So...you’re looking at heading out in a VW Campervan hire from Glasgow, but just don’t know where to start? We have been travelling around Scotland in a campervan for the last 15 years and know some of the best routes on offer. These are some of the more popular routes, so we recommend not sticking strictly to an itinerary. Head off the beaten track and explore some of the lesser known roads while still stopping in at the more popular destinations that catch your eye. That’s the beauty of campervan hire after all!
When collecting your campervan in Glasgow, some people decide to dart straight out of the city. However as your collection isn’t until 3pm we recommend taking the morning and checking out this one of a kind city. There is great shopping and fantastic eating and drinking. Head to the trendy Glasgow West End to experience craft ales and the latest food trends. Our team favourite is the Ox & Finch for amazing Scottish cuisine, and The Drake for the best beers in Glasgow! If you’re after a bit of culture head to the Kelvin Grove museum, which always has amazing exhibitions on.
If your travelling with wee ones, head south over the river to the Glasgow Transport Museum. A fantastic day out for all the car nuts out there. Right next door is the Glasgow Science museum, one of the best in the UK. Loads of exhibitions the kids can participate in. Added benefit of making sure the kids are worn out for the drive ahead of them!
When you’re ready to leave Glasgow in your campervan the stark difference between the bustle of the city and the remoteness of the highlands will be even more noticeable. While there are amazing routes south of Glasgow, we’re going to focus on heading north, out into the wilderness.
Only an hours drive from Glasgow Loch Lomond is a must see Scottish location. The first Loch you will hit out of the city. Even if you only stop for lunch it’s an absolute must. Trax has loads of activities you can take part in here. From Wakesurfing to 4x4 offroading, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Feeling peckish? We recommend stopping at the Oak Tree Pub, which happens to be at the foot of Ben Lomond. WHile you’re there you might as well bag your first munro! A great climb suitable for even the most novice hiker. Make sure you check the weather before heading out to ensure you’re dressed properly for the hike!
Another classic Scottish pitstop. We recommend camping here for a night at the Red Squirrel Campsite. This rustic campsite is as close to Wild Camping as you can get while still having toilet facilities onsite. Another perk of this great site is it’s walking distance to the Clachaig Inn. An classic Scottish boozer with amazing food. If you’re lucky you might arrive on a night with live music, the atmosphere in here is like no other!
Skye & The Islands
While we absolutely adore Skye, we don’t recommend heading here in peak season unless you have a prior booking for a campsite. If you miss out on a campsite booking head to 1 of the other 94 islands that have just the same dramatic scenery and amazing wildlife, without the traffic. The Trax team loves Jura, and not just because of the amazing Whiskey. Trax does not recommend Wild Camping in a Campervan on Skye.
North Coast 500
What is quickly becoming one of the most idyllic routes on the planet, this really is a must. Check out our other blog which goes into more details about touring the North Coast 500 in a camper. However we like to suggest that our campervanners don’t stick religiously to the route. Make sure you stop at the smaller villages and take some of the more alternative whisky tours.
Now, what's a trip to Scotland without stopping at a distillery. Even if you’re not a massive Whiskey drinker this is one we recommend. The process is fascinating and they are usually in beautiful locations with great views for the non drinkers amongst your group. Wee ones are allowed on the tour and at some distilleries there is a playpark or something similar for them to blow off some steam.
Although there is so much to do on mainland Scotland an amazing experience is heading out on a ferry to one of the islands. To take your campervan on a ferry you are likely going to be travelling with Calmac. They offer a great Island Hopper ticket which means you can travel to unlimited islands for the one price. The best bit is this is not something that lots of people tend to do, which means it will be much quieter on all the amazing beaches you visit! .
This is a whistle stop tour of our favourite pit stops in Scotland. Our team have been heading off on campervan adventures from Glasgow for years. Feel free to get in touch with us to chat through any ideas you have about routes. We will happily flag any issues we might see and suggest some other routes to try out. Get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to follow our favourite trips trax_adventures.