Embracing Van Life: Top Funky Destinations to Visit This Summer

Ok, so you’ve chosen your dates and hired your ideal Camptoo campervan. What’s next? It’s time to plan an exciting route for your summer road trip. Read on for some funky spots you might like to add to your itinerary…

Cornwall

Rather than funky, let’s say this location is “far out” – it’s time to get up on your surfing slang! After all, Cornwall is the perfect place to put it into practice.  National Geographic has described Newquay as the home of British surfing, so if you dream of being barrelled by a big wave then this is your chance.

Maybe you’d rather stay dry. That’s ok – there are plenty of entertaining alternatives to the water sports scene. Fans of mythology will be drawn to Merlin’s Cave and King Arthur’s Stone, and the Ruins of Restormel Castle are also worth pulling over to see.

Our top pick: Gwithian Farm

Scottish Highlands

According to Just Go, “the Scottish Highlands boast glorious scenery with big skies, majestic mountains, mysterious lochs, and grand castles.” Sound like your cup of tea? The good news is that this part of the country has a strong camping culture, meaning you won’t be short of potential sites to settle on.

The views as you drive will undoubtedly be breathtaking, but you should also stop the van to check out some local attractions. The battlefield of Culloden, for example, has an eerie atmosphere that must be experienced to be understood, and you can learn about the rich history of the friendly Highland people at the Highland Folk Museum.

Our top pick: Scotland’s Route 66 (It’s the best!)

Lake District

Do you like to hike? Then you’ll love the Lake District. There, you can park your campervan and head out over the hills. Ambitious hikers might even attempt Scafell Pike, England’s tallest peak. The National Trust warns that this is “a tough, steep hike which involves scrambling over hard terrain,” so it’s not for the faint-hearted!

After a long day spent outdoors, you might crave more than a campervan dinner. Thankfully, the Lake District is home to many traditional country pubs that serve delicious hearty meals. Pick the right one and you may even enjoy a seat next to a roaring fire!

Our top pick: Mains Farm (UK’s Largest national Park!)

 

Cardigan Bay

Rove recently reported a well-kept secret: Cardigan Bay is one of the best dolphin-spotting destinations in Europe. What more reason do you need to drive your campervan down to the Welsh coast? You can spy these gorgeous animals in their natural habitat all year round, but the summer months are your best bet to see them in action.

This unspoiled area is an ideal destination for some rest and relaxation. You might choose to chill on the beach or to take a charter boat and get up close to the dolphin population. Trips run daily!

Our top pick: Drive the whole length of Llyn to Pembrokeshire for breathtaking views!

Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a popular camping spot, and it’s easy to see why. Culturally, you’re simply spoiled for choice there. Arty types will want to make a day of the Cotswolds Sculpture Park, while car enthusiasts will be delighted by the Cotswolds Motoring Museum. Don’t forget that the architecture of Gloucester Cathedral is notoriously beautiful, too: Harry Potter fans might just recognise this building!

Make time to simply wander around too. You never know what treasures you’ll discover in what Conde Nast Traveller calls the “creamy-stone villages full of fabulous antique stores and cheese shops.”

Brighton

What’s funky about Brighton? Well, what isn’t funky about it? Visit and you’ll soon see for yourself why World Travel Guide has described the town as “kitsch, confident and cool.” A day can easily and enjoyably be spent on the beach and at the iconic pier, and at night you might buy a ticket to take in a show at the Pavilion.

Brighton is as boho as Britain gets, so if you’re looking for retro clothes shops, live music, vegan treats, and craft beer, you’ll find plenty to like here. Because it’s an in-demand location for holidaymakers, there are plenty of campervan sites to choose from nearby.

Our top attraction pick: Kite Surfing at Shoreham Beach!

France

If you have your heart set on heading further afield in your Camptoo campervan, France is the obvious choice. Using the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you can arrive in just 35 minutes.

Corsica is a very popular route, but you might also consider getting to know Bordeaux. Just make sure to plan your route strategically:  you’ll want to park up and take advantage of this region’s delicious wines!

Our top pick: Read up about Real Aires UK (Campra)

Overwhelmed with options? The cool thing is that you can personally curate the perfect holiday! Campervans facilitate freedom, meaning you don’t have to limit yourself to one destination.

This article was written by our guest blogger Olivia Wood ! Thanks Olivia

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