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Rockin Vans offers a fantastic way to travel with our Campervan Hire in Scotland

Campervan Hire Scotland

Now more than ever, people are able to experience the world through the eyes of another. Social media allows us a unique glimpse into life around the globe, and it is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted. However, we believe that 2019 should be the year of travel. We don’t even necessarily mean for travel out of the country either. Scotland has so many fantastic spots to check out that most people living here don’t even consider. Why spend a lot of money travelling abroad when there is so much to see right here. Rockin Vans offer a campervan hire in Scotland so that you can check out all that our fantastic country has to offer.

You may be asking yourself; why would I spend money on a campervan hire in Scotland rather than on plane tickets? Well, not only is it significantly cheaper, but a campervan holiday allows for a personalised experience. You can tailor-make yourself the perfect holiday. No longer will you be held to the whims of a travel agent, now you can choose where you go and for how long. You can choose what activities you really want to do and what you can afford to skip.

Stunning Landscapes and Natural Wonders

Do you want to go on a holiday where you see some of the more stunning natural landscapes in the country? No bother, with your campervan hire in Scotland, you can drive up North and sleep among the stars and rolling hills. There are a couple of places that we would definitely recommend. Fort William is the gateway to Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom. If you manage to make it to the top, you are treated to some of the most gorgeous sites you will see anywhere. We do recommend that you take this one on during the peak of Summer, as mist does have an annoying habit of hindering the view.

Don’t want to climb? That’s alright. Fort William and the surrounding areas have some other fantastic sites to behold. Why not take a visit to the West Highland Line? It connects Glasgow with Mallaig and Oban and has been voted the most scenic railway in the world twice. However, the best part has to be the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter film series, it’s a structure that you won’t want to miss seeing.

Tons of Activities and Experiences

Perhaps you don’t want to sightsee or hike. That’s fine. There is a lot more to Scotland than just natural wonders and challenging walks. We’ve been blessed with a ton of fantastic attractions that you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy. From the creepy to the historic, we have a number of activities to do and attractions to visit that will entertain anyone regardless of age or background.

For those horror fans out there, Edinburgh is the place to be. The Old Town is an undeniably creepy area, despite its majestic historic features. There are so many horror tours that run throughout the city, that you would have to stay a month to experience them all. Best all, a load of them are totally free. If you’re wanting a really chilling experience, you could take a visit to Mark King’s Close, a 17th-century street that was locked under Edinburgh’s streets after it became inundated with plague victims.

Not everyone likes horror-filled holidays and that is understandable. We have a range of museums that feature less gruesome exhibits, some of which are fantastic for children as they allow you to interact and fully immerse yourself in the experience. We would recommend that all sea life lovers get themselves down to the Deep Sea Life near Edinburgh and to the Sea Life in Loch Lomond Shores in their campervan hire in Scotland. Both offer some fantastic interactive exhibits that both adults and children will love.

Rockin Vans Campervan Hire

Here at Rockin Vans, we’ve been hiring motorhomes and campervans in Scotland for a number of years. We truly believe that a travelling hotel is the best way in which to explore the country without limits. You won’t have to worry about booking hotels or train tickets, you can use our rental vans to explore at your heart’s content. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. You can also visit our blog for more ideas on things to see while you’re travelling around the country.

Long Hikes With Your Adventurer Motorhome Hire: Scotland

ADVENTURER motorhome to hire from Rockin Vans

Long Hikes With Your Adventurer Motorhome Hire: Scotland

 

Not everyone can afford to go on holiday abroad with their groups of friends. That’s okay, there are other options out there. Here at Rockin Vans, we know you can have a great time right here in Scotland. There are some fantastic long hikes that you can endeavour to complete with your friend group. If you want to save some money on travel and accommodation, a motorhome is a perfect home away from home. You can travel in comfort with up to four friends in our Adventurer motorhome hire in Scotland. It’s one of our larger vans, meaning you can bring as much equipment as is required to complete some of the more difficult trails throughout the country.

Scotland has blessed its residents with a number of stunning natural locations to visit and explore. We’ve selected a small number of long hikes that we feel are particularly worthwhile. By going to these awesome locations with one our Adventurer motorhome hires in Scotland, you’ll be making memories that’ll last for a lifetime in a comfortable travelling hotel.

Cateran Trail

We’ll start with a doozy of a walk. The Cateran Trail takes its name from the deadly band of cattle thieve known as the Caterans. They brought terror and bloodshed to the Highlands between the 1300s and the 1600s. You could say that the walk brings about similar feelings to overly ambitious walkers. Rather than a day trip, this one is a commitment. Sixty-five miles of great mountain views, moors and glens await those who attempt this walk. It’ll take you about five or six days at a leisurely pace. So, for those wanting a more challenging hike, this is perfect. The Cateran Trail is a circular loop that begins and ends in Blairgowrie, so you can drop in and out wherever you want. You’re never further than seven miles away from a village on the trail. This means that less experienced walkers can get a taste of the epic views from the full walk, without knackering themselves. It’s a relatively easy hike, distance aside. With your motorhome, you can opt to start at the official beginning or travel to whichever point you want conveniently.

The Borders Abbeys Way

Abbeys Way is a fantastic hike for those who like architecture and history. Walkers are treated to a long one hundred and seven-kilometre trek through some of the oldest historic abbeys in the country, hence the name. It was in fact developed around the four ruined Border Abbeys. While they are now abandoned, they are now stunning monuments to the monks who lived there throughout the 12th and 16th centuries. It’s compromised of five stages: Selkirk, Melrose, Kelso, Hawick and Jedburgh. You’ll travel through oodles of idyllic postcard-worthy villages and pass scenic rivers in Tweed and Teviot. Thankfully there are a lot of interesting things to visit on the route, as the entire thing could you between five or six days. With your Adventurer motorhome hire in Scotland, you could skip entire sections if you had less time, but still get a look at all the interesting sites. It’s entirely up to yourself.

The Loch Lomond and Cowal Way

This particular ninety-kilometre trek has been named as one of Scotland’s most scenic long-distance routes. Originally devised by James McLuckie, the trail runs the length of the Cowal peninsula. You start off at Portavadie and end your journey at Inveruglas within Loch Lomond Shores. Anyone who chooses to make this hike is treated to forests, hill-passes, shores of sea-lochs and stunning waterfalls. According to the ‘walkhighlands’ website, it’ll take you about twenty-nine hours. Three or four days at the very least, but again, shorter if you utilise the Adventurer Motorhome hire. Scotland is home to a number of fantastic quieter routes and this is one of the best. You have all the scenery of the more popular highland locations, without the abundance of tourists. It’s a long hike that we would definitely highly recommend.

The Cape Wrath Trail

If you’re really wanting to bond with four friends in one of our Adventurer motorhomes for hire in Scotland, why not really go for it. Who wants to go on a stunning four-day journey, when you could go on an epic two-week trek? To call it ‘long-distance’ is a tad of an understatement. This walk involves travelling from Fort William, all the way to the most northwestern point of mainland Britain in Cape Wrath. It’s a lot more difficult than the others on the list, purely because it isn’t officially marked. Three hundred and forty-eight kilometres await those who attempt this difficult hike, but it’s more than worth it. You’ll be rewarded with magnificent landscapes and the prestige of being able to say that you completed it. We do advise that you do extensive research before embarking on this hike.

Completing a long hike in on of our Adventurer motorhome hires in Scotland is the perfect way to see the best that Scotland has to offer while bonding with friends or family. You won’t be in discomfort either, as Rockin Van’s motorhomes are luxurious and spacious. They contain everything you need to have the perfect home away from home. Please feel free to contact us for more information. Our team will be happy to help!

Rockin Vans opening new Birmingham depot and showroom

Rockin Vans opens new Birmingham campervan hire depot and campervan showroom

New Rockin Vans Birmingham Depot

Rockin Vans is pleased to announce the launch of its newest campervan hire depot in Birmingham. You will be able to collect your motorhome or campervan rental from our depot 15 minutes away from Birmingham airport, just outside Redditch. Our Birmingham depot will also have a large campervan showroom for any campers that we have for sale.

From our Birmingham depot you will be able to explore many of the local attractions.

Snowdon National Park is located just 3 hours away through wonderful Welsh scenery. Here you can have a go on the world’s longest zipline, and bounce in the underground trampoline park.

Closer to home the Cotswolds is just a short 1 hour drive away from our Birmingham camper hire depot. In the Cotswolds explore wonderful English scenery and check out the incredible local pubs. The Cotswolds Wildlife Park is a great day out for the kids.

If the ocean is more your scene, you are only 3 hours to the wonderful Dorset coast. Make sure you visit the awesome hippie towns of Bournemouth. And the more remote location of Lulworth Cove. Both will give you the full experience of the wonderful English coast.

If you are wanting to head further in your campervan hire, why not book a one-way rental. Rockin Vans has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. You are able to collect your campervan from our Birmingham offices and drop off in Scotland. Meaning you can explore the full length and breadth of the country. Check out our other blogs on what to do in Scotland.

Short Hikes With Your Small Campervan Hire: Scotland

Short Hikes With Your Small Campervan Hire: Scotland

 

Scottish residents are pretty lucky all things considered. Adequate healthcare, free education, the best mix of takeaways you’ll find anywhere and a ton of fantastic natural sites to behold. There are some truly stunning locations scattered throughout the country. One of the best free activities to do is hiking. You get to explore some amazing locations all while getting great exercise. We believe our small campervan hire in Scotland is the best way to travel through the country.

By utilising our small campervan hire for travel around Scotland, you’ll be able to create the holiday you want without the hassle of booking travel and accommodation. You could, theoretically, visit all of the extraordinary hiking locations that we are about to list in one trip. This is something that probably wouldn’t be possible if you relied on hotels and trains. There are so many places just waiting to be explored, that we possibly can’t list them all. You’d get bored, and we’d run out of adequate adjectives. To get you started on ideas, here’s a small list of hiking locations to visit with your small campervan hire in Scotland.

The Bone Caves, Ullapool

This gorgeous walk leads you up to a limestone valley to visit the striking Bone Caves. It normally takes about two hours to make this four and a half kilometre walk. The Bone Caves have been named as such because they contain the remnants of a number of animals that once roamed. The relics of Bears, Reindeer, Arctic Foxes, Lynx and the only evidence of Polar Bears can be found in the Bone Caves of Inchadamph. There are even some human skeletons that date back thousands of years ago. It’s a fascinating look at natural history. The caves contain a snapshot of a time in which the landscape was very different. This, and you get some stunning scenery to look at on the way there. The bus services here are limited, so a small campervan hire in Scotland will be particularly useful for this hike.

The Birks of Aberfeldy, Aberfeldy

Another very manageable hike, the Birks of Aberfeldy, offer a three and a half kilometre walk that’ll take just over an hour and a half. It is an extremely popular walk, and for good reason. It’s gorgeous, with several views of waterfalls and mature trees to look forward to. It was at one point known as the Dens of Moness, but it was renamed after the poem of the same name by Robert Burns. It’s not too hideous a walk as the path is well waymarked. There are some steep drops, but handrails have been placed throughout the route so this isn’t too much of an issue. You’d usually have to get a bus to Aberfeldy, but with a small campervan hire, you could park at Birks car park and start from there.

Lost Valley Trail, Glencoe

Did we only include this one because it has a cool name? There might be a small element of truth to that. It does have a super cool name. It sounds like it could be a part of the ‘Land Before Time’ series, but it is also a spectacular walk. It’s not too long either, with a distance of three and a half kilometres. However, it is widely regarded as a ‘tough’ walk. Which is weird, considering that historically the Lost Valley was where the MacDonalds were supposed to hide cattle. Surely if they managed to get cattle up there, it can’t be that hard? Apparently, it is. You need to scramble up rocks and walk up steep paths in order to see the final stunning view. We’ve been told that the ‘finale’ is definitely worth any struggles you have during the walk.

Broch of Gurness, Mainland Orkney

This is a very small hike to go to with your small campervan hire in Scotland. However, what it lacks in distance, it makes up for in history. This one-kilometre walk takes you through the Iron Age Village of Broch of Gurness. It has been noted as being one of the most impressive examples of later prehistoric settlements to remain relatively well preserved. Visitors can see the broch, the broch village and a Viking cemetery if they choose to hike to this unique location. You’ll get to see some stunning historic structures, along with gorgeous views of the island of Rousay. This is one of the few walks/sites on this list that are seasonal, so we advise that you check out their website to ensure that it is open when you are planning on visiting.

This is just a tiny snapshot of the smaller hikes out there for less experienced hikers to enjoy. A Rockin Vans small campervan hire for travel around Scotland can allow you to experience all of these, and many more, at your convenience. You won’t have to worry about booking nearby hotels or attempting to find transport. Having the freedom to travel is a gift that shouldn’t be undersold. There some amazing places just waiting to be explored. For more information on our small campervan hire in Scotland, please feel free to get in contact. Our team will be happy to help!

New Year, New Motorhome Hire (UK)

New Year, New Motorhome Hire (UK)

 

First off, Happy (belated) New Year! We’ve now transitioned into that wonderful time of in which we all set ourselves resolutions. Things that sound like a great idea at the beginning of January before we all have to go back to work, but then reality hits and it becomes less appealing every day. No one wants to work nine to five and then work out at the gym for an hour. Life is short, why cut out all unhealthy food ever? That’s why we at Rockin Vans feel that you should aim for a fun 2019 and set the goal of travelling more instead. We can help make this resolution a reality by setting you up with a motorhome hire in the UK.

You may be asking yourself, why should I set a goal of more travel this year? Well, we’re biased, but we think that travelling leads to a more fulfilling and enriched life. You’ll be creating special memories and having unique experiences. Why set yourself up for a tough year, when you could choose a more exciting one. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. The UK is full of fantastic sites. You can save on travel and accommodation costs by combing the two and opting for a UK motorhome hire.

Not convinced? Well, we’ve prepared a small list of places and buildings in the UK that are totally out of the norm. If you visit, it’ll be like you’ve briefly transported yourself to another continent. You won’t believe some of the unique locations that we have right here on our wee island.

Chinatown, Liverpool

 

 

Going to China is expensive. Flights alone are going to cost you at least £350 and that’s on a budget. It’s a holiday of a lifetime, but something you really do need to save up for. Fortunately, we have our very own taste of China right here. Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Dating back to as early as 1834, the Chinatown has been through a number of developments throughout the years. This has given the location its own rich history. With a number of Chinese businesses and facilities for the Chinese community and gorgeous Chinese-style architecture, the Chinatown in Liverpool is a place that is definitely worth checking out with your motorhome hire.

 

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London

 

 

There are tons of brilliant attractions in London. It’s synonymous with Britain and is the place most people associate with the sovereign state. Seriously, it’s almost painfully British. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t also amazing buildings from other cultures. Built using traditional methods and materials, the Swaminarayan Mandir is regarded as being the first authentic Hindu temple in Britain. It was the first Hindu stone temple on the entire continent of Europe and at one point it was the biggest Hindu temple outside India. It is an amazing structure to behold. With your motorhome hire in the UK, you can make it an amazing stop on a tour of London.

 

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

 

 

Have you ever seen Lord of Rings and then immediately wanted to explore Middle-earth? The trilogy was filmed in New Zealand over the span of a year and hardcore fans flock to the country in the hopes of seeing some of the films iconic locations. Fortunately, you don’t have to hop on a plane to get a Hobbit experience. Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in England, at almost 400ft and 3 miles long. It is spectacular. It honestly looks like it could be in the film. There are a ton of activities there as well with; cliff-top walks, caves and museums.

 

Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, Dumfries and Galloway

 

 

If you have the chance to go, Tibet is an amazing place to visit. The mainly Buddhist territory is remote and absolutely stunning. Sadly, not everyone has the funds to go. Luckily for us, we have an amazing location in Scotland that is almost as good as the real thing. Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery was established back in 1967 and was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to be set up in the West. Day visitors are welcome to visit all year round, free of charge. There is also a Tibetan Tea Room and a shop for guests to make use of.

These are just a few of the locations on offer that can transport you to another continent without even leaving the UK. All of them are great places to start if you’re looking to have the New Year resolution of making 2019 the year of travel and adventure. Rockin Vans would be delighted to help you on your way with one of our motorhomes hires for UK travel. For more information, please feel free to get in contact with one of our team. They’ll be happy to help!