Whether you bring your own car, hire one or hire a motorhome, four wheels is a great way to explore what Scotland has to offer. But what do you need to bear in mind?


Take it slowly! There is no rush and when it comes to unfamiliar territory, it is always best to allow plenty of time to reach your next destination.


Scotland has changeable weather. Whilst it might be blue skies and sunshine in the city, a few miles up the road, and elevation brings snow and ice, or lashing rain and wind. Check the weather forecast before you set out and if bad weather is forecast, have everything you need to hand.

Drive on the left-hand side 

For foreign visitors, pulling out on the wrong side of the road can be a common error, with catastrophic consequences. Before you pull out, check and check again you are on the left-hand side of the road

Be realistic

When planning your trip, be realistic about the distance you can cover in a day or a few hours. You don’t want to spend hours and hours driving, only to find you have 10 minutes at an attraction before you have to set off to find your accommodation for the night.

Have drive-free days

Scotland has some stunning scenery, and seeing them from car or motorhome is a great way to see it. But you don’t want to spend your entire holiday in a vehicle. Factor in drive-free days where you can rest and enjoy what is on offer.

Be prepared

Like any road trip, it pays to be prepared. That means having a first aid kit in the car, sat nav and map, as well as pre-booking accommodation and ferry trips etc. Also, be prepared for windy roads in remote areas of the country.

Seeing Scotland by car or motorhome is a great way to travel. Be prepared and plan ahead to get the best out of it.