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What is it Like to go on Holiday in a Vintage VW Camper?

(Our featured images above are kindly supplied by Nathan Green from SoonlyWeds.)

 

As lots of you were wondering what the VW Campervan experience is actually like. We thought we’d delve into the travel journals, which are kept in our campers’ gloveboxes and spill the beans. These have previously only been shared with people hiring our kombis, so for the first time ever we open up to the public excerpts from the secret diaries of Lola, Blondie, Ziggy & Oor Wullie.

Oor Wullie VW Camper Journal
Oor Wullie VW Camper Journal

After all, our previous customers are best placed to inform you what to expect when touring Scotland in a Vintage VW Camper.

At the same time we’ve identified ten points that many of our customers ask before they come or comment on after their trip.

How long does it take to drive the North Coast 500?

We recommend minimum 1 week to enjoy this in a T2 Volkswagen.

We’ll kick off with Lola’s most recent NC500 tour, earlier this month. And a summary of how our customers found the experience.

“Lola was cosy, comfortable, lovely to drive and extremely popular with fellow travellers. We couldn’t ask for a better holiday companion.”

Why does everyone wave & tell you their own VW story?

Because by getting behind the wheel, you have just joined an international VW club. You will be like a magnet wherever you go in your T2 and it’s Volkswagen law that you wave at any other VW Campervan you pass on the road.

“A lovely lady talked to us in the ferry queue- she has her own Lola on Colonsay!”

“We had admiring waves everywhere we went and Oor Wullie made lots of friends”

What’s the weather like in Scotland?

There’s a good chance you may experience 4 seasons in one day. We live in a country where it’s possible to get hurt by hailstones and sunburn in one day.

“Barra here we come! Bumpy ferry ride with no visibility but stunning sunshine when we arrived at Castlebay and found the beachfront campsite at Borve- highly recommended.”

Lola on The Hebrides by Isobel Gowan
Lola on The Hebrides by Isobel Gowan

Where should I go on a tour of Scotland?

Skye is by far the most popular destination for our guests but Scotland has plenty other exciting places to go as well. We offer as much or as little help as our guests want in planning itineraries and routes. To make up your bespoke itinerary we need some pointers on your interests, or where you’ve been before. We love beach and lochsides and will always try to direct you to locations that are amongst the most stunning in the world.

“We spent the day on the west of Harris, enjoying fabulous beaches” 

“We could see the sea while sitting inside Ziggy enjoying a warm soup and good book.”

“At Arisaig we found white beaches and turquoise water.”

Where should I camp & can I camp anywhere?

Scotland has a vast selection of varied campsites and our list of recommended campsites grows daily. You can camp anywhere in Scotland (except the east side of Loch Lomond between March and October) but you must follow the Outdoor Access Code and be responsible.

We travelled up north to Durness, where we spent the night wild camping on the shores of Balnakeil Beach”

“…before taking Lola east to the haven of Lickisto Blackhouse Campsite- an idyllic spot”

What is it like inside a VW Camper?

The driving experience is more challenging, modern cars drive you, you drive a T2. There usually isn’t as much storage space as in a larger motorhome, so everything packs away very neatly. Such as our hidden tabletops, tripods for al fresco dining table and the well for your indoor table.

“We’ve really enjoyed the fun of camping with Lola, meeting lots of other campers, testing our tidying skills, working out how to organise ourselves, taking our time on single track roads and learning to drive properly again!”

Vintage VW Campers Lola interior day mode
The sofa pulls out to make a comfy double bed

Can we cook inside the campervan?

All of our campers have gas cookers, sinks and fridges or coolboxes.

“We used the BBQ you supplied most nights and cooked meatballs & spaghetti inside one night. The campervan cookbook you gave us was inspiring.”

cooking in a VW camper
cooking in a VW camper

Is there an ipod connection?

Our stereos all have ipod/phone connections (cable supplied) and all gloveboxes have at least one CD in them.

“Driving along the country roads in Blondie, listening to Blondie was perfect, we wish she was ours.”

Blondie VW has her eye on you
Blondie VW has her eye on you

“I dreamt a long time about driving up the steepest road in GB. Driving Ziggy up the pass to Applecross while listening to David Bowie was a dream come true”

What’s included in the price?

We include optional extras in our prices but beware of the awning, unless you are staying in the same campsite for at least 2 nights.

“The Awning! It took us 3 hours to put up!!! Lots of “debating” went on 1st about how to do it. LOL. We got there! 1 hour to get down and packed away. Worth doing if you’re not moving around for all the extra space, it’s massive!”

Lola with awning by Andrew Webster
Lola with awning by Andrew Webster

Can I hire a VW Camper for my Wedding?

Although Meg, our splitscreen microbus is chauffeur driven for weddings, our bay window campervans are perfect for self drive weddings & honeymoon. It’s also worth noting that if you use Meg for your Wedding, you can have 20% of a self-drive bay holiday anytime up to your first Wedding Anniversary, as a wee gift from us. As we offer campervan gift vouchers you can even put them on your Wedding Gift List.

“We whizzed Ziggy off to Dunoon to hand in our marriage certificate and then went round Loch Fyne”

Stephanie & Matt by Stephen McClusky Photography
Stephanie & Matt by Stephen McClusky Photography

If you have ever wondered anything we haven’t covered in this post, about the Vintage VW Campers experience, then please email your questions to [email protected]

If you’ve heard enough and you’re ready to choose your campervan then start your journey here.

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