Explore far flung Orkney in a motorhome rental ScotlandPosted on: February 20, 2017
It’s time to start planning a spring holiday, and a motorhome rental Scotland is truly the best way to soak up all the flower-covered beauty that our country has to offer.
If you haven’t explored Orkney yet, it really should be on your bucket list. This far-flung and mysterious corner of Scotland is almost like a completely different country- in fact, the Viking influence give it a feel distinct from the rest of the country, and spring is the perfect time to explore it in a motorhome rental Scotland!
From Edinburgh, you will drive up through the Cairngorms National Park and Inverness, which is a great place to stop on the way for the night. Take a leisurely drive up through wild and beautiful Caithness to Gill’s Bay, where you will catch the vehicle ferry to Orkney. It’s easy to get your motorhome rental Scotland on and off the large ferry- no backing required- then it’s time to sit back and enjoy the hour-long journey to this almost otherworldly chain of islands.
The ferry lands in St Margaret’s Hope on the main island, a charming village with lovely art galleries and wee shops. There are welcoming touring parks around the island, especially near the main towns of Stromness and Kirkwall, but if you are feeling adventurous, you just may find an idyllic spot to wild camp in your motorhome rental Scotland.
There are practically no trees on the islands, only gorgeous, sweeping views of the ocean and a carpet of colourful sea pinks, wild thyme and white ox-eye daisies. Have your camera at the ready, as there are so many dramatic spots that you’ll want to capture on film- we especially love the views at Yesnaby, where red sandstone cliffs drop dramatically straight down to the sea.
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There are so many fantastic archaeological sites on Orkney- some of the finest in Scotland- and it’s easy to explore them in a motorhome rental. Our ‘don’t miss’ list includes Skara Brae and the Broch of Gurness, where you can see the how the ancient inhabitants lived in a nearly perfectly preserved 5,000 year old houses.
The Ring of Brodgar and Ness of Brodgar standing stones may not be as famous as Stonehenge, but are every bit as impressive. Maeshowe and the Tomb of the Eagle give you the opportunity to actually get in an ancient chambered tomb. And don’t miss the Italian Chapel in Lambholm, where WWII POWs constructed a stunning place of worship complete with murals and mosaics, made with every day objects. Orkney is not that big, so it’s easy to get around to these sites in your motorhome rental Scotland.
Explore Orkney in a motorhome rental for a special holiday in Scotland that really is out of the ordinary!