Scotland is not known for its glorious weather, we do have our fair share of wet weather but this is what makes our landscape so rugged and beautiful, in the winter we don’t often get temperatures below freezing and the climate is mild enough that with a cosy jacket you can still go out and enjoy the countryside, so don’t let the weather put you off touring Scotland in a motorhome in the winter months, it one of the most beautiful times of year to visit.
Scotland is a magical place, you can experience different weather in one day, regardless what time of year you travel. The one thing that is guaranteed at any time of the year - is the weather will not always be on your side. But rest assured this is not something that should put you off. What better view to open the motorhome door too than blue skies, with a crisp frost and snow on mountain tops in the spring time you also have the trees coming into blossom and daffodils by the road side – possibly my favourite time of year.
I know what your thinking – a motorhome in the winter will it not be to cold and what will we do, where can we go and will the motorhome keep us cosy. This blog is aimed at reassuring you that winter is a wonderful time to visit Scotland and the motorhome will keep you warm and cosy despite the weather.
Whether your looking for a holiday to explore and relax as a couple, or your bringing along a family and need to keep young ones entertained the winter season doesn’t need to put you off.
We have lots of route planners on our website https://www.scottishtourer.co.uk/exploring our most popular route is our west coast route and is one of my favourites, it has been designed by us so is motorhome friendly and is loved by our customers see our reviews on Google or our Website, https://www.scottishtourer.co.uk/testimonials.
We appreciate that not all campsites are open in the winter months but all our motorhomes are kitted out ready for Wildcamping, and the sat nav (included in the cost of the hire) has been pre-programmed with wild camp spots, places to empty the chemical waste and fill up with fresh water. However many sites all over Scotland are open all year round and if you are deciding to stay on a site many offer low season prices for winter to so don’t worry you will not be stuck for somewhere to camp overnight.
When choosing to book a winter motorhome you don’t need to worry about staying warm as the motorhome is very well equipped, you will need to forward think so remember to make a rough a Itinerary before you leave so you know what campsites and activities will be open. Please see a review below from David Rooke and his family who hired an Islay from us in the Easter holidays and as you can see from there photo they did get some snow but they still had a fabulous holiday and found the motorhome to be very well equipped for there needs.
10/10 to Scottish Tourer for their excellent service! With the easter school holidays approaching and 2 children to entertain for the week I thought I would try and combine my daughter's enthusiasm for camping and nature and the boy's growing interest in vehicles and all things mechanical by renting a motorhome and taking them away for a week. Thursday evening before our trip was due to start the motorhome I had rented from another company was cancelled due to breakdown. The children had told all their friends and teachers of the plan and were super excited. They had packed their bags, folded sleeping bags and had grand plans. A quick internet search led me to Scottish Tourers who advertised that their lines were open until 9pm. I phoned up an hoped for the best. Corrine answered and explained she was in a restaurant in Spain but not to worry as Dawn would be available back in Scotland. Sympathetic to my last minute crisis Dawn and the team were superb and organising one of their Islay homes at short notice. Problem solved to my huge relief.
The motorhome was new when we collected it (14miles on it I think) and so was immaculate. Handover was detailed and helpful and the intuitive nature of the vehicle made life very straightforward. These homes as as advertised - i.e. setup for off grid camping and we were encouraged to look at the sat nav provided for wild camping spots and other facilities. There was enough water / power and LPG for several days away from a campsite or electric hookup and it made touring around the highlands a doddle. When we did stop in a campsite it was so easy to top up and drain fluids and charge up the batteries although I think with the solar panels and a good drive most days this wasn't actually required.
Other highlights were - excellent heating - it was a cold easter week with temperatures of about 4 degrees with a foot of snow on Tuesday and a -7 overnight freeze on Wednesday. The LPG heater was quiet and effortless in keeping us all warm and at no point did we notice the low outside temperatures once inside. The positioning of the heater vents made drying coats / boots etc filled with snow really easy also.
Refillable LPG tanks via the pump at a suitable petrol station is a great idea - especially in a cold Scottish psuedo-spring. It meant no hauling of heavy tanks or disconnecting regulators.
The large showeroom and toilet which made helping the children out much easier. A full size bed at knee height and at the back of the home with a dividing curtain - again excellent for the children - let me put them to sleep and sit up front without disturbing them.
Excellent support - Gordon (as promised) answered his 'phone at 8pm one evening when I needed a wee helping hand.
Our deposit was refunded super speedily when we reluctantly gave the home back along with a cheerful email to confim.
We had an excellent time and would reccommend Scottish Tourers without hesitation. A genuinely perfect service.
Thanks so much guys
In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.