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Rent a Camper Van in Scotland
Set out on a Scottish adventure with your camper van or Class B RV rental! With its history of clans, castles, epoch-spanning geology, white sand beaches, sweeping forests, and hulking mountains, Scotland has something for everyone. Soak up the stunning coastal scenery on the iconic highlands NC500 road trip, ride ferries to remote islands, and warm yourself with a whisky right at the source. It’s also a great place to visit with children and dogs, with plenty of outdoor activities for all age ranges. Rent a camper van in Edinburgh and explore the beauty of Scotland.
roadsurfer Camper Van & RV Rentals in Scotland
In Edinburgh, you’ll find a range of pet-friendly camper van and Class B RV rentals waiting to take you on your dream road trip through Scotland, from pop tops to fixed roofs, for solo, couple, or family-sized adventures.
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Rent a fully equipped roadsurfer camper van or RV and enjoy the ride with exclusive benefits. Your freedom on the road starts the moment you pick up the keys!
Brand new, fully equipped camper vans & RVs
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Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Camping equipment & kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in Scotland
Home to some of the best scenery in the UK, Scotland can’t be beaten for its idyllic camper van and Class B RV camping vacation destinations. Start your day in your camper van rental with a view of lochs and mountains, each lunch in the forest, and cook a delicious dinner overlooking a white sand beach. It’s a great country for finding local produce so make sure to give yourself enough time to stop along the way as you drive the beautiful roads, and there are so many events happening year-round that there’s always something to entertain you.
Driving Rules in Scotland
As in the rest of the UK, in Scotland, you’ll drive on the left-hand side of the road. This means drivers turning left have priority over drivers turning right, and you turn left at roundabouts, following them clockwise. Drivers coming from the right on roundabouts have priority and you must wait for them to pass before you join the flow of traffic.
- Red lights at a traffic stop or roundabout mean stop! Unlike in the USA, you are not able to turn on a red light.
- You’ll find the speed limit on circular signs with a red border. In general, main roads have a 60 mph limit, highways are 70 mph, and urban areas are 30mph, but there are exceptions, so make sure to pay attention to the speed limit shown.
- Do not pass on the left on the highway! Drive in the left-hand lane where possible unless passing slower vehicles. If you sit in the middle or right-hand lanes when there’s space in the left, you’ll slow down traffic, which no one wants.
- Scotland has small and narrow roads in some places that might seem scary if you’re not used to them. These roads have passing pull-outs to make them usable by traffic driving in both directions. If you see a vehicle approaching, pull into the first passing pull-out possible on your left, unless they’ve already done so. Sometimes you may need to reverse to the nearest pull-out. This is when the backup camera in your roadsurfer camper van will come in handy! If you are nervous about the narrow roads, we recommend a smaller camper van such as the Surfer Suite.
- When you’re road-tripping through a new country, it can be tempting to slow down as you drive along to get a chance to see the beauty around you. There’s no rule against this, but if you’re holding up traffic, make sure to drive at a sensible speed and let others pass when you have the chance to do so safely.
Camping in Scotland
Scotland is a haven for campers in the UK as wild or dispersed camping is allowed in many places. There are also many wonderful campgrounds in Scotland, some with full facilities including laundry, and others with a much more back-to-nature feel. Whatever kind of camping spot you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in Scotland.
- Wild or Dispersed Camping – The clue is in the name: wild. This means there’ll be no facilities like bathrooms or electricity, so make sure you’re prepared. Dispersed camping is not allowed in pull-outs, rest areas, private fields, or access roads. Pay attention to signs as there will be adequate signage in places that you cannot camp. If that all sounds prohibitive, don’t be put off! There are still plenty of beautiful spots for dispersed camping and tons of information out there if you need it. Just remember to practice Leave No Trace!
- Camping and Caravanning Club Campgrounds – These campgrounds are run independently but are part of a network so they tend to all have similar standard facilities including parking spots, water taps, bathrooms, and laundry (sometimes it’s nice to have a little luxury!). The Club Campgrounds are open to members and non-members alike, but members get a discount on their stay, among other benefits.
- Independent Campgrounds – Campgrounds run independently have wildly varying facilities, but you’ll be able to find out what to expect before you book In Scotland. You’ll find camping sites in the forest, on the outskirts of towns, on the coast, and in mountain valleys. Some have big fields, while others only allow a few camper vans at a time for the ultimate peaceful getaway. Some have extensive bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities, some have a very back-to-nature feel with solar power and composting toilets, and some in Scotland even have their own nature reserve!
Popular Events in Scotland
- Burns Night, January 25th, whole country: This is an annual celebration of the life of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. There are events all over the country, but some take place either side of the day so check ahead for the area you’re in.
- Up Helly As (Fire Festival), end of January, Lerwick: Fire festivals take place throughout the islands and the one on Lerwick is exceptional with its torch-lit procession and the burning of a replica Viking longship.
- Fort William Mountain Festiva, February, Fort William: The ultimate festival for adventure lovers. Watch inspiring films, hear incredible speakers, and learn tips and tricks for your favorite outdoor adventure activities. There are even activity sessions for running, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, and climbing.
- TradFest, April-May, Edinburgh: The pinnacle of traditional Scottish art festivals, with music, arts, and films showcasing the best of the country. If you’re headed to the islands, the Shetland Folk Festival also happens in April.
- Whisky Month, May, whole country: Keep an eye out for events wherever you are in the country celebrating this famous Scottish drink. Spirit of Speyside and the Islay Festival of Malt are just two of the many events across the country.
- Highland Games, May to September, whole country: The Highland Games happen throughout Scotland and are a great place to see traditional athletic competitions including the caber toss, tug-of-war, Highland dancing, and bagpipe processions.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August, Edinburgh: One of the most famous fringe festivals in the world. This one is home to theatre, music, comedy, dance, and more. The city really comes alive and it’s a great time to discover unknown acts. There’s also an art festival, book festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo going on this month in the capital so it’s a great time to visit.
- Tiree Wave Classic, October, Tiree: This is a professional windsurfing competition, but if you want to do more than spectate, then there’s surfing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and an event village with excellent nightlife.
- Hogmanay, December, whole country: Scotland’s new year celebrations are not to be missed!
Beautiful Travel Regions in Scotland
The Scottish Borders were historically the site of a myriad of battles as the Scots waged war with the English in an attempt to decide who governed the land, resources, and people. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, or the border abbeys of Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, and Dryburgh, or hike along part of a long-distance hike like the Pennine Way, St Cuthbert’s Way, and the Southern Upland Way, which will all pass through.
The Highlands is perhaps the most well-known region amongst visitors as it’s home to Lochs Ness and Lomond, as well as Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. Ski at Aviemore in winter, make the most of the wild terrain in Cairngorms National Park for hiking and biking, or stop to see standing stones along your road trip. Loch Lomond is a 90-minute drive from Edinburgh roadsurfer station, making it the perfect destination for shorter camper van vacations.
The North Coast 500, or NC500 as it’s known, brings you 516 miles of some of the best of Scotland, traveling the coast of the northern half of the country from Inverness. With mountains, white sand beaches, castles, remote villages, and dreamy views from the drive, it’s become a must-do for camper van enthusiasts for a good reason.
The Isle of Arran is a consolidation of all that’s great about Scotland, mountains, moorland, beaches, and fishing villages, all on one peaceful island. Hike or bike along the Arran Coastal Way, climb Goat Fell Mountain, get a ferry to the Holy Isle, and relax on one of the many beaches.
The Hebrides, which includes the Isle of Skye, are a chain of islands off the northwest coast of Scotland connected by a ferry. Lush scenery, otherworldly rock formations, and plenty of wildlife draw visitors in, who then stay for a relaxed pace of life.