Outthere Campervans

Aug
05
2013

Campervan Time Travel: Scotland’s History & Heritage

by Jennifer Watson

When you pick up the keys to your campervan to take you on your very own adventure, time travel might not quite be possible but in Scotland you can get pretty close.

Not only will you find awesome scenery, excitement and adventure, and some of the friendliest faces around, but there are also centuries of history and heritage in every corner of the country.

Whether it’s a castle, ancient battle ground, country home or beautiful gardens that float your boat, thanks to The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland there is something for everyone.

Being master of your own motorhome means you can plan your trip exactly as you would like it to be – you choose where to go, when to go there, and which sights to see. However, with so much on offer it’s harder than it sounds.

We’d recommend making the most of the fact travelling around in a campervan is straightforward, hassle free and you can get you up close to some incredible landmarks and places of interest. For example, driving to Edinburgh Castle isn’t the most practical idea. On the other hand, you can take your home from home right up to the famous and iconic Eilean Donan Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle

Featured in a Hollywood blockbuster and used in numerous advertising campaigns around the world, the castle is instantly recognisable and seeing it first-hand is not to be missed. Situated in the north west of Scotland, the views en-route alone, would make this the trip of a lifetime.

Fancy seeing one of the wonders of the world? Dunnottar Castle, just outside Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s most spectacular ruined fortresses and has been put forward as Scotland’s official nomination for a global competition to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World.

Further down the East Coast is The House of Dun. Just three miles from Montrose, you can drive to this beautiful Georgian house and park right outside.  Built in the 18th century it’s set amongst 368 hectares of Victorian gardens and woodlands. Take a look inside the house to sneak a peek at some of the finest paintings and furniture in the National Trust’s ownership.

The versatility of a campervan holiday also means that it’s no challenge to leave the mainland and hop on over to one of Scotland’s captivating islands. A short ferry ride away from Scrabster is Orkney, home to Skara Brae. This Neolithic village was discovered in1850 when a fierce storm caused the ancient buildings to be unearthed and it’s now regarded by many as one of the most remarkable monuments in Europe.

Scotland’s history is as rich as it is varied and picking out just few places you’d like to see can really help shape your holiday. Don’t worry though, you won’t get stuck in the past…. Relaxing at the end of the day with all the mod-cons your campervan can offer from freezers to DVD players, will most definitely bring you back to the future.