Both England and Scotland have awesome and unique places to see. This itinerary gives you a great overview of these two great countries. Before you know it you will be drinking tea and eating haggis admiring the British scenery. Hiring a Rockin Vans camper or motorhome is the perfect way to see the full length and breadth of the UK, with depots in London and several in Scotland, it won’t cost you any more to do a one-way rental with Rockin Vans.
1: RV London depot to Wiltshire
Leaving the bright lights of London behind, head into the beautiful English countryside. Wiltshire is quintessentially English, with some of the most beautiful sites in the country.
The first stop is one of the wonders of the world, and the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, Stone Henge.
Then head to Salisbury, where the Cathedral holds Britain’s tallest spire, and Europe’s oldest working clock. Free tours are available daily.
Camping near Stonehenge and Salisbury:
2: Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon
At this stage you start to head north. Venturing into the Cotswolds, the yellow stone houses become more and more frequent. There are hundreds of quaint villages to choose from in this county, however two of our favourites are Stowe on the Wold and Broadway. Both towns are located on the Roman road – The Fosse Way. They both are famous for their market towns and fantastic antique stores. Make sure you stop for afternoon tea at the Broadway Hotel.
Camping in the Cotswolds:
Stratford Upon Avon a market town with over 800 years of history. Most notably the Bard.
Catch a play and eat in one of the fantastic restaurants. When night time falls head to the picturesque Island Meadow Caravan Park for a taste of quintessential English countryside. Situated just outside Stratford, this tiny campsite is exactly how you would picture an English hamlet. Within walking distance is the small village of Aston Cantlow. Which hosts one of the best pubs in the country, The Kings Head. This picturesque restaurant and bar serves outstanding food and has a fantastic atmosphere, chat to the friendly locals in this dog friendly hidden gem.
3: Lake District
Once you have finished exploring the quaint and quiet British countryside it is time to head somewhere a little more dramatic. As you head north you will see the countryside start to change, rolling hills become dramatic mountains and you start to get a feel for rural life in the North of England.
There are hundreds of campsites dotted around the Lake District, but for a Lake Side pitch we suggest booking well in advance and spending a few nights at the Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Not far from the bustling market town of Kendal, this site is perfect for all types of camper. Whether you are looking for high adrenaline water sports, a quiet country stroll or afternoon tea in one of the towns. There is even an on-site pub, The Whistling Pig.
Read our guide to the Lake District for a more indepth write up.
4: Gretna Green
Gretna Green is a great place to break up your journey on your way to the Scottish Capitol. Sitting just on the edge of the England and Scotland boarder. Marriages have taken place here since 1754, and is traditionally where young couples would run off to marry without parents’ permission. Visit the famous blacksmiths shop, one of Scotland oldest attractions. Or if retail therapy is more you thing there is an outlet store selling all manner of British country fashion.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a stay in Edinburgh. The sites of Edinburgh speak for themselves. We recommend stopping in Morton Hall Campsite, set in 200 acres of traditionally managed country park and conveniently situated on a bus route into the city centre.
This is where you come to a folk in the road. Rockin Vans has a return point in Edinburgh, you can decide to hand you van back here or continue your journey into the Scottish Highlands and hand the van back in Glasgow. If you decide to continue Rockin Vans has hundreds of blogs detailing the Scottish part of your adventure. Here are some of our favourites: