Rent a Motorhome in Scotland - Visit the Isle of Mull
Rent a Motorhome in Scotland - Visit the Isle of Mull
Motorhome Hire Isle of Mull
Driving from Glasgow to Mull
When you are looking where to go in a campervan in Scotland - may we suggest the beautiful Hebridean Isle of Mull, on Scotland's west coast. Mull is one of the larger islands in the Hebrides, with rugged coastlines, historical castles, wild places and loads of wildlife.
We start our journey to the town of Oban in Argyll from the city of Glasgow, which will take 2.5 hours
Head out from Glasgow along the A82, passing through Dumbarton and around the west side of Loch Lomond. There are various stopping points around the loch where you can park your campervan including Lomond Woods Holiday Park in Balloch, Lomond Woods Holiday Park and Firkin Point. When heading to Oban, turn right at Tarbet towards Crianlarich. (there is an alternative route to Oban by continuing along the A82 until you reach Lochgilphead and take the turning to Oban)
Drive around Loch Lomond on the A82 – a most scenic route with Ben Lomond towering overhead on the other side of the loch. Take care as the road is very narrow, and when heading north, around the loch, the rock face is on the inside of the vehicle so try and avoid scraping the motorhome when going around a blind bend. Please also watch out for walkers on this road as this is part of the popular 96 mile (145 Km) West Highland Way walking route, from Glasgow to Fort William.
Just prior to the turn off to the A85, at Tyndrum you can take a break and refuel at the various catering facilities , including the Green Welly Stop, and the RealFood Café. The road splits here with the A85 heading west to Oban, and the A82 heading north for Fort William via Glen Coe.
Continue driving on the A85 towards Oban passing Dalmally, around the stunning Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan, Taynuilt, Connel and eventually arriving at Oban, the gateway to the Isles.
The Ferry from Oban to Mull
Before heading for the Calmac ferry to Mull, take some time to see some of the attractions in Oban including the famous McCaig’s Tower or Folly, Oban Distillery and the numerous seafood outlets dotted around the town.
There is a regular ferry service to Craignure in Mull, just make sure to make your motorhome ferry booking in advance,as it can be very busy in the summer high season. Parking your motorhome on the ferry is a relatively fast process with the Calmac attendants guiding you on and ensuring the load is balanced. The crossing takes 45 minutes, during which time you can grab some food and refreshments on board the ferry.
Motorhome Holiday in Mull
On arriving on the island of Mull, you can head north towards Tobermory or south-west, through a single track road, some magical hills, glens and waterfalls (watch out for the Highland cattle casually walking on the road), towards the ferry port of Fionnphort to get the ferry crossing to Iona.
Before you start planning a motorhome trip to Iona, think again, as there are very few cars on Iona, and these are restricted to local islanders and emergency vehicles. If visiting Iona you will need to park the campervan in Fionnphort and jump aboard the regular Calmac ferry to Iona.
There is adequate parking at Fionnphort, a Pay and Display at the ferry terminal or a free parking lot further up the road. Iona is a peaceful island, famous for its abbey founded by Saint Columba and its nunnery, who’s ruins stand in a peaceful garden beside the main village of Baile Mor. The island attracts many tourists from all over the world. Everyone has their own reasons to visit the island, some find it a very spiritual and mindfulness place, while others are attracted to the stunning beaches and scenery. If you are planning to stay on the island of Iona we would recommend an overnight self-catering glamping stay at Iona Pods.
Tobermory offers the tourist many a treat including the colourful houses on the harbour front, as seen in the children’s TV series Balamory, many eating and drinking facilities, local arts and crafts, Tobermory distillery which creates single malt whisky - Tobermory (non-peated) and Ledaig (smoky), and the Marine Visitor Centre.
Other Things to do in Mull
For the keen golfer there are golf courses at Tobermory, Craignure and also on the Isle of Iona. Pony trekking can be experienced at the stables at Killiechronan, at the head of Loch na Keal which is just a few miles drive from Salen village. Mull is a great place to get on your bike, with many challenging hills but equally flat quiet roads - Mull hosts a couple of large cycling events. In June, the Isle of Mull Cycle Sportive (44 miles or 87 miles) and in December Cyclocross at the Castle (Glengorm). One of the big events of the year is the Isle of Mull Car Rally which takes place in October when rally drivers from all over the UK, as well as local drivers from Mull compete on Mull’s normal roads in several stages and on several different courses. Some of the races are during daylight and some are staged at night.
The Mull 123 is a 123 mile round Mull route which is a must to see all there is to see in Mull in your campervan.
Wildlife on Mull
The wildlife on Mull must be seen to be believed, with otters, red deer, wild goats, buzzards, ptarmigan and the fabulous golden eagles and white-tailed eagles. For an additional wildlife adventure, you can take a boat trip to the nearby island of Staffa and view Fingal’s Cave as well as puffins during the breeding season. Other birds include Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Black Guillemot, Shag, Great Black Backed Gull, Razorbills. There are also rarer birds, such as Storm Petrel and Arctic Skua, Great Northern Divers, Red Breasted Merganser and Eider Duck, and on inland lochs there are Red Throated Divers, Slavonian Grebes, Black Throated Diver. Also look out for seals, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and believe it or not minke whales!
Motorhome Parking in Mull
Parking your motorhome is easy in Mull, with several camping sites ready to accept motorhomes and caravans – but please check availability in advance. The campsites are based at
Tobermory Campsite Tel 01688 302615
Crannich Campsite – Tel 01680 300495
Salen Bay Campsite – 01680 300250
Pennygown Holiday Park – Tel 07799 711125
Killiechronan Campsite – Tel 01688 30284 / 07747 192443
Shieling Holidays Campsite – Tel 01680 812496
Fidden Farm Campsite – Tel 10681 700427
Lochbuie – Limited facilities
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 Mull
For more information visit the Visit Mull and Iona website
On the Isle of Mull, the summers are cool; the winters are long and very cold; and it is wet, windy, and mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 61°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 68°F.
The best time of year to visit Isle Of Mull for warm-weather activities is from early July to late August.
Check out the latest weather in Mull.
How to Book Your Motorhome Hire Isle of Mull
Just 3 simple steps Search, Select and Book will guarantee that when you book your campervan rental in Scotland 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 Rental Scotland
Please remember that the cheapest motorhome rental Scotland may not be the best value motorhome hire. So please consider all the campervan hire Scotland cheap options being offered before finally deciding on the best 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.
What's Included when Hiring a Motorhome in Scotland?
When you are shown the choice of campervans available, 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 destination can be found during the campervan online booking process.
Driving a Motorhome to Mull 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 maneuvering 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 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.