Caravan holidays are your home–on–the–go. Self–contained and often boasting all mod–cons, they're the ultimate home comfort when you're off exploring new destinations. If you're thinking about investing in a caravan, either using your savings or taking out a loan, there's a lot to think about before you choose the make and model to suit your lifestyle and needs. But before you make that big purchase, read our guide to enjoying the best caravan holidays in the UK and beyond.
Across the UK, more and more people are discovering the appeal of owning a caravan or motorhome. There’s the thrill of heading out on the open road, and all the beautiful places around these fair isles just waiting to be discovered. For many people, the thrill of finding new and wonderful destinations on regular weekend caravan breaks in the UK outweighs the hassle and expense of jetting off abroad.
Achieving the dream of owning your own home on wheels may be easier than you imagine. Caravan and campervan finance is available, and there’s likely to be a suitable loan to match your current financial situation. Alternatively, holiday loans can be used to buy a campervan and all the precious experiences you’ll have behind the wheel.
For many people, the freedom to escape somewhere new is one of the main draws of caravanning. In search of inspiration? We’ve rounded up a few of the best places to see in the UK and in France. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, or pull up a chair and take in some world-beating scenery, we’ve got it covered.
Fun and adventure in the Lake District
Whether relaxing by the waters of Windermere or scaling the heights of Cat Bells and Scafell Pike, the scenic delights of the Lake District are brought home with majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of a break in the Lakes is the diversity of activities and events on offer. Water sports, hiking, climbing, bird watching, orienteering… there’s so much to see and do. If you prefer a quieter break, there’s also a huge number of quaint towns to explore, plus theatres, book shops and real ale pubs to discover, before making your way back to one of the Lakes’ many welcoming touring caravan sites.
Caravanning in Cornwall
When it comes to caravan holidays, UK tourers are really spoilt for choice and for many Cornwall is the ultimate destination. Hundreds of pristine beaches, ancient fishing communities and a laidback surfer vibe all contribute to this county’s unique culture. All this, plus an excellent choice of caravan parks and camping facilities have families flocking to the South West from all over Britain and beyond. One thing to think about before making your way to Cornwall is the winding roads, many of which are lined with gorgeous protected species hedgerows. There are plenty of passing points, but it can take a little skill and patience to master these routes so take your time and enjoy the journey.
Coastal campsites in Inverness
Many of those heading for Inverness’ coastal caravan parks will have one key attraction in mind – Loch Ness. Once visitors have made their choice from a number of excellent holiday parks and campervan sites they can set out to explore some of Scotland’s greatest sights. The magical Orkney Islands are just a short ferry ride away, and the Isle of Skye with its rugged landscape can be accessed via the bridge. Meanwhile the city of Inverness itself is a bustling, welcoming place perfect for a fun night out.
Seaside caravan holidays in Suffolk
Another great option for anyone who likes to be beside the seaside, Suffolk has a calm, welcoming landscape and a more relaxed pace of life. Take a chilled-out drive to one of the many quality seaside caravan parks, making time to admire chocolate box villages of thatched cottages and pretty churches along the way. The area boasts a number of seaside destinations. Try Aldeburgh for vintage boutiques and fascinating history, or Southwold for its working lighthouse, and old-fashioned seaside vibe.
Caravan holidays in France are a real treat for busy Brits. Those travelling to Brittany take the ferry from Plymouth, Poole or Portsmouth, disembarking to find themselves in a different world. Brittany’s spectacular coastline boasts miles of glistening sand and clear blue sea, while the romantic ruins, charming towns and villages and picture-perfect chateaus make the perfect visual.
French caravan holidays in Alsace
Sharing a border with both Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is a mix of places, giving the caravanning visitor a taste of all three countries. The idyllic landscape is strewn with colourful houses, each one painted in a different pastel shade. If fine wine is a passion, Alsace is the ideal destination as the caravan sites here are surrounded on all sides by lush, bountiful vineyards. An excellent destination for motorhome holidays, visitors to Alsace should expect a warm Gallic welcome with a touch of German and Swiss thrown in for good measure.
Perhaps the best thing about owning a caravan or motorhome is that there’s no need to choose any single destination – the world truly is your oyster. With a full tank of petrol, a comprehensive map and an adventurous spirit, you can take to the road and pack your holidays full of new places and exciting experiences.