Scotland By Season

Campervan Holidays in Spring

Spring is a fabulous time to get away on a Big Tree Campervan adventure.
If you’re in need of some fresh air to blow away those winter cobwebs then this is the time to go.

Scotland’s spring sees wonderful displays of spring flowers. From mid-February Cambo House near St Andrews holds its famous Snowdrop Festival – with a particular highlight being the romantic, Snowdrops by Starlight event.

Early spring is still an ideal time for wild camping, as the weather improves and the days start to lengthen. Once you have booked your Big Tree campervan we are always happy to share our tips for top wild camping spots. And if campsites are more your thing we can point you in the direction of those that are open all year. Once we get to Easter of course lots more campsites open up for business and the weather is great for taking to the hills and enjoying Scotland’s great outdoors. Lots of our customers use their Big Tree Campervan as a support vehicle when away Munro bagging. Our friends at Walk Highlands offer a free interactive guide to Munro bagging.

And if you’re hungry after all that fresh air and exercise we would recommend parking up outside the best tea room in town and partaking of a traditional Scottish High Tea. The List has great listings of top food and drink spots across Scotland – just put your postcode in and see what’s around locally.

Read more about hiring a campervan in April

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Campervan Holidays in Summer

As our thoughts turn to hitting the road in a Big Tree Campervan in summer, we inevitably think about Scotland’s wonderful long, summer days, when it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm. Picture yourself relaxing outside your campervan, watching the sun go down over the beautiful West Coast, maybe enjoying some local seafood, cooked up on one of our rather good Big Tree Cadac gas barbecues.

Scotland’s scenery can’t fail to impress in summertime, with the trees and countryside a luscious green. The great thing about a Big Tree Campervan adventure is that it gives you the flexibility to stay in some of Scotland’s most remote areas; let us know if you would like some tips and advice on wild camping.

Take your campervan to the beach

We’re lucky enough to have fabulous beaches on both the East and West Coast, so if long expanses of golden sand are your thing then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just a few of our favourites are:

  • Tentsmuir, in Fife, just north of St Andrews
  • Arisaig – West Coast loveliness
  • Achiltibuie – West Coast, beautiful and quiet
  • Gruinard Bay – head North for peace and tranquillity
  • Rosemarkie – on the East Coast on the Black Isle, lovely beach and opportunities for dolphin watching

Once you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors there are loads of other attractions on offer, whether you’re visiting the countryside or Scotland’s great towns and cities.

Romantic castles, great houses and museums abound, whilst Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth have great cultural highlights. The List has grest listings of events and exhibitions, including the really useful Guide to Scotland’s Festivals.

The Highland Games

We can’t talk about summer in Scotland without passing on some thoughts on that most Scottish of cultural experiences, the Highland Games. These fantastic, locally organised events, take place in communities across the country, throughout the summer. Why not plan your route to take in a Highland Games? Visitors are sure of a hearty, Scottish welcome. Check out The Scottish Highland Games Association for a useful guide.

Read more about hiring a campervan in June

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Campervan Holidays in Autumn

Autumn is one of the loveliest seasons in Scotland. Days can still be warm as the nights grow cooler. As the leaves start to turn, the autumn displays can rival the New England fall. Perthshire’s Big Tree Country, on Big Tree Campervans’ doorstep, offers some of the best places to see wonderful autumn colours. Why not grab a weekend break when you’re there, with Edinburgh and Glasgow just an hour away? You could soak up the scenery with some shopping and relaxing along the way, in lovely Highland Perthshire towns like Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.

The Perthshire Amber Festival in late October is a great way to experience Scotland’s vibrant traditional music scene alongside wonderful autumn scenery.

Relax in your campervan after exciting outdoor pursuits!

The Big Tree Campervans team are always keen to get out and about! We especially enjoy the more exciting outdoor experiences that Scotland has to offer, including walking, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, rafting, running and skiing, to name but a few! Hiring a Big Tree Campervan is a great idea if you need a cosy, warm place to come back to after a hard day enjoying yourself. We have bike racks for hire and a campervan with roof bars to help carry your canoes and kayaks.

Read more about hiring a campervan in October

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Campervan Holidays in Winter

Winter in Scotland is spectacular. The days may be short but the weather can be crisp and sunny, and you’ll get lovely views up to the snowy mountains if you drive north. All our Big Tree Campervans are heated so can be used all year round, and there are campsites that stay open all year round if you don’t want to wild camp.

Winter can be a great time to take a road trip to some of Scotland’s more remote areas. If the roads are open (snow can be a factor here!), then you will often find yourself alone in expansive landscapes, or strolling along the beach. Cultural events are more likely to be indoors in Winter, with traditional music nights in local pubs and concerts in larger venues, all in the bustling run up to Christmas and Hogmanay. And if the weather is less than clement you can always take shelter in the nearest whisky distillery.

The last few ski seasons have been great in Scotland, so we would highly recommend giving it a try, plus we’re so much closer than the Alps!