When it comes to stunning holiday destinations you don’t have to look any further than the UK – from the Highlands of Scotland to the Jurassic coast, and all the amazing places in between. The easy bit of course is getting your motorhome ready for the road and packing all those essentials, the hard decision is narrowing it down to where you want to tour. With this in mind, Premier Motorhomes have picked out some top UK destinations.
A popular choice with everyone, Devon has some truly breath-taking coastlines and rural scenery, not to mention those rather indulgent Devon cream teas. Nature lovers are sure to be drawn to the Dartmoor National Park with its 365 square miles of open moorland and wooded glades, the chance to spot birds of prey and of course wild Dartmoor ponies – California Cross Club Site near Ivybridge makes a perfect base for exploring Dartmoor and comes with excellent facilities including a modern toilet block, Motorhome Service point and ample hard standing pitches.
Despite its popularity during the summer, Devon still has a few hidden gems – the 3-mile walk from Postbridge to the East Dart waterfall is worth every step for its tranquil views. Woody Bay beach in the Heddon Valley is one of several beaches off the beaten track and boasts some superb scenery. Hidden Valley, near Illfracombe, is a well-appointed campsite with a variety of pitches to suit all outfits – their excellent facilities include Elson points for Motorhomes.
With miles of picturesque coastline, North Wales has plenty of sandy beaches to choose from but there is so much more to see. The area is home to many stunning castles – Penhryn Castle near Bangor and Bodelwyddan Castle near Rhyl are both worthy of a visit whereas if you are looking for something a little different then the Prestatyn Roman Bath house is no less impressive. Coed-y-Llwyn Caravan Club site, which is ideally situated for exploring North Wales, has an excellent array of facilities and 80 hard standing pitches.
With something for everyone North Wales is also home to several mountain railways including Blaenau Ffestiniog and of course the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Riverside Touring Park, Betws-y-Coed is another campsite in the area that caters for motorhomes, with plenty of hard standing pitches and a motorhome service point.
Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the UK, and a motorhome is an excellent way to make the most of exploring. Steeped in history, Scotland is home to many castles like Urquhart Castle in Drumnadrochit which overlooks Loch Ness. If spectacular views are what you want then be sure to include a trip to Ben Nevis or Glen Coe, you can even visit the famous battlefield at Culloden. Motorhomes are welcomed at Glencoe Club Site where there are plenty of hard standing pitches and their amenities include a drying shed which could come in handy.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without at least a mention of its famed whiskey distilleries – from the bigger more well-known labels to Edrandour, the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland But remember, don’t drink and drive! With this in mind the Braemar Caravan park, which is open almost all year round would make an excellent base for touring whiskey distilleries with great bus routes situated just a short walk from the campsite gates.
When most people think of camping, London is not a location that springs to mind, however the excellent transport links in and out of London make campsites on the outskirts a really cost effective way of visiting the capital. No struggling to drive in all that traffic or find a parking spot, simply set up your base camp and take a short train journey into London to see the sights. Most of London’s major museums are free to visit, The Natural History Museum and the Museum of London are both well worth a trip. Despite being a major tourist destination there are still a few hidden gems in the capital that are not found on tourist itineraries – Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich, and Sir John Soane’s Museum immediately spring to mind. For a bit of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of such a huge city then why not visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew or Hyde Park.
Despite its rural feel the Chertsey Club site is just a 30-minute train ride from the capital and it has plenty of hard standing pitches and a motorhome service point. Lee Valley Campsite at Sewardstone is also an ideal base for exploring, with a journey time of just under 40 minutes to get to central London. It has plenty of good facilities and is located in the Lee Valley Country park.