The Scottish Tourer Guide To Campervan Rental, East Coast

The Scottish Tourer Guide To Campervan Rental, East Coast

by Scottish Tourer October 07, 2020

Scotland can be a lot of things: cold, drizzly, sometimes a bit grey.
But even at times when this is true, it's still one of the most majestic, beautiful and downright lovely places on the planet.

This is a quick guide to our favourite cities, spots and activities on Scotland's east coast for when you're planning your holiday escape, campervan style.


First step: camper rental!

Not to brag, but Scottish Tourer is mad about camper van holidays, it's been a part of our lives, both personally and professionally for decades, so we know what we're talking about.

So for spacious, comfortable and high-quality campervan rental, look no further. Hire one of our vehicles, and you'll also be receiving all the knowledge and advice we can offer, free of charge. With stop suggestions, pre-planned routes and road trip tips and tricks, you'll have the best Scottish getaway possible.

So, give us a call to organise some wheels for your roaming vacation.


Step two: hit the road!

I could fill pages and pages with places to stop off and things to do on the Scottish east coast, but here I'll just try and pick out some of the best bits. To see more of what this part of the country has to offer, take a look at our fantastic North and East Coast Route.


East coast towns and cities



A small beach-lined town just a 20 minute drive from Dundee, famous for its championship golf course and seaside heritage.

If golf is your thing, take up your clubs and play in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest. Home to The Open Championship an impressive eight times, the Carnoustie golf course is world-famous and home to a full 18-hole, a beginner 6-hole and simulated courses. 

While you're travelling in your own personal hotel, park up by the seafront and just marvel at the beautiful views of the North Sea. With play centres for children and cafes and restaurants for a quiet meal, you can spend the day in relaxation by the ocean.

Places to visit in Carnoustie:

  • Barry Mill: one of the few mills still powered by water and a great place to learn some history, walk amongst wildflowers and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside.
  • Carnoustie Gala Week: If you're lucky to be in the area during the last week of June, you can see the town come alive with music, parades and activities set up by various local organisations. 


St. Andrews

A truly beautiful town where you can spend an entire day on just two streets. With historic buildings, a world-famous university and a range of local restaurants, cafes and bars you won't be lost for things to do.

Another fantastic spot for golf or ocean views, find a parking spot and go exploring. Some of our recommendations are:

  • St Andrews Cathedral: a no-brainer and hard to miss, take a stroll around the 12th-century ruins, visit the gift shop and take in the views.
  • St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company: watch cheese being made, enjoy the results and have a brew in the coffee shop.
  • St Andrews Aquarium: for fish lovers.
  • Jannettas Gelateria: for ice cream lovers (so many delicious flavours!).
  • Topping & Company and J&G Innes: for book lovers.

Or if you have a little more time on your hands while visiting, check out the more unconventional activities such as the St Andrews Ghost Tours you can attend in the evenings.

                                 Cathedral image


A busy little fishing village full of history, charm and some of the best fish and chips on the east coast. You can drive up to Billowness Beach and have a stroll, relax in your campervan or picnic in the warmer months. Or, you can stay in the village and walk the beautiful cobbled roads, nipping into the local fisheries museum, cafes or down the harbour.

While you're here, we recommend:

  • Anstruther Fish Bar: simply a must if you're in the area, you will not regret it.
  • Isle of May National Nature Reserve: a short boat-trip and you can see a fantastic variety of birds and seals, including the local population of puffins.
  • Anstruther Golf Course: a smaller but beautiful course surrounded by impressive views.

                                           Puffin with fish

These were just some examples of the fantastic places you can visit during a trip to the east coast, but this is just a taste. The only way to find unique places and create life-long memories is to get on the road yourself, give us a call and we'll start you off on the right foot and in the right vehicle to get the most from your trip.

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