1. What side of the road do I drive on in Scotland?
In Scotland, you drive on the left side of the road. It's important to remember this especially when turning at junctions, roundabouts and at crossroads.
2. What are the speed limits in Scotland?
Speed limits in Scotland are generally 30mph in built up areas, 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways. However, speed limits may vary in different areas so it's essential to look out for signs.
3. Do I need a special license to drive a campervan in Scotland?
Generally, a valid driver's licence from your home country is sufficient to drive a campervan in Scotland. Non-EU/EEA may require an International Driving Permit, according to the local legislation.
4. Are there speed cameras in Scotland?
Yes, Scotland has both fixed and mobile speed cameras. You'll spot signs warning you of their presence, so always stay within the speed limits.
5. Are there toll roads in Scotland?
In Scotland, most roads, including bridges and tunnels, are free of any toll charges. However, always have some change ready, in case you might come across a toll route.
6. What are the general road safety rules in Scotland?
Always wear seatbelts, adhere to speed limits, be cautious of traffic signs and signals. While overtaking, only do so when safe and necessary, and always from the right. Also, run headlights half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise.
7. Where can I park my campervan in Scotland?
Scotland offers various designed parking areas for campervans. Some tourist sites also provide parking. However, parking rules might vary from one place to another. It's always best to check local signage or ask for local advice.
8. Are there plenty of service stations in Scotland?
Service stations are well distributed throughout Scotland. They offer fuel, food and restroom facilities. When planning your journey, make sure to include rest stops to avoid running out of fuel.
9. Are there any specific driving rules for campervans in Scotland?
There are no specific driving rules for campervans as such, but campervan drivers are expected to adhere to the same rules as all other motorists. This includes obeying speed limits, being mindful of parking rules, and ensuring safe and courteous driving habits.
10. What should I do in case of a road emergency?
If you face any issues on the road, you should call the breakdown services number provided by your campervan rental company. If it's an emergency, call 999 for immediate assistance from the police, fire brigade, or ambulance service.
11. Can I drive off-road in Scotland?
No, off-roading is considered illegal and can cause significant damage to Scotland's countryside. Stick to designated roads and paths at all times.
12. Do I have to worry about wildlife while driving?
Yes, you might encounter wildlife on rural roads in Scotland. Be particularly cautious at dawn and dusk when animals are most active. If wildlife is on the road, slow down and wait for the animals to move away.
13. Can I use a satnav in Scotland?
Yes, using a satnav is a good idea to help you navigate Scotland's roads. However, always have a map as a backup as not all rural areas will have ample GPS coverage.
14. How is the condition of the roads in Scotland?
Most of Scotland's roads are in good condition but be aware the rural and highland areas may have narrow, winding roads which require careful driving. Always adapt your driving to the road and weather conditions.
15. Is it safe to drive at night in Scotland?
Yes, however, rural areas might not be as well lit as the cities. Proceed with caution, adapt your driving to the conditions and always make sure your campervan's lights are fully functional.