As a Scottish travel blogger I am constantly exploring the beautiful country that I'm lucky enough to call home. Over the decades I've experienced most types of holiday in Scotland, from wild camping to luxury lodges. It's hard for me to recommend the best way to see the country as everyone has their own travel style but I do have a few recommendations.
When the lovely people from the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show asked me to share some of my favourite travel memories, I was only too happy. The only problem was where to begin, so I opted to head back to the actual beginning, way back in the mists of time to the decade of flares, platforms and brown floral curtains...
Caravans & Holiday Homes
I often get asked where my love of the outdoors and travelling around Scotland comes from and I can honestly say it was born in a 1970s caravan. Not just any caravan though, my love affair began in our own family caravan based on the Ayrshire coast, Actually, it involved more than one caravan as my aunt also had a place in St Andrews when I was a baby and this is the earliest photo I can find from my first travel Adventures Around Scotland!
As a typical city family living in a flat, we yearned for our weekends and holidays in the countryside. The best thing about owning our own caravan was not having to book, plan or pack in advance, we could just jump in the car and take off.
My parents didn't have to worry about me or my brother playing outside as the holiday park was a safe environment and I acquired freedom I could only dream about back in Glasgow. My days were mainly spent outdoors on imaginative adventures with caravan site friends or going for long walks along country trails or playing on the beach with my family. I carried little nature books around with me so I could identify animal tracks, wild flowers, birds, trees and insects. We visited castle ruins and my dad hunted for treasure with his metal detector. This sparked my enthusiasm for history and all these interests have remained with me in adulthood. Regular readers of my blog will have noticed these themes continue to feature strongly throughout my current travels.
I never got bored of going on holiday to the same place, there was always something new to discover, new friends to make and old ones to catch up with. My caravan holidays were without doubt some of the happiest days of my life.
When we weren't using the caravan, other family members would stay and it was well utilised much of the year round. From the 1970s until the 1990s our caravan facilitated countless joyous family memories.
Although we no longer have our own caravan, I have continued to enjoy this type of holiday around various parts of Scotland although these days I have 'upgraded' to staying in more spacious and comfortable lodges within holiday parks. Last year I stayed in an ABI holiday home next to Loch Lomond which I could actually have lived in as it was so spacious and luxurious. You can read all about my stay with ABI in my blog post and as you will see things may have moved on quite a bit since our 1970s aluminium caravan, however what hasn't changed is the limitless adventures this type of holiday can provide.
ABI are one of the exhibitors at the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home so you can check out their luxury lodges for yourself.
Camper vans & Motorhomes
These days I travel around Scotland more than ever and heading off on a road-trip to explore as much of the country as possible is one of my favourite things to do. I've found travelling by camper van is a fantastic way to explore Scotland due to the flexibility it offers.
I first hired a camper van from Rockin Vans 5 years ago so we could get off the beaten track in Dumfries and Galloway. We spent the first night overlooking Clatteringshaws Loch, sipping on a glass of wine as we watched the sun set before falling into bed. I decided there and then that the camper van life was for me. The freedom to set your own route as you go and park overnight at any place within reason is one of the reasons this type of travel appeals to me so much.
Although there are many great camping sites out there, I personally like to choose a quiet spot in the wilds.
More recently I took another Rockin Vans camper van on a winter road-trip to the Isle of Mull. The great thing about a standard camper van is it costs the same price as a car on the ferry, making it an ideal way to explore the Scottish islands.
We drove along the Argyll coast before crossing to Mull and returning via some spectacular scenery on the mainland. Again my highlight from that holiday was the ability to travel without any real plans and park up at some beautiful viewpoints while we stuck the kettle on for a cup of tea. You can find out more about my road-trip to the Isle of Mull on my blog post and you can also visit Rockin Vans at the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show if you fancy following in my tyre tracks.
As you can tell I'm a camper van convert and I have another road-trip coming up in April which I'm really excited about.
I've yet to explore Scotland in a motorhome although it is definitely on my list for the future as I would love to experience the benefits of more space. I actually envisage myself retiring and having the freedom and time to travel around the world in a motorhome one day, watch this space...
Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show
Whether you prefer static holiday homes or mobile travel, the best place to get inspiration for your next Scottish adventure has to be the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show. The show runs from the 8-11 February 2018 and is so big it will take over the entire SEC complex in Glasgow!
It is the only event of its kind in Scotland featuring a wide range of holiday accommodation and a Holiday Park Village where you can plan your next trip. You can also explore the latest caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes and even compare tents in the tent village. With over 200 exhibitors and exclusive discounts & offers, this is my dream show to visit. I might even see you there as I search out some ideas for future Adventures Around Scotland!
Tickets for the show can be purchased in advanced from Eventbrite and I'm delighted to offer a discount code for a small saving on adult ticket prices for the show using the code ADVSCOT18
Children aged 16 and under go free
Disclaimer - This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show
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