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Caravan holidays in Scotland are among the most popular in the UK, and it isn't difficult to see why. With everything you need on hand, and the opportunity to set up camp in the most beautiful, rural areas of the United Kingdom, they provide a sense of freedom that you just don't get with other holidays. With summer on our doorstep, there's no better time than now to start thinking about which type of caravan is right for you.

Follow these top tips for choosing your perfect static caravan in Argyll, Scotland.

1. Pick the right location

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing the right caravan for you is its location. As a static homeowner you'll be situated in one place, so it's important to think carefully before making your decision. You wouldn't buy a house if you weren't completely happy with the local area, and the same logic applies when it comes to owning a caravan.

 

We may be biased, but we just happen to think that Argyll is one of the most beautiful places to own a static home. Whether it's the sight of mountains, lochs or forest you enjoy, you certainly won't be short of picturesque camps to choose from. Open your doors to the gorgeous Loch Lomond, walk along the banks of the tranquil Loch Fyne, or settle just an hour away from the lively city of Glasgow - the choice is yours with a caravan at one of our 8 holiday parks!

2. Check out the local amenities on offer

Of course, the local amenities available to you should also play a part in your decision. If you're a keen hiker, choosing a holiday park with mountainous terrain nearby might be preferable. For those of you who enjoy soaking up the culture, a holiday park with local villages and tourist hotspots is probably the right choice. Deciding which local amenities are important to you should be one of the first steps in owning your own static caravan in Argyll, and should guide all future research. Don't be shy to give the holiday park a call to discuss what facilities there are nearby. If you buy a caravan, you'll probably want to visit multiple times a year. If you think you'll be bored of the area after just a few days, it's probably time to browse alternative options.

3. Browse the holiday park's facilities & services

Although a good quality caravan should be equipped with everything you need to relax on holiday, selecting a holiday park with good facilities is also important. If you're a family with young children, the park facilities you require may be slightly different to those of you in a couple, and vice versa. For instance, it may be that a swimming pool, children's park or convenience store makes all the difference to your stay, in which case choosing a holiday park with these onsite should be a priority. A good holiday park should have a wide selection of facilities on offer. If they don't, it may be a warning sign of the quality of the park in general.

When you buy a holiday home at one of Argyll Holiday Parks, you'll have instant access our wide range of fantastic facilities and services. Your Holiday Home Ownership card will give you unlimited access to our excellent leisure facilities, with 10% off food and drinks in our onsite restaurants and bars!

The facilities at each of our parks differs but you can browse through here.

4. Research the quality of the holiday park

If you're planning to invest time and money into a static caravan home, it's necessary to make sure that the holiday park you've chosen is the best option possible. Reading online reviews and visiting the park should all form part of your research, and should be the first step before even choosing the caravan for you. A standout holiday park should be situated in a stunning location with a wide range of onsite facilities, friendly staff, and a focus on positive guest experiences.

 

The park should also be willing to guide you through the process of buying and owning a caravan without complication, and should always go the extra mile when providing assistance. If you don't get a good impression from the staff at this early stage, the park might not be the one for you.

5. Judge the quality of the caravan

This may seem like an obvious point, but it is arguably the most important. When it comes to buying a static caravan, you shouldn't settle for anything less than exceptional quality. But, if you don't know what you're looking for this may be easier said than done. If you're buying a brand new caravan, you should still take the time to find out from people with the same model what their experience has been, and if they would recommend it.

Caravans should be serviced every year to check their gas systems and electrics, so if you're buying a second-hand caravan you should check its full service history. You may also want to check if it has been modified at all, and whether or not this has an effect on its warranty/insurance. The question of new vs. second hand is an important one, so consult a professional before you make any big decisions.

6. Test out a few caravan brands

Brands play a hugely significant role in every purchase we make, whether it's a can of baked beans, a mobile phone, or static caravans, Scotland. Again, the best way to get a feel for the right brand for you is to talk to current caravan owners, and to see what they say about their own experiences.

It's also important that you visit the caravan you're thinking of purchasing, and seeing how you feel once you step inside. If you feel at home instantly, it might just be the place for you. On the other hand, if you don't feel excited when you look round a caravan then it's time to try out another brand. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it, so why settle on a caravan you haven't had the opportunity to visit?

7. Evaluate the price

Owning a caravan should be an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one. Deciding on a budget and actually sticking to it is one of the most effective ways of keeping your stress levels to a minimum, and making sure that you don't go overboard. Static caravans in Scotland vary in price, so you're bound to find one within your spending limit. The most important piece of advice here is to do your research, as you may find holiday parks with fantastic money-saving deals which sway your decision.

Buying second hand tends to be cheaper, which may be another option to consider if you're looking to save the pennies. However, it should be worth noting that caravans are an investment. Opting for second hand may seem like a good idea at the beginning, but, if it's likely to cost you money in repairs and insurance in the long term, buying a brand new model may be the wisest move. This is of course dependent on how old the caravan is, how many owners it's had, and if it's been moved from park to park.

8. Check the caravan is spacious enough

The right caravan will become your home away from home, and therefore needs to fit the entire family - no matter how many of you there are! The size of the caravan you buy will depend on how many of you will be staying there, so think wisely before purchasing a model you haven't tried and tested. If there are only two of you, a huge caravan might feel like empty space, and may cost you more money than you really need to spend. On the other hand, trying to save money by opting for a smaller static home won't be a wise decision if you have a large family. Sharing rooms and optimising your space may seem like a smart idea in theory, but after a week of stepping on each other's toes you'll wish you'd got the next size up! The best way to figure out if your ideal caravan is the right size is to gather the troops and test it out yourselves.

Are you in the mood for a holiday yet? We certainly are! Now that you've read through our top tips for finding the perfect holiday home, why don't you check out our full range of static caravans in Scotland?

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