Home sweet motorhome!
VisitScotland has welcomed a new survey which reveals that the Scottish Highlands is the number one destination in the UK for those gearing up for a motorhome holiday.
Of the 5,337 UK based motorhome owners who responded to the survey by Club Care Insurance, just over one in five (21%) chose the dramatic Scottish Highlands as their favourite UK holiday destination. The region proved the most popular choice by some distance with Cornwall in second place (12%) and the Lake District in third (11%).
On average in the last five years, UK resident visitors in motorised caravans, campers and dormobiles have taken 135,000 trips, stayed for 4.4 nights and spent £23 million each year in Scotland.
The survey by Club Care Insurance, who offer insurance for campers, caravanners and motorhome owners, aimed to find out more about buying habits and holiday preferences.
Scotland is home to twelve National Tourist Routes that take people away from the main trunk roads and motorways to discover Scotland’s beautiful and diverse landscapes, towns and villages and boasts a number of great things to see and do along the way.
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Scott Armstrong, Regional Partnerships Director for VisitScotland said:
“To be such a clear favourite amongst motorhome owners is wonderful news for the Highlands. With its ancient landscapes and fascinating history, the region is an incredible destination for any holiday, whether they come by motorhome, rail or bicycle.
“Visitors can witness the amazing wildlife and take part in some thrilling outdoor pursuits, while also exploring the many mountains and glens, the stunning islands and stretches of coastline, and follow the country’s only Malt Whisky Trail.
“As Scotland welcomes the world in 2014 for the Commonwealth Games, over 850 Homecoming events and the Ryder Cup, I would encourage everyone to get out there and uncover the beauty of the Highlands and beyond.”
Nigel Coppen from Club Care Insurance said:
“The Scottish Highlands are a beautiful place in the UK, so it’s no surprise to us that it was chosen by motorhome owners as their favourite UK holiday destination.”
Nairn Beach in the Highlands was recently crowned the UK’s tenth best in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for Beaches, while Camusdarach Beach in Arisaig was voted thirteenth. A number of beaches in the region, including Shandwick Bay, Achmelvich Bay and Sango Sands were also announced as winners in the recent 2014 Scottish Seaside Awards.