Campervanning in the City

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.

 

Edinburgh

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:

Edinburgh Caravan Club Site

35-37 Marine Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 5EN

0131 3126874

£5.30-£9.20 per pitch & £5.30-£7.20 per adult

Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park

38 MortonhallGate, Frogston Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ

0131 6641533

£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.

 

Glasgow

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:

Craigendmuir Caravan & Camping

Clay House Road, Stepps, Glasgow, G33 6AF

0141 7794159

£18-£20.50 per night (1 person included)

Bankell Farm Camping & Caravan Site

Strathblane Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8LE

0141 9561733

£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.

 

Aberdeen

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:

Deeside Holiday Park

Maryculter, Aberdeen, AB12 5FX

01224 733860

£18-20 per night

Clinterty People’s Site

Kings Meaburn, Aberdeen, AB21 0TN

01224 790770

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.