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Located on the eastern shores of Scotland, the city of Aberdeen is one of the largest in the country. Like many of Scotland’s metropolitan areas, Aberdeen combines old-world charm with a modern, multicultural atmosphere. Escape to Aberdeen and you’ll discover historic buildings with bustling commercial districts jam-packed with art galleries, entertainment venues, and fine dining. (Not to mention some of the most beautiful scenery the United Kingdom has to offer.)
Book an RV in Aberdeen and enjoy easy access to the Scottish Highlands and Aberdeen’s stunning coast. Don’t feel like driving your RV rental from Aberdeen around the city? A well-connected public transportation system makes it easy to get from A to B.
Although Aberdeen is technically located in the Scottish Lowlands, the city sits so close to the Scottish Highlands that you’ll get to enjoy the best of both landscapes. With a variety of sights to see and easy access to many of them, Aberdeen is the ideal place to rent an RV. There’ll never be a dull moment on your camping trip. The charming coastal city of Aberdeen has some striking seaside cliffs which offer breathtaking views of the North Sea. Gaze out at the calm sea and feel like you’re on the edge of the world.
Just west of Aberdeen is Cairngorms National Park, located in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. Here, you’ll be treated to mystical views of cliff faces and towering mountains. The best way to discover this national park is on one of the many hiking trails that wind through the park. Alternatively, if you’re visiting during the winter, you can venture north to the UK’s only sleddog center.
If you’ve chosen to rent a small campervan, or you’re prepared to tighten your boots and pack a backpack, then you can travel two hours west of Aberdeen into the Scottish Highlands. One popular trail is the 70-mile Speyside Trail, which takes hikers from Elgin to Kingussie. Another popular trail is the 80-mile East Highland Way, which connects Kingussie to Fort William. To get even further away from the city and its conveniences, hike a stretch of the Formartine and Buchan Way Trail. Just north of Aberdeen, this 50-mile route rewards determined hikers with charming coastal views.
After driving and hiking all around northern Scotland, you’ll need to find a place to park your motorhome rental near Aberdeen. Fortunately, you’ll find an array of camping options both inland and on the coast.
Want to stay a spell by the ocean? Travel a little south of Aberdeen to Inverbervie Caravan Park. This seaside retreat has plenty of accommodations to make your camping holiday feel like a luxury getaway. You’ll have powered sites as well as access to laundry facilities and showers. Guests can play tennis, tee off at the golf course, or go fishing — all within a reasonable distance of the park. After a long day of hiking through the Highlands, this would be the perfect campsite to unwind and let yourself be hypnotized by the calming North Sea.
If you’re looking for a place a little more inland to park your campervan rental from Aberdeen, then head west of town to Deeside Holiday Park. With several fields prepared for caravans, you’ll have access to electric sites and water hookups at this Aberdeen RV campground. The basic fields have toilets and shower facilities ready for use as well.
If you’re going to be driving your RV rental from Aberdeen all over Scotland, then you might want to consider learning more about the area and experiencing some Scottish culture before you set off.
To see the unique gem of Aberdeen’s history, take some time to visit the Cathedral Church of St. Machar. The cathedral has been a Celtic site of worship since the sixth century, but the building you’ll see today dates back to the early 12th century. Step inside to see the imposing organ, glittering stained glass windows, and the war memorial. Whether you choose to attend a worship service or just want to see the interior, the cathedral is worth exploring on your camping trip in Aberdeen.
History buffs keen to learn more about Aberdeen’s legacy as a port city should tour Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Take your time perusing models of ships dating back to the 17th century as well as an extensive art collection. This is one attraction the whole family is sure to love, thanks to interactive exhibits and activities specifically for the little ones.
After a day of exploring, head over to Old Aberdeen on the north side of town and pop into one of the local restaurants. Ready to continue your road trip through Scotland? You'll find an abundance of gas stations and grocery stores where you can refuel and restock. Whether you're planning to hit up popular destinations like Glasgow, Dundee, and Edinburgh, or you're keen to venture off the beaten path, Aberdeen's major roadways will take you where you want to go.