Readers of top travel books “Rough Guide” voted Scotland “The Most Beautiful Country in the World” in 2017. So this could be the year you should visit Scotland before the rest of the world gets here.
If you live in the UK, with exchange rates being as they are, it’s a great year to get to know Scotland better.
If you’re travelling from outside Great Britain, there’s a good chance you’ll get more pounds for your local currency in 2018 than previously.
With just over a week until Fathers’ Day, you may be seeking inspiration for what to get the most important man in your life? (Well even if he isn’t now, he probably once was!)
In honour of all the great Dads out there, we’ve decided to run a special offer for the next ten days, up to & including Saturday 17th June 2017. We aren’t excluding any other campervan fans in your life, you can buy this gift for anyone but the special offer is only available for the next ten days, or while stock lasts.
So all you need to do is buy the campervan fan any one of our gift experience vouchers, which start at £50. Then when we post out the voucher, we’ll send with it a 15 x 10 x 2.5 cm photo block featuring The Kelpies and our VWs. And when the recipient arrives for their campervan holiday, they will receive a further gift of a 284mm ceramic mug, with another cool Kelpie and Campers photo on it. RRP of the two extra gifts combined is £20 and our gift also includes all postage costs worldwide. This offer will close either when we run out of our gift stock or in 10 days’ time, whichever arrives first.
A 1960s & 1970s VW Campervan trip is on many people’s bucket list and is all about making memories, being close to nature and enjoying the retro drive with proper reconditioned air-cooled engines. If you’re lucky whoever you buy the vouchers for may take you along with them!
Sorry The Royal Mail can’t guarantee delivery for UK Fathers’ Day on worldwide postage and the last postal date for UK delivery guaranteed in time for Fathers’ Day on Sunday 18th June 2017 is Wednesday 14th.
If you’d prefer to collect vouchers and gifts from our Falkirk HQ, this is possible but please call us on 0131 344 4146 to ensure we’re around before you pop in.
For other T&C’s check out our Campervan Gift Voucher page.
(Which aren’t in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or even on Skye!)
Edinburgh and Glasgow are both amazing cities with great architecture, galleries, history, people to meet and places to go. But what if you have time to spend elsewhere in this beautiful country and you’d like to know where the locals would go?
Most of Scotland’s population live in ‘the central belt’ and since 2013 many of them have been flocking to marvel at the world’s largest equine sculpture: The Kelpies. Designed by sculptor, Andy Scott, the two horses’ heads are built over 30ft high in steel. Situated in Helix Park in Falkirk, a five minute drive from Vintage VW Campers HQ. The nearby Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat-lift, which links the Forth & Clyde with the Union Canal and is also a must-see when in the area.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is on our doorstep, just under an hour’s drive brings you to the bustling town of Callandar. Several lochs are in this area providing fishing by permit or other water sports activities. The walking and wildlife watching opportunities here are also fantastic. The Park has become so popular with locals that a byelaw has been passed preventing wild camping in the area; fortunately, there are plenty great campsites to choose from.
A three hour drive from Falkirk will bring you to another favourite town, Oban. Oban is a fun port town with opportunities to buy seafood from the pier, take a hike up to McCaigs Tower to see the amazing view. Visit the Oban distillery and take a boat trip to watch seals or take a ferry to Mull, which is a great island to camp on. A boat trip from Mull or Oban brings you to the famous sea cave, Fingal’s Cave on Staffa.
Also a three hour drive from Falkirk will take you north to Lochaber and Scotland’s most famous glen, Glencoe. The drive through Rannoch Moor, just before the glen is similarly spectacular. Glaciers and volcanoes formed the breath-taking scenery around here. Glencoe mountain resort is great for thrill-seekers; hiking, climbing, mountain biking and skiing are all popular pastimes here. There is a National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre to help you discover the history of the Glencoe massacre.
A further two hour drive brings you from Glencoe to Arisaig. Arisaig is a small village at the start of sandy coastline which runs up to the Sands of Morar. Not only are the white sand beaches stunning but the views to the Isles of Eigg and Rum are similarly so. A perfect spot to catch an amazing sunset from the many great campsites along the shoreline.
If you have time to drive the North Coast 500, then do not miss Sango Sands, a mere 259 miles from Vintage VW Campers HQ is this other-worldly beach at Durness. As you are now at the end of the Scottish mainland, you could say you are at the end of the earth in some respects. The beach is surrounded by cliffs and conveniently at the top of those cliffs is a great campsite. Durness is the village where John Lennon spent his childhood holidays and understandably had to bring Yoko for a visit in later life. Also check out nearby Balnakeil Beach and Craft Village. Be sure to have a hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain.
So now only the sea separates you from the Orkney Islands, the nearest port from Durness is Scrabster, but you can also take ferries here from Aberdeen or Gills Bay. The west Orkney mainland is a magical pre-historic landscape protected by its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Ring of Brodgar standing stone circle was built between 2500 and 2000 BC and its unconfirmed purpose adds to the mystery. The nearby Skara Brae was built in 3200 BC and is an amazing Stone Age village.
From Ullapool or Skye you can catch a ferry to the adjoining islands of Lewis & Harris, once again history and beaches are two of the main attractions here for many. The Callanish Standing Stones are as unexplained and magical as the Ring of Brodgar is. The west coast Harris beach of Luskentyre regularly appears in lists of top beaches of the world and it is indeed stunning but do not miss Ardroil Beach in Uig Bay on Lewis. Like Sango Sands it has an ends of the earth feeling and given there’s not much between here and America except ocean, you can understand why.
Back down the country, this time on the east coast is the charming East Neuk of Fife. Just over an hour’s drive from Falkirk brings you to this stretch of coastline, peppered with quaint fishing villages and beaches. Neuk is the Scots word for corner and this is indeed a very special corner of the world.
So most people have now heard of the North Coast 500 but did you know that the West Coast 400 is now a packaged adventure roadtrip you can dip in and out of covering Oban to Campbelltown? We also have a South West 300 roadtrip and this takes in stunning drives like The Devil’s Beeftub and favourite spots like Moffat & Kirkcudbright.
I have a deep, life-long love of Skye, having holidayed here in the 70s and every decade since. It is the most popular location for Vintage VW Campers guests to go but it can get crowded in summer months and I’d recommend going here in Spring or Autumn if you can.
We have other itinerarysuggestions and recommended campsitesto help you plan your roadtrip. Or choose your favourite campervan on our fleetand get bookedwith us for an adventure of a lifetime.
Vintage VW Campers, based in Falkirk hire out Volkswagen Bay Window campervans for self-drive holidays and a chauffeur-driven VW Splitscreen Microbus for Weddings and events. They are among the select number of businesses to be featured by the ‘Small Biz 100’ campaign each day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on December 3rd.
The business started trading in 2014 and was born out of a lifetime love of exploring Scotland, demonstrating Scotland’s famous hospitality and of course campervans. All of the 1960s & 1970s vehicles have been lovingly restored and are fine examples of classic Volkswagens.
Ishbel Moffat, owner of Vintage VW Campers, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Small Biz 100; championing independent, smaller businesses is very close to our hearts. Like many we look back nostalgically on 1970s shopping trips to exciting, independent retailers and wish our High Streets were just as bustling now.
The Scottish Tourism industry is made up of so many small businesses and we can achieve more working in collaboration. We actively promote the small businesses at home and on our regular tourist routes.
Richie Baird, my partner and I set up Vintage VW Campers following redundancy from separate employers. Redundancy has led to the creation of thousands of small businesses and if we don’t buy from them now, we will lose them all over again.”
Christmas Shopping VW Campervan Event
“On Saturday 3rd December we will be holding an open day at our Granary Square HQ. A chance for visitors to get up close and personal with some of our VWs and perhaps do some Christmas shopping as well. We will be selling campervan experience gift vouchers, upcycled VW parts (think clocks made out of hubcaps) and our campervan photobooth could provide the perfect image for your 2016 Christmas Cards! Everyone purchasing something on the day will be entered into a prize draw for a night away in one of our campervans as well. This includes online sales, so you don’t need to be there to enter but as we are a five minute drive from The Kelpies, Callander House & The Falkirk Wheel you may want to make a day of it.”
If you can’t make the Open Day but would like to view any of our VWs, please email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.
If you would like to buy gift vouchers online learn how to here
What is Small Business Saturday?
In its fourth year, Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign – in 2015 it saw £523m spent with small businesses across the UK, an increase of £119m from the previous year.
Last year the campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day, with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, not-for-profit organisation, originally founded by American Express in the US in 2010 as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.
The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses.
Catriona Cripps, FSB’s Chair in Forth Valley, said: “It is fantastic to see a great Falkirk business like Vintage VW Campers to be selected as one of prestigious “Small Biz 100”. I am delighted for Ishbel.
“We have lots of amazing independent smaller firms in Falkirk, and we want the people in Falkirk to get behind Small Business Saturday campaign by buying, eating or playing with local firms. Small businesses are the backbone of Falkirk’s economy, and Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to highlight their great role and give them a bit of extra love.
“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.”