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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! Our road trip focuses primarily on Scotlands appeal, and we’ll show you how to discover the most beautiful, well-known locations spread out over Alba’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 old Necropolis cemetery or drop in at one of many fascinating art galleries. There are numerous locations once can sate thirst for the tipple, one of the most popular being Drygate Brewery. The place boasts of a wide range of excellent beer. Another important 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 white 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 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 brief 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 memorable 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
 
 

Image by bath_uk on Instagram

 

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
 
 

Image by knaresboroughphotography on Instagram


 
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
 
 

Image by thisisourmanchester on Instagram


 
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

 

 

Image by knaresboroughphotography on Instagram

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 hikes that’ll rock your world!

September 4th, 2018

Some locations can only be relished via a fulfilling hike while others are easily accessible by vehicle but don’t offer the stunning vistas of a walk. Sate your hiking cravings with these fantastic locations! Make a trip of it in your motorhome or campervan hire!

 

10. Blencathra

 

Looking south west from the summit of Blencathra. Image by Andrew on Flickr

 

The stunning mountain of Blencathra was up for sale in 2016 but thankfully failed to sell! Blencathra towers at 845 meters, Lake District’s most distinct peak takes hikers along for a tour of the England and Scottish border. The summit lays claim to incredible views of the picturesque Keswick countryside. There is an easy way to reach the top as well as a more arduous, exhilarating path!

 

09. Hadrian’s Wall

 

Hiking along Hadrian's Wall. Image by eight cent on Flickr


Take a walk along the globes best preserved Roman frontier as you travel through the 135 km hike comprising of fascinating English history. Pop into one of the museums on the way as historical remains paint a picture of life in England tracing back to 2000 years.

 

08. Helvellyn

 

Helvellyn. Image by Colin Gregory on Flickr

 

Located in Lake District, Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England and offers spectacular scenery on its eastern face.  Helvellyn comprises of a challenging 14 km trail, the summit rewards persistent hikers with the Striding Edge ridge walk.

 

07. The Lizard Coastal Walk

 

Kynance Cove. Photo by iknow-uk on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND


Take a stroll around the Lizard Peninsula and drink in the astonishing scenery, exciting fauna and absorbing coastal history. The walking trail rates as hard and takes 2 and half hours to cover 7 miles that end up at Kynance Cove which has held visitors spellbound since Victorian times. Keep an eye out for basking sharks and seals!

 

06. Malham Cove

 

Malham cove. Image by Richard Allaway on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Placed in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the 6.5 km hike is said to be one of the best in England! You’ll pass through Janet’s Foss and her famous sparkling waterfalls and natural beauty before crossing Gordale Scar canyon. The countryside surrounding Malham Cove is pretty amazing too! The walk should take approximately 3 hours to finish.

 

05. North Downs Way

 

North Downs Way in Kent. Image by PDimitry B on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

Take this impressive self-guided walk from Farnham to Dove, through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs. You’ll pass downland, woodland, vineyards, apple orchards and, evergreen pastures. The 246 km trail will even pass through historic sites and impressive settlements!

 

04. Pennine Way

 

Pennine Way and Penyghent. Image by Peer Lawther on Flickr

 

You’ll traverse approximately 420 km over one of England’s most demanding routes that’ll take you from the village of Eldale right up to the Scottish town of Kirk Yetholm. It’s a gem of a hike; especially considering that’ll you’ll pass the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and even briefly cross Hadrian’s Wall!

 

03. Cuthbert’s Way

 

St Cuthbert's Way. Image by rosen213 on Instagram

 

The 30 km trek in Northumberland is easy to manoeuvre for walkers of all age and physical fitness plus it provides some of the best views in the region! Start at the West and finish in the east if you wish to observe the chronology of St. Cuthbert’s life and don’t forget to visit St Cuthberts Cave! Greensheen Hill is the place to be for panoramic views of the north sea.

 

02.  South Downs Way

 

South Downs Way. Image by Hardo Müller on Flickr

 

The 160 km walk comprises the best countryside from Winchester and Eastbourne. You’ll have a chance to view prehistory, fantastic wildlife, charming villages, plus many cosy pubs and eateries!

 

01. Stanage Edge

 

Stanage Edge. Image by mendhak on Flickr

 

Sitting majestically among the natural beauty of the Peak District, Stanage Edge towers 100 m over the moorland and provides jaw-dropping views of the surrounding regions. The mountain summit stretches over 6 km and offers an enticing playground for climbers.

 

 

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at 10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make or find  motorohome hires in England!

 

 

 

10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make!

August 27th, 2018

If you own a campervan and motorhome, chances are you’ve embarked on many incredible adventures around the UK. Great Britain is a wealth of scenic, historic and vibrant cities that overflow with historic monuments, ancient architecture, jaw-dropping countryside views, events, and festivals plus Michelin star rated eateries and modest yet cheerful pubs! Here’s a list of things you simply must savour in your motorhome or campervan! Are you looking for a motorhome or campervan hire? Camperbug has you covered!

 

10. Wake up to sound of the waves in Cornwall

 

Camp right by the beach! Image courtesy of kangoocamper on Instagram

 

Comprising of arguably the best coastal campsites, Cornwall is home to many campgrounds ranging from ultra-hip and posh to the more modest0family run establishments. We’re partial to Bay view farming campsite which operates 11 months of the year and provides superior views of the nature sanctuary of  St George’s Island plus Looe Bay. Another top pick would be Ayr Holiday Park in St. Ives that packs in magnificent views of the coast and is in proximity to the fabulous surfer friendly Porthmeor Beach. Find a Cornwall campervan hire, here!

 


09. Marvel at the endless Glens of Antrim

 

Image courtesy of turismoirlanda on Instagram

 

The Glens of Antrim consist of nine glens and can be viewed on the 25 mile Antrim Coast Road. You’ll pass a number of charming villages, and many festivals operate on the glens. Stop at Ballygalley to view the castle, or relax on the beach!

 

08. Get lost in the Galloway Forest Park

 

Image courtesy of Wilfred Smit on VisualHunt / CC BY

 

Stretching from the sea to the mountains, Galloway Forest Park provides breathtaking and diverse views of moorlands, forests, heather-covered hills and more! The region is also the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland and offers prime stargazing opportunities for 7,000 stars and planets!

 

 

07. Take a day to discover Black Mountain Pass

 

Image courtesy of thomwilliams_ on Instagram

 

Black Mountain road needs no introduction. The twisting and curving road covers the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park and is known for the unique views along the 32.3 km road! Round hairpins bend for supreme scenery and miles worth of clear visibility! The stretch of road gained popularity after its feature in Top Gear! Beware of tractors and sheep!

 

 

06. Take the heavenly drive from Land’s End to St Ive’s

 

Image courtesy of harbourbrewing on Instagram

 

Cornwall serves as a superb motorhome or campervan holiday destination and is home to many delightful coastal drives! Start your journey at the headland of Lands’ end and proceed south towards the picturesque town of St Ives. You’ll have a hard time concentrating on the road as beautiful coastal sights shimmer to your left!  Take advantage of Cornwall’s many stunning beaches!

 

 

05. Visit the charming Cotswold

 

Image courtesy of bestcastlecombe on Instagram

 

The Cotswold is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and contains honey-hued towns, quaint churches and lavish manor house plus endless meadows that cover 800 square miles! The region is home to delectable fares like Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, and your meals will be prepared by cooks who never auditioned for Kitchen Nightmares! Pop in when the annual Cheese-Rolling and Wake where you’ll have a chance to view the quirky folks of the area chase after a wheel of cheese down a steep hill! Many pubs in the Cotswold’s claim to be the oldest brewery in the region!  We don’t mind, because almost all the pubs here carry a unique charm, many consisting of ancient, refurbished constructions and traditional interiors. Drop in at Porch House, and you’ll see what we mean! Part of the house is said to date back to AD 947!

 

 

04. Take part in the National Three Peaks Challenge! 

 

Ascending Ben Nevis. Image courtesy of eduardonicho on Instagram

 

If you’re an avid mountaineer, then grab a few friends and attempt to conquer the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in a period of 24-hours. The three mountains you’ll need to hike up are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. The challenge is used to raise money for charities. If you’re not quite up to scaling a mountain just yet, the region is home to a host of fantastic campervan and motorhome campsites!

 

 

03.  Try the fastest zip line in the world!

 

Image courtesy of readyforjakeoff on Instagram

 

The Velocity 2 zip line over Penrhyn Quarry will send you zooming 500 m over the shimmering quarry lake! The natural stone quarry has been in operation for over 400 years, and the slate in the quarry is 500 years old! If you’re not squealing the whole way, you’re in store for a treat of unbelievable views and one whopping adrenaline rush!

 

 

02. Get cheesed off and tiddly at a cheese and Cider tasting in Somerset

 

Image courtesy of veronicawesolowski on Instagram

 

Somerset is home to many independent cider and cheese producers and cider festivals!  Countless farms offer cheese and cider tastings, and you’ll have a great chance to join in with the locals at one of the regions most prized treats!

 

 

01. Drink it up at the Great British Beer Festival!

 

Image courtesy of eleanorlucysargent on Instagram

 

Take part in one of the globes biggest beer and cider festivals! Volunteers bring in good ales, international beers and authentic ciders which will are dispensed to the sound of live music! There is a large variety of snacks and street food to keep rumbling stomachs happy plus many pub games! Take home a pub book or learn from the experts who will offer free tutoring demonstrations during the festival. Just remember to find a secure campsite in London before the binge-drinking!

 

 

Have we missed out a stellar campervan or motorhome attraction? Let us know in the comments below or drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales!

 

 

 

Drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales

August 21st, 2018

 

- The top campervan and motorhome drives by Camperbug -

 

Planning a campervan or motorhome journey can be a tad overwhelming, especially in a striking setting like the UK. There’s a wealth of historical information, plenty of landscapes to make your heart do a sparkling jig of joy and a host of attractions and experiences just waiting to be appreciated. If this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveller, we’ve got a route touring the best districts of Western England and Wales that’ll make you want to stay on the road for a while yet. Be wowed by important cities and spectacular countryside views! If you’re planning to travel during the holiday seasons,do ensure you make an early reservation on your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug to avoid missing out on a great holiday!

 


Stop one – The mountain of Cadair Idris

 

On the slopes of Cadair Idris. Image courtesy of visitwales on Instagram

 

 

Located in the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, Wales lies on the mountain of Cadair Idris. Regarded as one of Wales most iconic mountains, the three peaks of Pen y Gadair, Cyfrwy and Mynydd Moel mean the Head of the Chair, the Saddle and the Bare Mountain respectively. Climb to the top for bird’s-eye views of the surrounding regions. The weather is exceptionally unreliable so if your visit there coincides with a blanket of mists a drive around the vicinity should do the trick! If you’re planning to camp overnight, beware the legend that dooms all overnight lodgers who will either wake up raving mad or an accomplished poet! Get campervan hires in Gwynedd, here!

 

 

Stop two – Abergwesyn Pass

 

The decent into the reputed Devil's Staircase. Image courtesy Roger Kidd / Cwm Irfon, Powys / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Exit Snowdonia National Park and drive past the picturesque Powys in Wales for a complicated drive through Abergwesyn Road. The narrow path leads across the Cambrian Mountains to the charming town of Tregaron. You’ll pass the valley of Afon Irfon, past the crags of Esgair Irfon and very steep Devil’s Staircase. Navigate slowly over the hairpin bends and keep an eye out for roving sheep and menacing rocks! Be sure to take a breather and pose for some photos by the Llyn Brianne reservoir.

 

 

Stop three – Black Mountain road

 

Across the Black Mountains. Image courtesy of on Roger / A-road heading north across Black Mountains / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Black Mountain road has earned a reputation as one of the best roads in Wales. Consisting of 22 miles of hairpin turns and challenging path that curves and flows over the Black Mountain, the route will provide some of the most breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside. Keep an eye out for tractors and bleating sheep! Leave your motorhome or campervan for a visit to one of the enticing waterfalls in the park. We might lose sight of enthusiastic adventurers who will want to make the best of the unmatched camping, hiking, canoeing and cycling routes in the region.

 

 

Stop four – The Cheddar Gorge

 

Twisting road through Cheddar Gorge. Image courtesy of Prosthetic Head on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in West Country, Cheddar Gorge is located a mere 10 miles south-west of Bristol so you can either take a day’s stop at Bristol or continue for 14 spectacular miles of the Somerset countryside. Bestowed with the weighty title of being one of the best driving routes on the globe, you’re in for views of intimidating limestone cliffs, fantastic stalactite caves and breathtaking vistas. The twisting roads passing among the hills appear to have been split open and dish up the best photo ops in England! The Cheddar Gorge is an international spot for excellent rock climbing and caving quests…. we’ve lost the attention of the adrenaline junkies again, haven’t we?

 

 

Stop five – Shropshire Hills

 

On the Burway road, a Shropshire Hills road. Image courtesy of Jonathan Billinger / The Burway; a Shropshire Hills road / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

The natural upland region located in the county of Shropshire and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Comprising of unending hills, evergreen farmlands, dense woods, rolling moorlands and sparkling river valleys, the exceptional scenery and crumbling castles in the region make for an excellent driving route. Stopover or grab a bite in the county of Shropshire which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites plus the oldest functioning brewery in the UK, the Three Tuns Brewery! Dipsomaniacs may want to hurry on to the final stop on this tour!

 

 

Stop six – The city of Manchester

 

Manchester city center. Image courtesy of dancunliffe_photography on Instagram

 

 

The second most populous region in the UK is packed with an astounding number of attractions especially as the important city is best-known for its thriving music scene, higher education and media. Shop or play sport, marvel at architecture or admire art, there’s too much to do!
We recommend:

 

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • National Football Museum
  • Manchester Opera House
  • Chetham’s Library
  • John Rylands Library
  • Heaton Park
  • Albert Square
  • Chinatown

 

 

If you enjoyed this driving route take a read of Camperbug’s list of the 05 best campervan journeys to make in the UK!

 

 

 

 

The 05 best campervan journeys to make in the UK

August 6th, 2018

 

Campervan ownership or a campervan hire is perhaps one of the best decisions you’ve made. The scenery comes to you – free of charge. You chose the pace at which you want to travel. You decide if you’d like to stick to your travel itinerary or stay at a location another day and, perhaps the best part – you’re part of a campervan community! You’re guaranteed to make friends with the owner of the camper parked next to your vehicle. When was the last time you started a conversation with the guest in the hotel room next to yours? Here’s our list of the most cost-effective campervan journeys that don’t involve prolonged travel time. You don’t need to travel a great distance to be wowed by Britain’s beauty!

 

Hastings to Worthing – England

 

Start at the vibrant town of Hastings in the UK. Image courtesy of Berit Watkin on Flickr

 

From the town of Hastings, get on the A259 or the coast road. Pull your windows down and drink in the splendour around you! You’ll pass the chic shopping centre at the yacht harbour in Brighton Marina, see the Birling Gap where you can stop your camper to try your hand at rockpooling. Alternatively, you can sit down and drink in the views of the proud seven sisters and, refresh yourself at the De La Warr Pavilion which is located on the picturesque seafront at Bexhill on Sea and is a revolutionary centre of arts and culture and contains a great eatery!  Savour breathtaking views along the way and enjoy a ride along the coast!

 

Glasgow to Oban – Scotland

 

Loch Lomond. Image courtesy of Mike Davison Photography on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-ND


Described as one of the best drives in the UK, this drive is relatively straightforward and is easy to access. Begin from Erskine Bridge in Glasgow and curve your way towards to Loch Lomond. The loch is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and at times, runs alongside the banks of Britain largest lake, Once you leave the loch behind head west towards Argyll and follow the coast. You’ll pass the town of Inveraray and the Loch Fyne. Stop for a bite at the Loch Fyne Oysters and proceed towards Oban, which is the most significant settlement in the region. The Oban Distillery is located alongside great seafood restaurants so cheers and Bon appetite!

 

St Ives to St Just – England

 

Aerial view of Pendeen Lighthouse. Image courtesy of lcs_drone on Instagram

 

Arguably the prettiest and assuredly the most remote slice of the coast, the 17-mile drive from St Ives to St Just is bound to take your breath away. Before you start, pack in your food and drink for the ride and get a good night’s rest before embarking on this drive. There are a handful of places to buy refreshments, and the sharp ascents and reductions mean you’ll take longer to navigate the roads. Leave St Ives behind as you start your journey on the B3306. The first town you pass will be Zennor. Stop by the local church St Senara or follow a footpath down to secluded beaches and coves. Feeling puckish? The Tinners’ Arms will sate your appetite! As you head away from the town, you’ll pass iron-age fields that remain as they were.  Passing a few hamlets, you’ll reach the village of Morvah which is well-known for its Iron Age settlements. Pendeen is up next! Stop by the Geevor Tin Mine to try your hand at panning precious stone and gawp at your surroundings, which are primarily left just as the miners of 1990 left them. Pendeen Lighthouse and the surrounding scenery is worth a visit.    You’ll pass the village of Trewellard next and is a great place to fill up on petrol. Next, you’ll pass the hamlet of Carnyorth. Drive by at the right time of the year, and you’ll see dolphins and sharks basking in this part of the coast. The town of St Just will appear on the horizon and is in proximity to Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall. Drive on to the coastal village of Sennen if you’re aching for more coastal scenery. The town is known as the surfer’s paradise, so don’t forget to bring in your surfboards!                                                         

 

Saltburn to Scarborough – England

 

Picturesque Robin Hood's Bay. Image courtesy of Ben Pugh on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Begin at Saltburn and drive towards the coast via   Cayton Bay. You’ll pass the seaside town of Whitby and the celebrated 7th-century Christian monastery, Whitby Abbey. The Abbey inspired author Bram Stoke’s Dracula. Stop at the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay where you can embark on a fossil hunt and then proceed to the seaside village of Staithes which is the community in which British explorer Captain James Cook commenced his sailing profession.     You’ll finally turn into the resort town of Scarborough. Stop by the 12th-century Scarborough Castle, taste delectable fresh seafood or bask in the sun! Hire campervans in North Yorkshire with Camperbug! 

 

Aberdovey to Porthmadog – Wales

 

Take a dip at the hidden Blue Lake. Image courtesy of sam_brighton on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Aberdovey to Porthmadog is perhaps the best drive to make with your family! The views will make the liveliest child gawp in awe and if that fails crabbing in Aberdovey is guaranteed to be a great way to release pent up energy! The village of Fairbourne comprises of an intriguing miniature railway! Choose between a covered or an open carriage as you are taken along the promenade. Enjoy a spot of wild swimming at the hidden Blue lake. Be careful when entering or exiting the lake as the rocks tend to be very slippery and do pack in a hot drink as the water can get very chilly! Stop by the world-famous Portmeirion which was created in the fashioned to represent an Italian village. Fabulous seaside views will beckon you along the way so keep added time on your itinerary for the numerous time’s you’ll rush out of your camper with your camera in hand!

 

Have we missed a great route? Let us know in the comments below or take a look at 5 pretty campsites!

 

 

 

Five stunning walks to make a walkaholic’s soul soar!

July 30th, 2018

Blessed with a diverse landscape, the United Kingdom is home to stunning sceneries, thriving wildlife and a host of historical attractions and constructions. We’ve listed the best walks that cover coastlines, peaks, cliff sides and more! Be inspired to explore while you walk! Before you head out, grab a map, a sturdy pair of walking shoes and your sense of adventure!

 

 

Elie Chain Walk

 

Chain walk like a champ! Image courtesy of keithalexander on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

 

Located in the town of Fife, the picturesque seaside town of Elie is easy to access by motorhome or campervan. The walk is touted as Scotland’s top coastal secret, as you progress along your trail, you’ll see why. The hike requires a good head for heights and is often said to be more of a scramble than a walk requiring a certain amount of agility and fitness. The challenging trail incorporates volcanic rock, footholds and steel chains to offer comforting support to tired walkers. While most walkers begin from the East and progress west, there is no correct or incorrect way to enjoy the Elie Chain Walk. The town of St Andrews is a twenty-five-minute ride away so if you’re not too drained, head over to the university town that’s home to a wealth of history.

 

Ashridge Estate

 

Bluebell Path in Ashridge Estate. Image courtesy of Richard Walker Photography on VisualHunt / CC B

 

Unlike the above mentioned physically challenging walk, Ashridge Estate offers walkaholic’s an opportunity to stroll gently through the beautiful ancient woodlands and hilltops. Ashridge house is steeped in history, once serving as the lodgings for Henry VIII’s descendant Princess Elizabeth who resided in the house for eight years she was arrested in 1554, on orders of half-sister Queen Mary. The captivating woodlands provide a delightful picnic spot, and if you’re quiet, you’ll have the opportunity to spot Fallow deer who roam in groups and muntjac deer, who are mostly seen wandering alone. You are required to keep Fido on a leash at all times. The Bridgewater monument is not to be missed, and neither is the stunning views from the top!

 

 

Borger Dalr Geology Walk

 

At Castle Craig. Image courtesy of herebedean on Instagram

 

Beginning at the Grange in Lake District, the Borger Dalr Geology Walk is well known for the striking views of the surrounding countryside. Titled the “the finest square mile in Lakeland” by author Alfred Wainwright, your three-hour walk will be challenging yet gratifying. The trail will take you past forest streams and, some of the Lakeland’s concealed gems including the war memorial of Peace How. Erected in 1917 the spot served as a place of rest and recuperation for front-line soldiers returning from World War One. Dalt Quarry is an exciting place to stop by, and Castle Crag provides excellent views that pair quite nicely with a welcome picnic lunch! The right hiking gear will come in handy for this walk.

 

 

The Derwentwater Walk

 

Views on your Derwentwater walk. Image courtesy of mattdavidson95 on Instagram

 

Comprising of ten charming miles around Derwentwater, this walking path passes over smooth, flat trails and requires minimum effort. Take in the views of the lake and woodlands and keep your eyes peeled for exciting wildlife which is maintained by the National Trust. If you find the walk too tiring (or too slow-paced), you can always opt for sailing, fishing, canoeing and swimming. There are many restaurants, and cafes en-route so fear not! You’ll have plenty of fuel! Get your Cumbria Campervan hire today with Camperbug!

 

 

Lapworth Walk

 

Morning mist swirling over the Stratford canal. Image courtesy of susanabel6855 on Instagram

 

The easy-paced Lapworth walk will take you past lovely woodland paths, farmland and canals. The route passes in proximity to two national trust properties, the Tudor manor, Packwood House and the estate of Baddesley Clinton. Absorb the rural charms around you as you begin your walk at through the woodlands. Stroll further, and you’ll come to the Packwood House. Step inside or continue down Stratford on Avon canal until you pass the 15th century Baddesley Clinton. Continue forward, and you’ll reach the crossing at the Grand Union canal which in turn ends at the Lapworth Station. Lapworth village is easy to access in your motorhome or campervan hire via the M40 and the M42.

 

 

Have you had the good fortune of enjoying the above walks? Let us know in the comments below or add more walking destination to your list with these five pretty villages!

 

 

 

 

05 pretty villages in Britain

July 23rd, 2018

Britain’s scenery is quite the (jaw-dropping) spectacle, however, have you given her charming villages a tour? The quaint beauty of the tiny hamlets and the beachside resorts will leave you.., well, not wanting to go! Take a read for more fun ideas and places to see on your current or forthcoming campervan or motorhome road trip!

 

Beesands, Devon, England

 

Image courtesy of Reading Tom on VisualHunt / CC BY


The tiny fishing village is the perfect tranquil beach staycation! Envision a long shingle beach bordered by a beautiful Start Bay on one end and a lake of Widdecombe Ley plus fields on the other. If you’re not too intrigued by the picturesque old-school Devon town, drop in for the heavenly crab sandwiches!  Oh, and one more thing! The Beesands beach is currently in possession of two esteemed titles, namely the Blue Flag and a recommendation from the Marine Conservation Society in the Good Beach Guide.

 

Cushendun, County Antrim,  Northern Ireland

 

Image courtesy of tourismireland on Instagram

 

The name coastal town of Cushendun derives its name from the Irish word “Cois Abhann Duinne” which means “alongside the River Dun”. The designer Clough Williams-Ellis intentionally incorporated the beautiful Cornish feel in the village to please Baron of Cushendun’s wife who hailed from the town of Penzance. Leave your campervan hire and take a walk through the village roads, beach and harbour for captivating scenery,  There’s a crumbling 14th-century caste too!

 

Ditchling, East Sussex, England

Image courtesy of grassrootsgroundswell on Flickr

 

Located at the highest point in East Sussex County, you’ll see more than fabulous 360 views from this town! Home to artists including the disturbed Eric Gill, the inspiring countryside will only dull in comparison to the Tudor abodes, Georgian residencies and medieval churches. Despite its sleepy image, the town is home to many bustling cafes, shops and pubs and is blessed with magnificent settings courtesy of the Ditchling Beacon. Find East Sussex campervan hires with Camperbug!

 

Fort Augustus,  Boleskine and Abertarff, Scotland

 

Image courtesy of Leandro Neumann Ciuffo on Flickr


Located in-between Fort William and Inverness, the settlement of Fort Augustus is situated on the Caledonian Canal and provides breath-taking views over Loch Ness. Visitors can try their luck detecting the Loch Ness monster with a cruise on the Loch, drop in at the Urquhart Castle, or the more photographed Eilean Donan Castle, or work up a sweat along the picturesque bicycle and walking routes around Fort Augustus. The Great Glen Way is the most popular long-distance path and many have added it to their must-see locations in the UK.

 

Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn, Wales

 

Image courtesy of Robert J Heath on Visualhunt / CC BY


Protected from high winds and home to a truly stunning beach, the village of Porthdinllaen lends its name to the gentle sea that glides over the sandy beach, right up to the captivating fishing village. There were talks of turning the region into a principal port; however, nothing came from the discussions and now most of Porthdinllaen is under the protective care of the National Trust, Let your little ones unleash pent-up energy by crab hunting or enjoying a refreshing paddle in the sea. Take a break from the taxing duty of navigating a motorhome or campervan at the well-liked Tŷ Coch Tavern pub!