Scotland’s biggest city looks set to join the likes of Paris and Munich in providing a facility for campers as it prepares to welcome thousands of tourists for Glasgow 2014. Plans are at an advanced stage to create Glasgow’s first urban campsite and to tap into what is an ever growing market.
SNP councillors have already identified potential sites within the city boundaries after it emerged that it is already behind many European cities who every year welcome holidaying campers in tents, caravans and the very popular motorhomes. Councillors want to change this and offer excellent camping facilities in the heart of the city. Edinburgh has two sites which are always fully booked for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival and Glasgow want to offer the same options. Councillor Phil Green is leading the proposals and he feels that despite the old-fashioned image of camping, it has never been more popular.
Councillor Green said: “In a few years we’ll have visitors from all over Europe at Glasgow 2014, hotels will be booked up and yet the best we can expect is for folk to head to Strathclyde Park or Loch Lomond. A camp site in the city boundaries would surely persuade people to stay in the city for a few days. We’ve got plenty of parkland but with obvious sensitivities as to how it is used, we’d need to consult and be very delicate. We’ve also plenty of brownfield sites dotted around the city which could be utilised.”
The interest in camping is in some way due to the economic situation and Scotland is a prime destination for campers from the United Kingdom and Europe. Each year thousands of people visit Scotland from France, Holland and Germany but they bypass Glasgow on their way to Argyll and the Highlands simply because there are no campsites available. It is these families with money to spend who are the sort of visitors Glasgow should be trying to attract.
Camping or holidaying in a motorhome can be a lot of fun and is very affordable but do make sure to get all the equipment you may need and cover yourself with sufficient motorhome insurance to avoid any nasty surprises whilst away.