The UK is a wonderful country to travel by motorhome.
It has a lot to offer in terms of nature, sightseeing, history, adventure activities and pretty much anything else you would want from a motorhome holiday!
But with so many great motorhome routes and destinations it can be difficult to choose the best motorhome holiday destination for you.
Luckily, Struans has put together this helpful guide on motorhome holidays in the UK, with information on some of the best places to visit in a motorhome as well as helpful hints and tips to get you fully prepared for your UK motorhome adventure.
Proper preparation is the key to a fun and successful motorhome holiday. If you pack the right clothes, equipment and entertainment, you’ll be ready for whatever the UK has to throw at you during your motorhome adventure.
If you choose to hire a motorhome from Struans for your trip around the UK, you’ll have a lot additional extras and added perks that will help to make your life easier. Of course, you’ll still have to take time to pack your own belongings but you won’t need to bring nearly as much!
The main things to consider when packing from a motorhome holiday in the UK are:
Warm clothes – even in summer you’ll want to have a few jumpers and long trousers just in case
Hiking gear – if you’re likely to be going walks, then make sure you bring your hiking boots and other necessary equipment
Sports equipment – many motorhome travellers enjoy adventure sports such as mountain biking, surfing or even skiing! Remember to bring yours along if this is something you’re interested in
Food! Stock up your motorhome with enough food to last for at least a few days to make sure you always have something to snack on.
Plus & portable batteries so you can keep your devices topped up when on the move
Additional extras: Although your motorhome hire will be kitted out with loads of convenient extras, you might want to consider things like extra camping chairs, fire pits, extra blankets and anything else that will increase your party's comfort whilst travelling.
Most motorhome hire companies will provide many additional extras to help make your UK motorhome hire holiday as comfortable and stress free as possible.
Struans go above and beyond to ensure our motorhomes are kitted out with the most essential and practical extras that will make you and your party’s life as easy as possible. Whether you’re an experienced motorhome traveller or are completely new to motorhome holidays, you’ll definitely appreciate these extra additions:
Full bottle of gas
Spare toilet fluid
Powerful diesel engine
Kitchen utensils, pots, pans etc.
Plates, cups, cutlery etc.
3 burner gas hob + grill + oven
Washing up liquid and cleaning materials
Dust pan and brush
TV / DVD player (note TV reception can be limited in remote areas)
Fridge with freezer compartment (can work off electric or gas)
90l fresh water tank / 70l waste water tank
Toilet paper, kitchen towel, tea towel
Bike rack (please request at time of booking - no extra charge)
We also have optional extras such as extra bedding and GPS available. Simply speak to us about your requirements when booking and we’ll do our best to accommodate your wishes!
Now that you know how to get prepared for a motorhome hire holiday in the UK, it’s time to narrow down your travel options.
We’ve listed some of the best and most popular UK destinations that are perfect to travel to on a motorhome holiday. Although Struans Motorhome Hires are based in Perth, a motorhome gives you the choice of travelling anywhere you like, so we’ve included places from all around the UK. So, sit back, take some notes and read up on the best motorhome holiday destinations the UK has to offer.
If you’re keen to travel England by motorhome, Dorset should definitely be a place for you to consider. With stunning coastlines, beautiful beaches and great historical sights dotted along the coast, you certainly won’t be at a lost for things to do when travelling in Dorset and Hampshire.
Notable locations to visit around the area of Dorset include:
The Jurassic Coast – one of the UKs most famous and beautiful coast lines
Bournemouth – a fun sea-side city situated along the south coast of England
Poole – another charming sea-side town that is well worth a day trip to
Durdle Door – one of the most scenic attractions along the Jurassic Coast
Weymouth – A historic seaside town that offers beautiful sandy beaches and a fantastic SeaLife park
If you don’t fancy a trip all the way down to the south of England, there are plenty of fantastic locations situated in the North of the country, with The Lake District being a prime example.
The Lake District is one of the UKs most popular destinations for staycations and offers an excellent choice of hiking and hill walking trails. You’ll also find a wealth of beautiful nature spots in amongst the 16 bodies of water that give this region its name.
As a National Park, the Lake District has a wealth of walking trails that can be enjoyed by all levels. Be careful with driving routes here, however, as some of the mountain passes don’t accommodate for larger vehicles!
Some of the top things to do when visiting the lake district are:
Visit Keswick, a charming market town within the local area
Ullswater – the second largest lake in the district and home to the beautiful Aira Force waterfall
Explore the Lake District national park in Cumbria
Adventure around the Peak District for some of the best hikes in the whole of the UK
Wales offers a lot for motorhome travellers. From beautiful rolling landscapes to wild camping and spectacular mountain views, if you’re keen to explore the great outdoors, Wales is a great destination for you.
Snowdonia is one of the most popular travel destinations in Wales, and not without good reason. Its dramatic landscapes, outdoor activities and world-famous hikes make it perfect for adventure lovers.
Some of the top things to do in Snowdonia are:
Tackle Snowdon, the highest mountain in both England and Wales
Experience the world's fastest zip wire at Zip World
Visit Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Cycle or walk along the many well-marked paths and routes
Drive to the coast and visit some of Wales’ most historic and picturesque towns
Snowdonia is very easily accessible by motorhome and is just a short two-hour drive from Manchester.
The Causeway Coastal Route is a spectacular driving route that takes you through the unspoiled coast of North Ireland. It’s without doubt one of the best motorhome driving routes in the whole of the UK, with a host of impressive sights and breathtaking natural beauty that will have your head turning at every stop.
To start this route, you will need to get a ferry from Scotland over to Northern Ireland, but don’t worry! The trip is easy to do even when in a motorhome.
Some of the most exciting and popular things to do on this motorhome holiday in the UK are:
Explore the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Northern Ireland’s most famous historical landmarks.
Visit Benone Beach – a huge stretch of coast line which is littered with quaint villages, hiking trails and surfing spots
Take a day trip to Londonderry to discover more about the troubled past of the city
Take a ferry down to the fun and lively city of Dublin, where you’ll find a whole host of enjoyable touristy activities
Scotland is one of the best countries in the world to travel by motorhome. With long stretches of open road, relatively short travel times and a wealth of natural and historic sites around every corner, it’s no wonder that motorhome holidays in Scotland have become so popular.
To finish off our motorhome UK holiday guide, we’ve listed some of the best destinations to visit in Scotland with a motorhome.
The famous isle is high up on most people’s lists whenever a trip to Scotland is mentioned. Skye is a unique island situated on the North-West coast of Scotland. It’s home to many incredible natural sights and offers some of the best hiling found anywhere in the UK.
The landscape of Skye is often described as “other-worldly" and the driving route to get to the island is almost just as spectacular. If you’re after an authentic Scottish experience that offers impressive nature, jaw-dropping waterfalls and fantastic history and culture, then visiting Skye by motorhome is a must!
Some of the top things to do in Skye are:
Take in the sights of the Old Man of Storr
Experience the Fairy Pools
Follow the walking trails and take in the rugged natural landscapes
Take a tour of the Talisker Distillery
Visit Neist Point Lighthouse for spectacular views if the coastline
The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s most famous driving route. It has gained increased popularity over recent years, especially during lockdown where people were forced to travel at home.
Despite its recent surge in popularity, the NC500 has always been a great driving route and is especially suited for motorhomes and campervans die to the wealth of stops and fantastic locations found along the way.
The route takes around 3-4 days on average, but can of course be expanded and adapted to suit your preferences and timeline. If you choose to hire a motorhome from our depot in Perth, you’ll be in an ideal position to start the NC500 and we’ll be more than happy to give you advice on where to go and what to see along the way.
Some of the most popular stops that shouldn’t be missed when driving the NC500 include:
The Northern city of Inverness
Applecross Peninsula – an idyllic location which is home to a small community of just 200 or so people
Ullapool – a charming coastal town which offers visitors a chance to witness Scottish sea life up close and personal in their natural habitat
John O'Groats - the most northerly point in mainland Britain which has a lot to offer tourists and local visitors
The famous lands of Glencoe are some of the most awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping landscapes you’ll ever witness, and we’re not exaggerating!
There’s something supremely magical about this area of Scotland which is steeped in rich and bloodied history. Driving through the dramatic landscapes is an experience on its own, but Glencoe has much more to offer than just spectacular views.
Hike some of Scotland’s most famous and sought-after Munros
Keep an eye out for the incredible Scottish wildlife
Try your hand at skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking at the Glencoe Mountain resort
Visit Fort William, one of the best outdoor locations that Scotland has to offer
If you do choose to visit Fort William, then make sure you take a detour to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – a must see for Harry Potter fans!
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to Loch Lomond. The national park is home to a whole host of outdoor adventure activates, spectacular lochs, walking trails, Munros and fantastic locations to stay (if you fancy a night away from your motorhome hire).
Some of the best things to do in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are:
Hike some of Scotland’s most popular Munros
Camp on the banks of Loch Lomond
Try out water sports
Take a Loch Cruise
Explore the hidden corners of the park through walking trails and cycle routes
Wild swim in the summer
The East Coast of Scotland is an underrated location that lends itself well to a motorhome holiday. With quaint fishing villages, scenic coast lines, beautiful walking and cycling tours and some of Scotland’s finest golf courses, you certainly won’t be at a loss of things to do and see when visiting the east of Scotland in a motorhome hire from Struans.
Some of the top places to visit along the East Coast of Scotland include:
Explore the Kingdom of Fife and St. Andrews
Golf at Scotland’s most historic Links
Travel around the East Neuk of Fife in your motorhome hire
Explore the beaches and coastlines
Take a day to walk or cycle some of Scotland’s finest coastal routes
Travel up to the city of Dundee for a day of sightseeing
If you’re keen to visit the East Neuk of Fife and the Easterly coastline of Scotland, a motorhome hire from Struans in Perth is the perfect place to start.
Located just a short hour's drive from St. Andrews, you can explore the beautiful city of Perth before heading eastwards to embark on your motorhome holiday in the Kingdom of Fife.
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of what to expect on a motorhome holiday in the UK and have a better understanding of the best places to go, it’s time to start thinking about renting your motorhome hire.
We offer excellent value motorhomes in a range of sizes. Whether you’re travelling with the full family or just with your significant other, Struans has the perfect sized motorhome for you.
Just give us a call to discuss your requirements and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with all the information you’ll need for a spectacular motorhome adventure in the UK.