From coastal views to mountainscapes, it’s no surprise that Scotland has been named the third most popular UK destination caravan and motorhome owners plan on visiting post-lockdown, a survey we conducted via YouGov has revealed.
The country, which has such outstanding natural beauty, took home 17% of the vote, behind Wales and the south coast of England. Thinking of visiting Scotland this summer now restrictions are easing? You’re in luck – this blog offers a list of the best places to stay, things to do while you’re there and, most importantly, what to eat and drink.
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Where to stay
There’s nothing quite like venturing along the coastline and steering your caravan or motorhome through miles of Scottish scenery before setting up base at one of Scotland’s many homely leisure vehicle spots.
Linnhe Lochside Holidays, in Fort William, is the perfect location if you’re planning on an action-packed break in the Scottish Highlands. The park features hard-standing level pitches, a motorhome service point, shower and bath facilities, and 10amp electricity.
Head just west of Edinburgh and you’ll discover Linwater Caravan Park, in Newbridge – a great place to be if you’re wanting to explore Scotland’s capital city, while also experiencing the tranquil West Lothian countryside. The park offers 16amp electric hook-ups and excellent transport links into Edinburgh.
Exploring the western Scottish gems? Achindarroch Touring Park, situated near Duror in Argyll, should be top of your list. Nearby is the towering Ben Nevis, iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, Steall Waterfall and Inverlochy Castle. The park itself has all the essentials you need, including heated shower blocks, Wi-Fi access and electrical hook-ups.
Things to do
From grand castles to sandcastles, it’s difficult to list all there is to do in Scotland. But that does mean there is something for everyone – whether you’re looking for nature reserves, unforgettable adventures, parks and gardens, museums, family attractions or historic treasures.
After a stressful year, Scotland’s waterfalls are ideal for improving your wellness. There’s plenty all across the country – including Eas a’ Chual Aluinn in the Highlands; Linn of Ruthrie Falls in Moray Speyside; and Black Spout Waterfall in Perthshire, to name a few.
Perhaps one of the most iconic Scottish sites is Loch Ness, located near Inverness. The 23-mile loch is shrouded in mystery, with tales of a large monster living deep beneath. It combines Jacobite history, stunning scenery and the possibility of a ‘Nessie’ sighting, making it the perfect destination all-year round for all ages.
If you’re on a tight budget, the Helix, which is home to the Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures, is free to visit. Located between Falkirk and Grangemouth, the parkland is now a five-star tourist destination and features 500km of cycle paths, a lagoon, splash play area and café.
What to eat
Scotland boasts world-class produce – Aberdeen Angus beef, Shetland salmon, shortbread, whiskey and, of course, haggis.
Wanting to experience the crème de la crème of restaurants? It’s worth visiting one of Scotland’s 11 Michelin-starred restaurants. Being Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred eatery, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, near Perthshire hills, tops the list.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without eating haggis – a savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. The best place to try this national dish? That would be Urquhart’s Restaurant in Inverness, which has been serving guests its home-cooked cuisines since 2011 and is known for providing generous portions at an affordable price.
While this could be classed as an attraction, The Scotch Whisky Experience, in Edinburgh, is a must-visit and has been sharing the delights of the alcoholic beverage for more than 30 years. Embark on one of the tours before taking a seat in the venue’s Amber Restaurant, which includes a bar serving more than 450 different whiskies.
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