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Inexpensive Campervan trip from Glasgow and around Scotland
Travelling doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of money. There are several ways to enjoy the best trip on a tight budget. If you are thinking of visiting Scotland this year or next, holidaying in Winter/Spring helps keep costs down in comparison to Summer rates. Plus, the Scottish Highlands offer a wide range of family activities to do without spending a single penny!
But the big question is… how can you tour around the Highlands whilst being in control of your budget? Once you are there, you can cut costs down dramatically if travelling with your accommodation, cooking facilities and transport in one. Hire a Campervan at our Glasgow Easirent Depot, camp with your family/friends and fill your time in the Highlands cheaply with this list of free venues:
1. Enjoy the coastal paradise – You don’t need to cross the Pond to enjoy sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The Highlands host some of the best coastlines in Europe. With nearby campsites to leave your campervan, we recommend a stroll along Camusadarach and Achmelvich (in the north west of the Highlands) or Dornoch Beach on the eastern coast. At night, cook in your camper and dine under some epic skies… There’s no need at all to pay for an expensive restaurant to enjoy the best views ever!
2. Learn about the Highlands’ vibrant culture – Located in the heart of the picturesque Cairngorms National Park, the Highland Folk Museum is one of the best free activities for your open-air adventure. From your campsite, drive your camper to the quaint village of Newtonmore. Visit the exciting museum where you will learn about daily life and working conditions of Highland people from the 1700s to the present day. Meanwhile, this award-winning attraction also offers the chance to explore its natural surroundings, home of unique wildlife.
3. Try some of Scotland’s local specialties – The first Highlands Haggis Festival will be held in Spean Bridge on 16th-17th April. Attend cookery demonstrations by the hand of the best local chefs, enjoy live music, buy souvenirs in the craft fair, support your children competing in recipe contests… and everything is free of charge! After the event, demonstrate what you’ve learnt and prepare a traditional haggis supper on board your campervan!
4. Tour the famous Malt Whisky Trail – The Whisky Malt Trail is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Speyside. The tour consists of 9 distilleries where you learn about history and manufacturing process of the region’s main treasure. Most of the distilleries charge a small fee for the visit, but if you want to taste a dram of 18-year-old “Water of Life” without paying anything, book a free tour to the The Glenlivet Distillery. After the visit, play some music on board your camper, take another glass of Scotch and relax yourself while admiring Speyside’s jaw-dropping landscapes.
5. Keep fit in Scotland’s most scenic outdoor gym – The West Highland Way is a 154 km path from Milngavie to Fort William. Enjoy an open-air adventure where you will cross natural parks, climb iconic glens, pass through moors and admire tranquil lochs. If looking for a shorter walking route, drive your camper along a 50 km windy road from Glencoe to Fort William. Stop by Glen Nevis, where Braveheart was filmed, and make an epic end to your low-cost Scottish road trip.
If you’d like any information on our Easirent Campervans or to book one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Easirent Glasgow.
Campervan Hire / Motorhome Hire Glasgow Airport
You are able to pick your Easirent Campervan or Motorhome up from Glasgow Airport, at your convenience. This is a popular destination and a busy airport, with lots to do in between your travel plans. After collecting your rented Easirent Campervan from Glasgow Airport, you might like to take a break and enjoy Glasgow before embarking on your road trip holiday. There are many things to keep you occupied in good distance from the airport, including many great food and drink establishments, as well as lots of historical and cultural attractions.
Glasgow boasts more than it’s fair share of art galleries, including the free to enter Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which has enough interesting exhibits to keep people of all ages amused. Also within just 5 miles of Glasgow airport is another free attraction called The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, full of facts on trams, boats and buses. No visit to Glasgow galleries is complete without dropping into The Burrell Collection at Pollok Park, and there is even parking here which is convenient for parking your Easirent Campervan.
If open spaces are your thing, then there is the beautiful Kelvingrove Park, known for it’s cute squirrels running around, or perhaps the stunning Pollok Country Park. You will find extensive shopping close to Glasgow Airport, theatres, concert halls, cultural tours, historical houses, and many other fantastic attractions. For the sporty among you, there is the Snow Factor, which is an indoor centre where you can partake in skiing, snowboarding, or make use of the specialist climbing walls.
When you hire your Easirent motorhome from Glasgow, it is well worth taking advantage of some of what the city has to offer, there really is something for everyone.
Take your Glasgow Campervan or Motorhome to Scotland’s Largest Regional Park
Explore the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park in one of our EasiCampervan’s. Collecting from our Glasgow Easirent branch. The Clyde Muirshiel Park is East of Glasgow, only an hour away, it would make a lovely weeks holiday.
Here are some of the different locations in the Clyde Muirshiel Park to stay/explore:
• Londerston Bay – Being Glasgow’s nearest sandy beach it is a popular destination on the Clyde – a great place to have a picnic, make sand castles on the beach, fly a kite, watch the sailing boats, bird watching (the flying kind), coastal views and walks.
• Haylie Brae – Stunning scenery and great for panoramic views out over the Clyde to the Isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran. Walk along to Castle Hill to see the Iron Age Hill Fort or enjoy the off road access to Largs, downhill through Douglas Park. Longer walking routes around Largs, if you have suitable hill walking equipment include the Gogo Water and Greeto Falls.
• Dalry Moor – The smallest road across the Regional Park – it is a single track with passing places with fantastic views over the Clyde on clear days. A very popular place for cyclists to stop at Glen Burn to enjoy the short walk down to the waterfall or walk to Diamond Hill to see the cup and ring marked rock. Longer walking routes in the area include Baidland Hill (336m) – a good local vantage point and way marked walking routes around Dalry.
• Locherwood – A popular place for dog walkers, enjoying the fine views to the Arrochar Alps, Ben Lomond and the Clyde Valley through mixed woodland. It is the source of the Locher Water – trails can be muddy. Longer trails go into Ladymuir Plantation and on to the rough and often boggy access route to Windy Hill and Muirshiel Visitor Centre and Country Park. Look out for wildlife such as roe deer, black and red grouse.
There are plenty of things to do in ‘Scotlands Largest Regional Park’. The Park provides land based, RYA sailing and powerboat courses, along with BCU paddle sportcourses and lots of different types of group taster sessions mostly at Castle Semple Loch and in nearby Parkhill Wood.
The Park also offers cycle routes to suit all abilities from offroad trails to quiet lane routes. There is also a campsite which is based at Barnbrock Farm, near Lochwinnoch. An attractive countryside campsite with basic facilities where you can unwind, enjoy the peaceful countryside and listen to the Locher burn meandering past.
The Park also provides copious amounts of Picnic areas, perfect for those relaxing days soaking in the ambiance.
To find out more information, pop across to their website: http://www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/
If you’d like any information on our EasiCampervans, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Tour Scotland in a Campervan from Easirent.
With over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is unsurprisingly known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country. ‘There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK. Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail lets you discover 18 of Aberdeenshire’s most famous and dramatic castles with my suggested 4-day itinerary. Simply follow the distinctive brown and white road signs through the heart of Aberdeenshire.
Day 1: Hire your Easirent Campervan from our Glasgow Depot & start following the castle trail by heading to Stonehaven via the A90. Glasgow to Stonehaven only takes around two and half hours. Once there you’ll be met by the well-preserved ruins of Dunnottar Castle, perched on a dramatic cliff some 160 ft above the North Sea. Fought over by Wallace and Cromwell, it was used as a set for Franco Zeffirelli’s 1991 film of Hamlet. If you’re lucky, you may even see puffins or dolphins from the castle ramparts.
Heading north from Stonehaven on the A957 brings you to Crathes Castle, a few miles east of Banchory and Drum Castle, 5 miles further east on the A93. Crathes is a classic fairytale castle standing in superb grounds with a range of woodland trails on offer to help you explore. Inside, spiral staircases lead to rooms famous for their Jacobean painted ceilings and resident ghost, the Green Lady. The wider estate offers six separate walking trails to enjoy, as well as a Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Park and children’s adventure playground. Some 15 miles further north on the B977 stands Castle Fraser, one of the grandest castles of Mar. This magnificent building contains an evocative Great Hall, fine furniture and paintings. Enjoy the beautiful secluded walled garden, extensive woodland walks with fine views of the castle plus a children’s adventure playground.
Day 2 – The first two stops on this section of the trail from Aberdeen are Tolquhon Castle at Tarves and Haddo House near Methlick. Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside. Largely built in the late 16th century by the Forbes family, it houses the Tolquhon Tomb, one of the best examples of Scotland’s so-called Jacobean ‘Glorious Tombs’. Don’t forget to look for the secret compartment in the laird’s quarters where he hid his valuables. Haddo is an elegant mansion house boasting sumptuous Victorian interiors beneath a crisp Georgian exterior.
Around 10 miles further west, Fyvie Castle at Turiff is an outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Begun as a simple castle in the 13th century, five powerful families each added significantly to it until it reached its present form. Heading north on the A947, you encounter a series of enticing properties. Delgatie Castle at Delgaty dates from the 11th century and is steeped in Scottish history yet still has a surprising lived-in atmosphere. It has some of the finest painted ceilings in Scotland. A Best Visitor Experience award winner, the castle also boasts an award-winning restaurant and coffee shop. Using Banff as your base for the evening, your last stop must be the town’s Duff House, one of Scotland’s architectural masterpieces. This Adam-designed historic house is a treasure house and cultural arts. With extensive grounds and woodland walks by the river Deveron you’ll find a day is not enough.
Day 3- The market town of Huntly is the base here, home also to Huntly Castle. Huntly Castle served as a baronial residence for the Gordons for five centuries and is remarkable for its impressive architectural features including fine heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes.
Spynie Palace, a few miles outside Elgin, was the residence of the bishops of Moray for 500 years and its mighty tower house, David’s Tower, was one of the largest in Scotland. Almost 15 miles west of Huntly on the A920, Balvenie Castle is one the oldest stone castles in Scotland. Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn Earls of Buchan, it later became the home of John Stewart, Earl of Atholl. The Stewarts changed the formidable medieval stronghold into a pleasing Renaissance residence.
Leith Hall is a typical Scottish laird’s residence brimming with family treasures amassed throughout the lifetimes of 10 generations of the Leith-Hay family. The house was used an auxilary hospital during the First World War and an exhibition tells the story of military men and the part they played in battles through the decades.
Day 4 – From your base in Ballater, head north east on the A97 to reach the great castle of Kildrummy. This stronghold of the Earls of Mar dominates the landscape around Strathdon and although ruined, it retains many fine features including its hall and chapel.
Set in striking moorland setting 18 miles south west of Kildrummy, Corgarff Castle’s tower house is surrounded by a distinctive star-shaped perimeter wall. View the reconstructed barrack rooms and feel the atmosphere of barrack life at the castle in 1750, when Government redcoats were stationed here. After a 30 minute drive further south east on the A939 and then the A93, you’ll find Braemar Castle, the seat of Clan Farquharson.Throughout 2015, the castle is hosting a must-see exhibition celebrating the 1715 Jacobite uprising.
Head back east on the A93 to explore Royal Deeside, home to the famous Balmoral Castle, a firm favourite with the Royal Family. The estate has been in the family since 1848, after it was purchased by Queen Victoria. Some 40 minutes east of Ballater is one of Scotland’s most iconic and best-loved castles, Craigievar. The riot of turrets, gargoyles and high corbelling work create the fairytale appearance which is said to have inspired Walt Disney. Visitors can also enjoy the fine grounds and waymarked trails surrounding it.
And there we have it 18 Castles. My Itinerary is just an example, you could easily extend the amount of days so it gives you more time to explore the surrounding areas. Once you’ve completed the castle trail and discovered some of the dramatic history and the rich and vibrant culture of Scotland head back to our Glasgow Depot.
If you’d like any information on hiring one of our Campervans or to book one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Easirent Glasgow.
Glasgow’s Festive Christmas Market
Hire one of our Campervans or Motorhomes from our Glasgow depot and stay in the wonderful City of Glasgow for a festive experience.
This Grand Opening of the Christmas market is Friday 13th November at 12pm and will cease on Sunday 20th December 2015. The opening times are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 9pm & Sunday’s 10am – 6pm. Six weeks of Magical Events, Shopping and Festive Fun in St Enoch Square, the Heart of the City. There will be a few continental beers and mulled wine to be consumed in a number of the Continental Bars. If you’re travelling with Children they are allowed in these bars with adult supervision however after 7pm Children are not allowed.
For that something a little bit different you could even take part in the Santa Dash on the 6th December!!
There will be plenty of theatre productions to keep everyone entertained such as Miracle on 34st, Santa Claus is coming to town. If you plan on taking children, you could take them to meet the main man himself at Hamleys Store. Here they make it an extra special experience. Children can enjoy up to 1 hour with Santa, take part in festive activities, enjoy delicious nibbles and receive a special gift bag from Santa to take home. There is so much to see & do in Glasgow to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
If you’d like any information on hiring one of our Campervans or to book one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Easirent Glasgow Airport.