The Motor Home and Caravan services blog asks the question that we have made the title of this post, he goes on to write: "The vast majority of people tend to use caravan sites for their overnight stays but finding somewhere to park when you are travelling between sites can cause all kinds of issues. Sadly , the only viable option for many is to roll up to the nearest out of town supermarket, as it's the only place to park, and spend their money within their walls."
In Nairn there are a few pitches available at Parkdean Lochloy but during the peak months they rapidly fill up, there are other facilities nearby and basically it is all left to the private sector. Quite often people will just park overnight in town and are generally left alone to get on with it. And as the Caravan blogger says: "Generally speaking the caravan and motorhome fraternity tend to be a grand group of folks who are not only prepared to spend up to tens of thousands of pounds on good equipment but also a considerable amount when they are on their travels."
Should we do more to keep these kind of visitors overnight? In France a lot of towns and villages have free areas for such holiday makers to park up and sometimes there is free electricity and water provided. The idea being that the visitors' contribution to the local economy is a net gain. Below is a picture of the car park at the Mont St Michael. The vans in the picture below mostly stayed there overnight with no hassle from the authorities. Many will have cooked their own meals (with food perhaps purchased locally) and others would perhaps eaten in many of the restaurants nearby. Would this type of facility be possible in Nairn?
Our fellow local blog suggests: "It's a shame that we have to witness all of that spending potential just driving through our towns, only to end up on some soulless retail park, and further adding to the massive profits of the national retailers who operate there."
Well if they stopped at Sainsbury's they would of course be helping to keep local people in a job regardless of where the profits from that business go. Point taken however, could we find a way to make Nairn a lot more caravan and motor home friendly? More on the Motor home and Caravan service blog here.