With more than 2,600 touring and motorhome sites across 65 countries, Pitchup.com has pitches for every type of holiday – and there are up to 25 new parks being added every day.
In Scotland, recent concessions allowing landowners to set up motorhome and campervan ‘aires’, pioneered by Highland Council, mean there’s more choice of where to pitch up than ever before.
With more than 80 different filters and loads of sorting options, the Pitchup website lets you narrow down your search and book your perfect stay in just a few clicks. It also allows you to store your unit type, card, party details and registration for speedy future bookings.
Which campsite’s right for me?
But which site’s right for you? Ask yourself these eight questions to narrow down your search.
Where do you want to go?
Location’s the obvious place to start. You can either put your chosen destination in the search bar – whether that’s a country, county, postcode or landmark – or explore available options through the handy map function. For road trips you can tick the ‘search as I move the map’ box, making it easier to find fantastic stopover spots on your route. There’s also a ‘camping near me’ tool that helps you find pitches near your current location.
When do you want to travel and for how long?
The majority of campers (60%) book for one or two nights, but with many fully-serviced pitches offering wifi, you could stay longer and even work remotely from your pitch (the boss never needs to know). The most popular days to travel are Friday and Saturday, so availability tends to be better, and sites quieter, mid-week.
What size and type of pitch do you need?
Our most popular filters are electric and fully serviced, but you can narrow down options for almost every type of pitch – from hardstanding and car parking by your pitch to awnings-allowed. The size of each pitch is stated on the campsite page, making it easy to check you have enough space before booking.
What amenities/utilities are you looking for on site?
Each person who reviews a campsite is prompted to score the facilities and cleanliness, so you can see whether the toilets and showers are up to scratch before you pick the park. There’s also a filter for chemical disposal and recycling points so you can safely dispose of your waste. Filter for other handy amenities too, like on-site laundrette, disabled facilities and a washing-up area.
Who are you bringing with you?
Over half of bookings on Pitchup are for adults-only sites, but there are also a host of family-friendly spots with plenty to keep the kids entertained. If you’re bringing a canine companion, look for a site that welcomes pets using the ‘dogs allowed’ filter (equally, for those who aren’t fans of four-legged campers, there’s a ‘no dogs allowed’ filter). If you prefer spending your breaks in your birthday suit, there’s even a filter for nudist sites!
How do you plan on cooking your food?
There’s nothing quite like cooking up a feast outdoors in the evening sun. If you’re going to be making dinners al fresco, it’s worth noting that a small number of sites have a no barbecue and campfire policy, so you’ll want to filter for this when you search. Or you could have someone else make your meals – there’s up-to-date information on the best local pubs from the Good Pub Guide on each campsite’s page and a handy ‘on-site restaurant/cafe’ filter.
What activities do you like?
There are plenty of parks with tennis courts for channelling your inner Wimbledon champ, fishing for avid anglers and swimming pools for getting in a few laps. Prefer dips in the sea? Find info on each campsite page about the local water quality, so you can discover the best beaches. For hikers, there’s a walkers’ paradise filter, and for cyclists, local routes are marked on an OS map on the site listing.
What’s your budget?