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Campervan Rental Edinburgh

The second-largest city in Scotland after Glasgow, Edinburgh consists of an ancient Old Town and nineteenth-century New Town. Together they have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have some of the most exciting historic and cultural attractions in the UK. These include Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland). However, the Scottish capital is also well known for its proximity to the wild landscapes of the region, making is the perfect place to rent a RV in Edinburgh.

The Cramond foreshore may not have the international name of Arthur’s seat and city views of Calton Hill. But it does offer some of the best walks in the area. Perhaps one of the most surprising spots to take your RV rental in Edinburgh is Portobello Beach, which is almost Mediterranean like on the sunniest days. Likewise, the Pentland Hills are perfect for a picnic.

Getting to Edinburgh

As one of the UK’s biggest cities, Edinburgh is very well-connected. Motorways link it with all major points of interest, meaning it is only 100 kilometers from Glasgow along with the M8, and 180 kilometers from Inverness and Aberdeen.

The city is also home to Scotland’s main international airport, with links to more than 100 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Most major European national airlines have flights to Edinburgh. It is also a significant hub for budget airlines, including Ryanair and easyJet. Flight times to continental Europe are as little as two hours.

The city’s main railway station is Edinburgh Waverley. It sees trains arrive and depart from right across Scotland. It is also connected with London’s King’s Cross Station on the east coast mainland. Journey times to London average just four hours.

Parking in Edinburgh

It can be very difficult to find parking spaces for RVs, with the city council encouraging visitors to use the park and ride services instead, parking at dedicated locations on the outskirts of the city before using the extensive bus, tram, and train network. Locations include Straiton Road on the south side of the city, and Hermiston Park and Ride on Riccarton Mains Road to the west. Parking charges in the center of the city, such as on George Street or Queen Street, cost close to £5 per hour. By contrast, it’s possible to park on London Road, about ten minutes away, for £5 all day.

Annual events in Edinburgh

  • Hogmanay - Princes Street (New Year’s Eve): A street party like no other, complete with an impressive fireworks display and extensive renditions of Auld Lang Syne. From £31.50.
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival - city-wide (August): Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. The festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. From €12/£10, depending on the show.
  • Navaratri - Calton Hill (October): The city’s Hindu community comes together over ten days to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Free.

Camping in Edinburgh

  • Linwater Caravan Park: This quiet site beside a country park and the Union Canal is 8 kilometers from Edinburgh Airport. Prices start at £24 per night.
  • Drummohr Caravan Park: Approximately 20 minutes from central Edinburgh, Drummohr has well-kept amenities including a children’s play area and hot tubs. Prices from £28 per night.
  • Edinburgh Festival Camping: Opening especially for the festival crowd each year, this site is basic but clean and secure. Prices start at £38 per night.

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Average temperatures in Edinburgh per month

Edinburgh has been the undisputed capital of Scotland since the 1400s. Located a short drive from the stunning Firth of Forth, the city has a mild, maritime climate. This means that rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year. Temperature-wise, visitors can expect chilly winters and mild summers.

For its northern latitude, on a par with Norway and Canada, Edinburgh’s winter climate is mild. Daytime temperatures from November to February hover between 1-3°C. Rarely falling below zero, they certainly don’t put a dampener on the Hogmanay new year celebrations, which is one of the biggest events in the city’s year.

Temperatures begin to rise in March, and peak in July and August. Daily averages in these two months range between 11 and 19 °C. However, a couple of days with temperatures as high as 31 °C aren’t unknown. Residents and visitors bask in the short summer, which combines with August’s Edinburgh Festival to create an unrivalled atmosphere of fun. As well as a jumper, visitors should therefore also pack a bottle of sunscreen.

The weather in both autumn and spring can be changeable. Winds occasionally sweep across the city, meaning temperatures rarely rise above 10 °C. However, spring also hints at the warmth to come, and Edinburgh’s multitude of green spaces are soon covered with one of the UK’s finest displays of flowers.

The spring is therefore the perfect time to rent a RV in Edinburgh. The weather is steadily improving, and the length of the days is growing week by week. Rental prices are also significantly lower than during the peak months of July and August, except for the weeks immediately around Easter Sunday.

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