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Your Best Caravan Tour of Scotland

von Judith Sleigh

When you are thinking about your holiday in Scotland, plan to stay on Thistle Caravan Parks, all of which are 4 or 5 stars. Here is a route you can follow, whether you fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow and hire a motorhome or catch the ferry to Newcastle with your own caravan. On the east coast, Thurston Manor Holiday Park near Dunbar is not far from the border with England so an excellent place for your first stop, if you arrive by ferry. In Dunbar is Belhaven Holiday Park – it’s worth doing a tour of the nearby Belhaven Brewery.

Or you can drive a little further to North Berwick, a lovely coastal town (with trains to Edinburgh), and stay at Tantallon Caravan Park, close to the beach, or continue to the outskirts of Edinburgh and stay at Mortonhall Caravan Park (there is a good bus service to the centre of Edinburgh). North of Edinburgh, across the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay, in the county of Perthshire, is the attractive village of Alyth, with two Thistle Parks – Five Roads Caravan Park, quite small, with a pub next door, and Nethercraig Holiday Park, in the Angus Glens, a great place for walkers.

An alternative is Blairgowrie Holiday Park, on the outskirts of the busy market town of Blairgowrie on the road to Royal Deeside, where the royal family spends the summer between Braemar and Ballater; to the east along the River Dee is Deeside Holiday Park. From here retrace your steps to Braemar and south to Blair Castle Caravan Park near Pitlochry. As you head south, there are two choices. From the A9, at Stirling, turn west to the Trossachs and stay at the Trossachs Holiday Park. Or go west from Perth to the north end of Loch Lomond and then south along its shores to Loch Lomond Holiday Park or Lomond Woods Holiday Park. Be sure to take a cruise on Loch Lomond.

A holiday in Scotland should include a visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow and the best way to do this is to stay in the Red Deer Holiday Village, east of Glasgow, with easy access to both cities. If this is your second visit to Scotland and you want to explore new places, South West Scotland is for you, with beaches on the Solway Firth, fishing villages, hills and moorland. Stay in Glenearly Caravan Park or Loch Ken Caravan Park and enjoy the Galloway Forest and the dark skies, with no light pollution to spoil your star-gazing. Wherever you stay, you will find an abundance of places to visit – castles and historic houses, abbeys and gardens, and places to buy excellent Scottish woollens and tweeds, plus forests, with walking and cycling trails.

In the main season, it is best to book your first few nights in advance – after that you can book from day to day.

Judith Sleigh
-Thistle Holiday Parks

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