from Prestwick Airport and Glasgow, and only 90 minutes from Edinburgh. Once you’re all in your camper and ready to rock, you can start to explore immediately as Ayrshire is the ideal starting point. Famous for being the home county of the National Bard, Robert Burns, Ayrshire also has some of the most spectacular views down the west coast of Scotland.

Beautiful castles

Visit the isles

The western isles of Scotland offer some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the world, from the incredible backdrop of the Cuillin to picturesque lochs and coastlines. Once you’ve booked your campervan rental, Scotland’s premier ferry operator, Caledonian McIntyre has a fantastic Island Hopscotch ticket. With this ticket, valid for a month, you can explore the islands on a pre-planned route at your own pace.

Campervan Rental Scotland

Go shopping in Glasgow

The beauty of campervan rental Scotland is that you don’t have to spend your days in the countryside if you don’t want to. Less than an hour from the west coast is Glasgow, the shopping mecca of Scotland.

Campervan next to the water

 

Climb Ben Nevis

Britain’s highest mountain is Ben Nevis at 1344 metres. If you are venturing up to the Highlands in your camper, it is a definite must-see. You don’t have to be the next Bear Grylls to climb Ben Nevis as there is a ‘tourist route’, which is still strenuous, but manageable for the majority of people.

Hit the pistes

Forget the Alps this winter, thanks to your campervan rental Scotland can provide you with a more than adequate skiing experience. There are five main ski resorts: Nevis Range, Glencoe, Glenshee, Cairngorm and The Lecht.

Campervan Hire Glasgow

Campervan Hire Glasgow

Do you fancy exploring Scotland in a completely unique way? Are you fed up of bad hotels and uncomfortable bus journeys? Does the thought of sleeping under the stars get you excited about going away?  Well, why not head on the most exciting roadtrip of your life? With campervan hire Glasgow you can see everything that Scotland has to offer, all from the comfort of your very own campervan.

Charing Cross Glasgow

If you can picture yourself zooming around the Scottish country roads in a Volkswagen campervan, head to Rockinvans campervan hire Glasgow now. You’ll find a wide range of campervans that will give you the freedom to sleep around.

Campervanning in Scotland is popular with Scots and other Brits, but it’s about time that tourists from all around the world got to experience this type of holiday.

It’s not difficult to hire a campervan in Glasgow, in fact, Rockinvans will even deliver it to the airport or train station! Whether you are flying in to Glasgow International Airport or chugging into Glasgow Central Station, we can ensure that your campervan is ready and waiting for you to head off into the sunset.

If you’d rather pick up your Rockinvan yourself, we are conveniently located just 20 minutes away from Glasgow city centre, in Kilmarnock. We are in the perfect place for campervan hire Glasgow and a great base from which you can explore the whole of Scotland.

Campervan hire Glasgow is all about taking life in the slow lane, not worrying about the destination but embracing the journey. This is why we put so much effort into ensuring that our campervans are truly rockin’.

When you’re on the road in Scotland, you are as free as a bird. Unlike England and Wales, Scotland made wild camping legal in 2005. This handy byelaw means that you can stop on any land for the night, provided you respect the owner, land and any animals. To avoid any problems, you should avoid fields of crops or farm animals and don’t camp out near any buildings or landmarks.

There are a few ground rules for wild camping: it’s important that you remove all of your litter, remove any trace of your pitch or fire and don’t cause any pollution.

It’s all common sense really, but if you stick to these simple rules, you’ll be able to enjoy Scotland from wherever you like.

Although Rockinvans campervan hire Glasgow is located in the central belt, you are able to explore the rest of the country as you wish – don’t feel obliged to stick around the local area, why not head up to the picturesque Loch Lomond, up into the Highlands, or perhaps see what the Scottish Isles have to offer?

Whether you were born and bred in Glasgow or have never stepped on Scottish soil before, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Scotland and exploring by campervan is the best way to do it. So, go on, what’s stopping you? Head on over to the Rockinvans campervan hire Glasgow website now and book the trip of a lifetime.