Non Spending Campervans
There seems to be a lot of negativity towards the poor Camper van owners who seem to get the bad end of the stick when it comes to the Scottish Highlands.
They are the ones that hold everyone up, they dispose of their waste in the wrong places, and they don’t pay for campsites and park wherever they feel.
In a way, you’d think they were a law of their own.
Nearly every NC500 Facebook page they seem to get more online abuse than any other traveller on the route.
So a while back we sought more information to try to disprove the myth of the horrid Camper Van owners being a bunch of penny-pinching lot that give nothing to the local community that they visit.
We knew ourselves that like many travellers in whatever transport they choose to use, will always seem to be in the wrong according to a minority of locals.
We noticed last year that Police Scotland had a week checking and in some cases charging motorists with various motoring offences.
The result was after much public sought campaign to put the foot down on the Travelling Tourist who again were being blamed by a minority of Locals for every traffic violation in the Highlands.
We contacted Police Scotland to ascertain how many of those stopped or charged were actually from the Highland region. It transpires that 63% were classed as living locally with the remainder from out-with the Highlands but not necessarily Tourists.
In a way that kind of disproved the perception of these motor racing fuel-filled motor junkies who don’t know how to drive in the Highlands.
Wherever you go, you will find them, the slow the fast and the ones with no idea, they are not only found in the Highlands, they are everywhere.
But, back to those penny-pinching Camper van owners and renters.
Many folks or should we really say, a minority believe that Camper vans are self-sufficient and have no need to use local services and therefore travel the Highlands taking as much as they can get out of our stunning scenery and leaving without making a contribution in any financial way.
Just over a year ago, One if not the No1 Camper vans rental company, due to them being award winners in their own right, Highland Camper vans near Inverness decided to carry out a study on those who used their fleet of Camper vans and to track their expenditure.
Their finding made interesting reading and certainly disproves those who, ‘disapprove’ of the camper vans.
Highland Campervans always highlight the benefits of staying on campsites, shopping in local community stores, eating in independent cafés, restaurants, hotels and pubs, buying local crafts and souvenirs, experiencing guided tours, trips and the many fantastic recreational activities that the Highlands has on its doorstep.
The figures were collated from a fleet of 10 hire vans, this money was spent over a period of 6 months during the peak season.
Food and drink £72,000
Money spent on eating out in local cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels
Local food stores £27,000
Money spent on buying food in local stores on their trip
Money spent staying on campsites – for the record 87% of their customers stay on campsites and prefer it to
Money spent buying gifts to take home, and they found they predominantly bought gifts for themselves as a reminder of their trip to the Highlands
Attractions & trips £15,000
Money spent visiting the many visitor attractions around the route
Recreational activities £10,000
Their customers like a bit of adventure and this amount was spent on activities on the route
Well, they have to get around the route somehow!
So if this was over a year ago and the numbers of motorhomes have increased then we can only assume that the Highland economy is benefiting from this group of visitors and therefore should and generally are made welcome like the vast majority of Highlanders do.
So fàilte don Ghàidhealtachd all those who wish to visit