Experts share their tips for exploring the UK by motorhome this summer
Motorhome rental in the UK has been strongly encouraged by travelers looking for private accommodation that allows freedom on the road between locks.
Joining the established car rental players in the market, a number of boutique operators are now offering revamped retro rides, and several van sharing sites offer a wide selection of private vehicles. Rentals run the gamut from comfortable family motorhomes to rustic 1960s VWs. Businesses include Barell of Monkeys, Bunk Campers, Quirky Campers, YEscapa, and van sharing communities such as Camplify and Camptoo.
Keep in mind that while you have the freedom of the road, you can’t just park and camp anywhere. Given the current popularity of RV travel and domestic travel dominating this summer, it would be advisable to book locations well in advance through resources such as The Camping and Caravanning Club or Pitchup.
Founded in 2019, Indie Campers is now one of Europe’s largest RV rental companies, and their best advice for planning a trip is to be flexible. “Estimate the route you want to take and book campsites in advance to be safe,” says a spokesperson. “However, don’t forget to leave room for impromptu activities and enjoy every moment as you go.”
The company recommends a visit to the beaches and villages of the 35km ‘English Riviera’ of Devon: “You can explore the historic island of Bigbury-on-Sea, the 3km long beach at Torcross and the coves of Salcomb sand. Or a little further north, the Jurassic Coast is perfect for a few relaxing days with coastal walks, endless cliffside views and charming villages. Don’t miss the Old Town of Corfe Castle, the Cliff Walks at Old Harry Rock, as well as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
Further north, the Fife Coast just beyond Edinburgh is both Scotland’s sunniest spot and home to its longest continuous coastal path, an outstanding 117 mile option to do more than stretch your legs. legs between trips. “Stop at the quintessential Scottish village of Culross, the castles of Aberdour and the beaches of St Andrew’s West Sands and Kinghorn – all highly recommended, especially for family adventures.”