5 best campsites in Scotland for campervans
Written by Davide Tedesco|
Our fantastic guests, Anne Marie, Colin, Erin and Evie, took Bonnie for a journey in the stunning coastal area of Fife. They loved the experience so much that they wanted to share it. Are you thinking of going for a coastal adventure but you are not sure where? Read our guests' story and fall in love with Fife!
This was our first trip with Bonnie, The Edinburgh Address’ fantastic VW campervan.
It was 4 o’clock, time to leave work. Our 3 year old (Erin) and 6 year old (Evie) were excited. We were setting off for Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay in Fife as soon as I got home. This wasn’t just any camping trip, this was our first trip with Bonnie, The Edinburgh Address’ (TEA) fantastic VW campervan. Already kitted out with roof box, Sheltapod, and bedding from the fabulous TEA, we only need add the essentials – waterproofs (it’s Scotland after all) bucket and spades, scooters and some beverages for the adults. The smaller details of the food and clothing were added at some point by my wife, Anne Marie, although I didn’t seem to notice as these were neatly packed away in the great storage and cubby holes to be found in Bonnie the campervan. I added the destination postcode to Bonnie’s Garmin and we set off. 15 minutes later the Queensferry crossing loomed large.
It was 6 o’clock on Friday but Scotland’s newest bridge was jam-free and crossing at motorway speeds…or we would have been! The skies were black overhead, not a good sign for a weekend camping trip. We had passed the first of only 2 joints on the new bridge when Bonnie's wiper hit double speed and our line of traffic dropped to 20 mph as drivers struggled to see the car in front. The heavens opened and rain was coming down in sheets. I won’t lie, it crossed my mind to return home and forget about Fife but Bonnie’s air-con kept the windows clear and after all we had our waterproofs.
So on we charged.
By the time we passed Methil, the Sun was splitting the sky. ”It was only a shower Dad!” shouted our 6 year old from the back of the van. Shell Bay is a lovely spot, just on the southern tip of the Fife peninsula. We passed the pirate ship play park as we drove in to Elie Holiday Park to the delight of the girls. There was a friendly welcome at reception, I was given a key for the shower block in exchange for a £20 deposit and directed to our pitch, selected due to its equidistant proximity to both the shower block and the play park. The girls bounded off to the park and I could get on with setting up the van. I emptied the roof box and popped the roof up all too easily. Popped the bonnet, under which was the commando socket and connected it to the hook-up. Now the Sheltapod. I was a little apprehensive. I like to be prepared and have tested everything before I leave on a trip. As is evident Bonnie being a rental I didn’t have that luxury. I needn’t have worried, it was very straightforward and within about 45 minutes I had everything ready for the night. If you’ve put a tent up this is just as simple, the only difference being the Sheltpod slides into a fixing above the van door to provide an awning like cover between the van and Sheltapod. I slept in the pop-up with Evie and Anne Marie downstairs on the roll bed with Erin. Having not slept in a pop-up before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was cosy and comfortable upstairs and akin to sleeping in a tent, while downstairs was just as comfortable but felt more secure with the walls of the van around you. The Duvelay bundles were fantastic, a great addition to the cosy set up.
Shell bay is a great family holiday park. With a restaurant, cafe and shop on-site. Up early on Saturday I was planning a swim in the bay before the girls got up and walked down to check it before donning the wet suit. The tide was in when we arrived last night and it looked inviting. This morning the tide was fully out and glad for my reconnaissance as it was 2 feet deep for 500 yards, like swimming in a bathtub. To be fair I could have walked out to the side of the bay and got a good swim but sausages were cooking. It was a simple if not lazy decision. After breakfast we easily unhooked the Sheltapod and set off to Elie, 10 minutes down the road. It was so easy to potter around the little towns of Fife and park up anywhere with Bonnie. After some sunny time on the beach and a visit to the famous Ship Inn for a drink it was back to Bonnie and then to Anstruther, a further 15 minutes up the coast. A busy town with narrow streets but again no problem navigating in Bonnie and parking was stress free on the main road 100 yards from the Anstruther Fish Bar. A little table by the window and fish and chips for all with ice cream to follow.
Then returning to Bonnie and back to Shell Bay for more time at the park and some Bingo at the evening entertainment. A Full Scottish breakfast at the holiday park cafe the following was a great way to finish a lovely weekend before a relaxing drive home to say goodbye to Bonnie… at least for now!
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