2018 Holidays in Scotland-From Germany to Scotland with Love
The Best Way to Tour Scotland
What is a holiday in Scotland like? Why visit Scotland? When to visit Scotland? Who visits Scotland? How to get to Scotland from Germany?
You may be thinking of or planning a trip to Scotland for your 2018 holiday and are wondering how to travel around Scotland and where to stay the night? We can assist with that, especially if you love classic Volkswagen campervans!
If this is you, you might like to choose your perfect holiday home on wheels and book now before they’re gone.
BOOK CAMPERVAN HOLIDAY
Please contact us to Book our Chauffeur Driven Microbus Meg
Once your £150 deposit is paid, your choice of campervan and dates are locked in. There are a very limited number of original, fully restored VW Type 2’s available for hire in Scotland from reputable companies. Please read our reviews and be assured that with us, you are dealing with one of the best campervan hire businesses in Scotland. We are now in our fifth year of facilitating happy camping roadtrips.
Ziggy Starvan The 1973 Westfalia by Scott Brindley
enjoy the health benefits of being in forests & wild places?
wake up to stunning beaches, islands, mountains & glens?
You don’t have to but it may help, if you like:
classic VW Campervans from 1960s & 1970s
the cost effectiveness of having your accommodation & travel costs combined
being an independent traveller
freedom to discover magical, historical & cultural places
friendly locals, keen to recommend their favourite places
driving manual transmission in a vehicle which will attract smiles & waves
being outdoors but want more comfort than a tent
having a digital detox holiday (some mountainous locations prevent mobile connectivity)
your children enjoying family holidays, like they were back in the day
being nostalgic for when life was much simpler
mindfulness & living in the moment
escaping everyday life into remote, vast & rugged landscapes
the Friends’ Discount, we offer to our returning guests
feeling like you own your own vintage campervan, without having to worry about the upkeep
touring Scotland including the Lothians, Argyll, Highlands, Islands, North Coast 500, Borders, Perthshire, Speyside, Fife or Ayrshire (or even the north of England, some of our guests do)
traditional music & maybe a wee dram or two (this doesn’t have to be whisky, our craft beer & gin offerings are also fantastic. Scotland has very strict drink-drive laws. so you need a designated driver, or sampling after you’ve parked up for the night. All distillery & breweries offer take home samples.)
Our campervans are fully equipped, meaning you can travel light. If you want to bring lots of gadgets, then choose campsites with electric hook-up to charge your devices from the power points in your campervan. If you want to bring lots of gear, then you may want to add The Nodpod, our Teardrop Trailer to your booking.
Why should you Visit Scotland in 2018?
A weak Pound against the Euro makes the UK more popular than ever and the Scottish voters’ desire to stay in the European Union has cemented Scotland as a firm favourite destination for Europeans.
The North Coast 500, is as it sounds, the coastal route around Scotland’s North Coast. It’s just over 500 miles long of stunning scenery and our itineraries and campsite pages have lots of recommendations for explorers of this route. Since marketing of this roadtrip began a few years ago, it is gaining popularity, so come now before the rest of the world gets here.
The Isle of Skye (not part of NC500) is so popular, there are not enough beds for tourists in summertime, so we recommend going off the beaten track in summer and keep the magical isle of Skye for Spring and Autumn visits. Or if you must go in summertime, make sure you have your bed inside your vehicle!
When should you VisitScotland?
The best time of year to visit Scotland for a roadtrip adventure is between March and October, when the days are longer. July & August are the busiest months, June and July have the most hours of daylight. Sunshine and rainfall can be erratic in any month, meaning that Spring and Autumn can be as good a time to visit as Summer. The further north you travel in Summer, the longer hours of daylight you can enjoy. With very little darkness if you go all the way to Orkney for example. If you want to see the Northern Lights, heading north in Autumn can provide the best opportunity. Don’t worry too much about the weather, rainbows and atmospheric moody light can make for some of the best holiday photos anyway! If it’s star-gazing through the pop-top roof of your campervan that excites you, you may want to head south to the UK’s only Dark Sky Park in Galloway Forest.
Germany is Number 1 for Overseas Guests
In 2017 almost half a million Germans visited Scotland and over the last few years Vintage VW Campers’ German Guests make up the majority of overseas visitors. It’s no surprise that Germans really appreciate Volkswagens’ reliability, functionality & design but so do most people, they are after all “the people’s car”.
Many of our Guests also appreciate living in a vehicle made before built- in obsolescence, as we now live in such a throwaway society.
If you want to explore off the beaten track, or venture further, we are ideally placed in central Scotland. We are a short drive from Edinburgh & Glasgow airports, so it is quick and easy to escape the crowds and get your holiday started.
Which airport in Scotland is best to fly into?
If you are choosing which airport to fly to, Edinburgh airport is closer than Glasgow, a 19 mile/ 25- minute journey, currently costing £37 by private taxi. Rather than 32 miles/45 minutes/£42, from Glasgow.
Once you are booked with us, we can advise quickest and cheapest routes by private taxi or public transport, which once again is easier from Edinburgh and is currently £11.80 per person.
Flying from Germany to Scotland
is easy, look at all these available flights: Direct to Edinburgh EasyJet flies from Munich, Hamburg, Berlin Schönefeld & Stuttgart; Lufthansa from Frankfurt; Ryanair from Frankfurt Hahn, Bremen, Düsseldorf Weeze, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden and Eurowings from Cologne-Bonn, Düsseldorf & Munich.
Direct to Glasgow EasyJet flies from Berlin Schönefeld, Lufthansa from Munich, Ryanair from Berlin Schönefeld and Frankfurt and Eurowings from Düsseldorf.
Your VW Bulli in Schottland awaits you!
Travelling from England to Scotland
is even easier, with abundant flights and also parking for your own car, while you are are on holiday in a campervan, if you prefer to drive to us.
Our philosophy of sharing these glorious, iconic vehicles in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world is straightforward and we simply want you, the people who appreciate & respect what we do, to have as much fun with Vintage VW Campers as we do.
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.