Loch Ness Motorhome Hire
Loch Ness Motorhome Hire
Loch Ness Motorhome Hire
Driving from Glasgow to Loch Ness
When you are looking where to go in a campervan in Scotland - may we suggest a trip to Loch Ness in the north- west highlands of Scotland. Loch Ness is famous for historical castles, magnificent scenery, wild places, loads of wildlife and not forgetting Nessie the Loch Ness Monster!
Inverness is situated at the mouth of the River Ness and to the south-west of the Moray Firth. Inverness lies at the end of the Great Glen, with 3 lochs, Loch Ness, Loch Ashie and Loch Duntelchaig to the west of the city. The Caledonian Canal also runs through the Great Glen and connects Loch Ness, Loch Lochy and Loch Oich.
We start our journey to the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands from the city of Glasgow, which will take approximately 3.5 hours if no stops included, a distance of 169 miles.
Head out from Glasgow along the M8 motorway towards Stirling. The motorway branches just outside of Glasgow with roads going to Edinburgh (M8) and Carlisle (M74) – we take the M80 towards Stirling.
As we head north through Cumbernauld and pass Stirling, we will see Stirling Castle to the right along with the Wallace Monument in the distance in the east. Nearby is the historical site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where the Scots beat the English army in 1314.
If you have hired a motorhome in Edinburgh, you can take the M9 and join the A9 at Bannockburn, or travel up the M90 to Perth and pick up the A9 there.
We continue along the M80 (by this time with a lot less traffic) until we reach the roundabout at Dunblane which then becomes the A9 road heading towards the town of Perth (previously a city). Passing through Gleneagles and its famous golf course and the town of Auchterarder we eventually arrive in Perth. Take care when driving on the A9, it can be dangerous at places with traffic crossing from side roads.
Perth, the Gateway to the Highlands, lies on the River Tay and is famous for it’s magnificent salmon fishing.
From Perth we continue along the A9 until we arrive at the picturesque town of Pitlorchy. There are several cafes and restaurants, along with a garage, so it is a good place to take a break from the long drive.
Continuing north on the A9, after Blair Atholl, we start to see the dramatic mountains and glens of the Scottish Highlands around Aviemore. You will also start to notice some famous whisk distilleries dotted along the A9 including Dalwhinnie and Tomatin. Look out for the chance to divert and follow the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail and enjoy such delightful whiskies such as Glenlivet, Knockando, Craigellachie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Stathisla, Glen Moray and Benromach. Please remember to think twice about drink-driving however.
From Aviemore we take the last leg of the journey along the A9 and finally arrive in the city of Inverness.
Things to do in Inverness
When you arrive in Inverness there are many places of interest to keep you occupied, including a visit to Inverness Castle and the scenic views across the River Ness and a visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. The museum contains many exhibits and artifacts depicting the history and the heritage of Inverness. Inverness Castle was subjected to a siege in 1562 when Mary, Queen of Scots was refused entry by a representative of the Clan Gordon, who was subsequently hanged following the 3-day siege. You can take a trip to Fort George, built after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Fort George is currently the home of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), but the Highlander's Museum (containing a large collection of military artifacts), cafe and castle grounds are open to the public.
Driving from Inverness to Loch Ness
After negotiating the ring road around Inverness, we head along the north of Loch Ness towards Fort Augustus on the A82. This road can be very busy with campervans and tourist buses, so please take care. The top of the loch can be seen at Lochend.
Loch Ness is a fresh water loch some 23 miles long. It is 755 feet deep, and the loch contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
The road then follows around Loch Ness on your left hand side until just before Drumnadrochit where the road goes inland. This is where the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition venue is situated, which attracts a lot of tourists and buses. Press cuttings of all the Loch Ness monster sighting are on display in the museum. There is also a cafe and a shop selling Nessie and tartan souvenirs. You can also sample scotch whiskies and a chance to check your Scottish ancestry.
Heading back along the A82 the road once again follows the loch at Urquhart Castle, with its wonderful history, café and gift shop. From Urquhart Castle, it is a 20-minute drive down to the small village of Invermoriston, where you can appreciate the waterfalls and Thomas Telford’s historic bridge.
Leaving Invermoriston, we eventually arrive at Fort Augustus, located at the south end of Loch Ness. The village is home to the Caledonian Canal, connecting Inverness to Fort William.
From Fort Augustus it is your choice whether to return to Inverness via the south side of Loch Ness, on the B862, or in fact continue down the A82 towards Fort William.
Wildlife Around Loch Ness
The wildlife around Loch Ness includes majestic red deer, sika deer, roe deer, black grouse, golden eagles, osprey and ptarmigan. Also, you can spot capercaillie, pine martens, squirrels (red ones, of course!) and otters.
Fishing on Loch Ness
In the loch itself, there are brown trout, sea trout and Atlantic Salmon and you may also spot the famous Loch Ness Monster, if you are very lucky!
A licence to catch salmon on the loch and the hire of a boat will cost approximately £30 per person - any fish being caught will be required to be released.
Motorhome Parking at Loch Ness
There are campsites dotted around Loch Ness and surrounding Inverness, including
Loch Ness Bay Camping at Drumnadrochit - Tel: 01456 450 544
Beauly Holiday Park - Tel: 01463 782374
Loch Ness Shores Camping And Caravanning Club Site – Tel 01456 486333
Wild Camping in Scotland
Please be aware that there is no such thing as “wild camping” in Scotland in a motorhome or campervan. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code specifically excludes motorised access. This means that if you are parking in an area out-with established campsites you do not have permission to stay there and you may be asked to leave by the landowner.
Further Information on Loch Ness
Further information on Inverness and Loch Ness.
In Inverness, July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 14°C (57°F) and the coldest is January at 4°C (39°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 6 in June. The wettest month is January with an average of 50mm of rain.
Check out the latest weather in Inverness.
How to Book Your Motorhome Hire Inverness
Just 3 simple steps Search, Select and Book will guarantee that when you book your campervan rental Inverness you will experience the holiday of a life time – it’s as simple as that!
You have several location options to book a cheap motorhome rental Scotland, but the busiest rental depots are in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
Cheap Motorhome Hire Scotland Inverness
Please remember that the cheapest campervan hire Inverness may not be the best value motorhome hire. So please consider all the campervan hire Scotland cheap options being offered before finally deciding on your Inverness campervan hire in Scotland.
Who are the Motorhome Hire Suppliers in Scotland?
The main motorhome hire suppliers in Glasgow are Just Go Motorhomes, Indie Campers, Bunk Campers, Easi Campervans and Rockin Vans.
In Edinburgh you can choose a motorhome for hire Scotland from Just Go Motorhomes, McRent, Spaceships UK and Bunk Campers.
Inverness Motorhome Hire
Alternatively you can search for a campervan hire Inverness Airport where the campervan suppliers include Rockin Vans, who are based within Inverness Airport.
What's Included with your Affordable Motorhome Hire Inverness
When you are shown the choice of campervans for hire at Inverness Airport, this will also let you know what is included with your chosen vehicle - limited or unlimited mileage, if bedding, linen and kitchen cutlery are included, if 24 hour roadside assistance is provided, if a one way fee is charged and if tourist maps are supplied.
Depending on the size and specification of the campervan you will also be shown if the following facilities are included - toilet, shower, hot water, sink, Air Conditioning (AC), cooktop, oven, microwave oven, fridge/cooler (fridge freezer), number of beds and entertainment options included (radio, TV, CD, DVD, iPod USB connection and/or MP3/MP4 playback facility).
Top Tip – Check Customer Online Reviews
Each motorhome rental company which we select for you comes with a previous campervan renters 5-star rating which you may find useful when making your decision as to which motor home and motor-home rental company you eventually choose in Scotland.
Top Tip - Save Money - Check Motorhome Discounts
Details of motorhome rental company discount codes particular to your holiday in Scotland destination can be found during the Inverness campervan hire online booking process.
Driving a Motorhome to Loch Ness for the First Time
If you have never driven a motorhome in Scotland before it’s only natural to feel a wee bit nervous. After all you are probably moving from the equivalent of rowing a boat to manoeuvring an oil tanker!
The main thing is not to be overawed. Take your time to get a feel for the cabin and the motorhome controls. Make sure that your driving seat is adjusted to the correct height and distance from the steering wheel. Get to understand how to start the engine and more importantly how to stop!
Ensure you understand all the manual gears (unless automatic), know how to move into reverse, and how easy the clutch is to depress.
Adjust your wing mirrors, making sure that you can see the full length of the campervan. Watch out for people overtaking when you least expect it – remember slow moving caravans and motorhomes can be frustrating to other impatient drivers following behind.
Get to know your height restriction (very important when travelling on roads with overhanging trees or bridges).
Make sure you know the speed limits in Scotland, and any other regions you are travelling through.
Make sure that you plan your journey to Inverness in Scotland in advance using old fashioned paper maps or Google Maps on your smart phone.
When you arrive at your campsite, reverse park, to ensure your eventual departure is made easier.
Just remember that your “oil tanker” is a lot longer than your usual “rowing boat” so make sure that you give yourself plenty of space to turn at every road junction.
If in doubt, just ask the motorhome rental agent, who will be happy to take you over all the features of the campervan.
Annual Events in Inverness
Throughout the year there are many exciting events which happen in and around Inverness including the Inverness Music Festival (Feb/Mar), the European Pipe Band Championship (Jun), Inverness Highland Games (Jul), Belladrum music festival (Aug), Loch Ness Marathon (Oct) and the World Porridge Making Championship (Oct).
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Other Campervan Holiday in Scotland Destinations
There is a large selection of campervan holiday destinations in Scotland including a trip to the beautiful Isle of Mull and neighboring Iona, a journey to the whisky island of Islay, a tour around the street artwork in Glasgow, or even a trip to the Edinburgh Festival.