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2018 Holidays in Scotland-From Germany to Scotland with Love
As the days are about to start getting longer again, it’s a great time to reflect on 2016. While at the same time hatching our plans for a fabulous 2017.
Richie and I are now in our fourth year, since we created Vintage VW Campers and every year gets better and better. Thanks to all of you who have participated or shared in our journey along the way.
In 2016 we welcomed more self-drive holiday guests than ever, chauffeured more brides and grooms than before and somehow, we seem to have ended up with an end of year count of nine Volkswagens and a Teardrop Trailer to look after!
Vintage Campervans in the News
Blondie & The Nodpod featured in a major German network TV show: “Once Camping, Always Camping.” Which was shot in 2015 and aired in June this year.
Robin McKelvie, one of Scotland’s foremost travel writers took his family on an adventure with our own Ziggy Starvan in The Scottish Borders. He was then kind enough to share his experiences through his writing on Welcome to Scotland and The Daily Record.
We were chosen as one of only seven Scottish businesses, to represent Small Business Saturday UK 100. Not only was this a great honour but it led to our business being introduced to more people through articles in The Herald, The Scotsman, The Express and an interview on Talk Radio. (We had to turn down our invite to 10 Downing Street but I hear the PM didn’t make it either!)
Our Small Business Saturday Open Day was a great success, lots of fun and we even managed to raise over £150 for Strathcarron Hospice at the same time.
Our Guest Best Photo Competition 2016 has been won by Matt Hay but there really were (as always) some great contenders.
Reliable Campervans & Team of Experts
I’m happy to report that in 2016 we had nothing returned to Vintage VW Campers HQ on a tow-truck and all the extremely hard work that our mechanic, Davie at Solway Campers put in was well worth the time, money and effort.
Richie and Davie are currently expending the same effort, with our winter restoration programme, ensuring 2017 goes just as well.
Meanwhile I’m working on lots of exciting website content updates and the complicated, techy stuff is in the capable hands of Carl at Karbon Designed. Business Gateway and their Digital Boost training and consultancy has been a great support for me also.
If happiness really is a state of mind we can control, then it’s important to set and preferably write down our goals for 2017.
Some of my strongest desires don’t change year on year. In 2017 I’d like to have 100% guest satisfaction. I’d also like to share our beautiful campervans and country with even more customers than before.
Although the domestic market is our strongest, followed by Europe, North America and Australasia, we were delighted to welcome guests from Thailand and Singapore for the first time this year. I wonder what new nationalities we will meet in 2017; wherever you are in the world please visit Scotland and if you fancy seeing the scenery from the slow lane, please check out our family of classic campers.
Best Christmas Gift Ever
I really need to get to the post office now, as I have more of our VW Campervan Gift Experience Vouchers to post. If you or your loved ones are planning a self-catering holiday in Scotland in 2017, then our vouchers could possibly be the best Christmas gift ever. There’s still time to get your order in by calling 0131 344 4146 or emailing [email protected].
Brides & Grooms, or anyone celebrating life’s milestones can also use our gift vouchers towards chauffeur driven experiences in our 1965 VW splitscreen microbus, Meg.
Volkswagen campervan hire in Scotland really is a unique adventure of a lifetime. Where will your 2017 journey take you?
VW Camper Adventures in Scotland
As we reflect on what feels like a very quick year at Vintage VW Campers HQ, we are delighted by looking back over our guests’ photos and sharing them with you. Hope they delight you too!
We actually could do with your help please in choosing an overall winner from the top twenty featured here. Not only will you be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to put towards your own Vintage VW Campers adventure, simply by voting for the winner; you will also be helping our winning guest get a fabulous goodie bag.
Lola at possibly the best picnic bench in the world by Andrew Webster
Lola in Glencoe3 by Jonny Danks
Oor Wullie with Ava by Alison Peden
Ziggy in sunshine by Gareth Walker
Thanks for looking, now please cast your vote on Facebook or email the title of your favourite to [email protected] If you vote for the winning photo, you will be put in a draw to win £50 voucher towards a trip with us, what a great way to start 2016!
Our ‘New’ Teardrop Trailer: The Nodpod T2
What is a Teardrop Trailer?
Teardrop Trailers are mini caravans, which became popular in the US in the 1930s. Their popularity has never waned but recently they have crossed into mainstream popularity thanks to the glamping phenomenon and modstalgia.
We became custodians of The Nodpod when we bought Lola, our orange 1972 VW T2. ” Don’t ask me to sell them separately” said Paul, whom I’d recently become acquainted with through his ebay advert for Lola. “I wouldn’t dream of spliting them up”, replied I.
My reasons were: I believe VW T2 heritage should be maintained wherever possible, I would no more split the vehicles up than change their names, asthetically they looked amazing together and I loved the practicality of having a seperate vehicle towed behind your VW Camper, creating two unique living areas, bedrooms and kitchens.
We have recently rebuilt our Teardrop Trailer A.K.A The Nodpod, by using our old one as a template. It had become necessary as the wood was rotting and we wanted an improved and watertight version. Luckily we had a very talented carpenter on hand, Steven Clark. Stevie hadn’t build a teardrop before but he had built campervan interiors. His skills and up for it can do attitude, merged well with those of Mr Vintage VW Campers and together over several days and nights they took the old trailer apart and used it as a template to build the new one in marine ply timber.
Stevie introduced us to dibond, a composite material used in sign-making and also the talented Paul Connelly of Connelly Design, who after the marine ply had been wrapped in dibond, was able to vinyl wrap the ‘Pod. This along with the hurricane hinge sourced from a US Teardrop firm make the Nodpod as watertight as we hoped.
The End Result
We have a fantastic pair in Lola and the Nodpod, they are perfect for a family or group of friends holiday, for those who don’t want to spend the entire holiday in each others pockets. We have also found The Nodpod is popular with couples who want extra storage space, when going away in Lola. If Lola is booked without the Nodpod, then you can hire the Nodpod to tow behind your own vehicle, if you have a tow bar with single electrics and a seven pin point.
The Nodpod is great for events and festivals, the kitchen area can be used as a bar, with the living/sleeping area providing great storage potential.