See Scotland's stunning natural attractions this year with the Caravan and Motorhome Club
With its enchanting history and the chance to witness once in a lifetime, natural phenomenon, there is plenty to do in Scotland with the Caravan and Motorhome Club. From gazing at the Northern Lights, searching for the Loch Ness Monster and rare wildlife to visiting whisky distilleries and its dynamic cities, Scotland brings together the ultimate sightseeing experience. For tourers that have never ventured to Scotland, now is the time as so much can be discovered while staying at a Caravan and Motorhome campsite, from as little as £10.50 per night.*
With scientists predicting an increase in Northern Lights intensity and visibility this winter, a stay in a Scottish campsite is perfect for seeing the aurora borealis. Home to nearly 30 Club campsites and over 100 Certificated Locations in Scotland (small 5 van campsites), a Caravan and Motorhome Club touring holiday offers a great base. The top places to view the Northern Lights include Cairngorm National Park in the Highlands, one of the darkest places in the UK, the northwest coastline of Sutherland that has an expanse of clear, open skyline offering perfect conditions or try the Isle of Skye. Both The Fairy Pools and Old Man of Storr are unique spots to observe the aurora above the landscape, located in a designated National Scenic Area, so natural beauty is guaranteed. The Club also offers motorhome hire for those who would like to experience a tour around Scotland.
Blending history with modernity
From Edinburgh Castle where you can explore the architecture of the Great Hall or the Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scottish monarchy, to Edinburgh Dungeon with its special effects or strolling Princes Street Gardens and visiting Edinburgh Zoo - there is plenty to discover.
Edinburgh Club Campsite, situated on the Firth of Forth, has convenient access to the City of Edinburgh and its incredible attractions. The Club is currently investing £2.5 million to redevelop the hugely popular campsite. Works include fully refurbishing the facilities block, building a new drying and laundry/dishwash room, refurbishing the reception area and increasing its number of serviced pitches.
Birds, plants and wildlife
Clachan Club Campsite in Killin sits in a quiet space with a fantastic range of birds and wildlife. Tourers are in the centre of the countryside, with paths that lead to the glens, mountains and lochs of the central Highlands. Tourers can visit the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve with its excellent views, located a thousand feet above Loch Tay. Guests can also access the Edramucky Trail, which offers an ever-changing display of alpine flowers and an array of bird life.
Or for a city adventure close to nature, Glasgow's Strathclyde Country Park Club Campsite is ideally situated on the edge of picturesque parkland. The country park, a ten-minute walk from the campsite, is filled with 1,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands, wildlife refuges and open parkland, located in Strathclyde Loch, known for unique nature watching. There are also several sites of historic interest in the parkland, such as the bathhouse and Bothwellhaugh Roman fort.
The tallest waterfall and magnificent scenery
Scotland is home to the oldest tree that has been around for over 3,000 years and boasts the tallest waterfall in the UK. Eas a’ Chual Aluinn, which is three times higher than the height of Niagara Falls, is located in Sutherland which is close to Brora Club Campsite. The campsite is located in a sheltered saucer of land with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and only 300 yards from a sandy beach where tourers can birdwatch and even spot seals and dolphins.
There are over 30,000 refreshing freshwater lochs in Scotland from small lochans to the famous Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. For tranquility, tourers can escape to Kinlochewe Club Campsite, set at the bottom of the rugged slopes of Beinn Eighe, and near the end of a pleasant drive around Glen Docherty. The campsite offers a serene experience surrounded by lovely lochs and lush woodland. Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is an ideal place to spot deer and golden eagles by the lochside with superb views.
In Inverness, Culloden Moor Club Campsite offers stunning views over the Nairn Valley, which has some of the prettiest scenery in Scotland. Near the campsite, tourers can explore the Scottish Highlands and walk the Great Way. Must-see locations include Black Isle, Moray Coast, the Whisky Trails in the Spey Valley and most popular, Loch Ness. Tourers can take part in plenty of activities around Loch Ness, from hiking and sightseeing to learning more about the Loch Ness Monster. This site is great for forest walks and ideal for dog owners.
'Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky'
After a day of exploring the great outdoors, tourers can sample the country's great whiskies in many of its famous distilleries. In Inverness, the ‘Highland Malt Whisky Experience’ offers a leisurely two-hour experience where participants have five different malts to sample.
Close to Brora, tourers can visit Clynelish Distillery for a long-standing distillery experience, offering one of Scotland's well-known blends, Johnnie Walker. A selection of Certificated Locations are close to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery where tourers will be able to immerse themselves in the ultimate whisky experience, discovering how they double age for extra smoothness.
Harvey Alexander, director of marketing and membership services at the Caravan and Motorhome Club, said, "It’s exciting to see the high levels of continued interest from Caravan and Motorhome Club members who are eager to explore Scotland’s unique landscapes while touring, and also giving back to the economy. Club members typically spend £40m each year, when off-site holidaying in the region.
"Well-known for its beautiful scenery, views and historic interest, it is the ideal location for anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors while enjoying great value for money."
The Club is offering members the best possible experience in the great outdoors with some great offers too. There are no additional costs for children under five-years-old, dogs can go free and awnings are not charged. What’s more members and non-members can book with a low deposit from only £25*, with free cancellations or amendments up to 21 days before arrival. Club members can also save up to £15 and book ahead of non-members, all great ways to get away for less this spring.
The Caravan and Motorhome Club will be attending the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show running from 1-4 February 2024, in Glasgow. They will be joined by Club members, Karen Wright, caravanner and star of Great British Bake Off, and Siobhan Daniels, solo motorhomer and author of ‘Retirement Rebel’. Karen and Siobhan will be there for the duration of the show talking about their touring adventures and offering hints, tips, advice and inspiration.
For those who are looking for inspiration about tours of Scotland, check out a variety of tours suggested by Club members.
For further information about becoming a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club or to book, please visit www.camc.com or call 01342 318 813.
Notes to Editors
*Price based on one adult and a standard pitch at Clachan Club Campsite in Killin.
**The deposit for each stay will either be 20% of the total value of the stay or a £25 minimum, if the price of the stay is less than £25, then the total price of the stay will be required as the deposit.