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.
Go on the Best Camping & Glamping Holidays in Scotland
2014 has been an amazing year for us and our customers, we have all been on journeys of different sorts and collectively we’d like to share the highlights.
When we started posting our guests’ photos on Facebook back in April, we promised to award a prize for the most popular; that means we now need you to please vote for your own personal favourite from these cool images below. To do this either email [email protected] or hop over to www.facebook.com/vintagevwcampers and leave a comment on this post.
First up, some fantastic images from Alison Scott and friends on Easter holiday with Lola & The Nodpod-
Then Sami and Celine on Easter holiday in Oor Wullie-
Next up, beautiful Ava & Lola
Andrew was snug as a bug in Oor Wullie’s pop top roof-
Then the lovely Burns’ family’s adventures with Lola-
As Germany were winning the World Cup, Dirk and Lily were venturing into the Highlands with Lola-
Christine & Lyn treated Oor Wullie to a fun weekend at 80’s Rewind Festival-
Pau went into the forest with Lola-
Then to Skye with Ziggy and Laia
Liz and Reece got this shot of Oor Wullie and The Kelpies from a safe layby. The Kelpies are 5 minutes away from our HQ and best visited by Shanks’s Pony.
Heather treated her husband to a surprise tour of The Hebrides in Lola-
The intrepid Batchelor Family ventured into the mist with Lola & The Nodpod
Oor Wullie was getting a bit of a party animal reputation, as he headed to Wickerman Festival with Sandra & friends
Sandra & Wullie at Wickerman
Two icons were caught on camera together by Scott Hughes-
We were also sent lots of brilliant photos of Meg the splitscreen microbus, at weddings and on day trips but as they were usually taken by professional photographers, it wouldn’t be fair to share them here. Thanks to all our 2014 guests who shared photos with us of their VW dreams becoming reality.
Time to get planning, the 2015 roadtrip is about to begin: will it be the year for your Vintage VW Campers adventure?