A scottish adventure consists of rugged coastlines, lush green valleys, and looming mountains. Almost 800 islands and three different oceans: the icy North, the Wild Atlantic, and the stormy Irish sea. Home to the UK's highest mountains, deepest lochs, largest swathes forest — Scotland does everything the rest of the UK does, but better. With a campervan hire in Scotland, discover dynamic cities and natural beauty on an enormous scale. Edinburgh, the capital, with its majestic hilltop castle, home to the spectacular annual arts festival, The Fringe. Or, culture capital Glasgow, a former industrial hub with its finger well and truly on the pulse. But it’s on leaving the urban world behind that the magic truly begins. Drive your rental motorhome through a landscape beloved of photographers, film directors, and intrepid travellers everywhere. Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Dark Knight Rises: epic movies call for epic landscapes and Scotland is happy to provide. Soaring mountains and lakes full of mystery. Beaches that could pass for the Caribbean — minus the palm trees. Islands steeped in the romantic Celtic and Norse culture. Medieval crofts and Gothic castles. Haggis, whisky, tweed, and bagpipes, but also people who are generous with their hospitality, and even more so with their smiles. Raucous New Year Hogmanay celebrations, Burns’ Suppers, St Andrew’s Day and boisterous cèilidhs — park up your campervan and you’ll see that Scotland can throw a banging party too.
This island fortress is one of the most photographed and iconic buildings in Scotland. For a reason. Straight from a fantasy novel, it’s set on a small grassy outcrop, surrounded by the waters of three vast sea-lochs and forest-covered mountains. The emblematic ancient and eerie castle, it’s been home to bishops, kings, Jacobite leaders, and a colonel, and its shape and size has changed multiple times — often for reasons that remain a mystery to us. If you’re planning on getting married, you can (and should) do it here.
Garden of Cosmic Speculation
A 30-acre garden inspired by the laws of modern physics might sound a bit stuffy and academic. In reality, it’s a bizarre trip into a dream world. Snail-shaped grassy mounds, twisting helix sculptures, swirling waves of flowers, lakes, and zigzagging terraces — the design is intended to capture the elements that have created the universe. Wander overwhelming displays of geometric fractals and past shrubbery that is actually a representation of space-time. You may think you’re strolling through a picturesque garden; you’re actually strolling through the cosmos.
Step into an ethereal otherworld with a visit to Dunino Den, a site of pagan worship. Believed to be haunted by fairies, the den is hidden away in the woods behind Dunino church. Here you’ll find an altar and a well, plus eerie faces, symbols, and a large footprint carved into the cliff face. Druid ceremonies are said to have taken place here, but even today people leave offerings at the site. It’s hard not to feel a sense of the uncanny and unearthly as you explore the den’s shadowy secrets.
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs
This national park located in western Scotland has much to tempt any aspiring road tripper. With a campervan hire in Scotland, you can explore these rolling green lowlands and gentle hills in the south, before heading for the towering mountains, wild river torrents and craggy peaks of the Trossachs, said to be the Highlands in miniature. And then there’s Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest freshwater lake, a vast, shimmering mass of water where you could easily spend your whole holiday. But refuse to give in to its charms — there’s plenty of other visual treats that will blow your hiking boots right off. For one, East Loch Arklet, with its vistas of the Arrochar Alps. Visit the cascading waters of Dochart Falls, Killin. Or take a cruise on the romantic Loch Katrine. Drive your motorhome along to the picturesque Scottish Luss Pier village. Or out to Aberfoyle, home to the legendary Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe where a reverend obsessed with the supernatural mysteriously died. It’s believed fairies are behind his disappearance, so stay vigilant. However, you’re more likely to spot beautiful red deer, or the exotic sika deer. And birds such as ospreys, capercaillie or a black grouse. Because while this national park is just thirty minutes from Scotland’s busiest, most populated city, Glasgow, city-life never felt so far away.
The Highlands. This is the Scotland you’ve been told about. With a campervan hire in the either Glasgow or Edinburgh, you’ll get to drive it over to the Highlands and know Scotland at its finest. Begin with the barren and forbidding Rannoch Moor. Then drive your motorhome on to explore the staggering mountains, raw beauty, and eerie history of Glencoe National Park, the site of the notorious massacre of the MacDonald Clan in 1692. You may recognise the landscape that was used in the movies Skyfall, Harry Potter and Braveheart. The highlands are also home to Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. But if you don’t fancy the climb, there’s also the fairytale-esque castle of Eilean Donan, perched on a tiny island where three lochs meet. Then, of course, you’ve got the Cairngorms, Britain’s largest National Park, with its mountain peaks, steep gorges, dense forest, and clear rivers, home to reindeer, ospreys, eagles and wildcats. North of the Cairngorms is the Moray Firth, where you might spot dolphins frolicking off the coast. And Loch Ness. The Highlands is indeed home to the world’s most monstrous lake. With its endless expanse of dark water, it’s clear that if there was going to be a monster anywhere, it would be here. You should spend at least half a day hunting for the beast, because why else did you come? Oh yes, that’s right. For the whisky. The Highlands are home to countless distilleries, and a great choice is one of Scotland's highest distilleries, Dalwhinnie, the perfect place to finish off a day on the road.
The Kingdom of Fife does, in fact, deserve such a regal title. Home to Scottish monarchs for 500 years, this is a uniquely beautiful corner of Scotland. From eastern Fife's swathes of green to St Andrews, home to Scotland's most prestigious university and some exceptional golfing, there’s plenty that makes a campervan hire in Scotland’s capital for a short trip to Fife a superb idea. Drive your campervan or motorhome along Fife’s coast for Blue-Flag beaches, grassy dunes, seabirds, seals, and dolphins. When you reach Fife's East Neuk, you’ll find delightful white-stone coastal villages such as Pittenweem and Elie. Or Crail, home to the Secret Bunker, a vast underground complex that was the British government's civil defence centre during the Cold War. Make a stop in Lower Largo to see the statue of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor left on a desert island after quarrelling with his captain. He survived four years there and is the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe. Take a boat trip from Anstruther to the Isle of May, a nature reserve where cliffs are alive with kittiwakes, razorbills, and guillemots. You’ll also find the spooky ruins of an old monastery, the oldest lighthouse in Scotland, and enough shipwrecks to satisfy any pirate enthusiast. And, as sunsets, get a bag of chips from the award-winning Fish Bar, find a view of the ocean, and take a good inhale of that fortifying fresh sea air. Not bad Fife, not bad at all.
This green and fertile region is most famous for its Aberdeen Angus beef cattle. But vegetarians, fear not. Aberdeenshire has so much more than steaks to offer. From majestic castles to ancient pine forest, from rugged cliffs to mile-long sands beaches, it’s clear this region is a road trip-worthy destination. With a campervan hire in either of Scotland’s two largest cities, you’ll up to Aberdeenshire and then through rolling hills, past looming mountains, and alongside pristine beaches. You’ll visit Iron Age hill-forts, medieval fortresses, baronial castles, Jacobean mansions, and, of course, Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family since the 19th century. But you don’t need to be a British royal to sample the region’s treats. The Aberdeenshire coast is one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins, and you’ll maximise your chances if you choose to drive your campervan throughout the 165-mile coastal route, with its dizzying cliffs, stunning dunes, and hidden beaches. Further north is the Banffshire coast, all sea and sky, with beautiful bays, precariously perching fishing villages, and even a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. And when you’re craving more urban delights, visit the lively city of Aberdeen, nicknamed the UK’s sunniest city — not sarcastically. In mid to late June it never really gets dark in this north-eastern corner. Or, for craft-beer enthusiasts, Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, is home to the iconoclastic Brewdog beer. Plus, there’s whisky for everyone in this region where clear springs and moorland peat combine to create a peerless dram. So all in all, enough to keep you busy, don’t you think?
The North Coast 500
Stretching out across 516 miles of dazzling countryside and craggy coastline, the North Coast 500 makes such perfect driving it wouldn’t be surprising if Vikings also road tripped here. Starting in Inverness and weaving and winding along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards Ullapool, this is Route 66, Scottish-style. Each corner, each turn, brings a new landscape: jagged and wild, then serene and idyllic. With a campervan hire in Scotland - either Edinburgh or Glasgow -, you’ll travel north to this remote coastline of Caribbean blue beaches, velvety moors, and ancient and romantic castles. Drive steep green cliffs with views of the endless North Sea. Explore some of Scotland’s most northerly points, including John o’Groats. On your way you’ll pass the enigmatic and dilapidated remains of Ardvreck Castle, or Dunrobin Castle, where you should take a moment to indulge the princess we all have within us. Ascend Stac Pollaidh in Wester Ross for a challenge and exceptional photo. Top-quality surf and secluded sands can be found at Balnakeil Beach near Durness, or at Brims Ness and Thurso East. The limestone cave of Smoo, with its 50-ft entrance and hurtling waterfall, is the exact place you might expect mermaids to hang out. Walk to Sandwood bay with its cliffs, beach and the Am Buachaille sea stack. And, as the sun sets, enjoy dreamy pink sunsets. Dramatic and gorgeous at once, this drive needs to be right at the top of your bucket list once you hire a campervan or motorhome in Scotland.
Malt Whisky Trail
Speyside is the cradle of the best-known Single Malt whisky in the world. Drive northwards from Bunk Campers’ Edinburgh depot and tour the 70-mile trail where Glenfiddich, Cardhu or The Glenlivet are born. With 8 distilleries to discover, challenge your senses and enjoy the Water of Life!
Dumfries and Galloway
Located in the South of Scotland, the region is easily accessible from either our Edinburgh or Glasgow depots. Travel around this gem of a place in your camper and get swept up in its summits, forests, shores and rare wildlife. Explore Dumfries and Galloway’s castles, mills or mines that not only inspired great writers and artist, including Robert Burns, but also the region’s everyday life. Make a last stop at Galloway Forest Park and enjoy a day of action-packed activities in a magical environment.
Drive route from Glencoe to Fort William
After spending some days in the stunning Glencoe – arguably the Highlands’s most famous and scenic glen – drive northwards along the A82 to Fort William. You will wonder at this 30-mile narrow and windy road with magical views. 15 minutes away from Fort William is Glen Nevis, where Braveheart was filmed. Can you imagine a more epic end to a Scottish road trip?
Hiring a campervan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best of Scotland’s islands. On the contrary, your camper will lead you to the most remote, peaceful island paradises. All of our campervans are suitable to travel on main ferry routes from Scotland’s mainland to the islands. Why not experience a wonderful walk around the enchanting Arral Coastal Way? In the afternoon, get back to the road and drive northwards. Visit the picturesque village of Tobermory (Mull) and from there, the magic-shaped Fingal’s Cave at the uninhabited Staffa Island. Continue your island hopping adventure at the fairy pools of the Isle of Skye. Finally, reach the “Scottish Caribbean” on the Isle of Harris: same turquoise waters and sandy beaches… just a few degrees cooler!