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A perfect destination for a road trip, Scotland’s unique geography of lochs (lakes) and mountains was carved out during the last ice age. When the ice retreated, it revealed landscapes that have inspired everyone from British royalty to JK Rowling. A long list of delights includes Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain, Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park. Beyond the mainland, there are close to 800 islands boasting unique cultures, all easily accessible by ferry. Then there’s the North Coast 500, a circular route starting at Inverness and sometimes described as Scotland’s Route 66. If you rent a RV in Scotland, there are few more varied destinations.
Except for Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park north of Glasgow, wild camping in your RV rental in Scotland is allowed on any public land. RVs should be parked in a designated space off the road. When wild camping near people’s homes, it’s polite to speak to householders first. It’s also important to leave the site as you found it. Take precautions to prevent uncontrolled fires and check out the outdoor code beforehand. Scotland also has a network of bothies – or mountain huts – in some of the most scenic locations, including the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire. There are also plenty of more formal RVs and caravan sites. Those around popular attractions such as the shores of Loch Ness get booked up quickly during the summer months. Prices start at £25 per night.
As with all the UK, Scotland drives on the left-hand side of the road. Road standards are generally excellent. However, lesser visited islands and rural locations can be limited to gravel roads. They also often have just single lane roads with passing places every few hundred meters for meeting oncoming traffic. But don’t worry, this rarely causes a problem. Freeways and roads connect most towns and cities. There are no toll roads or toll bridges.
With parts of Scotland closer to Norway than London, this constituent part of the UK has a temperate oceanic climate typified by its changeable weather, meaning visitors should be ready for anything. However, the Gulf Stream helps keep temperatures significantly warmer than comparable latitudes in Scandinavia.
As a result, winter daytime temperatures rarely rise above 6 °C, but seldom drop below freezing. Temperatures during the months of June, July and August average 18 °C, and peak in the low 20°C, making it the ideal time of year to explore both city and countryside with a RV rental in Scotland.
Scotland’s west coast is generally slightly warmer than the east. The southern lowlands, including the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, are some of the driest places in the UK.
By contrast, the highlands are one of the wettest places in Europe, this results in a rich landscape of woodland, gorse and lochs (lakes in Gaelic); the perfect for all manner of outdoor activities. During the winter, the highlands experience significant snowfall, turning already dramatic landscapes into winter wonderlands ripe for exploration by RV.
By June, the sun barely sets, providing up to 18 hours in which to explore the country’s peaks or coastlines. Meanwhile, the spring sees the highlands and islands erupt in a carpet of wildflowers.
Both spring and autumn are therefore excellent times to rent a RV in Scotland. The climate is fine but not overly hot and rental prices are considerably lower than the peak period of July and August. In fact, you can end up having these wild spaces all to yourself.