Campervan and motorhome enthusiasts intending to visit Scotland later this year will have an extra choice of location after councillors in a Scottish town voted to open a central area for overnight campers.
The decision by Hawick Council to give the scheme the green light came after a successful two year trial and from April this year a designated area for campervans will be marked out at the Common Haugh Car Park.
Jack Yallop, chairman of the Hawick Welcome Initiative who proposed the site, said “Over the course of last year’s summer season we interviewed more than 80 visitors with camper vans and the response was extremely positive. General comments included that the Common Haugh was a great location because it was central and was an ideal place from which to shop, walk, and has a lovely park on the doorstep.”
Campervan owners should check their campervan insurance policy to check they are covered for overnight stays at the new site, but that should not be difficult to do.
Visitors to the town, situated in the South East area of the Border country, will find a campervan very handy as it is the largest town in Scotland and England farthest away from a railway line and locals are very dependent on their own transport to get around. The town is famous for its beautiful sandstone buildings with slate roofs, its distinctive language dialect and its Common Riding festival which attracts thousands of visitors and was described in one tourist guide as one of the best open parties in the world.