It has been a crazy year. The lockdown has you dreaming of your summer vacation. International travel is unlikely to be an option this summer, so why not head to some dreamy motorhome sites in your own backyard. The UK has a great selection of staycation options. In this article, we will cover the best motorhome sites in the UK and everything you need to know before you head off on your staycation.
What To Consider Before Planning Your Staycation
Hopefully, your staycation will go off without a hitch. However, it is always good to be prepared. Here are the top things to remember before you head off.
- Remember Your Toolkit
It is hard to anticipate the problems you might encounter on the road. An issue like a side mirror coming loose on your motorhome can make things like changing lanes on the motorway difficult. You don’t want an accident, so be prepared for anything.
Pack a toolkit. You won’t always be able to find someone that has the tools you need to make small adjustments on your motorhome. A wrench, zip ties and even duct tape can be a lifesaver, especially in more remote locations.
- Have an Insurance Plan
Having GAP cover on your motorhome can save you a lot of hassle in a more serious situation. Accidents happen. If you have a particularly bad one, there is a fire, or even if your van gets stolen, GAP cover will protect you against financial losses.
For example, if your vehicle is written off, but you are still paying off your motorhome, GAP cover will fill the financial ‘Gap’ between what your insurance payout is and that value of what is outstanding on your finance agreement.
- Check Your Essentials
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your campground in the evening, looking forward to cooking a nice dinner and enjoying a glass of wine to find out your propane tank is empty or you forgot to bring knives with you to prep your meal.
Before you hit the road check you have all your essential items for an easy trip.
Best UK Motorhome Sites
Now you are checked, covered, and ready to hit the road. But, where should you go? The UK has a load of great choices for motorhome sites and routes, however, we feel these are the best:
- Muasdale, Argyll
Mausdale is a small hamlet in Scotland. With a population of only 300 and campgrounds on the seafront, it is a picturesque, and tranquil location. If you are looking for a place to relax, listen to the ocean, and dive into a good book in the peace and quiet, then this is the spot for you. If you are feeling active on your trip there are many stunning sea walks, hiking routes and you can even bring your bikes with you and hit the trails.
2. St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives is a popular Cornish town for motorhome vacations. There are beautiful beaches, great waves if you want to catch the surf, and a thriving art scene. If you enjoy arts and culture, book a campsite at this southern location. In town, you will find fascinating museums, art galleries, and top-notch restaurants. The thriving motorhome scene also means it is easy to connect with other vacationers and find campsites with all the facilities you need at reasonable prices.
3. North Coast 500, Scotland
The North Coast 500 is not one specific site. It is a route that stretches over 500 miles along the northern coast of Scotland. This is one for the adventures, who love to be on the move, waking up to a breathtaking new view every morning.
Drive through the highlands of Scotland, taking in the scenery. The landscapes will make you feel as though you have been transported to another planet.
4. Keswick, The Lake District
We cant mention the best UK motorhome sites without of course mentioning the Lake District. Keswick is a particularly great spot for motorhomes, with tonnes of awesome campsites that have all the facilities you need. Remember to pack your swimsuit and paddleboard and get ready to spend a week in the water.
If swimming in the lakes is not your thing, then take a scenic hike through one of the many trails in the area enjoying the brilliant views of the lakes.
5. Ashbourne Woods, Devon
Ashbourne Woods is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. This is an amazing area with great wildlife, rolling hills and accessible walks. On a sunny day, a stroll through the forest will have you feeling as though you are walking through the land of fairies.
6. The Cornish Riviera, Cornwall
The Riviera in Cornwall? You are probably thinking that can’t be right. Okay, well it is not the official term, but it is an affectionate name given by the many motorhome holidaymakers who are enchanted by the area. And for good reason. The beaches can’t be beaten. There are surfing and watersports all year round. There is always fun to be had on the shorefront if you are willing to get adventurous, yes even on those rainy British days that you are sure to experience on your holiday.
7. Tollymore Forest, Northern Ireland
For the Game of Thrones superfans that had holiday dreams in Dubrovnik, Croatia cancelled, Tollymore Forest in Northern Ireland will give you the next best thing. This is where some scenes from the very first episode of season 1 were shot. Remember where the Dire wolf puppies were found? That was right here.
And, even if you’re not a GoT fan, there are plenty of other things to see. There are some historic castles, enchanting forest walks, and a beautiful river to sit down by and enjoy a picnic.
8. Snowdonia, Wales
Snowdonia National Park in Wales is one of the UK’s most popular and breathtaking natural sites. If you are feeling active, you can take a walk up Mount Snowdon. Various trails up the mountain vary in difficulty, but the easiest is doable for anyone with a good fitness level and does not require technical knowledge or equipment. Come back from your staycation, bragging about how you summited the tallest mountain in Wales.
9. Brecon Beacons, Wales
Brecon Beacons is a motorhome holidaymakers paradise. Stunning campsites located in the great British wilderness. You can find flowing waterfalls, hiking trails, forest walks and more in this quaint part of the country. It is also home to the famous Black Mountains that build the incredible landscape, meaning no matter where you are camping, you should be able to find a spot that means you can wake up to a cup of tea and a jaw-dropping view of the rolling hills.
10. The Isle of Wight
If you want to get sea bound and feel almost as though you are making a trip to another country, you could try the Isle of Wight. Hop on a ferry down south, and take the ferry ride to this small but beautiful island. The coastline is incredible, with some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. Plus if you have the kids with you you can send them off on a dinosaur hunt (the beaches here are known for turning up fossils) and you can have some peace to relax in the sun.
11. York Moors, Yorkshire
The north of England has some great spots to camp in too. It is not all about the coastline. In Yorkshire, you can head on over to York Moors National Park. There are a tonne of great outdoor activities, and you will find peace and tranquillity some of the other more popular spots don’t offer. And of course, there is the northern hospitality and you can sit down for a Sunday lunch at the pub and enjoy authentic Yorkshire puddings.
To Sum Up
A great vacation doesn’t mean you have to go abroad. If you have a motorhome, you know that staycations can be just as much fun. The UK has so many beautiful spots that have easy access for a motorhome. So if you are feeling a bit blue after months of lockdown, get your van packed and head out to one of these amazing locations.