Touring in the UK with a motorhome is easier than ever before! You have GPS gadgets. You have awesome guidebooks. You have social media where you can tap into a treasure trove of knowledge from people that have done exactly the same thing. The part we want to focus on? Those awesome mobile motorhome apps.
There are a lot of mobile apps designed for those touring the country in their motorhome. We have gone through countless apps, and we reckon we have found the best of the best. Get these apps loaded onto your smartphone or your tablet, and we reckon your van life travels are going to become so much easier.
Most of these apps should be available for both Android and iOS devices, although you will need to check your respective app store to make sure that it is compatible with your device, particularly when it comes to Android.
We suggest that you have Park4Night installed alongside Campercontact. This is because they both do pretty much the same job, although they have different destinations listed.
In our experience, Park4Night seems to be geared towards more of those ‘secret’ locations. These are the destinations that you would never even think to take your motorhome. A lot of these places have brilliant views, and you are not going to be disturbed by people if you opt to park there overnight.
Park4Night is the type of app that encourages you to share details whenever you discover a new destination to stay at. It encourages you to share your experience. This way, more and more people will be able to find some great destinations.
Park4Night includes hundreds of different destinations throughout the country. Some of these places are going to be free to stay at, while others are going to cost you a small amount of cash. Even if you are travelling during peak season in the UK, we reckon that you will still be able to find a good number of destinations in the local area that will have space for you.
This is an app that we have used a lot when we are travelling around the country, started to get a bit tired, and realised that we don’t really have anywhere else that we can stay. Basically, the Park4Night app is going to be an absolute lifesaver!
Need to make an overnight stop? Doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the nearby area that is accepting motorhomes of your size? Don’t worry. You can whip out the Campercontact app.
The Campercontact app will allow you to quickly identify stopover points for motorhomes throughout the country. There are several hundred destinations loaded into the app, which is awesome.
This is actually one of our favourite apps to use when we are travelling about the UK. This is because there are very few places that you can park a camper van without heading to an actual campsite. So, it is cool to be able to find those destinations.
Like many of the other apps that we will discuss on this page, the Campercontact app is a social app. This means that it is always going to be updated with the latest and greatest locations in the country.
Once you’ve downloaded all of these great apps and you’re ready to get on the road in your van, check out our blog post on how to plan the ultimate UK road trip! How To Plan The Ultimate UK Road Trip
Roadtripper is an app available worldwide.
The app is packed to the brim with awesome tourist destinations, restaurants, and pubs throughout the UK (and other countries). With a tap of your finger, you will be able to find some cool destinations no matter where you are. It is perfect if you have time to kill, or you are looking for a bit of a bite to eat.
One of the coolest things about this app is the fact that it will allow you to create an itinerary. So, before you head out on the road, you will be able to plan a good chunk of your trip. You just need to fill in the blanks with where you will be staying overnight.
This is a social app, which means that there will always be new destinations added to it. In fact, we have found a ton of destinations in Roadtrippers that we don’t think we have seen in any other guidebook or any of the other best motorhome apps in the UK.
AA Camping & Caravanning Guide
If you own a motorhome in the UK, then we are 100% sure that you will have heard of the Camping & Caravanning Guide from AA. It is one of the most complete guidebooks to campsites scattered throughout the UK. You can now access that list from the palm of your hand.
The app has been tremendously well-designed. With a couple of taps of the screen, you will be able to find campsites in the local area that are ready to accept your motorhome.
All of the information that you will be able to find in the normal guidebook can be found through the mobile app. This means that you will be able to find details of the facilities at a campsite, the size of motorhome that they are going to be able to accept, and even a rough overview of the price.
All of the contact details for the campsite will be included in the app. This means that if there is any destination that tickles your fancy, all you need to do is pick up the phone and give them a call.
Since this app is one of the most complete apps for campsites in the UK, we can assure you that even during the peak season, you will be able to find locations in your local area.
We also find that this is a great app for some of those more undiscovered locations i.e., those places that are not tremendously good at people able to market themselves through normal means. You may want to check out some of the smaller campsites for the best experience.
Campy is a global list of thousands of stopover points for motorhomes.
It doesn’t really have the largest list of destinations in the UK. However, it is still a worthy addition to this list. This is because you will be able to find destinations not included with other apps.
One of the cool things about Campy is the fact that you will be able to put together lists of potential destinations that you want to stay at. You can even share this list with people. So, if you are travelling around the UK long-term, then you will be able to check out some lists from other tourers for their recommendations on the best places to stay.
Wild Camping POI
If you are travelling into Scotland or some of the more rural parts of England and Wales, then you will want this app. However, do bear in mind that it is going to cost you a bit of cash.
The app will include some wild camping locations that you can head to. It works a lot better for Scotland where wild camping is actually legal. The destinations that you will find listed in England and Wales will tend to be more of those out-of-the-way locations where it is unlikely that anybody is going to be bothering you.
Parkme is really an app designed for those that are planning on parking somewhere. It probably isn’t going to work as well for those larger motorhomes, but if you have a converted motorhome, then the Parkme app is absolutely fantastic.
It will list destinations throughout the UK where you can park your vehicle, whether it be street parking or inside of a multistorey car park. It will include the parking costs too.
This app is for more temporary parking when you are looking to stay somewhere so you can explore an area on foot. However, there are a few destinations loaded into the app that allow overnight parking.
Waze is one of a couple of GPS apps that we will discuss on this page.
Waze is actually unique in that it is a social GPS app. It will get you to your destination. However, it will do that by sharing useful advice from other Waze travellers. For example, you will learn about some of the best stopover points in an area, and you will be able to learn of shortcuts that you can take.
If you haven’t travelled around the UK before, then the app will let you know about the rules of the road, particularly speed limits in certain areas.
Motorway Services UK
The name of this app is pretty self-explanatory. it is a list of all of the motorway services in the UK.
If you are travelling around the UK in your motorhome, then we are confident that you are going to get pretty familiar with the motorway services. Almost all of them allow you to park your motorhome there for a few hours. They all include fantastic places to munch down on some awesome food, play some games, or even pick up a few books.
This app is going to come in incredibly useful if you are planning on spending hours on the road at a time.
Yep. We have another social app that will allow you to find some of the more ‘out of the way’ places in the UK. Because Van Secrets is mostly about wild camping, it is going to work better if you are heading into Scotland. However, we have also found a good number of locations peppered throughout England, Wales, and a small amount of Northern Ireland too.
This is a fairly new app, but there will still be hundreds of potential destinations to discover. The number of destinations is rising on an almost daily basis too. This is because the membership base of Van Secrets has absolutely exploded.
If you find a destination that you love, then feel free to share it with other members of the app too!
Co-Pilot For Caravans
This is another awesome GPS app.
This app allows you to enter the size of your motorhome or caravan. By tapping in the details, it will choose the routes that you will actually be able to navigate. This means that if you have a larger motorhome, you don’t have to worry about the app taking you through some of those backcountry roads.
This is an app that we highly recommend that you download if your motorhome is far larger than normal. We have had issues navigating the UK with larger motorhomes before, and Co-Pilot made it so much easier.
The whole reason why you are touring the UK is to see the sights, right? Well, most of those sights are owned and maintained by the National Trust. This means that you should give their app a download.
If you are pushed for ideas on where you can head, then have a browse through the app. The National Trust has hundreds of destinations throughout the UK, from National Parks to museums, to old houses. It is the best way to discover what Britain really has to offer.
Out & About – Social Camping
This is an app designed for those that are members of the Camping and Caravanning Club (you should join, it is cheap!)
This app will list various social meetups for the club. This way you can chat to like-minded people.
One of our favourite things about the app is that it will allow you to discover temporary campsites put together by the club. This means that you will be able to find destinations that are normally a ‘secret’.
We have made some fantastic friends just by using this app.
As you can see, there are plenty of awesome motorhome apps that you can download. These really are the best motorhome apps in the UK, and we use them almost constantly when we are travelling. You don’t have to use them all but check out a few of them. It will make travelling around the UK so much easier.
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