Motorhome Parking - Scotland.
Where there are no notes against an entry for a council and no specific motorhome page link is given, the best advice is to contact the council before attempting to park.
It is worth bearing in mind that some car parks in the more remote areas of Scotland are accessed by narrow, steep and winding roads which some drivers may find a challenge.
Aberdeen City Council; Parking Page. The council has no plans to publish motorhome parking information on the web site. (Stated 12 September 2013) Best advice to anyone needing to park in Aberdeen is to make a specific enquiry of the council before doing so.
Aberdeenshire Council; Parking Page; Park & Ride Page. The council is currently reviewing its policy on motorhome parking and expects to publish it on the web site in spring 2014. (Stated 26 September 2013) Until information is published it is best to check before parking.
The following update was received from the Secretary of Banff and Macduff Community Council on 28 May 2015 - Aberdeenshire Council have fairly recently appointed a Parking Officer, and some issues are getting sorted out. She has now advised: “I can now confirm that, in the interests of ensuring that tourists are not penalised for supporting our communities, that only one ticket is required for vehicles visiting our car parks and taking up more than one space (e.g. Motorhomes, towing vehicles with caravans and the likes), providing they have parked in a safe and considerate manner.”. This information has subsequently been confirmed by Aberdeenshire Council.
Banff and Macduff Community Council supplied this information on 21 December 2013. We are not a Local Authority, but a Community Council. Earlier this year having got fed up with seeing motorcaravanners just driving through our twin towns, and chatting to a few that hadn’t, we decided to try to do something about it. We were unsuccessful in persuading Aberdeenshire Council in marking places specifically for vans, or for putting up signs pointing towards parking places suitable for motorcaravans, so instead we did our own leaflet (with cooperation from Aberdeenshire Council and others) and distributed this to all caravan sites within 30 miles. It has been rewarding for nearly all the sites to run out of the leaflets, and to see some on dashboards of parked vans. A PDF version of the leaflet (updated for 2015) can be downloaded from HERE. The leaflet is slowly expanding but of course does still include the updated map and list of car parks in our towns – even more of which are now free for cars and motorcaravans !
Cruden Bay; Port Erroll Harbour web site contains details of allowed overnight motorhome facilities.
Balmoral Castle, Balmoral Estate, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB. Statement 5 February 2014: "We are currently overhauling our car parks and looking to provide 6 designated overnight spots for motorhomes, designed for one night stays. With luck this will be up and running for April.".
Angus Council; Parking Page. Angus Council operate car parks which are centrally located within towns and which are controlled by regulations contained within the Angus Off-Street Car Park Order. Generally, the facilities cater for car/motorcycle parking although some permit coach parking. The regulations state that all vehicles must be parked within the marked parking bays and that sleeping, camping, cooking or staying overnight in a vehicle is not permitted within any of the car parks. The road network within the towns in Angus offer parking without charge although certain areas are controlled with waiting restrictions to avoid traffic obstruction and to encourage parking turn-over. However, parking large vehicles on-street would require consideration of other road users to avoid possible traffic obstruction. Overnight parking of large vehicles in residential streets would not be encouraged. As there are no specific areas in the ownership of the Council for motorhome parking Angus Council has no future plans to publish motorhome parking information. (Stated 1 October 2013)
Argyll & Bute Council; Parking Page. The council intends to publish motorhome parking information on its web site in future but, at present, does not have a timescale. (Stated 11 September 2013) Best advice to anyone needing to park in the meantime is to check with the council before doing so. Information for the Isle of Coll used to be published on the Visit Coll web site but has now been removed, thougt there is an e-mail address for enquiries. Colonsay Community Council, Motorhomes/caravans may be allowed on Colonsay but only by contacting Colonsay Community Council tel: 01951 200308. Information for the Isle of Islay. Information for the Isle of Mull. Information for the Isle of Tiree, Do not attempt to visit Tiree for camping without booking a site as off site camping is not allowed.
Auchindrain Township Museum, Furnace, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32, 8XN. Free parking is available onsite.
Clackmannanshire Council; Parking Page. The council is revising the Off-Street Parking Places Regulations of Use Order and will publish information for motorhome parking when it is completed. (Stated 29 August 2013). Best advice to anyone needing to park in the meantime is to check with the council before doing so.
Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire; free parking.
Dumfries & Galloway Council; Parking Page. There are no plans at present to publish information on the web site specific to motor homes. (Stated 1 October 2013). In the meantime should anyone require information then they should contact the Council.
Gateway Outlet Village, Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway, DG16 5GG. Ample free parking right next to the shops.
Gretna Green & Blacksmiths Shop, Headless Cross, Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, DG16 5EA. Free parking is available onsite.
Dundee City Council; Parking Page; See the note on the Visitor Parking Page (third paragraph down) regarding motorhome parking.
East Ayrshire Council; Parking Page. The council intends to publish motorhome parking information on the web site at some time in the future (hopefully when more provision for motorhome parking is made) but no timescale as yet. (Stated 3 September 2013). Best advice to anyone needing to park in the meantime is to check with the council before doing so.
East Dunbartonshire Council; Parking Page. Statement 8 January 2014: "The Council has no plans to publish motorhome parking information on our website.". The best advice that can be given to anyone needing to park in East Dunbartonshire is to check with the council before doing so.
East Lothian Council; Parking Page. The council receive very few enquiries about motorhome parking (only about one per year) so have no plans to publish motorhome parking information. (Stated 3 October 2013). Best advice to anyone needing to park in East Lothian is to check with the council before doing so.
Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RG. Statement 30 January 2014: "At present, we only open our car park on Racedays for racegoers, and we do have the capacity for a limited number of motorhomes, however as this is quite restricted we have not published this on our own website. We could mention this at the bottom of the page to make customers aware, however we would not actively promote it due to the limitations. We do not have any height restrictions and we would certainly welcome motorhomes, however we would suggest calling the racecourse office prior to visiting to make us aware and that way we can monitor the space etc. closely on a raceday."
East Renfrewshire Council; Parking Page. Contains a note "Within council car parks, there is no specific provision for motor homes.". The best advice that can be given to anyone needing to park in East Renfrewshire is to check with the council before doing so.
Edinburgh City Council; Parking Page. Car parks within the city are multi-storey so height restrictions preclude motorhome parking; Park & Ride Page. Details of any height restrictions denying access to motorhomes given for each site.
Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh EH12 6TS. Tickets & Prices Page - see note under Parking.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council); Campervan Leaflet Links (Uist/Barra & Harris/Lewis); Information for Barra.
Falkirk Council; Parking Page. Details of where height restrictions apply are given plus notes of parking allowed for "HGVs etc on certain conditions"; check the latter before parking.
The Falkirk Wheel web site contains motorhome parking information (including overnight).
Fife Council; Parking Page; Park & Ride Page. Statement October 2013: "We have some information relating to car parks on Fife Council's web site. In the future it is our intention to provide more comprehensive information however there is no timescale for this at the moment.". Best advice to anyone needing to park in Fife is to make a specific enquiry of the council before doing so.
Fife Coast & Countryside Trust has a Publications Page with a series of PDF leaflets detailing parking and camping facilities and restrictions. The West Sands leaflet is particularly pertinent.
Glasgow City Council; Parking Page. On 12 September 2013, the council stated that it had no plans to publish motorhome parking information on the web site. Parking management in the city has subsequently been taken over by City Parking (Glasgow) LLP, an "extended arms length organisation" owned by the city council. In response to an enquiry on 19 January 2016, City Parking (Glasgow) LLP stated "We do not have any comfort facilities, such as toilets, showers, waste areas etc., available for motorhome parking in any of our surface car parks. We do have an area within our High St car park which can be used on an individual ad-hoc basis for larger vehicles which would require to be booked and paid in advance at a current cost of £25.00 per calendar day - please note this is a surface car park and is not covered by CCTV although regular patrols are undertaken. We have no plans to publish information with regard to motorhome parking as we are unable to accommodate the specific needs and capacity required for this.".
Highland Council; Parking Page. The page includes no information for motorhome parking but may do so in future (Stated 29 August 2013). The situation is somewhat variable and was clarified in an enquiry response received from Highland Council on 23 December 2015.
In the early 1990s (so it is believed) both Transport Scotland (for trunk roads) and the Highland Council erected “No Overnight Parking” signs in laybys to discourage off site camping. They were never legally enforcable and no efforts were made to enforce them. Following a legal challenge both Transport Scotland and the Highland Council decided to remove the signs though some, apparently, still remain. An explanation is given in a PDF file on the council's web site Here.
As far as off-street parking is concerned, Highland Council made an order in 1996 to cover all of the car parks that existed at that time (see list in a PDF file Here). The order bans parking of any vehicle adapted for sleeping (apart from licensed large goods vehicles) between the hours of 8pm and 8am and requires that vehicles be parked wholly within bay markings where they exist. In general, other off-street car parks are under no such restrictions though “No Overnight Parking” signs are in place in some of them. The exception is at Dornoch Beach where an order has been promoted as explained in a PDF file on the council's web site Here.
The Visit Fort William, Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis web site has a Parking Page with advice for motorhome parking in Fort William.
Cairngorm Mountain, CairnGorm Ski Area, Aviemore, PH22 1RB. Funicular Railway Page. Parking available at the railway car park.
Clan Donald Skye, Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS. Parking available at the Visitor Centre.
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WF. Large free car parks.
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, by Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DX. Parking available at the Visitor Centre.
Ralia Cafe, on the A9 at Newtonmore. Large free (former TIC) car park.
Strathspey Railway. Free Parking is available at all three of our stations - Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill.
Tarbat Discovery Centre, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain Ross-shire, IV20 1YA. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 5 September 2015 but no reply has been received.
Inverclyde Council; Parking Page. Statement 3 December 2013: "There are no facilities in Inverclyde Council's car parks for motor home parking. Inverclyde Council does not publish motor home parking information and does not intend to in future."
Midlothian Council; Parking Page. The two P&R sites are height limited. It is unclear as to whether parking is available in other car parks; best advice is to contact the council before attempting to park.
Moray Council; Parking Page. Includes motorhome parking information.
North Ayrshire Council; Parking Page. There are no Council operated car parks which provide facilities which specifically cater for motorhomes. The car parks that are included in the North Ayrshire Council (Off Road Parking Places) (Controlling Regulations) Order, 2010, are primarily only suitable for cars. Two of these car parks (Bowencraig East at Largs and Union Street at Saltcoats) can accommodate larger vehicles such as a motorhome but all car parks do not permit any vehicle to be used as sleeping accommodation. There are no plans to publish motorhome parking information on the Council website in the near future. (Stated 30 September 2013). Update 11 December 2015, Bowencraig East car park has apparently been closed.
North Lanarkshire Council; Parking Page. Statement 13 December 2013: "We do not publish any information regarding motorhome parking on our website and we do not intend to move to publishing any information on our website. In addition, it should be noted that none of the council car parks have been designed to accommodate motorhomes."
Orkney Islands Council; Parking Page. TROs prohibit use of pay & display car parks by motorhomes.
Perth & Kinross Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Information; Park & Ride Page.
Perth Racecourse. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 28 January 2014.
Perthshire Visitor Centre, Bankfoot, Perth, Perth and Kinross PH1 4EB. The FAQs say "We have a very large car park which can easily accommodate caravans.".
Renfrewshire Council; Parking Page. Renfrewshire Council do not publish and have no plans in the near future to publish information on whether or not it is possible for Motorhomes to use the council car parks. The council has also said that all of its pay and display car parks have restrictions that prohibit motor homes from parking. (Stated 4 October 2013).
Scottish Borders Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Page.
Shetland Islands Council; Home Page; General information for motorhomes can be found on the Visit Shetland web site. The council web site contains no information for motorhome parking; best advice is to contact the council before attempting to park.
South Ayrshire Council; Parking Page. The council currently has on road signage directing any short stay motorhomes / caravans visiting the town of Ayr to Cromwell Road car park. They can also accommodate short stay motorhomes / caravans on Ayr Esplanade if there is parking capacity available. Further details can be accessed on the Parking Map on the On-street Parking Page. See also Parking for campervans in Ayr town centre on the Where to Park page.
Ayr Racecourse. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 28 January 2014.
South Lanarkshire Council; Parking Page. The authority does not have any plans to publish motorhome parking information as it does not have any publicly available areas designated or adapted for the use of motorhomes or HGV’s. All off-street and on-street parking bays are suitable for cars only. (Stated 4 September 2013).
Hamilton Park Race Course. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 28 January 2014.
New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark Mills, New Lanark, ML11 9DB. The following enquiry response was received on 21 January 2016: "We have in the past had Motor homes use our Visitor carpark. We do not have a problem with motorhomes using the car park during the day. We hope that all drivers, in cars or larger vehicles using this area, park with consideration. We hope that they will respect the area , taking away any rubbish when they depart. The visitor carpark is in a rural, wooded location, about a five minute walk down a path to the Village. We have no objection to daytime motorhome parking in this carpark. The car park can take several hundred cars. We have coach trips visiting the Village, and the buses/coaches also park in this car park. The car park is not sectioned into individual spaces. We do not have any facilities in the car park, and it is unmanned. We do not have space within the Village itself for bus or motorhome daytime parking. The limited space within the Village is for residents, business visitors, Hotel guests and disabled parking."
Stirling Council; Parking Page, includes Motorhome Parking information. In view of the restriction on use of two in-line bays the best advice that can be given to drivers of longer vehicles is to make a specific enquiry of the council before parking. Park & Ride Page includes a note on motorhome parking.
West Dunbartonshire Council; Parking Page. Statement 19 November 2013: "Unfortunately we do not hold specific or full records regarding the types of vehicle parking available in West Dunbartonshire. The public parking the Council operates is limited and mostly subject to an established high demand for cars and does not have motorhome facilities. Should the opportunity arise for further development and we can identify the need for motorhome parking we will certainly take account of this. However, much of the off road car parking in this area is actually privately owned and while we are aware that some of these may have facilities for motorhomes we do not hold records." The best advice which can be given to anyone needing to park is to make a specific enquiry before doing so.
West Lothian Council; Parking Page. West Lothian Council currently has no plans to publish motorhome parking information on its website. Since 2006, the council has received just two enquiries relating to motorhome parking information and therefore it is not considered a priority improvement for the council at this time. (Stated 2 September 2013). The best advice which can be given to anyone needing to park is to make a specific enquiry before doing so.
Designer Outlet, Livingston, West Lothian; "The car parks are either pay and display or pay on foot (click here for map). Free parking is available from 6pm to 8am daily, however please note a charge applies outside these times"; No plans to include anything specific to motorhome users in the near future.
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