19 October 2023 / Struans

The Do’s and Don’ts of Motorhome Hire in Scotland



Are you ready to set out on an unforgettable road trip through the breathtaking landscapes of Scotland? Well, what better way to do that in a comfortable and spacious motorhome from Struans! 

If you've decided to embark on a motorhome adventure, you're in for a treat!

At Struans Leisure, we're not just here to provide you with a vehicle; we're your enthusiastic companions on this exciting journey.  

In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the do's and don'ts of motorhome hire in Scotland, ensuring your journey is smooth, enjoyable, and in full compliance with the country's outdoor access code. 



The do's: Maximising your motorhome hire 

  • Plan your route

This may go without saying, but we’ll remind you anyway. Scotland's landscapes are incredibly diverse, from the dramatic Highlands to picturesque lochs and serene coastlines. Before you hit the road, plan your route carefully.  

Consider the places you want to visit, the activities you'd like to enjoy, and the scenic routes you want to traverse. A well-thought-out plan ensures you make the most of your journey, whether you're chasing waterfalls, scaling peaks, or simply relaxing by the Lochside. 


  • Respect the outdoors

Scotland's outdoor access code encourages responsible and considerate outdoor activities. This includes respecting the environment, wildlife, and local communities.  

When you park your motorhome in nature, do so in designated areas and follow any specific guidelines. Take your litter with you, and be aware of any local wildlife or livestock, maintaining a safe distance. 


  • Pack smart

Motorhomes offer the convenience of a home on wheels, but space is limited. Pack efficiently, ensuring you have all the essentials without overloading. Remember, less is often more when it comes to life on the road. Don't forget outdoor gear to make your adventure comfortable.

And the good news is, at Struans, we provide cooking utensils, so you can leave those at home. If you haven't booked a bedding pack with us, make sure to bring your bedding for a cosy night's sleep. 


  • Enjoy local cuisine

Scotland is renowned for its culinary delights. Make it a point to savour local dishes, from haggis to freshly caught seafood. Explore the local food scene, and don't miss the chance to enjoy a meal in a traditional Scottish pub. After all, part of the adventure is savouring the flavours of the region. 


  • Be courteous

Whether you're on the road or parked in a serene spot, always be courteous to fellow travellers and locals.

Keep noise levels down, follow traffic rules, and be considerate of those around you. Engage with the locals and embrace the opportunity to learn about the region from those who call it home. 


  • Regular maintenance

Inspect your motorhome regularly during your trip. Check for any issues or damage that may require immediate attention. Ensure your tires, brakes, and engine are in good working order for a safe journey. 


  • Engage with locals

Scotland is known for its friendly and welcoming people. Take the time to chat with locals, ask for recommendations, and learn about the history and culture of the areas you visit, all while staying cautious. Building connections with the people you meet can make your journey more enriching. 


  • Learn basic repairs

While it's unlikely that you'll encounter major issues, having some basic repair skills can be handy. Familiarise yourself with tasks like changing a flat tire or fixing minor electrical problems, just in case. And remember, we're at the end of the phone to talk you through any issues, so you're never alone on your motorhome adventure!

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The don'ts: Avoiding common motorhome hire mistakes 

  • Illegal parking

In Scotland, parking in unauthorised areas, especially in natural reserves or private property, is strictly prohibited. Always park in designated spots, official campgrounds, or designated wild camping areas. Ignoring this can lead to fines and inconvenience. 


  • Wild camping restrictions

While wild camping is legal in some areas of Scotland, there are specific restrictions.

Familiarise yourself with the guidelines of the region you're visiting. Ensure you leave no trash behind, respect local communities, and practice Leave No Trace principles to protect the environment. 


  • Littering

Scotland's natural beauty is a treasure that must be preserved. Do not leave litter behind. Always dispose of your waste responsibly, whether it's garbage, grey water, or sewage. Be meticulous about cleaning up your camping spot before you depart. 


  • Ignoring safety

Scotland's weather can be unpredictable, especially in the Highlands.

Be prepared for changing conditions by checking weather forecasts regularly. Drive cautiously on winding roads, and ensure you have suitable clothing for all eventualities, including rain gear and warm layers. 


  • Overstaying your welcome

Many places in Scotland have time limits for parking. Respect these rules to avoid fines or inconveniences. Be aware of any parking restrictions, and ensure you adhere to them to prevent any unexpected setbacks. 


  • Open fires

Starting open fires is generally prohibited in many areas. Scotland's unique environment can be highly susceptible to fires, so it's essential to respect these restrictions. 


  • Grey water and black water

Dispose of grey water (sinks and showers) and black water (toilet waste) in designated facilities. Dumping waste in natural areas is not only illegal but also harmful to the environment. 


  • Noise levels

Keep noise levels to a minimum, especially during the evening and night hours. No one wants to be the camper responsible for disturbing the tranquillity of the Scottish countryside. 


  • Restricted areas

Be aware of any protected or restricted areas. Some regions may have limitations on motorhome access, so always check in advance to avoid disappointment. 


Why choose Struans for your motorhome hire adventure?

At Struans Leisure, we’re doing our best to not just become another motorhome hire provider. We're a local family business with over 40 years of expertise and a deep commitment to delivering the best service and value for our customers.  

Our journey started with a small holding in Kinfauns, just outside Perth–and we've grown to become one of the most trusted names in the industry, offering award-winning dealerships in Dundee and Perth. 

Our motorhome adventure began in 2010, and from just one motorhome, our fleet has now expanded to over 20–ensuring we can cater to all your road trip needs!

When you choose Struans, you're choosing quality and reliability. When you choose Struans, you're choosing quality and reliability. Check out our motorhome rental rates for more information.  

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What sets us apart? 

We offer a diverse range of quality motorhomes. Our fleet includes a wide range of top-tier motorhomes, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your adventure. From compact models to spacious, fully-equipped options, we've got it all. 

We can also provide expert route recommendations. Our service to you doesn’t just stop at providing you motorhomes, we also offer expert travel recommendations and support throughout your journey. Let us help you create the perfect route to explore the best of Scotland! 

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Available motorhomes for hire  

Ideal for couples, this campervan offers style and comfort with a compact design, large windows, a well-equipped kitchen, and fixed double beds for a hassle-free experience. 


Our sleek 2 Berth Motorhome features a stylish interior, ample space, and is perfect for couples or friends, and it promises an exciting journey! 


This compact motorhome welcomes your furry friend, equipped with a full kitchen, seating area, and clever storage solutions. 


Enjoy spacious interiors with fixed double beds, a convertible lounge area, and external garages for your gear. Ideal for families and pet-friendly options are available. 


Experience luxury on the road with our Premium 4 Berth Motorhomes. Enjoy comfortable beds and a touch of elegance on your journey. 


Our Sun Living A70DK 6 Berth Motorhomes offer space for up to 6 people, with fixed beds, a bunk bed, and versatile sleeping options. Ideal for larger groups, these motorhomes offer flexibility and comfort. 


Onward to unforgettable motorhome adventures! 

As we’ve discovered, hopping on an motorhome adventure in Scotland is a remarkable means to experience the nation's awe-inspiring landscapes. By adhering to the guidelines and recommendations outlined above, you're not only guaranteeing a memorable and conscientious journey but also making the most of the freedom of the road. 

As you immerse yourself in Scotland's beauty, always remember to be a considerate and respectful traveller. Experience the allure of motorhome life for yourself by getting in touch directly to book your next motorhome hire adventure in Scotland. 

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