What Campers Should Know About Camping in Great Britain
Size Restrictions for Caravans
If you’re bringing your caravan to the British isles, mind the size restrictions: Caravans must not be wider than 2.55 m nor longer than 7 m (not including the drawbar).
Wild Camping is Allowed in Scotland
In many places, wild camping on public and private property is forbidden. Scotland is the exception: Here, you are more than welcome to wild camp in your tent. If you’re travelling with a caravan or motorhome, you’ll always need the owner’s permission before camping on private property.
No General Right of Way
Driving on the left might be an adjustment for you, but at least you won’t need to memorise a general rule to figure out who has the right of way, as you’ll usually be able to figure it out based on the signs. In roundabouts, drivers coming from the right always have the right of way.
Bring an Adapter
In the UK, the voltage is 240 V, and they typically use three-pin flat plugs, so you may need to bring an adapter with you.
Units of Measurement
Although imperial units have been phased out officially, they’re still frequently used in everyday life. Here’s a quick overview:
1 inch = 2.54 cm
1 foot = 12 inches = 30.48 cm
1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches = 0.914 m
1 mile = 1.61 km
1 pint = 568.3 ml
1 imp. gallon = 8 pints = 4.546 l
1 ounce (oz) = 28.35 g
1 pound (lb) = 16 oz = 453.6 g
1 ton = 1,016 kg (1 tonne or 1 metric ton = 1,000 kg)