Camper van rental for a road trip in Scotland

Have you always dreamed of discovering Scotland? Discover in this article all the tips you need to know for your trip to Scotland in a campervan rental. At AVIS explore, we offer several vehicles equipped to take advantage of this mode of travel.

Why rent a camper van to go to Scotland?

Choosing to travel in a rental van means ensuring maximum freedom. You will be able to decide each day of the program according to your desires in order to create a tailor-made itinerary, without constraints. The ferry costs less compared to the price of plane tickets to go to Scotland, you will also save money. Traveling in a campervan also gives you more flexibility, you won't have to worry about airline schedules. You are free to choose the departure and return dates. You will not be limited for luggage and can take everything you need. In addition, our rental vans have a kitchen for maximum autonomy and the flexibility to cook yourself at the times that suit you.
The van route to get to your destination will be an opportunity to make great discoveries in Europe. On the way to Scotland you can easily venture to England, Belgium, or the Netherlands. Remember to choose the unlimited mileage option offered by AVIS explore, for even more freedom.

How to drive and park in Scotland?

In Scotland, you drive on the left, so be careful to stay on the right side, especially when driving on small roads with little traffic. Roads are generally in good condition throughout the territory, but they can be narrow and are often one-way. Especially on the Isle of Skye where you will feel at the end of the world! On this enchanting island, the roads in the middle of the wild Moor are one-way but have parking areas to allow vehicles to pass. The "passing places" will thus punctuate your driving in a rental van in Scotland!
Regarding parking, it can be a bit complicated and expensive in big cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow. For the night, Scotland is a country where it is easy to stop to sleep, unless you see the sign “No overnight parking”. To find places to stay overnight, check out the Park4night app for free and paid options, including campsites.

Good to know

To travel to Scotland when you are a citizen of the European Union, no visa is required, but you do need a valid passport. If you are traveling with pets, they must also have their passport.

Some must-see places to discover during a road trip in a rental van in Scotland

Thanks to its superb landscapes, Scotland is a destination of choice to be amazed, especially in a camper van rental. Here are the outlines of your road trip in Scotland by van. First of all for the Ferry, the only one that arrives near Edinburgh is the one that departs from Zeebrugge in Belgium and arrives at Rosyth. The other ferries will take you to England. A nice option if you have the time to cross England and reach Scotland by van. In Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, culture and the artistic scene are very present there, do not miss the visit of the castle. Then take the road to Glasgow, a very dynamic city, then go up to the Loch Lomond National Park. You can then set off to conquer the Highlands, home to the very famous Loch Ness Lake, an essential stopover during your road trip in Scotland. Finally, head to the seaside to walk the Route du Whiskey and stop at a few distilleries to learn more about this local alcohol.

Your journey in Scotland by rental van in detail

So start your van adventure from Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, and explore the city's bustling streets before hitting the road west of the country, Glasgow. Glasgow is a dynamic and cultural city, where you can visit renowned art galleries, enjoy spellbinding concerts and discover its Victorian architecture.

Leaving Glasgow, head to the Highlands, a stunning region with breathtaking scenery. Stop in Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands, and soak up the warm atmosphere of this historic city. Take the opportunity to visit Inverness Castle, perched on a hill and offering panoramic views over the River Ness.

The Highlands with its summit Ben Nevis

During your escapade in the Highlands, you will be amazed by the grandiose landscapes and the majestic peaks that stretch as far as the eye can see. Here are some details about this breathtaking region, including the iconic peaks and the famous "Three Sisters":

  • Ben Nevis: Located near Fort William, Ben Nevis is the highest point in the whole of the UK. With its 1,345 meters of altitude, this imposing mountain attracts many hikers and mountaineers. The climb to the top of Ben Nevis offers incredible panoramic views of the Highlands and surrounding islands. Beware of the wind and plan to cover yourself! For mountain bike enthusiasts, in summer a mountain bike descent is open.
  • Cairngorms: The Cairngorms are a spectacular mountain range and the UK's largest national park. With its wild landscapes, sparkling lochs and unspoilt valleys, this region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Among the most famous peaks of the Cairngorms are the Cairn Gorm itself, as well as the Bynack More and the Braeriach.
  • Glencoe: Glencoe is a steep and picturesque valley surrounded by rugged peaks. It is a very popular hiking spot offering breathtaking scenery. Some of Glencoe's iconic peaks include Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Buachaille Etive Mòr. These impressive mountains attract mountaineering and hiking enthusiasts.
  • The Three Sisters: The Three Sisters, also known as the "Three Sisters of Glencoe", are an iconic mountain formation located in the valley of Glencoe. These three peaks, named Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh, offer striking panoramas. Hikers can explore the trails that meander between these peaks and enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding valleys.


As you explore the Highlands, you will be surrounded by wild and unspoiled nature. Don't forget to equip yourself accordingly and to respect the safety rules during your adventures in the mountains. Whether you choose to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis, explore the Cairngorms or lose yourself in the enchanting landscapes of Glencoe, the Highlands promise you an unforgettable experience in the heart of Scottish nature.

The Isle of Skye

Continue your journey by heading to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland's most popular destinations. Let yourself be enchanted by its wild and unspoiled landscapes, with its majestic cliffs, its sparkling lochs and its green valleys. Do not miss the Fairy Pools, waterfalls and natural pools of striking beauty. Explore the Cuillins, a spectacular mountain range, and discover the charms of small coastal villages.


The Whiskey route

Returning to the road, follow the famous "whiskey route" which winds through the bucolic landscapes of the Highlands. Stop at renowned distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan, and immerse yourself in the history and tradition of Scotch whiskey making. Take advantage of the tastings to savor the unique aromas of this emblematic drink.

Back in Edinburgh, head to the port to catch the ferry back to France. Enjoy the last moments of your road trip as you gaze at the breathtaking landscapes that pass by from the ferry deck.
Van hire in Scotland gives you the freedom to discover extraordinary sites and live unique experiences. From the majesty of the Highlands to the Isle of Skye, passing through the whiskey distilleries, each stop on this journey will leave you with lasting memories. Enjoy this unforgettable adventure and soak up Scotland's beauty at your own pace with your rental van. Freedom and a change of scenery will be on the agenda for your stay in Scotland in a camper van rental. Many vehicles are available in AVIS explore agencies.

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