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Make time to drop by the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

December 12th, 2018

 
 
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO lists and legally protect locations and landmarks that present cultural, historical, scientific and other importance to humankind and has been doing so for over 30 years. Currently, the organisation has marked a total of 1,073 sites across the globe and 31 of the protected locations lie scattered across the UK! The UK’s latest contribution, Lake District, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017! Heritage sites ranging from landscapes and castles to bridges and factories dot the captivating countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wherever your campervan or motorhome exploits may direct you, be sure to add one of these locations to your schedule. If you’re in need of campervan or motorhome insurance take a look at Camperbug’s fabulous annual and daily insurance plans!

 

1. Lake District – UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Set just below the Scottish border, England’s Lake District covers a whopping 885 square miles within Cumbria and contains 50 glittering mountain tarns and lakes plus England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The terrain is not suited for farming yet serves as an ideal climate for sheep rearing. The region was initially graced by the holidaying Victorians who followed the first railroads into the area.

The striking beauty and quietness of Lake District do not fail to leave its mark on ambitious and famed wordsmiths and romantic poets. The picturesque landscape has seduced the likes of Wordsworth, Keats and Tennyson. Beatrix Potter lived in Lake District and operated a farm. She strived to maintain Lake District’s charming life and purchased acres of farmland and pastures. Upon her death, her lands and significant fortune left to the National Trust.

 

2. The city of Bath

 

The city of Bath needs no introduction! The 2,000-year-old Roman baths make up a tiny trickle of Roman baths around the globe that utilise organic hot springs as natural heating! The entire city of Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987 and is one of the earliest world cities to make it on the list. The Roman baths, the temple compound and the relics of the Roman town Aquae Sulis are considered some of the most important Roman remains.

If that isn’t impressive enough, the city of Bath contains magnificent Palladian architecture that advanced under the rule of George III. The constriction is woven around the Roman baths further enhancing and preserving its construction.

The city of Bath offers more than just a historical and cultural stop. A lively town, Bath was once home to Jane Austen and now houses a wealth of lovely eateries, great shopping opportunities, a vibrant cultural scene and many unique museums. While Jane Austen and many of her beloved, plucky heroines sniffed at Baths supplementary social scene of the time, we’re sure she’d be suitably impressed with the excellent progress in the city.

 

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3. The Castle and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

 

King Edward, I had a plan. He wanted to frighten the Welsh and have them appoint him as their sovereign ruler, and in response, he constructed an ambitious construction schedule to compliment his 13th-century wars against the Welsh. The English king enclosed the northern Welsh province of Gwynedd within three fortified castles titled Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy. The fort erected by the kings chosen architect James of St. George who, by serving master and king, constructed Europe’s grandest military architecture of the 13th and 14th century.

 

4. Dorset and the East Devon Coast

 

Staying true to the similarly titled film Jurassic Park, Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch comprising of the East Devon and Devon Coast. Made up of untamed beaches, dramatic white cliffs and intriguing rock formation, the World Heritage Site on the English Channel contain Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs that provide a wealth of buried history tracing back over 185 million years ago. It’s probably the best location to search for dinosaur track footprints and fossils!

 

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5. Neolithic Orkney

 

For a closer look at prehistoric construction, make time for a visit to the Orkney Islands. Some ancient structures are so old they predate the Pyramids and even Stonehenge! Take a walk along the island and view the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodga or the Maeshowe burial mound that contains a wealth of Viking Runes. There’s even a 5,000-year-old village called Skara Brae!

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Take the scenic route to the Highlands!

November 26th, 2018

 

Ditch the bustling cities for a refreshing route dishing out captivating scenery, stunning coastline and charming villages. Take a van ride to one or more of the locations listed below, stop by the regions historical sites, and you’ll understand why nothing quite beats a scenic ride through the gorgeous landscapes of the UK! Need a van? Take a look at Camperbug’s fantastic motorhome hire options!

 

Are you ready to hit the Highlands?

 

Loch Lomond. Image by fschnell on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Take the ride along the gateway to the Highlands – the route from Glasgow to Fort William –, and you’re in for a scenic treat!  A captivating 108 miles on the A82 unusually takes an estimated 3 hours to complete, but we recommend saving an entire day to savour the natural beauty around you, not to mention the fantastic Instagram worthy photography. We recommend driving north along Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your drive will ascend into the Black mountains with the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor set on your right. The highway will take you into Glen Coe, and the next 12 miles will contain grand volcanic mountain vistas. You’ll have the opportunity to savour the best views of the Three Sisters south of the A82 from the Three Sisters Point of View parking, set an estimated four miles from the Glencoe Visitor Center.

 

The Three Sisters of Glencoe. Image by Greg_Men on Flickr

 

Use the GPS coordinates of N56º 40′ 3.72″, W4º 59′ 11.4″ to reach the location. At South Ballachulish, you’ll see a bridge that will transport you across the juncture where Loch Leven rests at your east. From there it’s a straight route to Fort William along the A82 and the edge of Loch Linnhe. The tallest mountain of the British Isles, Ben Nevis will peek at you along the way!

 

Loch Leven, Glencoe. Image by jdufrenoy on Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

 

If time permits, take a right onto the B863 at the village of Glencoe and take a ride along the borders of Loch Leven. The total route is a mere 16 miles. Once you pass the village of Kinlochleven, continue westward beside the northern shore of the Loch with a refreshing stop at Loch Leven Seafood Café  where you’ll dine on fresh Scottish Lobster scallops and more (❤) while enjoying fantastic lake views.    Continue towards North Ballachulish, and with a swift right turn, you’re back on the A82!

 

Loch Lochy. Image by stu smith on Flickr

 

If you’re eager to see the most of the pretty Loch Lochy, remain on the A82 when you pass Fort William. You’ll relish the stunning views along the south banks of Loch Lochy, the north shores of Loch Ness all the way to the city of Inverness.

 

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Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

If you don’t have a day to spare, take the shorter path on the A28, north of Dumbarton along the western boundary of  Loch Lomond. A 26-mile ride will transport you to the peak of the loch with diverse vistas along the way. The tallest mountain in the region, Ben Lomond cheerfully bobs in and out of view with every bend you’ll take. Peaks embraced by and clothed in heather set in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will sporadically make way dense forestry adorning the slopes of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest.

 

Ben Lomond. Image by Neillwphoto on Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, swap a campsite for a cave!

 

 

 

 

 

Swap a campsite for a cave at Lake District!

November 21st, 2018

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, we’ve got just the place! Trade an overnight campsite stayover in favour of the captivating “Priest’s Hole! The cave is neither dark nor foreboding, and a shallow overhang maintains effective protection from the elements. The cave contains a wide mouth which keeps claustrophobia at bay, and you’re bound to find half-empty camping stove canisters, a collection of groundsheets and tarps plus, most excitingly, a visitors book and pen with comments and tales of outdoor aficionadi who’ve camped high up on the fell titled Dove Crag. Get a Cumbria campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

 

Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Pack

 

Do remember that caves are not dry places and as the Priest’s Hole contains a wide opening do make sure to pack in a plenty of warm clothing, adequate equipment to prepare hot food and drink, waterproof bivvy for your sleeping bag and a sheet of tarp to help ease the sharpness of the rocky cave floor. Do pack in the required quantity of water for your stay as the climb down is tiring.

 

Stock up

 

You can stock up on food and water at the nearest village, Patterdale while camping supplies are available in the towns of Ambleside or Keswick.

 

Reach

Lake District is a popular location for camping so you’ll have a cornucopia of campsites to leave your campervan overnight. It’s easiest to reach the cave from the village of Patterdale.

 

 

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The itinerary

 

Day one

 

Enter via the car park and follow the wide pathway which passes the trail of trees laid along the edge of Brothers Water until you reach a farm at Hartsop Hall. Once you reach the farm, continue forward, where you’ll see the path divide into two. Take the lighter path on the far right which will proceed along an uphill climb. You’ll pass a wall line, ruined gates and old stiles along the way until the trees part to make way for the waters of Dovedale Beck waterfall.

 

Be sure to avoid crossing the bridge to the southern bank. Keep the path to your left as you proceed along the south bank, and soon the track will pass over boulders and rocks, with some old buildings on your right. If the weather is clear, it is from this point that you’ll be able to see the first sighting of the cave. The path becomes increasingly steeper before the terrain evens out with more grass. You’ll need to walk towards a large boulder that rests along of the track.

 

When you reach the boulder, turn left, and you’ll see a path resembling a sheep track. Follow the route which will snake around a side of rocks to your left. You may have to use your hands to scramble over the rocks however after about five minutes of climbing and walking; you’ll reach the entrance to the Priest Hole.

 

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Day two

 

Taking the garbage back. Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Did you fill out the visitor’s book? Be sure to add a comment!   Before retracing your path down to the large boulder, collect all waste. Those who wish to make a quick exit may follow the same way that led to the caves. Proceed uphill towards the centre point between the peaks Dove Crag and Hart Crag, if you’d like to explore the region.  Turn southeast to reach the summit of the mountain you spend the night from where you can follow the path back to the cols and proceed towards the peak of Hart Crag.

 

When you’ve had your fill of the vistas, follow the very noticeable path northeast which proceeds along the range of Hartsop Above How. The path will drop to the north of Low Wood. Turn onto the road and walk back towards Cow Bridge and you’ll reach your start point!

 

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Embark on the King Arthur Trail

November 12th, 2018

 

Legendary British ruler King Arthur is credited with leading armies against the Saxon invaders during the 5th and 6th century. While historians debate the very existence of the king, numerous Arthurian hotspots dot the UK and even inspired Guy Ritchie’s 2017 film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Irrespective of the films poor reception and the debate over the actual existence of King Arthur, here are a select number of locations that transport visitors to a time of battles, folklore and medieval history.  Get a classic campervan hire with Camperbug and see the sites in style and comfort!

 

Tintagel Castle

 

Image by Robert Pittman on Flickr

 

Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. It all began with Geoffrey of Monmouth who stated that Arthur drew first breath within the palace walls in his fictionalised Historia Regum Britanniae. The crumbling castle sits proudly atop Cornwall’s craggy coast, encircled by gulls and mystical tales of days when the now derelict castle served as a sturdy fortress to the Romans, Celtic Cornish Kings and perhaps, even King Arthur himself. The ruins date back to around the 13th century, and the surrounding region contains a highly photographed face of Merlin carved into the rock in proximity to the cave known as “Merlin’s Cave”. According to legend, Merlin hid Arthur within the cave as a means of protection.

 

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Cumbria

 

Image by Tom on Flickr

 

Home to the stunning Lake District, Cumbria wins with unending vistas of natural scenery. Eamont Bridge in Cumbria serves as an Arthurian hotspot owing to the fabled King Arthur’s Round Table. The table is a Neolithic henge which is 90 meters in diameter and 50 meters across. The amphitheatre is reputed to be the Kings jousting section.

 

Glastonbury

 

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Famed for its muddy music festival, Glastonbury is also a hotspot for the famed Arthurian legend. According to folklore, Glastonbury Tor which is a conical hill topped with a 14th-century tower called St Michaels tower is said to be the site in which mortally wounded King Arthur hid after a particularly nasty battle.  Glastonbury Tor now looms over docile sheep and green meadows however back in the time of King Arthur the hill enclosed by marshland and was known as the ‘Isle of Avalon.’ Glastonbury Abbey is said to be the final resting place of the legendary king with monks claiming to uncover bones of Queen Guinevere in AD1190.

 

Snowdonia

 

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Wales is home to many an Arthurian legend, so it’s no surprise that Guy Ritchie chose the loveliest national park to film many scenes of the film. Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen Valley was featured prominently in the movie, and the lake Llyn Llydaw which is shadowed by Nant Gwynant is said to be the location where Knight Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur after King Arthur’s death.

 

The Isle of Skye

Image by Robert J Heath on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

The Isle of Skye features in many great films including Macbeth and the BFG, and the stunning vistas featured in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The weather is quite unpredictable however that doesn’t deter hikers who are drawn to the islands breathtaking landscapes, welcoming pubs and independent rest houses.

 

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Windsor Great Park

 

Image by Edmund Gall on Flickr

 

You may struggle to locate the mysterious castle of Camelot; however, many impressive fortresses dot Britain. The grounds of Windsor Castle were used in the film and considering the park 2,020 hectares are teeming with roaming deer gracefully stepping through Oak Forests, its best to savour the location in the saddle.

 

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Following the footsteps of Britain’s master wordsmiths

October 25th, 2018

 

The United Kingdom continues to bring forth authors of wit, humour and undeniable capability. Gripping tales of fearless wizards, shrewd detectives, haughty landed gentry, disadvantaged governesses and ‘Great Expectations’ are just a minor quantity of well-narrated tales that maintain a loving hold over readers of all ages and walks of life. Pay homage to the authors who’ve helped many a soul evade the colourless grind of everyday life, by including one or more of the following locations to your next holiday itinerary. Ideally, you could secure a campervan or motorhome hire and embark on a fulfilling storyteller’s journey across the UK!

 

Beatrix Potter – Lake District

 

Hill Top farm. Image by fatimalpz on Instagram

 

Not only was Beatrix Potter the author of many a treasured children’s tales, but she was also a keen farmer and purchased many farms with the sole aim of conserving the unique landscape of the hill country. She drew inspiration for her best-known book ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit’ from her many vacations and subsequent residence in the Lake District plus her pet rabbits Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper. Take a tour of her former residence, Hill Top, and you’ll have the opportunity to stroll among her preserved belongings and furnishings, which is maintained by the National Trust. Your next stop will be Wray Castle, near Lake Windermere. Beatrix spent many holidays here as a teen, and her love for natural preservation and the countryside of Lake District blossomed and grew under the encouragement of the vicar of Wary, Hardwicke Rawnsley. Pop into Bowness-on-Windermere which features an interactive museum titled The World of Beatrix Potter!

 

William Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon

 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, celebrated playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare need no introduction. The year 2018 marks 602 years since the death of the gifted author who gave us masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s birthplace, and his modest half-timbered home in Henley Street serves as a popular tourist attraction. Welcoming visitors for over 250 years, you’ll walk through the very halls and rooms that revering Shakespeare enthusiasts like Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy once admired. Visit Shakespeare’s final resting place the Holy Trinity Church to pay your respects. End the evening on a high note as you savouring the exciting blend of the globally renowned Shakespeare Company and the works of the gifted playwright as they bring his stories to life at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre.

 

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Charlotte Bronte – Hayworth

 

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Gripping readers with the tale of a poor yet plucky governess Jane Eyre and the numerous eerie occurrences during her employment under mysterious and moody Mr Rochester, Charlotte Bronte now comfortably rests within the British cultural landscape. Jane Eyre was published under the pseudonym “Currer Bell” and received a relatively good reception despite the Victorians considering it somewhat of a “naughty book!” Hayworth residence was once home to the lively, celebrated Bronte sisters and is now known as the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Step inside the well-preserved rooms for an authentic view of Charlotte’s life including her writing desk and her bedroom.

 

Agatha Christie – Devon

 

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Delighting readers with the exploits of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the sharp Miss Marple, Guinness World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Many of her cases were based in or occurred around her hometown Torquay in Devon. Take a stroll along the Agatha Christie Mile which begins at the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel and passes along locations that inspired the Queen of Crime. Amongst the many sites is the Imperial Hotel which features in many of her novels set in glitzy Jazz Age. Be sure to make time for a visit to the author’s holiday home, Greenway, which features Christie’s numerous, well-maintained belongings.

 

Jane Austen – Chawton and Bath

 

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Loved for her witty observations and unabashed critique of the British landed gentry, Jane Austen remains among the literary greats and novels like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Emma continue to resonate with readers today. Take a tour through Austen’s house and walk through the very rooms where the author penned Emma and other novels. Jane loved Bath and made it her home in 1801. The city which features in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey throws an annual Jane Austen Festival every September. It’s a fantastic chance to dance the night away at a Jane Austen inspired ball and take part in numerous events commemorating the author’s life and literary work.

 

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Camperbug answers pressing motorhome rental questions

October 8th, 2018

Here are ten motorhome questions by motorhome owners who’d like to know about renting and using a motorhome in the UK. Take a read!

 

 

1.    I haven’t driven a motorhome before, but I’m excited to rent one. How do beginners go about it?

Camperbug.com advises beginners to search for a motorhome club in the region of residence. Many clubs conduct courses that train the driver how to manoeuvre a large vehicle on the road plus include defensive driving and instructor feedback as well.

 

2.    I’m confused! What type of motorhome should I rent?

It’s best to conduct ample research, as there are numerous models with different features and come in a variety of sizes. A motorhome is generally a panel van or car conversion, constructed on a commercial chassis and comes excluding or including a driving cab like A-class motorhomes. Take into consideration your needs, travel route and required facilities before you reserve a motorhome.

 

 

3.    Is it easy to drive a motorhome?

Motorhomes are very much like cars and are relatively easy to drive. The bulk of the vehicle, however, makes driving in small or tight corners a tricky manoeuvre. A bit of practice and help from reversing camera will do away with driving insecurities.

 

 

4.    What tire care system would you recommend for a motorhome?

The best time to change a tire is after five years of use. Exceed seven years of use, and your tires will be severely deteriorated making it unsafe for you and other motorists. If you’re storing a motorhome away for the winter months, remove the tires and wheels and save them away in a cool, dry location devoid of direct sunlight. Periodically moving a motorhome will also help elevate tire pressure on one particular point.

 

 

 

5.    I’m renting a pitch for the first time. What special requirements should I consider now that I’m travelling in a motorhome?

Ask your camping site about hardstanding pitches which are ideal for heavy vehicles if the campgrounds are muddy and soft especially during winter. Be sure that your motorhome is allowed on site as certain campgrounds have temporary or permanent limits on motorhomes.

 

 

6.    Which is best? Butane or propane gas?

Obtained from crude oil, Butane and propane gas are both compressed into liquid form making them LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The two gases change from liquid to gas under varying temperatures. Butane changes from a liquid into gas over 0°C and contains a higher amount of energy per volume making is a better option for heating and cooking during the spring and autumn rentals. Butane will be a major let down during the winter months only because it won’t boil below 2°C. Propane will turn into gas even under -40°C making it an ideal gas for winter rentals. Butane gas is sold in blue cylinders while Propane comes in red or green barrels.

 

 

7.    Why do I need two batteries in a motorhome?

You have to use two batteries in your motorhome – one for leisure usage and another for automotive usage. The automotive battery is made to produce a powerful current for a short time to spark up the engine. It cannot distribute a small number of Amperes over the course of several hours and when not in use is either being charged by the motorhome alternator or rests.

Generally recharged many times the leisure batteries help convey a small portion of Amperes over a more extended period. The leisure battery helps run every day motorhome utensils, and most motorhome lenders include both cells in a motorhome. Do ask the owner of your motorhome lender if they could add another leisure battery.

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8.    Can I run the motorhome refrigerator when on a ferry?

Sadly, you cannot! Short ferry crossings (an hour or two) shouldn’t be much problem. Pack meats and other perishable items of food in ice packs or cool boxes. If your ferry journey is a long one, it’s advisable to lay off purchasing food till you reach your destination to ensure minimal food wastage and cut down on wasted savings.

 

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9.    Does my motorhome hire need seat belts for the rear seats?

It’s compulsory for the front seats to contain seatbelts. Many motorhomes that come with front-facing seats come fitted with restraints. If a designated travelling seat comes with a belt, you must clip it on. Some seatbelts like those installed on sideways facing seats do not pass the required standards and wearing them is not compulsory. Its best to note that while travelling on these seats is not illegal, it is not very secure for the passenger

 

 

10.    How do I keep a motorhome rental safe on holiday?

The newer the motorhome, the higher the risk of theft. To avoid costly insurance procedures, its best to fit your motorhome hire with one or two anti-theft devices like wheel locks and other immobilising devices. Ask your motorhome lender if any security devices are already installed and add a few of your own to eliminate the risk of becoming another vehicle theft statistic.

 

Now that we’ve cleared your doubts, chose you travel dates and reseve a motorhome hire on Camperbug! If you still dont know where you’d like to start your journey perhaps our blog on the 10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make will help. Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

 

A road trip that captures the best of Scotland

October 1st, 2018

Scotland is just about bursting with many exciting cities, landscapes, history and music. This road trip focuses primarily on Scotlands beauty, and we’ll show you how to discover the most striking and well-known locations spread out over Scotland’s heavenly landscape!

 

Day 1 and 2
Glasgow

 

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Boasting of a fantastic live music scene, Glasgow is an excellent start to any Scottish road trip! The city is on the rise and whether the suns shining in the sky or the stars merrily twinkle, there’s plenty to do and see! Tour ancient buildings like Glasgow Cathedral and the gothic Necropolis cemetery or drop in at one of many fascinating art galleries. There are numerous locations once can sate a thirst for the tipple, one of the most popular being Drygate Brewery. The place boasts of wide range of excellent beer. Another notable location, the Horseshoe Bar may not comprise of the trendiest interiors however the atmosphere stays true to the history of the bar which has kept many a visitor suitably tiddly since the mid-nineteenth century.

 

 

Days 3 and 4
Glasgow to Fort William

 

Take a gondola ride up Aonach Mor. Image by nycteis on Instagram

 

Drive 170 km north, and the towering Ben Nevis will peek out over swirls of milky mist. Set in the Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, the imposing mountain leads to Nevis Range which is a fun location for the whole family to partake in the lighthearted fun of snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and more! If you’re travelling during winter, the ski slopes will add an extra touch of merriment to winter sports! If you’re not feeling very sporty why not scale the mighty Aonach Mòr Mountain in a Gondola lift? On a clear day, you’ll get a glimpse of the Inner Hebrides from the very top of Aonach Mòr’s 2150ft height.

 

 

Days 4 and 6
Fort William to Skye

 

Fairy Pools! Image by Daniel Stockman on Flickr

 

You may want to wake up bright and early to savour the most of the ‘Outlander’ territory! You’ll take an estimated five hours to reach Skye from Fort William. Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t for us all; however, the stunning vistas outside your motorhome or campervan hire will make even the grouchiest traveller sink into blissful silence.

The island of Skye is Scotland’s largest island, and you’ll have much to explore! Wander along the jagged coastlines, take a gleeful dive into the beautiful Fairy Pools, or take a hike! It’s advisable to stay away from the deceptively docile-looking sheep! If the cold Fairy pools seem as uninviting as the entrance to a bubbling volcano, take a stop by the Talisker Distillery! If the drinks leave you feeling peckish, the local half-lobster is surprisingly cheap! Take a boat ride from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, and you’ll have an opportunity to spot cute seals!

 

 

Days 6 and 7
Skye to Inverness

 

Pink Craigievar Castle. Image by Neillwphoto on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

 

As Skye fades into the distance, look forward to a short yet breathtaking three-hour drive to Inverness. Highland vistas will give way to a bustling city that comprises of a pink castle and the fantastic River Ness. A stroll along the river banks is a must! Another absolute necessity is a tour on the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll have a chance to hear how history changed through the years around the loch plus descriptions of Loch Ness Monster sightings. Take a look at Urquhart Castle if you have the time and absorb 100 years of exciting history!

 

 

Days 7 and 9
Inverness to Edinburgh

 

Old Town, Edinburgh. Image by Vanessa Engel on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

 

Alack-and-alas! We’re on the final leg of a glorious road trip! A three-hour ride will take you to a city that comprises of a delightful blend of medieval Old Town with Georgian glory of New Town. Among the many things to do drink in the views from Arthur’s Seat, stroll along the walls of Edinburgh Castle, taste some of the most excellent whiskey on the planet and at nighttime, laugh it up at The Stand or dance up a storm at Sneaky Pete’s!

 

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See Britain like never before with an eye-opening road trip!

September 25th, 2018

 

You needn’t shout it for the rooftop! We’re all aware of the historic wealth, and natural beauties held within cosmopolitan Great Britain but are we conscious of the best way to savour her stunning features? If the answer is a resounding no, a shaky maybe or a confident, resounding yes, we’ve got a road trip route that can teach the masters of travel and amaze eager new travellers. The best way to get about you journey is either by campervan or motorhome hire. Why? Britain is a fantastic location for a self-drive holiday! The landscape becomes your very hotel! You’ll be one with nature, all the time! Wave off stagnant, dismissal views and stuffy travel itineraries! Your “hotel” goes wherever you do which means you’ll enjoy many a starlight nights over campfires, waking by right in time to catch the early surf plus and have the ease of planning or hanging travel plans with zero loss! Get in touch with Camperbug for motorhome and campervan hires and we’ll connect you with eager vehicle owners and explorers across the UK! Mix and match or restrict the itinerary as you please. You’re sure to see the best in Britain!

 

When should I plan my journey?

 

If you’re eager to see the beautiful British countryside in full bloom plus more, anytime between April and October is a good choice. Beware of summertime travel as roads and attractions tend to get packed! Motorhomes and campervans are near impossible to book and so are big attractions like Edinburgh Military Tattoo. For summertime travel, it’s best to make reservations and book tickets in advance to avoid the frenzied holiday rush and possible price hikes!

 

Road trip option 01 – Savour the great in Great Britain

 

The ride from one of the globes most toured cities, London, to one of Europe’s most attractive capitals, Edinburgh, offers a thorough view of England’s wide-ranging beauty! Your journey will have you sashaying through Britain’s vast wealth of ancient history, natural beauty, striking stops and an infusion of very British locations! Do a Beyoncé and “go ape”! Take time to explore perceptive topics at museums, walk through crumbling castles and more! Giddy-up pard!

 

Destinations you’ll explore:
 
London
Bath
Oxford
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Manchester
York
Lake District
Edinburgh

 

Estimated number of travel days:
 
12 – 25 nights

 

Itinerary:

 

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London: Spend 4- 7 nights here and be sure you:

• Step inside one of many distinguished museums in the capital
• Take a twirl around the Tower of London
• Drink in stunning vista’s from London Eye
• A red double-decker bus tour is a must!

 

- Drive to Bath – 2 hours and 45 minutes
 
 

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Bath:Natural hot springs and Georgian architecture is just a slice of Bath’s delights! A stay of 1 – 2 nights is ample time to savour:

• View the ancient Roman baths by flickering torchlight
• Visit in at the prehistoric standing stones of Stonehenge
• Ogle at fashion new and old at the Fashion Museum
• Relish the delights of a Sally Lunn bun (first recorded in 1780, Bath)

 

- Drive to Oxford – 1 hour and 45 minutes
 
 

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Oxford: Home to 38 colleges, a prestigious university and a cosmopolitan population, you’ll need a two 1- 2 night stay in the city. Must-see attractions in Bath include:
 
• A visit to the esteemed University of Oxford (also the oldest university in Britain)
• Natural springs! See the museum Roman baths or dive in at Thermae Bath Spa!
• River Punting is a must! Don’t miss out on this unique sport!
• Gaze away at Georgian architecture

 

- Drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon– 1 hour and 15 minutes
 
 

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Stratford-upon-Avon: Stay over a night or two in the medieval town Shakespeare once called home! Doused in 800-year old history and a lively community! Don’t miss:
 
• A visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace and other vital Shakespearean landmarks
• A theatre production at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The group rarely tours so this may be your first and last opportunity!
• A tour around the market town that comprises of many ancient buildings and attractions
• Walk through Europe’s biggest butterfly farm! Observe the many stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle in a tropical – rainforest habitat
 

-Drive to Manchester – 2 hours and 45 minutes
 
 

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Manchester: Celebrated for a diverse population of 3 million residents, a booming music industry, thriving nightlife, the bustling city of Manchester is also a prime location for arts, media and education. Stay over for 1- 2 nights and:
 
• Look at the impressive collection of football memorabilia at National Football Museum
• Tour the oldest public library in the world – Chetham’s Library!
• Old Trafford stadium and museum for further insights into Manchester’s football journey
• Glide over the Manchester network of Canals and learn how the city prospered during the industrial revolution
 
*Find an easy Manchester motorhome hire with Camperbug!
 
-Drive to York– 1 hour and 50 minutes

 

 

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York: Take 1 – 2 nights to truly enjoy the city. Founded by the Roman invaders, serving as the capital of Viking territory, Jorvik, take a walk along the cobbled city streets as you visit:
 
• View the towering medieval York cathedral –the largest in Northern Europe!
• Drop in for an informative visit to the York Castle Museum
• Walk through The Shambles for antiquated cobbled streets and 14th-century buildings
• Shop till you drop in North Yorkshire or savour café – culture
 
- Drive to Lake District – 1 hour and 50 minutes
 
 

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Lake District: Lakeland or lakes is an exciting blend of forests, mountains and lakes. Not only are you setting out to see England’s largest and most famous National Park, but you’ll also pass bustling settlements like Kendall! Camp for 1- 2 nights as you experience:
 
• A chance to hike and camp among glorious sceneries
• Take a step back in time to 1770’s as you walk through the childhood home of distinguished poet William Wordsworth
• Swim, fish or take a tour on one of the numerous glittering lakes
• Enjoy a slab (or two or three. We won’t judge!) of Kendall’s much-loved mint cake!
 
- Drive to Edinburgh – 3 hours and 40 minutes

 

 

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Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital is well-known for its sassy citizens, independent music scene, glorious scenery, historical attractions and unending festivals! You’ll need to stay 3-5 nights to full savour:
 
• The hustle, bustle and culture of the city of Edinburgh
• Explore Edinburgh castle but be warned! It’s quite haunted! Take an Edinburgh castle haunted tour if you’d like!
• Take a revealing ride through Scottish and world history at the National Museum of Scotland
• 90,000 species of animal call Scotland’s land, seas and air home. Take time to enjoy flora and fauna around you!

 

We’ll add more great road trips soon but til then, take a look at these 07 stunning locations in Wales!

 

 

 

Steer your home on wheel towards these 07 stunning locations in Wales!

September 17th, 2018

 

Wales is home to the mythical King Arthur, musical greats like Tom Jones and the Manic Street Preachers plus world-class culinary delights like Welsh lamb and award-winning cheese. You’ll love the diverse landscape, unique culture, rich history and sunny locals. Here’s a list of great locations you shouldn’t miss – especially if you’re touring the country in a motorhome or campervan! Need a campervan hire? We’ve got plenty!

 

01. Hike up to the second highest peak Corn Du

 

View of Pen Y Fan from Corn Du Image by matthewjones75 on Instagram

 

Set off into the Brecon Beacons National Park and take a strenuous 3-hour hike up Corn Du’s (pronounced Corn Dee) 873m height and be rewarded with unmatched views from the top comprising of Cwm Llwch, the Usk Valley and views of the Sugar Loaf peak. Many paths lead to Pen y Fan (pronounced Pen a Van) which is the highest mountain in South Wales standing at an impressive 845m. If you enjoy hiking and eagerly anticipate a chance to stretch your legs on a delightful stretch of wild walking, you can’t miss Corn Du! Camperbug has an extensive list of motorhome hires in Wales including Pembrokeshire motorhome hire!

 

 

02. Usk

 

Usk Castle. Image by Tyssil on Wikimedia Commons

 

The charming village of Usk doesn’t fail to sooth the senses with its enchanting collection of open gardens, an elegant crumbling 11-century castle and perhaps one of the most excellent fishing opportunities in Wales owing to numerous salmon-rich rivers including the River Usk.

 

 

03. Tenby

 

Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Image by uplookingdown on Instagram

 

Tenby is a delightful coastal town comprising of a charming mix of elegant Victorian houses, quaint cobbled streets, stunning beaches and an unbeatable ambience! Owing to its remote location the village was only made accessible during the Victorian Era. A flood of well-off merchants soon elevated the town’s status as a popular holiday destination. Walk the cobbled streets packed with old-world cafes and shops or get pleasantly crisped under the warm sun at any of the towns inviting beaches. Cars are banned during the summer months to keep with the town’s laid-back appeal.Try and make a quick stop at the picturesque Caldey Island, which is owned by a group of Cistercian monks.

 

 

04. Glamorgan Heritage Coast

 

Cliffs on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast south of Dunraven Park. Image by Owengwynne on Wikimedia Commons

 

Take a walk on the nine splendid miles that make up the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and you’ll be blown away by the awe-inspiring beauty that blankets Wales. Crunching shingle underfoot, waters whispering up to the shore and views from towering cliffs are often overlooked in favour of more touted locations. There are plenty of surfing and parasailing locations as well!

 

 

05. Abergavenny

 

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Image by lucygold on Instagram

 

Aptly named the ‘Gateway to Wales’ the market town of Abergavenny holds an eclectic mix of new and old. Offering an ideal opening for exploring the Brecon Beacons and the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Abergavenny is something of a food mecca and hosts the popular annual Abergavenny Food Festival. Be sure to drop in at the Skirrid Mountain Inn at the village of Llanfihangel Crucorney. The public house is said to be the oldest in Wales, serving ales and beer since Norman times. Stay clear of the first floor if you’re easily spooked! The first floor served as a courthouse where criminals were tried and hung! Eek!

 

 

06. Machynlleth & Dyfi Valley

 

Looking towards the Dyfi Valley in the general direction of Machynlleth.Image by Olu on Wikimedia Commons

 

The Dyfi Valley is a heaven of gold sand beaches and dunes. Placed on the southern region of Snowdonia National Park, the district is well-known to stun visitors with expansive landscapes and thriving wildlife, many areas of which are declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The town of Machynlleth fondly referred to as Mach sits prettily at the opening of the Dyfi estuary and hosts many weekly markets and fairs. The city once served as the ‘Ancient capital of Wales’. The Centre for Alternative Technology makes for an intriguing visit, and the centre is active in promoting ecological technology within the UK and around the globe. The town holds many independent shops that sell anything from organic food to local arts and crafts.

 
 

07. Green Man Festival

 

Green Man Festival. Image by greenmanfestival on Instagram

 

2018 marks the 16th year Green Man festival is in action, and you’re invited to join in the festivities that cater to revellers of every age! Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll have ample opportunity to rock out to a great lineup, savour local cider and beer plus taste a variety of Welsh delights! Unwind amongst a warm and relaxed crowd and learn a smattering of Welsh while you’re at it!

 

Are there locations that deserve to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below or take a look at  6 reasons you should visit Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

6 reasons you should visit Scotland

September 10th, 2018

 

Scotland is a land of diversity, home to rich history, historic building, beautiful open spaces, thriving wildlife and an inimitable atmosphere. Yes, we’re aware that you don’t really need persuading but here are 06 great reasons to visit Scotland in your campervan or motorhome hire!

 

1. Highlands, baby!

 

Somewhere in the Loch Laggan area. Image by a200/a77Wells on Flickr

 

The Scottish Highlands are phenomenal! If your soul takes delight in unending glens, towering rocky peaks, lochs cloaked in mist and beautiful forests the Scottish Highlands are for you!  Intrepid travellers, hikers, kayakers, bikers and pretty much anyone who loves the outdoors prize the region. It serves as one of the world’s best road trip destinations so be sure you don’t miss out on this beautiful experience!

 

2. Food, food and food!

 

Delicious stovies! Image by pubthirtytwo on Instagram

 

Diverse and delectable delights of  Scotland’s larder  offers a variety of  scrumptious dishes that’ll leave you staring ruefully at your waistline! There’s the marbled beef from Angus that has a cult following around the globe and haggis, which depending on your tastes may make you salivate or run! Scottish tablet utilises copious amounts of sugar yet makes a divine pairing with a cup of tea! The Atlantic Ocean thunders right up to Scotland’s doorstep and offers perhaps the freshest Shetland salmon you’ve tasted!  Savour local delicacies like whiskey mac and hot toddy while you ponder over Scotland’s delightful feast including treats like stovies and howtowdie!

 

3. Road trip to heaven!

 

Uh oh! Does't look like he's mooving! Image by Bent Sigmund Olsen on Flickr

 

Drive into one of the most visited regions in the UK and treat yourself to a road trip of from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and even the US and Canada. Roads leading from US and Canada comprise of small, coiling roads, but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. Scotland is worth the drive!Take as much time as you need exploring the sites and attractions along the way. Stay on the left and keep an eye out for the shaggy, utterly adorable Highland cattle!

 

 

4. Glasgow or Edinburgh? It’s like choosing between two favourite aunts!

 

Glasgow. Image by csomorb on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

 

 

Edinburgh. Image by Dun.can on Flickr

 

There’s a healthy rivalry between the citizens of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Think of Edinburgh as the older aunt who holds a wealth of beautiful locations and attractions while Glasgow is more like a super cool, rebellious aunt who’s invariably down to party! For an authentic experience, make time to see them both!

Get your Lanarkshire campervan hire here and savour Glasgow!

 

5. Lose yourself in the Enchanted Forrest

 

Enter the Enchanted Forest! Image by anya_mackay on Instagram

 

The intoxicating and cultural visuals at the award-winning light and sound show, The Enchanted Forest, is certain to blow your mind! Little red riding hoods, Goldilocks, fairies, pixies and Hansel and Gretel’s mingle and chatter among the winter show of stunning light and sounds displays. You’ll have the opportunity to head deep into the forest of Perthshire and explore mysteriously illuminated surroundings, listen to Scottish tales inside the storytelling yurts, stare in wonder at the aerial artists above your head and overindulge on Angus beef, haggis, mulled wine and more!

Don’t miss the event this year! Book your tickets here!

 

6. Live it up like a Viking!

 

Wave them torches! Image by outlander_poland on Instagram

 

The Viking festival of Up Helly Aa is a great day to unleash your inner Viking with the elimination of plundering, looting and violence! Take part (responsibly) in an age-old tradition that sees throngs of natives celebrate the end of traditional Scottish period of Christmas known as the Yule.  The construction of a huge Viking ship occurs annually. On the last day of Yule (usually the 28th of January but the date varies) amid the lighting of thousands of traditional torches, the night sky fills with classic songs of the Up Helly Aa festival. The huge Viking ship is taken to its final resting place and torched signifying that it’s now time to get tipsy on Scottish tipple! Expect to hear a great deal of statements like “ma heid’s mince!” the following morning!

 

We hope we’ve given you ample reason to visit Scotland. If you liked this article here’s a great chance to drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales!