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Discover Glasgow – a vibrant city surrounded by nature
Bigger than Edinburgh, with extra swagger to boot, Glasgow hasn’t traditionally been a tourist magnet to match the Scottish capital – but that’s changing. More and more travellers are discovering the delights of this modern European city with a distinctive Scottish character all of its own – known fondly to locals as the ‘Dear Green Place’. Glasgow’s formerly gritty reputation is now firmly a thing of the past. There’s so much more to Scotland’s second city: it’s the cutting-edge counterpart to Edinburgh’s historic grandeur, and home to some of Scotland’s most iconic architecture, finest foodie establishments (it’s a paradise for vegans), and – according to the locals, who may be biased – its friendliest people. Scotland’s best nightlife and a thriving arts and music scene rub shoulders with leafy parks and historic monuments, making it the perfect spot for a city break – where the local hospitality truly is second to none. As the city’s official slogan goes, ‘People make Glasgow’: the sharp, funny and friendly welcome from the residents is what gives the city its distinctive flavour – as well as its community spirit.
The dear green gateway to Scotland
Once you’ve spent a few days strolling by the River Clyde, admiring the city’s art and history at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the People’s Palace, seeing live bands play at iconic music venues like King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and sampling delicious fish suppers from a local chippy (Justin Bieber is a fan), you might fancy a break from the hustle and bustle. You’ve come to the perfect place: situated smack bang in the middle of the nation’s central belt, Glasgow has some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery right on its doorstep. Campervan hire in Glasgow is a great way to explore the countryside: in an hour or two you can be strolling by a stunning loch, clambering up heather-clad hills or simply relaxing in tranquil natural surroundings.
The famous Scottish weather and when best to visit
One area where Glasgow’s reputation may be well-founded is its weather. Rain is a distinct possibility all year round. But you’re in luck – the city’s handsome architecture, lush greenery and rugged skyline look particularly atmospheric in wet weather. The same goes for exploring the rest of Scotland – it takes more than a few drops to put a dampener on the nation’s natural beauty. Just load up your camper with waterproofs and plenty of indoor entertainment in case the heavens open.
That being said, the spring and summer months do bring drier, sunnier weather to Scotland, showing off the landscape in all its finery – including its incredible beaches. In these seasons, visitors can even expect ‘taps aff’ weather now and then. This vivid phrase is local slang for weather so hot it literally inspires you to go shirtless – although in Scotland, this can mean a mere 15 degrees.
While Glasgow is less crowded in summer than festival city Edinburgh, nearby natural wonders like Loch Lomond still draw the hordes. Visiting in late spring/early summer – around late April to mid-June – is the perfect sweet spot for brighter weather, famously long evenings, and the chance to have some of Scotland’s beauty spots all to yourself.
Go beyond Glasgow and explore Scotland’s stunning scenery
While there’s plenty to explore within the city limits, Glasgow also makes a perfect starting point for exploring some of Scotland’s natural wonders. Here are a few of our favourite touring destinations for campervan hire in Glasgow.
- Taste authentic whisky near the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
To the west of the city, you’ll find the Auchentoshan whisky distillery – home of one of Scotland’s most famous single malts and one of the last active distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands. Stop off and try some of this delicious amber nectar in the place where it’s made. But remember – Scottish drink-driving laws are strict, so if you’re tasting, make sure someone else takes the wheel! If you don’t fancy a dram, head further north-west for refreshing views of Loch Lomond – a magnificent lake offering breath-taking natural beauty.
Campsite pick: Lomond Woods Holiday Park, within walking distance of Loch Lomond
- Hidden gems and highlights: explore the wild Ardnamurchan Peninsula – then bag Ben Nevis
In a far-flung corner of Argyll, you’ll find the Ardnamurchan Peninsula – the true definition of a hidden gem. Head north-west of Glasgow through the Trossachs National Park. In a couple of hours, you’ll reach lovely Loch Linnhe which you can cross in your camper on the tiny Corran Ferry to reach the Peninsula. Its beautifully desolate sandy beaches, stunning craggy hillsides and single-track roads have a taste of the land that time forgot. Check out the Ardnamurchan Point lighthouse – Scotland’s most westerly point – before heading back across the loch to pitch up for the night near the town of Fort William, which nestles on the shores of the loch close to Ben Nevis. No Scottish road trip is complete without a glimpse of this, Scotland’s tallest peak. It makes for a bracing view the next morning – and experienced climbers may even fancy shinning up the mountain for a taste of Scottish mountain air.
Campsite pick: Linnhe Lochside Holidays, a waterside campsite near Fort William
- Head south for lush farmland and seaside splendour on the Ayrshire coast and Galloway
While the Scottish Highlands are world-famous for a reason, the south-west of the country boasts some oft-overlooked gems. Head south through the rolling hills and verdant farmland of Ayrshire and join the winding A77 coastal road, where lush green fields meet rocky shores and quaint coastal villages with dramatic views of the Ailsa Craig, an uninhabited island home to seabirds. Follow the route all the way to the seaside town Stranraer and the surrounding Rhins of Galloway. Here, in this lovely little corner off the beaten track, you’ll find quaint country estates and lush botanic gardens benefiting from the peninsula’s tropical climate, outstanding seafood, and the Mull of Galloway, a dramatic clifftop lighthouse at Scotland’s southernmost point.
Campsite pick: Ryan Bay Holiday & Residential Park, a peaceful campsite near Stranraer overlooking stunning Loch Ryan
Where to lay your head: camping and parking in Glasgow and Scotland
Broadly speaking, while Scotland is more tolerant of wild camping than other UK nations, there’s no right to wild camping in motorhomes enshrined in Scots law. The ‘No overnight parking’ signs you’ll find dotted around absolutely must be respected. However, in other spots, locals may turn a blind eye to overnight stays – location, good behaviour and benevolent landowners permitting. Caution, common sense and respect for the surroundings are crucial for campers taking advantage of Scotland’s vast countryside.
Campervan hire in sprawling Glasgow can prove easier from a parking perspective than in the compact capital Edinburgh – but finding the right spot can be a minefield. Pitching up in residential areas or outer suburbs is usually a no-no for numerous reasons – and not always the loveliest place to spend a night. Tech is your friend: use an app like park4night to find out which sites and spots the camper community rates highly in and around the city. Best of all, head just outside the city to explore the surrounding landscape and stay at a comfortable campsite in the heart of the country.
The most comfortable and ethical way to camp in Glasgow and around Scotland is to find a great campsite. Wherever you decide to pitch up, here’s our checklist for happy campers:
- Keep moving! Found a great campsite you’d like to use as a base? Fantastic – get your pitch booked and settle in. If you’ve chanced on an overnight parking spot, however, the best way to keep disruption to a minimum is to arrive late and leave early the next day. People are more likely to turn a blind eye if you escape their notice entirely – and there’s no shortage of great new spots to explore.
- Respect the locals. While you’re enjoying this incredible place on holiday, for some lucky people, Scotland is home. Be the best guests you can be and keep noise, mess and disruption to an absolute minimum.
- Protect wildlife. Scotland is also home to a wide variety of delicate plants, rare birds and magnificent shy creatures who don’t want to be disturbed – and we’re not just talking about the Loch Ness Monster! You’re more likely to catch a glimpse of them if you leave them in peace – and it means others can enjoy them, too.
- Keep your distance. Give locals and other campers a wide berth so they can enjoy their surroundings in peace and quiet – just like you. Avoid intrusive awnings and keep loud noises and revelry to a minimum.
- Put it in the bin. Leave this beautiful place as you found it – dispose of your waste properly.
- Fire safety first. Stick to designated BBQ spots and the humble camping stove. Wildfires are rare in Scotland, but they do happen. You wouldn’t want to set one off.
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