London to Scotland in a VW Camper Van
Campervanning in the City (Part 1)
Glasgow from the Clyde. Campervanning in the City
The benefits of hiring a campervan and jaunting around Scotland have been well-documented. The spectacular coastlines, the rolling countryside, jaw-dropping mountains and deserted islands are just a few of the main attractions.
However, if the thought of trudging through wet fields, climbing steep mountains, squishing your toes in the sand bores you to tears, campervanning doesn’t have to be completely dismissed. Campervan hire has some obvious benefits for city camping – the ability to park- unless you fancy trying to pitch a tent in Glasgow’s George Square!
So, the next time you go campervanning, think of it as a city break with a twist.
Scotland’s capital city really is a ‘must-see’, packed with history, culture, attractions and shopping, it’s a great day out. The most obvious first stop would be the infamous Edinburgh Castle – but be warned, it gets incredibly busy so it’s best to swing by earning in the morning. Other places to visit include the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Zoo, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. Those set on a day of retail therapy, won’t be disappointed. Edinburgh caters for everyone, from designer fashion down George Street to the Farmer’s Market on Shandwick Place.
Where to stay:
35-37 Marine Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 5EN
£5.30-£9.20 per pitch & £5.30-£7.20 per adult
38 MortonhallGate, Frogston Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ
£14.00-£30.00 per night
Charlotte Square: you can park up here overnight, but be prepared to leave early in the morning to avoid a parking ticket.
Scotland’s biggest city is jam-packed with museums and art galleries, plus many other fantastic attractions. The shopping experience in Glasgow is second-only to London, so be prepared to splash the cash up and down the Style Mile. If you’d prefer to experience a little culture, visit the House for an Art Lover, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or pop into one of the many museums, from the Museum of Transport and Travel to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Where to stay:
Clay House Road, Stepps, Glasgow, G33 6AF
£18-£20.50 per night (1 person included)
Strathblane Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8LE
£12 per night
There are a few car parks in the city that allow overnight parking for a friendly £1.50 per night (6pm-8am): Burnside Street, Cathedral Precinct, Newton Street, Centre Street and the High Street.
Although Glasgow and Edinburgh are the most popular destinations, the other five cities are great places to visit for a mini-break. Aberdeen, known as ‘granite city’, is on the north east coast and has a rich culture to explore. The art galleries and museums will likely be the highlight – particularly Aberdeen Art Gallery and Tolbooth Museum – but there is also a vibrant shopping scene and many restaurants and bars to keep you entertained.
Where to stay:
Maryculter, Aberdeen, AB12 5FX
£18-20 per night
Clinterty People’s Site
Kings Meaburn, Aberdeen, AB21 0TN
Aberdeenshire Council operates a number of car parks that do allow overnight parking, but all of them have height restrictions, from 1.91m to 2.82m so it’s best to check in advance.
Check back for Campervanning in the City Part 2, to find out about mini-breaks to Inverness, Dundee, Stirling and Perth.