A Guide to Motorhoming in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
15 June 2021
Home to the Silver City, ancient castles, national parks, the Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral, and of course, puffins and seals – Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire doesn’t disappoint. Whether you fancy the 165 miles-long coastal trail, a castle trail through ‘Scotland’s Castle County’, or want to plan a personalised route - why not roam the richness of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in a motorhome this summer?
Be wary of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire's wildlife
Aberdeenshire is the perfect spot for catching a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most magnificent wildlife in all its natural glory. If you head towards the dramatic cliffs at the Bullers of Buchan, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s puffins. Sea life like porpoises, minke whales and dolphins have also been known to roam the waters near the cliffs at Troup Head.
To ensure we preserve our Scottish wildlife for generations to come, it’s important to leave-no-trace when motorhoming. You can do this by disposing of any waste correctly at waste disposal facilities and by brushing up on your knowledge of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Wherever you are in Scotland, a castle is never too far away, and Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is no different.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is home to 263 castles, including the infamous Balmoral Castle, the private residence of the Royal Family. When the Royals are not staying, visitors can enjoy exhibitions in the Castle Ballroom and wander through the charming gardens and grounds.
The Royal Family tend to visit Balmoral more frequently in the summer, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment before you create your motorhome stop-off itinerary. It’s good to know which attractions, locations, facilities and car parks are open in line with the COVID-19 recovery phases before you set off.
Take your motorhome for a visit to untouched Scottish beauty at Cairngorms National Park. Like the rest of Scotland, the Cairngorms has official lay-bys that allow you to take a break from driving and rest on your journey.
The Park is also home to many motorhome and camping facilities. If you are travelling in a motorhome around Scotland, it is always advised that you use these official campsites when parking up for the night. By using these official campsites, you will help to preserve Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s natural landscape and reduce as much disruption to local residential areas as possible.
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