Were to stay in a hired motor home

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Paulfy4, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Paulfy4

    Paulfy4 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2016
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Blackpool
    evening everyone

    We are hiring a MH at half term 30/October to 4/Nov and we are after advise were to go in Scotland,we are using it as an experiment for the purchase of our first MH

    Any help or advise God or not would be greatly appreciated

    Regards and thanks
    Paul
     
  2. Mattyjwr

    Mattyjwr Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    1,817
    Likes Received:
    3,124
    Location:
    Beds
    We love visiting Scotland. I would suggest having two route options according to the weather.

    Either visit Edinburgh and the east of Scotland returning via Lochs Ness & Lomond or the west and visit the Isle of Mull or Skye.

    I would not try and do too much in the week; Scotland is too nice to rush and many of the roads aren't fast. Also, some people may find that they spend more time sorting out their MH ready for travelling in the morning and getting ready for supper / bed than they had expected. On top of visiting sites / walking etc. time flies.
     
  3. Feltwell

    Feltwell Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Messages:
    364
    Likes Received:
    362
    Location:
    Shropshire
    Half term, have you got school age kids then? That will have a big influence on what you do.

    My lot (5, 9 & 11 at the time) loved the Landmark Forest Park near Aviemore. We then made our way across to Mull, to the unbelievably lovely Fidden Farm campsite - truly stunning scenery there, can't recommend it highly enough.

    Be warned though, if the weather is bad then there wouldn't be a lot to do that didn't involve getting wet and/or cold!
     
  4. Paulfy4

    Paulfy4 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2016
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Blackpool
    Great thanks for the replies we are hoping to settle in a couple of sites and spend as much time as possible using the motor home as a learning curve,we have two boys 13 and 20 who are quite happy just chilling/football/fishing/playing cards just general family time

    Thanks again
    Regards Paul
     
  5. Badknee

    Badknee Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2014
    Messages:
    3,642
    Likes Received:
    15,268
    Location:
    notloB
    As a first time I like your plan of just using two sites BUT being half term have you booked in advance? It might be an idea, it's late in the season but still very popular as a "last" week away (y)
    Have a great time and enjoy.:D
     
  6. Paulfy4

    Paulfy4 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2016
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Blackpool
    True never thought about it that way,thanks for your help and time
     
  7. Anthea M

    Anthea M Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2015
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    11,021
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Don't forget winter woollies it may be extra cold up there at that time of year!!
    Make sure that when you pick up the van they explain how the heating water etc works and perhaps get one of your boys to video it on their phones for future reference!!! It all gets so confusing when you first set off!! But you will soon get into the groove!!
    Blue jobs ie toilet emptying is a mans job! ( they like to chat at the chemical emptying facility!!!)
    Enjoy!!!
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
  8. Feltwell

    Feltwell Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Messages:
    364
    Likes Received:
    362
    Location:
    Shropshire
    I'd stick to a smallish area and do it properly, rather than trying to cover too much of the country. Google Fidden Farm and see if it appeals - you can't book, but they're never full, although when busy the best spots next to the beach will be full. Should be ok when you're going though. the perfect campsite to chill out at, I just sat outside alternating between reading a book and staring at the gorgeous scenery! You can literally park a few feet from the beach.

    If that appeals there are a few other campsites where you're right on the beach on the West Coast.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Useful Useful x 1
  9. DanielFord

    DanielFord Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2013
    Messages:
    2,200
    Likes Received:
    2,489
    Location:
    Surrey
    Ness and Lomond great advice you have received! Sorry, just realised I am speaking like Yoda. Seriously these are great places to visit. I believe there is a site very near to drumnordrochit (spelling?) wld be ideal for Loch Ness.
    My little girl is desperate to visit the Loch, but only because she wants to see thee monster! :D
     
  10. Anthea M

    Anthea M Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2015
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    11,021
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Tell her she won't!! We loved the lake but the Loch Ness Experience was not for us ,mind you kids might love it!!
     
  11. Garfields

    Garfields Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2016
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    Scottish Borders
    Aviemore
    Lots of activities and a couple of sites that are open all year.
    Remember it gets dark quickly by November
     
  12. Nigel L

    Nigel L Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2016
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    100
    Location:
    Soham, Cambs
    Just the sort of site we like. Any other recommendations would be gratefully received:)
     
  13. Rapido925M

    Rapido925M Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    270
    Likes Received:
    253
    Location:
    mid-Norfolk
    It might be worth considering the "extras" that you get as part of your hire deal. I was at the Camping & Caravanning Club (CCC for short, as opposed to CC for Caravan Club) when a "hire" MH turned up. They were initially quoted something like £20 per night but that increased to £30 when it was discovered they had CC membership but not CCC membership as part of their rental. It used to be possible to take out a 1month membership (although an annual membership is less than £50: some folk will tell you that it's not worth it but some have both).

    You should also consider use of electricity (EHU - electric hook up). At that time of year you will probably benefit from an electric heater of some description (we have a thermostatically controlled fan heater, with timer, but it can get a little noisy). Also, will you want to watch DVDs (in the evening?) so will you need a laptop with a large screen? Will there be space for you all to sit and see it easily? Would it be better to have 2 smaller devices and earphones? Or is the van equipped with these facilities?

    Enjoy your holiday - Gordon
     
  14. WillH

    WillH Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    1,617
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Location:
    SW Scotland
    Best site for Loch Ness is at Foyers, never seen the monster though.
     
  15. Photo4x4

    Photo4x4 Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2014
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    862
    Location:
    Scottish Highlands
    If you only have a week and are traveling to Scotland from Blackpool then I would consider not going too far. Dumfries & Galloway is a beautiful area and has lots to see and do and it will mean that you are not spending all of your time driving, which is not so interesting for the rest of the family.

    Whatever you do have a great time. (y)

    KH
     
  16. BMStewart2004

    BMStewart2004 Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    220
    Location:
    Putney, earning English money...
    I second that - not too far from Blackpool and some of the villages along the coast are lovely.
    If the kids like MTB there are some cracking trails.
    Don't want to sicken everyone by driving all day.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page