It has been a longstanding tradition to camp at festivals, considered by many to be the only way to truly experience everything the festival has to offer. But what if we told you there was a way to do this with increased comfort, space and safety? We’re here to tell you why this year you should consider combining your Edinburgh Festival camping with a motorhome, as well as the best campsite for you to pitch at. But don’t let the fun end with the festival, instead make the most of this opportunity to explore more of stunning Scotland with our Scotland road trip itinerary!
# Why Bring a Motorhome to Edinburgh Festival?
Motorhomes allow you to combine the best of camping with all the comforts of home. Firstly, bringing a motorhome can allow you to stick to your budget better during the festival. While a motorhome may cost more to rent than a tent, it will reduce the amount spent on food as you can cook delicious meals yourself. This will also ensure that you eat healthier during the festival, giving you the energy you need to enjoy the activities! Motorhomes also tend to come with their own fridge, meaning… cold drinks! Anyone who has spent too much on a warm cup of foam will cherish the idea of refrigerated beverages throughout a festival. Another delightful amenity some motorhomes offer are… showers! The chance to wash off the mud, sweat and glitter of the day, to begin the next morning ready for a festival photo.
Motorhomes also offer more security than regular camping, as they can be locked and offer hiding spots for valuables. Don’t spend your days at the festival worrying about your purse or passport, give yourself the chance to lock them up so you can truly let loose and enjoy the moment. They also offer security from unwanted attention or visitors, as this is becoming quite an issue at some festivals. Allow yourself to sleep soundly knowing that a locked door lies between you and any unwanted visitors.
A motorhome allows you to bring along any home comforts that could improve your time at the festival. This could include an extra blanket in case the night turns chilly, or that extra outfit in case of rain or other ailment. Spices for your meals, kitchen utensils to cook with, a board game if you want a more relaxed evening - you name it! You can have an awning and patio set to enjoy your evenings on, and even a table to eat your meals off. Motorhomes also provide more privacy than a tent, giving you the chance to change comfortably or relish in some alone time. If you’re travelling with a partner, you’ll certainly be able to appreciate the extra peace and space provided by the metal over canvas.
# Where to Stay with Your Motorhome?
When we visit Edinburgh by motorhome, we prefer staying slightly outside of the city. This ensures you have easy parking and pitching, and that you get to see the beauty around Edinburgh and not just the city or festival grounds! Linwater Caravan Park offers accommodations for motorhomes, caravans, tents as well as self catering lodges and glamping facilities! This summer you’ll also be able to make use of their camping kitchens, saving your motorhome from any mess and giving you the opportunity to meet fellow travellers and share a bite! This campsite is surrounded by beautiful farmland, where you can stroll with the family or your dog, or simply enjoy the rare summer sunshine. Onsite there is a playpark, so your kids will love this motorhome holiday as much as you will! They are also the proud recipients of a Tripadvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence, and after a week there you’ll understand why!
Prices for 2 adults/night range from £17-25 dependent on the season.
# Continuing your Scotland Road Trip
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite for entertainment, gigs and festival food, it is time to head out and explore more of Scotland. The best Scotland road trip itinerary would include the North Coast 500. The Scotland North Coast 500 is a 500 mile circular trip that skirts the top of the UK, and explores some of the most beautiful sights and locations this rugged area has to offer. It can be driven in four days, but we personally recommend taking a week to ensure you can truly savour each stop. Sites along the Scotland North Coast 500 include the dazzling white sands of Balnakeil, endless views over the Atlantic and geological marvels like the mystifying Smoo Cave. You’ll see a variety of places, including Durness, Inverness and John O’ Groats. Be sure to bring a waterproof kit and your hiking boots, as you don’t want to miss the chance to explore these rugged landscapes further on foot!
The Scotland North Coast 500 is rivalled only by the South West Coastal 300. This road trip route covers 300 miles of quiet roads through the beautiful landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway and south Ayrshire. It is perfect for a long weekend, and those wishing to enjoy the peace and quiet only the countryside can provide. It will take you through colourful towns and villages, past rolling hills purple with heather, alongside secluded stretches of beach and climbing up rugged clifftops. Along this route you can browse handcrafted artworks in the creative town of Kirkcudbright and learn more about the fascinating world of Vikings, saints and Iron Age life at Whithorn.
And finally, we gift to you Scotland’s best-kept motoring secret for your Scotland road trip itinerary, all wrapped up and ready for you to explore. The North East 250 manages to wind through much of the North Coast 500, also covering regions such as Speyside, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen and the Moray Coast. However its condensed length makes it ideal for those wishing to spend less time driving and more time exploring each attraction. It also spans the Malt Whisky Trail, offering dozens of opportunities to visit some of the most famous distilleries in the world - such as the renowned Glenlivet.
Your Scotland road trip itinerary is complete, and all that awaits is to buy your festival ticket, book your pitch at Linwater Caravan Park and find a motorhome on Goboony! Goboony is a motorhome rental platform that will allow you to find your perfect motorhome and rent it from a private owner - ensuring the process is easy, safe and reliable. Find a motorhome near you and start planning your road trip today!