Reasons to make Scotland your next summer road trip destination

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People often associate Scotland with cold weather, rain and grey skies. 

However, when the heavens clear and the sun shines – Scotland is a magical place. The summer months bring with them long days, thriving wildlife and nights filled with celebrations and festivities – which are just a few of the reasons Scotland should be on your summer holiday to-do list. 

If, like many other Brits, you’re considering a vacation in the UK this year to avoid ongoing flight disruption and airport chaos, why not hop in your caravan or motorhome and head up north? 

The team at VisitScotland have come up with a list of attractions and activities that can be enjoyed in Scotland this summer. 

Whether you want to explore historic cities with your partner or discover hidden gems on a family road trip, Scotland has plenty to offer for every kind of traveller. 

So what are some key attractions that can’t be missed if you’re planning a summer getaway to Scotland? 

A much anticipated annual event, Scotland’s full summer festival programme is returning this year for the first time since 2019. There’ll be seven festivals running between July and August, including jazz, art and theatre, literature, film and comedy festivals. 

If your trip happens to fall between August 5th and 29th, don’t miss the iconic Fringe Festival, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. 

Once you’ve had your fill of city life and festival excitement, hop in your leisure vehicle and explore some of Scotland’s 10,000 miles of coastline. 

Home to a selection of the best beaches in the UK, Scotland boasts crystal clear waters and sandy seaside ideal for getting your daily dose of vitamin D or even trying your hand at a spot of wild swimming, kayaking or white water rafting. 

Summer is also a great time to explore the best of the Scottish wilderness. The country is home to two national parks – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms – that boast countless hiking trails, wildlife spotting opportunities and breathtaking views. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and a jacket just in case it gets chilly when the sun starts to set. 

With plenty of spots to pitch up dotted across the country, Scotland is the perfect UK summer holiday location to explore in a caravan or motorhome.