London to Scotland in a VW Camper Van

London to Scotland in a VW Camper Van

Both England and Scotland have awesome and unique places to see. This itinerary gives you a great overview of these two great countries. Before you know it you will be drinking tea and eating haggis admiring the British scenery. Hiring a Rockin Vans camper or motorhome is the perfect way to see the full length and breadth of the UK, with depots in London and several in Scotland, it won’t cost you any more to do a one-way rental with Rockin Vans.

1: RV London depot to Wiltshire

Leaving the bright lights of London behind, head into the beautiful English countryside. Wiltshire is quintessentially English, with some of the most beautiful sites in the country.

The first stop is one of the wonders of the world, and the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, Stone Henge.

Then head to Salisbury, where the Cathedral holds Britain’s tallest spire, and Europe’s oldest working clock. Free tours are available daily.

Camping near Stonehenge and Salisbury.

2: Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon

At this stage you start to head north. Venturing into the Cotswolds, the yellow stone houses become more and more frequent. There are hundreds of quaint villages to choose from in this county, however two of our favourites are Stowe on the Wold and Broadway. Both towns are located on the Roman road – The Fosse Way. They both are famous for their market towns and fantastic antique stores. Make sure you stop for afternoon tea at the Broadway Hotel.

Camping in the Cotswolds:

The Caravan Club

The Costwold Camping

Stratford Upon Avon a market town with over 800 years of history. Most notably the Bard

Catch a play and eat in one of the fantastic restaurants. When night time falls head to the picturesque Island Meadow Caravan Park for a taste of quintessential English countryside. Situated just outside Stratford, this tiny campsite is exactly how you would picture an English hamlet. Within walking distance is the small village of Aston Cantlow. Which hosts one of the best pubs in the country, The Kings Head. This picturesque restaurant and bar serves outstanding food and has a fantastic atmosphere, chat to the friendly locals in this dog friendly hidden gem.

3: Lake District

Once you have finished exploring the quaint and quiet British countryside it is time to head somewhere a little more dramatic. As you head north you will see the countryside start to change, rolling hills become dramatic mountains and you start to get a feel for rural life in the North of England.

There are hundreds of campsites dotted around the Lake District, but for a Lake Side pitch we suggest booking well in advance and spending a few nights at the Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Not far from the bustling market town of Kendal, this site is perfect for all types of camper. Whether you are looking for high adrenaline water sports, a quiet country stroll or afternoon tea in one of the towns. There is even an on-site pub, The Whistling Pig.

Read our guide to the Lake District for a more indepth write up.

4: Gretna Green

Gretna Green is a great place to break up your journey on your way to the Scottish Capitol. Sitting just on the edge of the England and Scotland boarder. Marriages have taken place here since 1754, and is traditionally where young couples would run off to marry without parents’ permission. Visit the famous blacksmiths shop, one of Scotland oldest attractions. Or if retail therapy is more you thing there is an outlet store selling all manner of British country fashion.

5: Edinburgh

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a stay in Edinburgh. The sites of Edinburgh speak for themselves. We recommend stopping in Morton Hall Campsite, set in 200 acres of traditionally managed country park and conveniently situated on a bus route into the city centre.

This is where you come to a folk in the road. Rockin Vans has a return point in Edinburgh, you can decide to hand you van back here or continue your journey into the Scottish Highlands and hand the van back in Glasgow. If you decide to continue Rockin Vans has hundreds of blogs detailing the Scottish part of your adventure. Here are some of our favourites:

North Coast 500

Ultimate Camping Road Trip Itinerary

Ultimate Camping Road Trip Itinerary

The crème de la crème of British scenic drives taking you from one epic medieval city to another in two summer weeks.

Feast your eyes upon a great adventure that takes you on a meandering trail full of unmissable sights covering Edinburgh, the south-east coast of Scotland, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, Cheddar Gorge, the Cornish Peninsula, the Jurassic Coastline, the Isle of Wight, Brighton and London City.

From the stunning city of Edinburgh in Scotland to the bustling streets of London, this road trip guide will take you along incredible coastline, through jaw dropping mountains and breath taking valleys.

This 1200 mile adventure trail at a leisurely cruising pace can be comfortably achieved in two summer weeks.

By starting your trip in Edinburgh, the scenery and historical landmarks bar has been set exceptionally high. Luckily, the rest of the UK isn’t half bad either.

Edinburgh City.

Leaving Edinburgh with a full tank and full fridge, head east until you hit the North Sea at North Berwick. After climbing the North Berwick Law and taking in the views, enjoy the fresh sea breeze and salt air as you hug the east coast through the Scottish Borders bringing you into England.

Bass Rock off the coast of North Berwick.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne is the next port of call. Keep your camera on high alert until you reach Alnwick with shamelessly photogenic sights on every corner. With stunning beaches lining this stretch of coastal road don’t hestitate to pull over for some picnicing and refreshing dips in the sea.

Alnwick Castle.

From Alnwich, our route turns inland towards the Kielder Forest Park where you can enjoy camping below the tree tops in complete darkness and experinece the night sky as nature intended. With plenty of walking and cycle routes to explore, Kielder Forest Park is a hub of outdoor pursuits.

Forest Delights at Kielder Forest Park.

On existing this enchanted forest, veer west with the Lake District in your sights. Renowned for it’s picturesque scenery, this national park as been inspiring writters and romantic poets since the 19th century with its postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes. Driving through this area will require numerous stops for picture taking, hill hopping and basking in nature’s finest spoils.

Hidden Picnic Spots in the Lake District.

After concuring as many Wainwrights as your fittness levels allow and checking out the local breweries, the next destination is Butter Tub Pass in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. This famously beautiful pass is a high road from Simonstone near Hawes towards Thwaite and Muker. This unique trail snakes through a cavernous landscape featuring 20 metre deep limstone potholes called buttertubs. The name comes from early farmers who utilised the naturally cooler mini caves to store their butter on their way to market. The Yorkshire Dales hold claim to some of the finest examples of caves in the country and are definitely worth a day of exploring.

Traffic Jam in the Yorkshire Dales.

The infamous Cat and Fiddle Route linking Macclesfield and Buxton in the heart of the Peak District is next on your travel itinery. Make sure to take your time on this stretch of road as it has a bad reputation for accidents, however, if the appropriate care is taken, this road is noted to be one of the nicest drives in the country, made famous by motorbike enthusiasts and unfortunately, Top Gear presenter Jermey Clarkson. With plenty of gorgeous cycle and hiking routes to explore, the Peak District has a lot to offer campers and road trippers alike.

The Cat and Fiddle Route, The Peak District.

Leaving the extreme bends of the Peak District behind you, The Cheddar Gorge is the next stop on the map. At almost 400ft deep and 3 miles long, this is the UK’s largest gorge. With winding roads through this limestone landscape, this valley pass is home to a scattering of caves and secret passages for keen explorers.

Bird's eye view of the fabulous Cheddar Gorge.

From here our route goes completely west side story down the Cornish north coast. Stretching over forty stunning miles from Exmoor National Park to Land’s End this section of driving will make you fall deeply in love with the Bristol Channel. A combination of great weather, stunning scenery and ample outdoor activity centres, Cornwall is a dream journey from start to finish. Special attention from St. Ives to St. Just is needed to take in the full suite of beauty Cornwall has to offer.

North Coast, Cornwall.

At Land’s End after a well deserved break, continue your journey back up the south coast of this breath takingly beautiful peninsula towards Plymouth and Exmouth. The many headlands of the Cornish south coast are there to be explore if there’s time but the journey from Land’s End to Southhampton is full of stunning coastal scenery anyways.

The Beautiful South Cornish Coast.

Continuing along the coast will soon bring you to the Jurassic Coast. World heritage site and dream destination for many, this stretch of your roadie mission is very special. With sedimentary rocks dating back over 200 million years to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, there are many amazing treasures to be found within these sandy layers of earth history. Incredibly scenic and well facilitated for campers, the Jurassic Coast is a great spot for camper vanning.

The Jurassic Coast.

Your next destination takes you away from mainland Britain and onto the magical shores of the Isle of Wight. With frequent hovercraft crossings from Lymington to Yarmouth on the west coast of the island you can drive straight on with ease. Explore the fossil rich cliffs and beaches or catch a festival if you’re timing is on point. Once you’ve had your fill of islander life leave from the east coast at Fishbourne or Ryde and come ashore at Portsmouth.

Isle of Wight.

The city of Brighton is your final stop before reaching the final destination of London City. Loose yourself to this fantasically romantic city by parking up and exploring the shingle beaches, historical wharfs and beautiful pier.

The Bright Lights of Brighton Pier.

Treat yourself to some of Brighton’s finest cuisine before heading north to end your road trip in London City.

The Open Road.

With easy to drive, comfortable camper vans at the ready what are you waiting for? Have the best staycation yet and challenge yourself to the Ultimate 1200.

Check out this UK wide list of the best camping trips to take with your family.