What do you need from a motorhome.

What do you need fro a motorhome.  Motorhoming around scotland has become more popular. This blog is geared at making you think about what you need from your motorhome to have a memorable holiday.

Motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes and have their own advantages and disadvantages.  Our basic model the Islay which is small and compact with all the amenities you need. The Luxuary Kontik model has all the extra comforts of home but in contrast is 1.5 meters longer in length.



The Islay motorhome

  • The Islay is easier to drive and manouvere in and around the smaller villages and towns and on the single track roads the passing places are easier to navigate in and out off.
  • Its economical to drive at 35miles to the gallon but its downside is less luxary in compariosn to the larger Kontiki model.
  • Its been designed to allow maximum use of the space benefitting from a large lounge for relaxing in the evenings, this model has a french style double bed, large wet room.

The Kontiki Motorhome

  • The Kontiki has all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel full size double bed accessible from both sides including linen, towels, bath robes, slippers and toiletries.
  • The bathroom has a separate shower rather than a wet room.
  • There is a large amount of storage space in the garage, under the bed as well as overhead lockers.
  • The kitchen has a good amount of work top space, large fridge freezer and an electric cooking ring along with x3 gas cooking rings, seperate oven and grill.
  • However she is bigger at 8.5 meters therefore can be more challenging to drive. Therefore more planning is required to ensure you don’t become in a tight situation, especially when parking in car parks or in villages.

Kontiki Motorhome

All of our motorhomes come fully equipped with-

  • garage area, accessories ie – BBQ, picnic table and chairs.
  • Kitchens with built in microwave, gas burner stove and oven & grill.
  • The bathroom in the smaller motorhomes are wet rooms in comparison to the Kontiki’s which has a separate shower cubicle.
  • Fully programmable heating and hot water system. Working on a thermostat providing a warm and comfortable motorhome.  It can even work off the app on your mobile.
  • Captin style swivel seats making the most of your can space.

Interior of Islay

Above when thinking about which model suits your needs best, you need to be aware of your driving limitations.  Even the smaller Islay can prove challenging to drive on the narrower two way roads.


Travelling with Kids in a motorhome

When travelling with kids you need to have a rough itinerary and plan and prepare for to ensure the experience is as stress free as possible.  The most important thing is to be realistic of how much time the kids are able to sit travelling. There will be storage limitations remember its a compact self catering apartment on wheels.


Islay Motorhome

Islay motorhome

Top tips for travelling with kids –

  • Do your homework. Research your route so you know where to find good campsites with the amenities you need, for example a laundry, games room or play park.
  • Plan a route that involves no more than 2 hours travelling per day.  Children want to be out exploring the countryside or enjoying the beaches rather than sitting travelling.
  • Think about where you can stop overnight.  We personally like to find a wild camp spot or campsite by the beach where we can enjoy a bbq.
  • Think about places to visit or possible activities you can stop and do along your route. For example boat tours or wildlife parks which will also break up your traveling time.
Travelling kids kids map

Travelling with kids map

Things to consider when packing –

  • Don’t over pack remember storage is limited.  Campsites have laundry facilities where you can stop every 2nd or 3rd night to wash items through so don’t pack a new outfit for every day.
  • Pack a small indoor toy box.  Family playing cards like uno or snap, a couple of dvds, pencils and a colouring book.
  • When choosing outdoor items be realistic as to where you can store things.  Ask if there is a bike rack, think about where to store the large pushchair, would a stroller be more appropriate.
  • Dont pack a full weeks worth of groceries. The fridge is not a domestic fridge its always better to support the local economy and buy from the local shops as you travel.
Islay Motorohome fridge

Islay motorhome fridge

The biggest tip i can give you when travelling is to be flexible and relax embrace the freedom a motorhome allows you, travelling with children can be stressful sometimes but hopefully with careful planning and preparation some of the stress can be alievated.


Route planners

Need help planning a route

Scotland has been described as being of the most scenic and beautiful countries in the world. With a rich history and breathtaking scenery its no wonder that people travel to Scotland. We believe a motorhome provides you with an ideal base to tour and explore. With over 30 years experience we have tailored our own route planners that are motorhome friendly giving you peace of mind and some fantastic scenery.

Wild camp spots in Scotlan

Wild camp spots in Scotland

Everyone has there own reason for wanting to visit Scotland. It may be to complete a whisky trail, take in the breathtaking scenery of our mountain ranges and mysterious lochs or walk along the white sandy beaches of the outer Hebrides. There is something here for everyone to enjoy. However planning your route can be a daunting task especially if your not use to driving a larger vehicle. Not all our roads are motorhome friendly that’s why we have developed a range of routes that allow you to discover the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Enjoy the motorhome and the freedom

White sandy beaches on the outer hebridies

Why choose Scottish tourers routes

With 30 + years experience of driving around Scotland and holidaying ourselves in our own motorhome. We have devised a range of route planners to suit all lengths of stay from 7 nights upwards. They can be tailored by creating a circular route allowing you to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Planning your road trip

Planning your road trip

We believe that a motorhome holiday is about having the freedom to go where you want and when you want. Not being tied down by particular places on certain days. But having the flexibility to find a remote and tranquil spot from which you can sit back relax and enjoy.

Enjoying your surroundings

Enjoying your surroundings

We specialise in wild camping and adapt the motorhome’s so they are self sufficient. Which means your not reliant on campsites allowing you to find a remote spot away from the crowds and in peace and quiet. We provide you with a tom tom which has over 1500 wild camp spots plotted on it as well as places to empty the chemical toilet and fill up with fresh water making life as simple and effortless as possible.

With our route planners not only will you find places to park up overnight. But we have suggested things to see and do along the route, allowing you to have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday.



Touring Scotland with a Motorhome

 Touring Scotland with a motorhome

Touring Scotland with a motorhome allows you the freedom to come and go as you please. Giving you the opportunity to drive through Mountain ranges, glens and loch’s visiting whisky distilleries and castles along the route.

With a short ferry journey to the outer Hebrides, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean with its crystal clear water and white sandy beaches.  Scotland has some of the most breathtaking scenery and the open wilderness gives you a scene for freedom.

Enjoy the motorhome and the freedom

White sandy beaches of the outer Hebridies

What the Motorhome provides

The motorhome comes fully equipped with everything  needed to make your holiday comfortable.   Built on a low profile chassis with a streamline shape making it a pleasure to drive with little or no body roll.

Its  economical at 30-34 mpg and the turbo diesel engine makes it effortless. It has all the luxury features like that of your car,

  • including air conditioning,
  • cruise control,
  • rear view camera,
  • tom tom,
  • full media player system with Bluetooth connection.
Skye Motorhome layout

Skye layout

The Skye’s new layout for 2017

  • The island bed has a memory foam mattress, accessible from both sides, so no need to disturb your partner overnight.
  • The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, porcelain crockery, microwave and gas hob/Grill and oven. 
  • Additional extras include roof mounted solar panel,
  • on-board wifi system 
  • automatic satellite TV system.

The motorhome is laid out to a high standard for those who wish to tour in luxury and comfort, please see the link to our web page – https://www.scottishtourer.co.uk/motorhome-hire-skye.html


Touring Scotland in luxury with an island bed

The awning provide’s shelter from the rain or shade from the sun which can prove valuable when you have found that perfect wild camp spot and want to enjoy the outdoors.

In the garage there is picnic table and chairs and a charcoal bbq – meaning you can sit back and relax outdoors.

Outdoor equipment

Outdoor equipment

Why chose Scottish tourer

We have designed our motorhomes to allow you to tour Scotland in comfort and style. Touring Scotland with a motorhome most of all allows you the freedom to set your own pace and route.

Allowing you to enjoy activities of interest to you such as cycling  through the glens, playing golf on premier courses or flowing a whisky trail.  consequently with over  30+ years experience travelling around Scotland in a motorhome we have an abundance of knowledge as well as practical skills which we are happy to share.

In conclusion Scotland has something for everyone and touring in a motorhome allows you the freedom to set your own route and pace while have 5* luxury accommodation.

Scottish Tourer Motorhome Hire







Difference between Campervan and Motorhome

Difference between  Campervan and Motorhome . 

Difference between campervan and motorhome. At Scottish Tourer we refer to all of our hire vehicles as Motorhomes.

Although many of our customers refer to our vehicles as campervans. In this article we  point out the differences between these two types of vehicle.

The adavantages of a motorhome compared to a campervan .


A motorhome is usually a larger vehicle so has more living space. Also this extra space allows for the fitment of more  luxuries such as large  separate toilet  and shower rooms , walk round bed, rear garage for storage of bikes or even scooters.


A motorhome also normally as larger water and waste tanks along with large battery systems and solar panels for charging the batteries. Therefore allowing a Motorhome to free or  camp wild for longer periods when compared to a campervan.

The adavantage of a campervan when compared to a motorhome.


A camper-van can be used for daily use as a second vehicle as they are normally small enough to park at supermarkets and shops.

Camper-vans are shorter so are easier to manoeuvre on narrow roads especially highland roads which can often be very narrow. Therefore making it more user friendly for daily use.


A campervan is depending on the specification is usually less expensive to purchase when compared to many motorhomes.

difference between campervan and motorhome

Wild camping in a Motorhome

This quote quote was taken from Wikipedia:

“The term motor-home is sometimes used along with camper-van. The former is usually a larger vehicle than a camper-van and intended to be more comfortable and luxurious.

But  the latter is more concerned with ease of movement and lower cost to purchase.

For example, some camper-vans lack built-in toilets and showers or a divide between the living compartment and the cab.

Driving motorhome on single track roads

Difference between Campervan and Motorhome

difference between campervan and motorhome

Layout of a typical larger motorhome

The United States term recreational vehicle (RV) is more likened to a motorhome than campervan.
Here is the full Wikipedia Campervan definition

Difference between Campervan and Motorhome .

difference between campervan and motorhome

small roads suit a camper-van better

Motorhome Holiday packing tips

Features of a Camper-van

The smaller  camper-van  will normally have  raise up able or pop-up roof that which can be erected when parked up for the night.

The  typical camper-van may also be fitted with a static high roof which has been customised on a panel van. This type of camper-van is often referred to as a high top type model.

Difference between Campervan and Motorhome .

Supplied with all hire models
Picnic table and chairs, Barbeque, Flat Screen TV/DVD Player with multi slot (digital picture viewing), Sat nav, Full comprehensive set of crockery for your party.Wind out Awning with exterior lighting, Bike Rack, Torch, Binoculars, gas alarm, First Aid Kit, Gas refillable gas bottles.

Toilet Fluid, Cleaning materials  , A List of wild camping spots for your area of travel , Maps and books  about Scotland. Rear view camera or Parking sensors. 25 metre Electric hook up cable, 25 metre water filer hose.

Optional Extras
Bed Linen / Towel pack – £10.00 per person per hire.

Super silent petrol generator – £25.00 per week

Airport Transfers

Collecting your Motorhome

Advice on collecting your hire motorhome

We appreciate a lot of planing and preparation before collecting your hire motorhome will have gone into your motorhome holiday and you will be keen to get going. When you come to collect your motorhome try and be patient and listen to the advice on offer and dont forget to ask questions.  We recommend you need to allow at least an hour for the rental company to go through how everything works inside the motorhome.

What you need to ask before you hire a motorhome

Before you collect the motorhome ensure –

  1. You have your drivers license with you
  2. The DVLA summary (remember its only valid for 21 days so check its in date)
  3. Proof of your address
  4. A method of paying damage deposit

Failure to have the correct documentation as stipulated by the rental company could result in you not being allowed to hire the motrohome and loss of your full rental fee.

collecting your hire motorhome

Don’t forget your drivers licence .


Inside the motorhome

There is a lot of information to take in but good rental company’s should make time to show you where everything is kept and how to use the appliances on board.  Don’t be frightened to ask questions.  Make sure you understand and feel confident with everything before you leave the depot.  Don’t forget to ask if there is someone who you can telephone should you need support.

collecting your hire motorhome

Double check how everything works

Things you need to know about before you leave with the motorhome-

  1. Where the gas cupboard is and know how to change the gas bottles or how to top up if its an LPG system
  2. If its a diesel or petrol engine remember and which side the tank is on .
  3. Where to top up with fresh water and be sure not to mix up fresh water and Diesel.
  4. How to empty the chemical toilet and where to find spare toilet chemical.
  5. Where to connect the motorhome to mains electric.

Before collecting your hire motorhome, Double check –

  1. You have roadside assistance and what you do in the event of a breakdown or an accident.
  2. If there is a tool box on board for anything that might need secured.
  3. The height of the motorhome just encase you come across any low bridges.
  4. You understand how to use the control panel for putting on heating and hot water and checking power levels.
  5. https://blog.scottishtourer.co.uk/2018/01/07/motorhome-layouts/

Check for damages inside and outside the motorhome-

Before collecting your hire Motorhome ,Make sure you walk round the vehicle and inspect it for any damages and ensure they are marked down on your damages sheet to avoid any issues when you come to return the vehicle, don’t forget the inside of the motorhome .


When you return the motorhome, most companies like –

  1. A full tank fuel when you return it.
  2. The appliance’s and bathroom to be clean on return.
  3. The LPG gas bottles topped up.
  4. Chemical toilet to be empty and fully rinsed with no debris present.

Most importantly read your rental contract.  If your unhappy speak with the rental company before you leave the depot with the motorhome.

collecting your hire motorhome

Enjoy the motorhome and the freedom it offers




wild camping motorhome scotland

 Need help with wild camping  motorhome Scotland.

Wild camping motorhome Scotland …. One of the great joys of motorhoming compared to a caravan is the freedom and being self-sufficient.  A Motorhome allows you to park up and stay overnight almost anywhere you want. Wild camping camping is for free and is away from a formal and  managed campsites.

Is wild camping motorhome Scotland allowed or even legal ?

wild camping motorhome scotland

Great overnight spot

Wild camping in Scotland as in the rest of the Uk is generally accepted  . But only providing motorhomes park up in a remote spots away from the front of houses so not to spoil their views.

Signs of tension are now increasing in many areas. Please be very considerate do not park up in front of someones picture window with  views out to sea. Please dont park up in front of a farmers gate blocking his access . Dont park up right next to a busy roadway. Wild camping is also about low visibility and not annoying the local residents . Apart from that its often difficult to sleep with the noise and the wind buffeting the van when lorries go past. We suggest that not to wild camp near campsites as this just annoys the owner and creates tension.

wild camping motorhome scotland

Overnight in the mountains

Some places where wild camping motorhome scotland is not allowed.

Some  islands such as Colonsay and Tiree don’t allow  motorhomes  on the islands now.  This is because they do not have the facilities to cope.  The local council made this decision based on the number of motorhomes who dumped waste water and toilet waste on the ground. So the few have spoilt it for the many yet again.

wild camping motorhome scotland

overnight by the beach

Other areas such as the west beach at St Andrews have also introduced laws to stop motorhomes  from stopping overnight. This is a real blow to us as we used to love to overnight there on occasions.


However we did notice some people using it for holidays and staying for  weeks at a time. With awning out , windbreaks and general mess around so its hardly surprising the council have stepped in. It was concerning the local residents the amount of motorhomes parking up overnight. Which created a visual eyesore sometimes blocking roads and entrances in turn putting pressure on public toilet facilities.

There have been  issues with wild camping in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park recently. So much that it has led to the National Park Authority introducing temporary byelaws and a permit system. So now  in order to camp in the new camping management zones between March and October each year it will cost £3.00 for a ticket to park overnight.  These camping management zones cover the most popular loch side locations.  In Glen Etive the  owner of the land has provided a designated campsite at the foot of the Glen beside Loch Etive in an attempt to reduce littering from informal wild camping down the 12 mile length of the Glen.

Driving motorhome on single track roads







Before you hire a motorhome , Things to check out.

Once you have found the right motorhome hire company and you have read the reviews and found the perfect motorhome. You need to find out whats included in your rental agreement before you sign the rental agreement to avoid any nasty unexpected bills or hire charges.

Things to check out before you hire a motorhome

  • Certain insurance companies have age limitations. So if your under 25 or over 75 years old you must check they can provide insurance and at what cost, you might find you will be required to put down a larger security deposit.
  • If you are adding a second driver – check what the supplement cost will be most companies only include one driver in the package.
  • Before you hire a motorhome . Double check what the insurance covers. As you will probably find it covers the motorhome and not your belongings. You may need to consider taking out travel insurance for your personal belongings.

    before you hire a motorhome

    Outdoor equipment

  • Check if there is someone you can contact when you are out away with the motorhome. Should you need help working something or you have any problems. Double check its not just mon-fri and 9-5! because at the end of the day problems can occur at any time.
  • Find out about breakdown cover and who its with especially if you are hiring an older motorhome.
  • Before you hire a motorhome , Check there is no mileage limitations or places you can’t travel with the motorhomes, additional mileage costs can soon add up.
  • Check whats included in the package so you know what you need to pack i.e bedding, bbq, outdoor table and chairs, theses can be costly to hire or buy.

    Before you hire a motorhome

    Bedding pack

  • Ask for a copy of your rental agreement and read through it thoroughly before signing and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • Check what documentation you will require when you collect the motorhome and double check you have everything.


A Class motorhomes

Details Of  A Class Motorhomes.

A Class motorhomes have very large front windows and  high seats in the cab area. Possibly you may be required to make some fine-tuning on your driving position compared to other types of vehicles.  You will be presented with a great view of the road ahead of you.

A Class Motorhomes

External Photo

And what is more, because of the bigger space that most of  the A Class motorhomes can offer, you should never have the feeling of being claustrophobic most especially when  motorhome  is parked up for the evening.

The windscreen is a very large curved glass screen which gives a very good all round  view. However  bear in mind that the replacement costs are normally very high . Remember to check your insurance policy regarding excess amount for windscreen replacement.

A Class Motorhomes


About A Class Motorhomes Safety.

However if there is one thing about the Class A motorhome the need to check  if it really ensures passenger safety. It is commonly known that many of this type of motorhomes are manufactured using  materials such as aluminium and fibreglass.  These materials are not so strong as steel. In some cases its not sure if the front cabs are strong enough to hold or anchor seat belts since there are a number of lap belts fixed to the seats. Consider that this will protect passengers should there be a heavy crash. Please also bear in mind that A Class motorhomes normally do not contain any airbags whatsoever.

A Class motorhomes

Large Internal

A Class Motorhomes. engine types

The A Class Motorhomes are all mostly diesel engines these days and most manufacturers will give you an option on the size of engine. Normally the will offer 150 brake horse power engines up to 180 brake horse power.  As everyone knows, diesels are more expensive to purchase, offering more durability, and better fuel economy compared to petrol engines.


Motorhome Holiday packing tips

When booking your motorhome holiday with Scottish Tourer Motorhome hire, you will find everything is included in the price apart from your bedding as you have the option to hire or bring your own.

We advise all our customers to pack lightly and as if they were staying in a hotel because everything is in the Motorhome from a first aid kit to washing up liquid.

Before you pack for your Motorhome Holiday

Check you have all the documents you need as forgetting something may mean you can’t drive off with the Motorhome.

Avoid taking hard bodied suitcases the soft bodied or collapsible ones will store away easier.

Please ask if you can leave them at the depot, space is limited in the Motorhome.

Plan to pack straight into the Motorhome this will save the need to find storage for your bulky suitcase and leave the suitcase in the boot of your car.

Check what is included in the Motorhome itinerary so you pack only what you need – remember you have to unpack everything again.

Consider what bedding you require and  if you need to make your bed up at night.

Be aware sleeping bags will save a lot of space in this instance as duvets are bulky to store.

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Skye motorhome bed made up

Things to Consider for your motorhome holiday

Although you will probably find the Motorhome fully equipped with crockery, pots and pans etc.

You will probably need to bring washing up liquid and tea towels.

Things such as tin foil and sandwich bags are also useful for storing things away.

Consider what extras might come in useful like a bbq or picnic table.

Also consider chairs for eating outside or bicycle hire for getting around.

Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather so don’t forget your waterproofs.

Also remember your sun-cream, a bottle of midget repellent might be worth investment to.




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Enjoying the sunshine with your motorhome

Bringing DVD’s, board games or a pack of cards will help keep everyone amused at night or if the weather is poor.  

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Enjoying family time in the motorohome

A basic motorhome first aid kit with dry dressings, sticky plaster and some paracetamol.

The nearest A&E department may be a few miles drive.

A torch can come in handy for walking about at night or just visiting the toilet before bed.

When buying groceries remember space is limited and the motorhome does not have a large family sized fridge.

Best to think about what your buying and try and remember every village and town usually has a grocery store or butcher where you can buy the essentials.

Motorohome fridge

Islay Motorhome fridge





These are just a few tips about packing when going away on a Motorhome holiday adventure jut don’t forget your camera to capture the memories.