12 Amazing Walks in Scotland.

12 Amazing Walks in Scotland.


Corra Linn waterfall at the Falls of Clyde


St Ninian’s Isle joined to Mainland by a tombolo of sand at Bigton, Shetland.
Picture Credit: P.Tomkins / VisitScotland

The Old Man of Hoy, Hoy, Orkney

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Scotland in the Winter

Scotland in the Winter

I came across this video today and thought you might also like to see it.

I’ll be adding more detail about travelling around Scotland in the winter.  I have been in a campervan over winter in Scotland and armed with walking boots, warm clothes and a flask of hot tea, set off on some amazing walks.

Free-camping is ok in most places around Scotland so the diesel overnight heater on board was essential when tempertures outside dropped to -6C and the water in the dog bowl froze!

Walking in the snow and having the place to ourselves was just magical.  Don’t be put off but be prepared.  Returning with the glow of a keen wind and finding warmth in the camper after a good stride across the hills is fantastic.


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Motorhome Rental Iceland

Motorhome Rental Iceland Special Offers and Discounts.

Motorhome Rental Iceland

Motorhome Rental Iceland

Motorhome rental Iceland Special Offers and Discounts.

Use this code when booking your motorhome rental in Iceland for a great discount:

Booking valid from 3 January 2017 to 30 June 2032
Travel valid from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2032

Best time to travel to Iceland:

Summer is July and August.

Northern Lights are at their best February, March, September and October.

Iceland, as seen by a drone

"Fire and Ice" is just one example of a new film-making genre: movies shot using flying cameras

Posted by The Economist on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Add Iceland to start your motorhome adventure.  You can rent a motorhome from Akureyri, Keflavik, Ryekjanesbaer and Reykjavik.  You can find out the cost of renting here Motorhome rental Iceland.

Check out VisitIceland.com Visit Iceland for more details on planning your holiday.  Iceland campsites.

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Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Top 10 Campervan and Motorhome Holiday Destinations

Road Bear RV Special Discounts

On the road – freedom to dream.

I have been looking at the top ten holiday destinations online, in the newspapers and from discussing the options with friends.  Everybody has a different view.

Trip Advisor publishes their traveller’s choice awards based on reviews from the Trip Advisor website.  The UK is tops here.  It is great for visitors from outside of the UK as our pound is very cheap if you are buying it from the USA, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.  There is incredibly good value in holidays here.

The best offers for renting a campervan or motorhome in the UK can be found here: Best offers on campervan and motorhome rental in the UK

France is listed third on the Trip Advisor list but it would come higher on mine.  Travelling through France in a motorhome is so well accepted that there are free places to camp overnight.  There are thousands of campsites that are everywhere and they are of a very high standard.

Many people take their own motorhomes to France but if you are further afield or, you want to have a taster and don’t own your own, then take the train, a car or fly to one of the main towns in France and you will find that we offer rentals from these centres.

There are pick up points in the following places in France: Ajaccio, Angers, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Poitiers, Rouen, Toulouse and Tours.

The vehicles in France range from small two berth campers:



to 4-berth campervans with shower and toilet on board.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

France-4-berth campervan rental.

The larger 6-berth motorhomes are great for family holidays.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

6 berth motorhome with bike racks for rental in France.

The next country in Trip Advisor’s best places to travel is Italy.  We rent out here too.  In fact, you can pick up in any of these cities:

Milan, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Pomezia, Albenga, Alghero, Bari, Golfo Aranci, Grosseto, Massa Carrara, Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Naples, Olbia, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Pisa, Pomezia, Pordenone, Porto Torres, Reggio Calabria,Rimini, Rome, Rome Ciampino airport, Rome Fiumicino airport, San Giovanni La Punta, Santa Teresa Gallura Port, Siena-Ampugnano, Trapani, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vicenza.

Of course, you may be able to take your own camper to Europe, but if you are from Australia, the exchange rate is brilliant!  If we want to go to Australia or New Zealand then our pound may not go as far but if we book early, then the rates are a lot cheaper.  Now is the time to book for next down under summer.  Or, if you don’t mind a cooler trip in the winter of New Zealand, then the rates are great.

Australia has a winterless north so book now for July and August as you won’t regret taking the kids to the Barrier Reef, or the Kimberleys or just the beach on one of Australia’s great stretches of golden sands.

If you are looking for an adventure that will get the adrenalin running then we also offer 4×4 campers for hire in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Namibia on the road!

This is a great way to experience the African bush.  Stay in campsites and explore the game parks and really get close to the wild life.  Take a good camera, and steady nerves!

If you haven’t thought of it before, the USA and Canada are second to none in providing the most amazing and spectacular scenery and experiences that will make your motorhome holiday the best.  Campsites are everywhere and kitted out with bbq areas, almost as much as the Ozzies!  The roads are big and wide as are the campers.  RV rental is on a different scale.  Loads of room and miles and miles of roads to explore and so family friendly.

Check out the deals here for this summer RV Rental in USA discounts and special offers.

Good luck planning your road trip but if you need any help, drop us an email and we’ll get you the best rates ever!

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Pete’s Dragon – in New Zealand

Check out this link to see what Pete’s Dragon sees of New Zealand.


Book a campervan to explore the sites that Pete’s Dragon sees https://www.campervans.com/new-zealand-campervan-rental.html

Take your family to New Zealand to see where the remake of Pete’s Dragon was made.  Explore the country and the sites at your own pace by motorhome.

The setting is Millhaven in America but in reality it is Tapanui in Otago in New Zealand’s grand South Island.

You will also spot Rotorua, Wellington and Queenstown in the movie.

The Shotover Canyon near Queenstown is where Elliot the Dragon flies through and over.

Pete’s Dragon opens in cinemas in September 2016.

The best time to tour New Zealand in a campervan or motorhome is anytime from November to April. It is cooler outside of those months but then you may like it that way!

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Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary




Boomtown Trail



Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary. This adventure will take you approximately – 486 km (302 miles).


Life on central Alberta’s Boomtown Trail is full of surprises. The trail’s two main highways, 21 and 56, form a long rectangle between New Sarepta in the north and Bassano in the south. It’s the perfect route to discover the boomtown architecture found in many of Alberta’s small towns built during Canada’s railway expansion at the turn of the century. Be sure to explore the many historic attractions, regional museums and quirky sights along the way.


Before leaving Edmonton spend some time discovering the city’s rich history. Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then, step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park – a huge living history park in the Edmonton River Valley. Discover an authentic 1919 steam train, fur trading post and 1920s midway. A visit to the outdoor Alberta Railway Museum is a must for all train fans. Stroll through the long carriages of a CN passenger train, investigate fascinating railway memorabilia and even take a ride on the rails.

Campsites around Edmonton:





From Edmonton, head south on Hwy 21 through New Sarepta, then east on Hwy 13 to Camrose. Discover local heritage at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, with a guided or self-guided tour of the original 1911 CN Railway depot. Then visit the Camrose & District Centennial Museum to wander through historic buildings, like a pioneer log house circa 1898 and a church from 1908. You’ll also find replicas that depict some of Camrose’s’ original boomtown architecture, including its fire hall, newspaper office and blacksmith shop. The town is home to Alberta’s first playhouse as well, so be sure to check out the Bailey Theatre, which opened in 1911.

Camrose Campsites:




Continue east on Hwy 13, then south on Hwy 56. Take a side trip east on Hwy 53 to the town of Donalda. Look for the world’s largest lamp at a whopping height of 12 m (42 ft). Steps away, at the Donalda & District Museum, you’ll find historic Métis and regional artefacts and a collection of more than 900 lamps – the largest in North America!



Campsites in Donalda:




Back on Hwy 56, drive south to Stettler and visit the Town and Country Museum to tour 26 historical buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and church, featuring pioneer furniture and artefacts. Pick up a brochure at the town office and do the self-guided Downtown Historical Walking Tour. If you have the time, take a vintage train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway.



The five to six hour trip, through Central Alberta’s big sky country, features exciting on board entertainment, historic tales and a full course buffet meal in Big Valley before heading back.

Campsites around Stettler, Alberta:




From Stettler, go west on Hwy 12 to Erskine, then north on Hwy 835 to Rochon Sands Provincial Park. Swim in the warm waters of Buffalo Lake and have a picnic on the sandy beach. It’s also great location for bird watching and you may even spot some of the elk, moose or deer that roam the area.


Back on Hwy 12, head southwest on Hwy 21 to Delburne. A must-see is the Anthony Henday Museum, which features a CN train station, caboose, railway water tower, replica pioneer cabin and one-room school, throughout its four floors of exhibits.

Delburne Campsite:




Continue south to the town of Trochu and learn about the first French settlers at the Trochu and District Museum. Be sure to stop by the Golf and Country Club to see the world’s largest golf tee – an impressive 12 m (40 ft) tall roadside attraction.



If you have the inclination, take a detour east on Hwy 585 to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, oneEdmonton_Calgary_Boomtown_Trail_3 of Alberta’s best kept secrets.

 Alberta Parks Information Site


Drive on towards Strathmore and then head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Calgary. Explore the National Historic Site of Fort Calgary to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the impact the railway had on city. Then visit Heritage Park – the country’ largest living history museum – to experience how Western Canada’s evolved, with streets and buildings portraying life from the 1860s to the 1950s.

Calgary Campsites



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Finland The Archipelago Trail

Finland: the Archipelago Trail

Finland has the largest archipelago in the world.  Follow this trail via road, bridges and ferry to see old wooden houses, lighthouses, old buildings and spectacular scenery.

You can explore other islands by sea taxi.

Finland archipelago campsite

Finland archipelago campsite

There are over 20,000 islands in the Turku archipelago.

The Finnish Tourist Board offer a free touring map.  See it here

The trail starts in the city of Turku and you travel about 250kms if you want to complete the full route.  You can comfortable travel the trail from the end of May to the end of August.  It is open in the winter months too but you may have to back-track on some legs.

There are many campsites along the route.  Here is a copy of the map.

Finland’s legal concept of everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits, and the freedom of the country’s vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. Public access to private land is much wider in Finland, and the other Nordic countries, than in most other countries.

Details of “Everyman’s Rights” can be found here.

You’ll find more information and other touring routes in Finland here:

Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome

Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome

Silta Finland Turka archipelago

Silta Finland Turka archipelago



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Belgium Explore with this route planner provided by Visit Belgium.

Explore Belgium by Province

Belgium  Explore with this route planner provided by Visit Belgium.

Visit Belgium

Namur (E 411)Namur strategic position on the Meuse and Sambre made it the ideal military site. The imposing citadel still stands and can be visited. In the charming and busy town you will also find an archeological museum that houses a beautiful treasury of Hugo d’Oignies, composed of delicate 13th century metal work in gold and silver.  The satirical irreverent artist Felicien Rops, native of Namur has a museum devoted tohis work, well worth a stop.
AnnevoieOn the way to Dinant stay on the west bank of the Meuse (N 92) and visit the gardens of Annevoie. Surrounding an elegant house of the 17th and 18th century these are a combination of traditional French and romantic Italian styles and famous for their fountains, canals, cascades and other creative uses of the water of the natural springs.
MaredsousTake the yellow road5km south west of Annevoievisit de abbey of Maredsous where you can taste monk’s beer and cheese.
DinantAnother of those cities that was always at war with its rival neighbors. The very imposing citadel must have made the citizens feel safe. Perched on a rock it overlooks the river.
Freyr castleJust outside of Dinant (follow the Meuseriver) Freyr is a beautiful castle in Renaissance Mosan and Louis XV style,surrounded by gardens designed by the counts Beaufort Spontin , again with inspiration from Le Notre in the 17th century . It also has an excellent view of the Meuse and the rocks on the other bank.   Cross the Meuse to Furfooz via the Walzin Castle.
VevesCross the Meuse direction Furfooz ( N 910) to one of the bestpreservedmedieval castles in Belgium standing imposingly in a bucolic setting.
CellesContinue on N 910 to Celles a beautiful village with a Romanesque church ofthe 11th century in pure Mosan style. Pay attention to the tombstone of theBeauforts in black Dinant marble.HanAt the door of the Ardennes, one-hour drive from Brussels, the Caves of Han are among the largest, most renowned and beautiful caves in Europe and thoroughly deserve their 3-star rating in the Michelin guide: entry aboard a 100-year-old tram, multilingual guided tours, sound and light show and exit along the underground river.   The Caves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings,  which host a Wildlife Reserve where European wild species roam in their natural environment.Next to the world-famous Caves of Han,  a Wildlife Reserve extends over 250 hectares of pure nature, where several European wildlife species roam in their natural environment : deer, boars, wolves, lynx, European bisons and many others.  The Reserve is visited in safari-car or by foot.
LIEGELiege is a historical city on the river Meuse, dating back to Charlemagne. With a wonderful central location, it is only one hour from Brussels by train or car and just two hours by Thalys from Paris to the new Liege-Guillemins Station designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava.
SPAThis town gave its name to all spas in the world. The waters have been famous since Roman times. Crowned heads such as Queen Margot, Queen Christine of Sweden, Peter the Great and also our own King Leopold II come here to drink and bathe in the waters, soak in mud baths and walk in the beautiful forests. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world, construction began in 1763 by the prince-bishop of Liege.
Today, the Pearl of the Ardennes is a place to enjoy outdoor theater performances in the summer, music festivals and the surrounding forests offer ideal hiking and biking paths.
FRANCORCHAMPSThe world famous Spa-FrancorchampsFormula IRace Track calls this forest town home. With advance notice, you can even live out your childhood fantasy of becoming a formula 1 driver and take a spin on the track.
STAVELOTThis Ardenne village is most famous for its annual lent carnival. In the St. Sebastian church you can admire a 13th century reliquary of St. Remaclus.
MALMEDYThis charming town is set in a hollow surrounded by steep wooded hills. Continue toReinhardstein castle, an imposing fortress resuscitated from its ruins according to 17th century drawings. At onetime the family Metternich was owner of this castle.
EUPEN.This stretch of the N68 highway from Malmedy to Eupen is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, going right through the HAUTES FAGNES natural reserve. In the park the SIGNAL DE BOTRANGE marks the highest point in Belgium (2.277 ft).  On a clear day you can see as far as the city of Aachen in Germany from the top.
From Eupen you can go back to Liege or on to Brussels.
BOUILLONThe city of Bouillon goes back to the first crusades when Godefroid of BOUILLON went to Jerusalem. To pay for the travel expenses he had to sell his castle, whose existence dates back to the 10th century, to the Prince Bishops of Liege. From one of the towers there is a sweeping view of the meandering Semois river .
The small city of Bouillon is a pleasant spot to stay and from where you can take lovely hiking trips in the beautiful forests all around.
ORVALThis Benedictine abbey was founded in 1070, and later, during the 12th century, it became one of the most famous Cistercian monasteries in Europe. The monks still brew beer and make their own cheese today.
BASTOGNEIt was here that the Germans made a last attempt at an offensive with Antwerp as their target. The allies rebuffed the attack in one of the bloodiest battles of the war known as the Battle of the Bulge. The MARDASSON is the monument honoring the American soldiers who fought and died here.
NADRIN& La Roche en ArdennesTwo pleasant holiday villages in the Belgian Ardennes with great inns and delicious restaurants.

South West of Brussels: Hainaut Province
Brussels – > Beloeil – Tournai – Mons – Nivelles – Waterloo -> Brussels – a 157 miles trip
Beloeil (Highway E19)

The castle belongs to the family of the princes of Ligne since the 14th century. It has wonderful gardens, a 15acre basin designed by a disciple of Le Notre. Inside, the castle has a museum like collection of fine furniture, tapestries, family portraits and memorabilia.


Tournai (via Stambruges to E42 )

A city already important in the roman times and later under King Clovis was an important tapestry – weaving center in the 15th and 16th century. The Romanesque cathedral is one of the most imposing and original buildings in Europe. Inside the church look for the treasury containing the silver and gold reliquary of Nicolas de Verdun. The town has a nice main square with the oldest belfry in Belgium just around the corner. The Fine Art Museum was built by Victor Horta.



Mons was developed around a castle and a monastery in the 7th century. A magnificent church in Brabant Gothic style houses the 18th c. Golden Chariot which annually carries de reliquary of St Waudru through the streets of the city. The procession ends with the pageant of the battle of the Lumecon, between St George and the Dragon. Guess who wins¦ A beautiful baroque Belfry stands on the highest point of the city from where there are great views of the surrounding countryside and the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Hainaut as well as an 11th c. Chapel.


Just outside Mons, visit a coal mining industrial archeological site le Grand Hornu. A remarkable complex in neo classical style where the workplace and homes are integrated. It is now a museum, check with the local tourist office in Mons for special exhibits that are regularly organized in this spectacular space.


Nivelles (E42 leads into E19)

This very old town goes back to Carolingian times.The most important monument to visit is St, Gertrude’ Collegiate church. A very impressive Romanesque abbey church consecrated in the 12thcentury by Henry III (yes of France). The size and simplicity inside and outside are striking. The archeological basement consists of the ruins of 5other churches, from the 7th to 10thcentury, which preceded the Romanesque one.


Waterloo (E19 to belt around Brussels, then follow directions to Antwerp and get off at N5 to Waterloo). This is the famous battlefield where Napoleon was defeated by the combined forces of Wellington and Blucher.


South of Brussels: Namur Province

Brussels – Namur – Annevoie – Maredsous – Dinant – Freyr –  Veves – Celles – Brussels (97 miles)

East of Brussels: Liege Province

Liege -Spa – Francorchamps – Malmedy – Stavelot – Reinhardstein – Eupen -Liege (78 miles)

South East of Brussels: Luxembourg Province

Bouillon – Orval – Bastogne – Nadrin – La Roche en Ardennes



A Belgian Beer Route

Brussels – Chimay – Dinant – Maredsous – Rochefort

Destination 1: Brussels
Spend the day café hopping in Europe’s capital. Begin on theGrand Place, then work your way to Halles St. Gery. End at La Mort Subite (At The Sudden Death), named after a game some of the regular patrons played when the brasserie first opened in 1910.
Throughout the day, you may notice a number of non-descript alleys. Take a moment and walk down one… you may discover your favorite brasserie hiding there!Do Not Miss:








Destination 2: Chimay
The city of Chimay is located at the edge of the Hautes Fagnes. Nature lovers will enjoy the trails through the forest or across the country. But the highlight of the day will be the Abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont, where the trappist monks have been producing their famous beer and cheese since 1862.

Do Not Miss:

Chimay Trappist Abbey

The Historical Center of Chimay

Castle of the Princes of Chimay

Suggestion: Stop by Charleroi on your way to Chimay. The city is right along the route, making it a great place to do some sightseeing while you stretch your legs.
Sights in Charleroi:


Destination 3: Dinant and the Maredsous Abbey
A short trip from Brussels is Dinant, birthplace of the saxophone. This picturesque town is boxed between the Meuse River on one side and a cliff on the other. Next to Dinant, you’ll find the lush grounds of the Maredsous Abbey founded in 1872, which produces three kinds of beers, a blonde, brune and triple.

Do Not Miss:


Destination 4: Rochefort
The Val de Lesse region is known for its exceptional nature, with forests, rivers, castles and caves waiting to be explored by foot, bike or even on horseback. However, for the beer connoisseur, you’ll want to tour the grounds of the Rochefort Trappist Abbey.

Do Not Miss:

Suggestion: On your way back to Brussels, take some time to stop in Namur, the regional capital of French-speaking Belgium. Take a Stroll through the historical heart of this romantic city, located where the Sambre and the Meuse Rivers converge.

Sights in Namur:





From Brussels To Liege

Day 1 –  Brussels (Pick a themed walking tour of Brussels)

Day 2 – Liege (Train: 1 hour or Highway E40: 61 miles)

If this is your first trip to Liege, click here for a list of the Must Sees of Liege.



Liege – the Hidden city

Visit Liege like a local by taking a stroll along Rue St. Gilles, a long street lined with shops. Or wander through the “Carre” district, an extensive quarter of pedestrian streets near the Cathedral. By day, this neighborhood is bustling with shoppers browsing the trendy boutiques for the latest fashions. By night, Le Carre becomes the place to be for nightlife in Liege. Many of the best shops in town are located in 18th century mansions with stone facades and wooden floors that have been carefully restored to their original state. To enjoy a stunning view of the city take the picturesque “Sentier des Coteaux”. Don’t forget to check the splendid Opera house and to browse through some of Belgian’s best bookshops.

The Place Saint-Lambert is one of Liege’s main areas where people meet up and hang out. It was landscaped by the architect Paul Strebelle. On the east side of the square look for modern buildings, each of one in a different color and done in a different style. The Square and its district is also refered to as the “Ilot Saint Michel” and is sure to become a masterpiece of modern Belgian architecture.

Above the street level, there is a series of secret gardens . They look semi-private, so you will have to go through a half-closed gate, climb steps and cross a bridge to reach a strange elevated garden that looks down on the old brick houses around Saint Croix Church. Sounds like a secret missions, but it’s worth the effort!


Castles, Gardens and Charming Villages
Brussels – Dinant – Lavaux St. Anne – Grottes de Han – Rochefort – Marche en Famenne – Modave – Huy – Namur – Brussels (142 miles)
Lavaux-St-Anne: Take the N94 to Lavaux-St-Anne, a hunting castle now a museum of Hunting, Game, Falconry and Nature.


Han sur Lesse and the Grottes de Han (N86 left at Lavaux-St-Anne) – A giant calcareous cave cut out by the Lesse river some 10km long can be visited. One of the rooms called, Chamber of Wonders, has the mysterious magic of a crystal palace. Rochefort – Charming town on the Ourthe river is fishing hiking and biking paradise.


Marche en Famenne to Durbuy – Stay on N86, beautiful road to Durbuy which is another charming small town ideal for fishing, walking, biking. Take N641 to Modave castle.


Modave Castle – Begun in the 13thcentury the Count of Marchin restored it in the 17thcentury to its present glory. Beautiful inside and outside. Lovely views of Hoyoux valley.


Huy – Continue on N641 to Huy. The collegiate church in flamboyant gothic style was finished in the 15th century and is famous for its rosewindow 30ft in diameter. Alsovisit the treasury with a rich collection of Mosan gold and silver and two magnificent reliquaries from the 12th and 13thcentury.


Take the N 643 to E411 back to Brussels



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