Campervan hire Edinburgh
Groovy and artsy during the month of Festival Fringe and a fast-paced cosmopolis full of addictive pleasures year round, the capital of Scotland is just pure dead brilliant
An extinct volcano and seven arched green hills hold Edinburgh on their shoulders, tumbling up and down between the Old Town and the Georgian New one. But don’t be so hasty as to think this Scottish city is all about the historic rocky castle and its medieval winding streets. In fact, if there’s one thing that makes Edinburgh tick it’s the city’s youthfulness and a certain ‘live life to the fullest’ spirit that makes it the perfect starting point for a campervan road trip. Check into the trendy atmosphere by rolling into the independent art scene, filled with hip galleries and alternative entertainment venues. Once out in the open, don’t be afraid to take on the city by foot. How else do you expect to bump into all the cool pubs, chill bars, amazing views, and hidden courtyards? Sure, the windy, foggy weather might seem to say ‘no’, but the misty air might just make everything more enchanting. And, if you’re ready to run a Michelin-mile, make a turn to the riverside area of Edinburgh where you’ll bump into a mouthwatering selection of top restaurants. Hire a campervan in Edinburgh and have a feel of the Scottish way of living with the wind in your hair and without care.
Depot + Transfer
We’re right there for the start and finish of your motorhome or campervan hire experience in Edinburgh. We’ll meet you at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - just a 25-minute campervan drive away from the city centre - where you can pick up and drop off your Indie van – free of charge in regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
The outskirts of Edinburgh are filled with park-and-rides where you can park your campervan and go explore the city by foot. Choose among Ingliston, Hermiston, Newcraighall, Ferrytoll, Sheriffhall, Straiton, or Wallyford depending on the part of Edinburgh you prefer to explore on each day.
Camping grounds nearby
Edinburgh is one of the most welcoming big cities in the United Kingdom for travellers with motorhomes. If you want to spend the night in your motorhome or campervan in Edinburgh, you’re spoiled for choice. Edinburgh Caravan Club Site on the west side of the city and Morothall Caravan and Camping Park on the eastern side are just two of the many options to pick from. All camping sites cover the basic facilities and each one of them can be the right choice to spend the night for you and your Edinburgh campervan hire.
Initially known as Castle Rock, some say Edinburgh draws its name from the old English of ‘Edwin’s Fort’. Others say the name stems from the older placename Eidyn, with a burg (or ‘fort’) added. Whatever the name’s origin, the city’s history is deeply connected to the castle atop the Castle Rock volcano. Believed to have been inhabited since the Bronze Age, the Gododdin built a hill fort on Castle Rock sometime before the 7th century. By the 12th century, the land fell under the jurisdiction of the Crown and, so, the castle was transformed into a royal residence. Both the castle and the city suffered several damages from repeated English invasions but despite these misfortunes, Edinburgh grew and embraced the opportunities opened by the printing press in the 16th century. Even though the following centuries were kind to Edinburgh in some ways, they came with a lot of debris that flooded the city and forced the intellectual elite to construct a New Town in the 19th century. In the 1900s, the industry sectors declined, but tourism, culture, and entertainment took flight.
Gloomy and mysterious most of the year, Edinburgh does shine when it comes to fun stuff to do. Art is somehow the star of the show, driving the spirits of Edinburgh day in and out. From independent art galleries to high-class exhibits, the artsy vibe reaches its peak during Festival Fringe, when the whole city gets creative. And there’s a bit of art in Edinburgh’s history as well, gathering amazing architecture as a collection of memories and pride. The Edinburgh Castle is not only a testimony of the past but a great viewpoint with to-die-for sights of the entire city. When you think you’ve seen it all, Summerhall will give you new ideas in terms of gigs, films, workshops and what not, while the delicious food scene in Edinburgh will satisfy your hunger for more. Opt for a campervan hire in Edinburgh to start your road trip, grab a whiskey with the Scots and see if you can keep up with their jolly way of hanging out. It’s going to be a real challenge but at least you’ll know that, hey, you tried!
What to discover
In and around the city
Mind-boggling and perspective-bending, Camera Obscura is half museum, half entertainment venue. The surprising attraction is located right in the middle of the city and dedicates 5 entire floors to smoke and mirrors (literally). Guests are invited to discover this world of illusions and staggering fun through a series of mazes, puzzles, vortex tunnels, and alternate realities. But the cherry on top is located on...the top floor. Here, in a Victorian Dome structure, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of Edinburgh and cityscape projections that leave even the most sceptical traveller breathless (or at least with some great selfies to remember at the end of your Scottish road trip).
Care for a laugh? Have more than one at The Stand, Edinburgh’s most famous comedy venue and the original scene of giggles in the city. With both renowned stand-up comics and new talents taking on the mic at The Stand, you’re guaranteed to find the type of humour that gets your laughs going. And, if you happen to be in Edinburgh during Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, you’ll find some unexpected acts happening here. However, no matter when you decide to come, The Stand will give you plenty of feel-good reasons — so don’t think twice before booking a ticket.
Afternoon tea at Colonnades
When in a new place, you adapt to the local customs. In Edinburgh, that custom is afternoon tea. The afternoon tea saloon at Colonnades is glamorous, opulent, and cares about the ritual of tea to a degree we can’t even begin to explain. Pairing up the delicious beverage with seasonal savouries, sandwiches, and other sweet goodies, tea is served in precious cups and an even more exquisite ambience. You might fall in love with the place, in which case you’ll be glad to hear that Colonnades also serves a spectacular lunch and some pretty amazing cocktails.
Aberdeen can be as blissful as the sound of its name. With long summer days, clear blue skies, and beaches close by, the city’s easy to love. But that’s just the beginning. As you move closer to its urban centre, Aberdeen’s charm is doubled (even tripled) by lustrous architecture with famous granite stone buildings that glow in the brimming sun. Sure, its heritage might spell oil, but its soul whispers softer and embraces a more natural vibe. If you want to hire a campervan in Aberdeen, we’ll back you up, even though will sorrow. However, we believe you won’t resist our much better plan: hire a motorhome or campervan in Edinburgh with Indie Campers and pass the rolling hills and cliff of Aberdeenshire during your road trip as you reach Aberdeen itself. Trust us, the sights can’t get more Scottish than this.
Counting an impressive 37 km between Fort William and Inverness, Loch Ness is probably the most famous lake in the world. The reason it’s so famous is either non-existent (excuse our pragmatism) or refuses to prove its existence — because Nessie the monster has never shown itself. However, even if you don’t get to spot the mythical creature everyone is craving to see, Loch Ness will definitely offer you some Scottish sights to remember. While it can prove hard to rent a motorhome near Loch Ness, you can definitely hire a campervan in Edinburgh with us and head north. Once you reach Fort Augustus, travel anticlockwise for a full Loch Ness circuit of about 112 km and some spellbinding Scottish views.
If you want to get a feel of Dundee from just one sight, its city centre hosts the statue that does just that. Here, the famous Desperate Dan proudly presides in its bronze form over the entire square. Yes, this is Dundee. Fun-spirited, witty, and quirky, Dundee has cool waterfronts, exciting museums, delicious restaurants, and plenty (!) of pubs awash with beer and other liquors. If you think of including Dundee on your Scotland trip, here’s a piece of advice: hire a motorhome or campervan in Edinburgh and enjoy more of Scotland! Believe us, you can’t possibly go wrong with a road trip here.