If you want to kick off your campervan holiday, there isn't a better place to begin than Edinburgh. As the UK's second most popular tourist destination, after London, it has no shortage of things to do and see before you hit the open road.
To make your campervan holiday that much easier and to make sure you're fully equipped, we have our own dedicated transfer service. We are located in Perth, approximately 40-minutes from Edinburgh Airport, and have a fully insured shuttle for our customers. Collection and returns are available from Edinburgh as well as travel to and from your hotel. The package also includes free transfers from Perth train station, so all you need to focus on is the stops you are planning to make on your trip.
Please note, we only cover Edinburgh airport and not Aberdeen or Prestwick. If you require transfers, please ask for a quote, and this will be built into your overall campervan / motorhome-hire holiday package.
A reason Edinburgh makes a great starting point for a campervan holiday is its local campsites with travel links into the city. With the upgrading of the tram network and improved public transport you can easily make it too and from the fantastic campsites on the outskirts of the city centre. Some great campsites include:
While starting in Edinburgh, there is plenty to do:
With streets and streets of shopping centres, high-street shops and specialist boutiques you won't be lacking for places to spend your cash. With the farmers’ markets in the summer and German-themed Christmas stalls in the winter, Edinburgh has everything you could wish for.
If you're on a budget, dining in style or having a celebration meal, there are plenty of options. Michelin star restaurants and friendly cafes can be found throughout the city. To sample some of Scotland's finest, you can't forget to take a gin or whisky tour.
For those interested in architecture, a walk along the Edinburgh Royal Mile should be on your must-do list, blending the old and new buildings. Start at Edinburgh Castle and walk along to the Palace of Holyrood House, the official residence of the Queen when she's in Edinburgh.
Along the way, you'll see the modern Scottish parliament f and what seems to be a never-ending collection of alleys and lanes for you to explore which are fitted with churches and historic buildings.
In the summer, Edinburgh is home to The Festival and The Fringe Festival, which together are the world's largest arts and culture festival. Held over three weeks, thousands of performers come to Edinburgh to entertain, ranging from authors, comedians, clowns, opera singers, circus acts, dancers and more.
The kids will not be bored either. Visit Dynamic Earth or Edinburgh Castle for a fun day of learning. Alternatively, there's Edinburgh Zoo and Butterfly World for those who like animals, and the climbing wall or the dungeons for those wanting something a little different.
After you've spent a few days exploring Edinburgh, you will be ready to start your adventure into the highlands of Scotland. For inspiration on your next campervan holiday, head over to our blog pages.
Campervan Hire Edinburgh gives easy access to travel around the northern regions of Scotland and is becoming a very popular option for travellers. With its rugged mountain ranges, beautiful beaches, wild locations, and stunning lochs, it makes for the ideal getaway.
A great option is our one-week tour which will help get the most from your campervan hire in Scotland, taking you to see breathtaking views and experience the best of what Scotland has to offer.
The route begins with the journey to the Ferry Port of Oban on Scotland's east coast, where along the way you'll visit Stirling and Loch Lomond national park. After taking in the castle and stunning scenery, you'll take the ferry to the Isle of Mull, a wildlife paradise, filled with sea life like whales, dolphins, and otters. The island is a great place to cycle or walk in peace while exploring the deserted bays and lowland hills.
The next stop on the route is the Isle of Skye, another island full of rich culture and history. It's home to the Talisker Distillery which has one of the best whisky tours we've ever been on, as well as the Skye Museum of Life which gives a fascinating insight of life on the island around the end of the 19th Century. If you wish to spoil yourselves while here, then head to The Three Chimneys, the only Michelin star restaurant on the Scottish Islands.
From here you will take the ferry from Armadale on Skye back to the mainland to Mallaig. On the way to Fort William, you can stop at the Harry Potter bridge, which is the Glenfinnan Viaduct. It is from here you may be able to see the famous Flying Scotsman steam train which travels daily from the fort during the summer.
It's on this part of the journey where you'll see the stunning scenery of Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in the UK.
From Fort William, take the A82 road to Dalwhinnie which meanders its way around Loch Laggan. You enjoy a visit to the Dalwhinnie Distillery for an insight into whisky-making and stop in at the House of Bruar near Blair Atholl, known locally as the Harrods of Scotland, selling the best produce from Scotland.
Drive a little further south to Blair Atholl and visit one of the most well-preserved castles in Scotland which is the seat of the Clan Murray. This castle is home to the only private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders, and has one of the largest displays of guns in the country.
From there head back on the A9 towards Edinburgh and stop in at the City of Perth for some shopping while you enjoy the Tay River, which flows through the town, on the way back to Edinburgh.