Motorhoming in Scotland in August
Whether you are driving to Scotland or flying into Edinburgh to collect your motorhome, Edinburgh is likely to be one of your first stops. Here are a few things you need to know about what’s happening in Edinburgh this August…
EDINBURGH HOSTS SIX INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS EVERY YEAR IN AUGUST.
The most famous, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, brings thousands of performers and millions of visitors into the city every year. It is the world’s largest arts festival with cultures coming together from all corners of the globe. The streets are lined with performers, there is a huge choice of shows catering for all ages, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You could spend hours wandering along the Royal Mile taking in the street performances, attend the ‘Free Fringe’ where you pay by donation at the end, or book tickets to shows that tickle your fancy.
The International Art Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, International Book Festival, International Festival and the Mela are also held throughout August and each have equal reputations for being world renowned.
This year, the first of the festivals is the International Art Festival opening on 27th July 2017. The festivals will finish on 28th August 2017.
DRIVING TO EDINBURGH
If you are driving into Edinburgh with a motorhome in August, expect traffic and allow for extra travel time. Driving into the city centre is not ideal as traffic is heavy, many streets are closed as they are pedestrianised over the festival period and parking is difficult to find. There is increased public transport is and it is cheap so fortunately parking further out of the city does not pose any problems. The A1 is the main link to the South East and stretches all the way to London, so you can expect traffic to slow as you approach Edinburgh. If you are arriving into Glasgow, Edinburgh is only 1 hour 15 minutes away via either the A8 and A9, and well worth the trip to witness the excitement of the festivals. As you approach from the West, Edinburgh Festival Camping is located on the A8, minutes from the A9 and 20 minutes short of the city centre.
IF YOU ARE FLYING INTO EDINBURGH AIRPORT
If you are flying into Edinburgh and collecting your motorhome from the airport, from where you land are only a 25 minute tram journey from the city centre and very close to the M8 and M9. From this side of Edinburgh you could easily zip onto the motorway and continue your journey into Scotland. The closest campsite to Edinburgh Airport is Edinburgh Festival Camping, just a few minutes drive or 21 minutes walk away.
You must arrange your accommodation before you arrive. Accommodation is in high demand over August, often booking out weeks if not months in advance. Motorhome and caravan accommodation is quite limited, so you do need to plan ahead. Hotels and hostels inflate their prices over August so campsites are by far the cheapest option, but again, booking early is essential. It is well worth spending a couple of days in Edinburgh, if only to see Edinburgh and to get a feel for these world class festivals, even if you don’t intend to go to any shows. Don’t miss out.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL CAMPING
Edinburgh Festival Camping is the only campsite dedicated to visitors and performers of the Edinburgh Festivals. Edinburgh Festival Camping offers premium grass pitches to motorhomes and caravans, space for tents and we also provide Pre-Pitched Tents and Glamping. Located on the A8 and with great public transport links that are serviced 24 hours a day, the campsite is ideally located for all visitors of the Edinburgh Festivals and easy onward connections. We provide information on public transport, the festivals and Fringe Programmes, so we can help you get settled in and find your way around. Our friendly staff are on hand 24 hours a day. We are within walking distance of a local convenience store, or for a larger shop, the Gyle Centre is just 10 minutes drive up the road with a large Morrisons supermarket and outdoor car park.
If you are collecting a hired motorhome from the airport, you could save a bit more money by hiring a Pre-Pitched Tent for the duration of your stay in Edinburgh, and you could then collect your motorhome from the airport when you are ready to start the next leg of your journey.
A couple of other tips…
Though in the height of summer, Scotland can still get quite cold in August, particularly at night. We love camping, but full length pajamas at night and jumpers for those cloudy days are a must.
THE INFAMOUS SCOTTISH MIDGE
Midges, small biting flies, become less of an issue as the summer months wear on, but do not underestimate these flies. Though not so much an issue in Edinburgh, if you are travelling into the highlands, you may need protection from them. While you are in the beautiful Scottish outdoors, we recommend you check out the Midge Forecast and if needed, pick up some Smidge, a Scottish deet-free insect repellent liquid developed in Scotland specifically against the dreaded midge.