It probably goes without saying, of course, that we’ve set ourselves an impossible objective with the title of this blog.
Take any two motorhome owners – both fully committed to the satisfaction and pleasures of holidays on four wheels – and they’re almost certain to have widely different tastes, interests, and personal preferences. One might opt for what is virtually complete isolation on the most remote sites possible while the other is drawn to pitches on the edges of major towns or places where plentiful entertainment is on offer.
For all those wild differences and just to show how much we like to rise to any challenge here at Derby Motorhomes let’s compile our list of the top 10 UK motorhome holiday destinations – hoping that our selection might appeal to many of our readers, while acknowledging that it probably won’t suit everyone.
Since it’s England’s smallest county, Rutland is often overlooked as a holiday destination or somewhere for the perfect weekend break.
The imposing manor house and extensive grounds of the sumptuous Wing Hall Estate offer a tranquil rural setting for restful stays in a motorhome. It’s in the heart of some amazing Midlands countryside, surrounded by charming towns and villages, and sits on the shores of Rutland Water – which also hosts a vast water sports complex.
The city was once one of the richest and most important in Britain under successive occupations by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and medieval English. York is a must for anyone who loves history.
The countryside around here is breathtakingly beautiful but the city itself is a wonder to behold. There are plenty of good sites in which to park up your motorhome too – the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Rowntree Park Site is close to the city centre.
No list of top UK motorhome destinations would be complete without mention of northwest England’s internationally famous Lake District.
This really is a location for nature lovers with some staggeringly beautiful scenery and some great cycling, walking and water sports – and camping and motorhome sites abound.
Kilchoan, Scotland (West Highlands)
If you’ll be driving from England, of course, the Scottish Highlands are going to be a fairly long drive but you’re almost certain to have found it more than worthwhile.
There is spectacular scenery around the hills, lochs, and coast. If you want to see truly wild nature and some unique flora and fauna, this will be for you.
As we mentioned in our reference to Rutland, for some reason, the Midlands of England are often overlooked by many seeking a motorhome holiday. That’s a pity because both the East and West Midlands contain some lovely countryside and absolutely stacks of history and associated interesting things to do.
In Nottinghamshire, for example, you will find Sherwood Forest and be able to fully explore the legend of Robin Hood both amongst the trees and in the city of Nottingham itself.
Lee Valley (Northeast London)
For some motorhome owners, the idea of setting off to park in London would seem absurd.
However, there are sites available just outside of the centre of town in places such as Edmonton – a gateway to the verdant Lee Valley. From there you are but a short ride into the heart of one of the major cities of the world.
We assume that London’s many attractions require no further introduction here!
An area people regularly argue about in terms of where it starts and ends, the Cotswolds encompasses parts of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, and arguably Somerset.
There are plenty of great sights and you can explore some of the nation’s prettiest countryside and villages. Try Tewksbury, Gloucester, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Upper/Lower Slaughter.
The Isle of Wight
All too often bypassed by many motorhome owners as they pass between Portsmouth and France, this is a beautiful little island and one with some fantastic scenery.
Ferry prices are reasonable but do make sure that your motorhome insurance permits you to leave the UK mainland.
The variety and diversity of the principality of Wales make it far more than a single destination – and is, instead, practically a trip abroad with its own distinctive language and culture.
Whether you are heading north or south, you will see some fantastic scenery and charming villages. Try Conway (Conwy) in the north or the Gower Peninsula in the south.
Devon and Cornwall
Home to the English Riviera, some of the best weather in the UK, and a natural magnet for motorhome owners from across the whole country, the countryside of Devon and Cornwall is absolutely fantastic, as is the long coastline.
Oh yes, don’t forget those diet-busting cream teas!
Please note that the information provided is correct at the time of writing, but some activities or facilities may change or be withdrawn, so please always check directly with the provider before booking. Please also be aware of any restrictions relating to Covid.