Campervanning in Loch Lomond

Campervanning in Loch Lomond

Campervanning in Loch Lomond: A Short Guide

The view at sunset

Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and an incredibly popular destination for tourists from all over the UK and abroad. It is situated within the national park and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well as breath-taking views and scenery. It’s the ideal place to spend a few days in the camper, so check out our short guide to one of Scotland’s finest gems.

Getting there

The natural beauty of Loch Lomond is less than an hour away from the Rockinvans base in Kilmarnock.

Motorway route: from Rockinvans you’ll head back out onto Galston/Riccarton Road and take the roundabout onto the A77.

You’ll soon merge onto the M77 towards Glasgow. After just over 15 miles, take the A8 exit towards Tradeston and keep left at the fork, following signs for the M8.

Just before you reach Bishopton, around 10 miles on from Glasgow, take the M898 exit over the Erskine Bridge. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Crianlarich.

You will go through over a few roundabouts, then turn right onto the A82 (Stirling Road). Go through Alexandria as you reach Balloch, you will see the shores of Loch Lomond ahead.

Scenic route: if you would like to see some of spectacular views up the west coast of Scotland, instead of heading for the motorway, drive your camper from Kilmarnock towards Irvine.

From there, drive along the coast road through Saltcoats, Largs and right up to Greenock.

You will come through Port Glasgow and merge onto the M8, take the exit towards the Erskine Bridge and follow the directions above.

Where to stay

Campsites

Luss Camping And Caravanning Club Site

Luss, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 8NT

01436 860658

Open: 29th March – 5th November

Cashel Camping In The Forest Site

Loch Lomond, Rowardennan, Argyll, G63 0AW

0845 137 633

Open: 21st March – 28th October

Ardlui Marina & Holiday Park

Ardlui, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 7EB

01301 704 243

Open: All year

Wild camping

Although it is legal to wild camp in Scotland (it’s not in England & Wales), there is a bye law preventing camping outside of designated sites within the East Loch Lomond Restricted Zone. The laws are in place from 1st March to 31st October and do include sleeping in a motor vehicle overnight (7pm-7am).

You are free to wild camp throughout the rest of Loch Lomond, but watch out as you will have to leave the camper and pitch a tent if you’re planning on venturing into the National Park. If you’d rather stay in your van, there are plenty of roadside spots that are more than adequate.

Things to do

Considering the loch is the largest in Scotland, it only seems right to partake in some watersports. You will be pleased to hear that you can hit the water without any charge if you are water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing or sailing. You can even partake in a highland games date permitting.

The water isn’t only good for thrill-seekers, there are some excellent opportunities for fishing too. You will find trout, salmon, pike, perch, roach, ruffe, dace and powan within Loch Lomond, but make sure you get a permit for game fishing and put those rods away on a Sunday!

To get a better view of the amazing scenery, you could take a walk or a cycle around the loch. The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path from Balloch to Tarbet stretches the entire length of the loch and is ideal if you want to avoid the narrow roads on the east shore.

However, the east shore is perfect for walking – take the West Highland Way right up to the very top of the loch or go for a hill walk around Ben Lomond.

What are you waiting for? Book one of our Rockinvans for your next trip to Loch Lomond.

Kid-friendly Easter Holidays Ideas.

Kid-friendly Easter Holidays Ideas.

Kid-friendly Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are almost upon us. Are you dreading it already? You’re probably running through activities in your mind. Having already exhausted the cinema, bowling, park and the usual stuff, are you starting to panic?

Instead of struggling to find ways to entertain the kids for a couple of weeks, why not hire a campervan and tour Scotland?

Campervanning is great way to get away from home, whether it’s just a couple of nights or a whole week. You and the kids will get to spend some quality time doing all sorts of fun things and going on a new adventure together.

Think there’s not enough room for the whole family? Think again. With two double beds, our 4 berth van is perfect for families. If that’s still not big enough, check out our rolling homes, which sleep up to six people.

With one of our Rockinvans, you have the freedom to go wherever you like. Campervanning is for everyone, whether you prefer to stop in the one place or travel around, or whether you prefer the serenity of the countryside or the hustle and bustle of city life.

Edinburgh & Lothians

Scotland’s capital city is a very interesting place to visit; the history and culture are a huge hit with visitors. If you spend your days wandering around endless museums and castles, you’re likely to have some very unhappy kids on your hands. Break up their day with some excitement.

  • Coast to Coast Surf School
  • Climbing Arena
  • Midlothian Snowsports Centre
  • Leadburn Manor
  • A1 Paintball

 

Glasgow & Clyde

The biggest city in Scotland has something for everyone to do, whether you’re five or 50. Glasgow is perhaps most famous for its incredible shopping experience – second only to London apparently. However, we know that kids can’t stand getting dragged from shop to shop, so check out these fun activities too.

  • Science Centre
  • Scotkart Indoor Racing
  • Snow Factor
  • Celtic Park or Ibrox Stadium Tour
  • M&D’s Theme Park

 

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

This has to be one of the most picturesque areas in Scotland, if not the UK. It is beautiful. It’s an incredibly popular holiday destination, but let’s be honest, the kids will get very bored in a short amount of time. Luckily for those parents that want to kick back and take in the gorgeous scenery, there are plenty of things to keep the kids entertained too.

  • Can You Experience Co
  • Centre 81
  • Monkey Madness
  • Muddy Good Fun
  • Xtreme Karting

 

Argyll & The Isles

Although the beautiful scenery and rich heritage in Argyll & The Isles might be enough to satisfy you on your Easter break, it’s likely to lead to a few complaints from the kids. Fortunately, there are all sorts of adventure sports and activities to keep them busy, so you can sit back and enjoy the tranquil beaches and charming market towns.

  • Scottish Sealife Sanctuary
  • Inveraray Jail
  • Argyll Adventure
  • Loch Glashan Mountain Bike Trail
  • Quadmania Ltd
  • Craobh Haven Watersports

 

What are you waiting for? Hire a campervan from Rockinvans now and start planning your fun-filled Easter break.

Scotland’s Best Chippies

Scotland’s Best Chippies

Scotland’s Best Chippies

Scotland’s best fish and chip shops

 

 When you’re on your travels around Scotland, you will probably come across some delicious seafood, particularly down the west coast. Scotland is famed for its beautiful shellfish and salmon, it’s shipped out to some of the most famous restaurants in the world.

However, Scotland is also renowned for another type of fish – fish and chips. Yes, a good old battered cod and a mound of greasy fries. It may not be the healthiest meal, but very few things will beat it when you’re out and about in the van.

To help you find the perfect chippy, we’ve compiled a list of some of Scotland’s best chippies.

 

10. Giacopazzi’s

Giacopazzi’s

 

20 Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire TD14 5HU

The location is perfect for eating loads of scrummy fish and chips. You might have to wait a few minutes as all the food is cooked fresh for each customer, but it’s worth it.

 

9. Atlantic Fast Food

Atlantic Fast Food

 

155 Calder Street Coatbridge Lanarkshire ML5 4QR

01236 443675

A previous winner of the National Fish and Chip Awards, this chippy has managed to stick in the top 10 thanks to its commitment to sustainable produce.

 

8. West End Café & Chip Shop

West End Cafe Bute

 

3 Gallowgate, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0HR

01700 503596

This chippy is the proud winner of the UK Best Fish and Chip Shop Award. They’re so good, they’ve won it twice.

 

7. Mhor Fish

Mhor Fish and Chip Shop

 

75 – 77 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8DX

01877 330213

This chip shop is owned and run by the same family that own Monachyle Mhor and Mhor Bread. The food is definitely the best in Callander.

 

6. The Dolphin

The Nairn Fish and Chip Bar

 

69 High Street, Nairn IV12 4BW, Scotland

01667455534

The only place to go for a white or red pudding supper in Inverness, The Dolphin serves up yummy grub all day and night.

 

5. Valente’s

Valente’s fish and chips

 

73 Hendry Rd, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5DA‎

01592 203600

If there’s a queue out the door and half way around the block in summer, you can be pretty certain of a decent fish supper. It’s just a shame it’s not open on Saturday lunchtime.

 

4. The Real Food Café

The Real Food Cafe Perthshire

 

 

Indooroopilly, Tyndrum, Perthshire, FK20 8RY

01838 400235

One of this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards winners, The Real Food Café is definitely a cut above the rest and incredibly popular with walkers in the area.

 

3. The Anstruther Fish Bar

The Anstruther Fish Bar

 

42-44 Shore Street, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AQ

01333 310518

Another popular Scottish chippy with queues usually out of the door at the weekend, The Anstruther has won awards in 2001, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008!

 

2. Frankie’s Fish & Chips

Frankies Fish and Chip Shop Shetland

 

Brae, Shetland, ZE2 9QJ

01806 522 700

Try to find a chippy further north and you’ll struggle. This café and takeaway is located in Brae on the Shetland Isles. It’s a tough one to beat, winning four of the categories at the National Fish & Chip Awards.

 

1. The Bay Fish & Chips

The Bay fish and chip shop

 

Beach Promenade, Stonehaven, AB39 2RD

01569 762000

As overall winners of the Fish and Chip Awards 2013, it would be wrong to hand the top spot to any other chippy. This chip shop is all about quality produce, using local suppliers and a strong commitment to sustainability. Plus, the food is to die for.

 

Check out our Rockinvans the next time you fancy touring Scotland to discover the secrets of our very best chippies. Deep fried Mars bar anyone?

Exploring Robert Burns’ Life in a Camper

Exploring Robert Burns’ Life in a Camper

Explore Robert Burns’ Life In A Campervan

Robert Burns campervan trips

 

Robert Burns, the National Bard, is a legend on Scottish soil – you can even celebrate his short life and poetry on 25th January, Burns Night. Burns was born in Alloway, Ayr in the 18th century and died at just 37 years old, yet his legacy has lived on and made him a Scottish icon.

If you want to find out more about the famous poet, take a trip to Scotland and explore the museums dedicated to him. We think the best to way to explore Rabbie Burns’ life is to hire one of our luxury campervans to travel up and down the country, visiting the landscapes and landmarks that inspired some of his most famous work. Rockinvans is located in Kilmarnock, just 30 minutes from Alloway, so we couldn’t be in a handier location.

Ayrshire

Start out at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which is set out across 10 acres of beautiful countryside, to get a glimpse into the life of the National Bard. This collection of Burns goodies is considered as one of the most important in the world.

The site features this fantastic museum, but also:

  • Burns’ Cottage, which was built by his father, William, and where he was born in 1759.
  • Burns Monument, which was erected to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside
  • Poet’s Path, which links two main areas of the museum site and features a number of interesting sculptures
  • Alloway Auld Kirk
  • Brig O’ Doon

 

 

Ayr Craigie Gardens Caravan Club Site

Craigie Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA8 0SS

01292 264909

Crofthead Holiday Park

Nr Naisrton Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 6EN

01292 263516

Middlemuir Heights Lodge & Caravan Park

Tarbolton, Near Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA5 5NR

01292 541647

 

Dumfries & Galloway

After a day in Ayrshire, make the 50 mile journey south to Dumfries, where you’ll find his former home Ellisland Farm. Burns moved to Ellisland Farm from Alloway at the age of 29, and it was in his three years here that some of his best work was written. The farm is now a popular museum with some of his original writings and possessions.

Robert Burns moved after three years at Ellisland to what is now known as the Robert Burns House. Located in Dumfries on Burns Street, the house contains many relics, including his chair, original letters, manuscripts and poems.

Not far away from his final home is a pub called The Globe Inn, which was once Burns’ local alehouse. Robert Burns’ old chair is still sitting in the bar, but don’t sit on it unless you’re willing to recite a line of poetry.

Mossband Caravan Park

Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries, DG2 8JP

01387 760505

Glenmidge Smithy

Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0SW

01387 740328

The Park Of Brandedleys

Crocketford, Dumfries, DG2 8RG

01387 266700

Hire a luxury campervan from Rockinvans and spend a few days to a week exploring Ayrshire and Dumfries to find out more about the famous Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns.