Small Campervan Hire Scotland

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is an ideal time to celebrate the planet and take note of the problems of air pollution, global warming and the like. Why not get involved with our small campervan hire in Scotland

Small Campervan Hire Scotland

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Isn’t there a certain irony in using a vehicle hire in Scotland to celebrate a day that is meant to be about protecting the environment? Yes, we see your point. However, did you know that a campervan holiday is a lot more environmentally friendly than holidays involving flying and hotel stays? According to a recent study, CO2 emissions from a motorhome holiday are significantly less than what is produced during a holiday abroad. Being that a campervan is significantly smaller and less heavy than a standard motorhome, that number drops further. Our small campervan hire in Scotland will allow you to get closer to nature this Earth day and remind you as to why we should work to protect Scotland’s natural beauty.

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated around the globe on April 22nd. While it had a small start back in 1970, there are now events held throughout the world in more than 190 countries. Common ways of participating include planting trees, attending climate-themed talks, or just taking a stroll through nature. Really, Scotland is one of the best places for the latter, as it is full of gorgeous natural sites. You and your small campervan hire in Scotland are free to explore whatever you desire. However, if you’re stuck on ways in which to celebrate Earth Day, we do have a couple of suggestions.

Caledonian Forest, The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

This country has hundreds of forests, so you might be wondering why we have recommended this one in particular for a visit with your small campervan hire in Scotland. The Caledonian forest makes for one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes and is a really interesting spot of natural history. Believe it or not, it was once a temperate rainforest that colonised most of the country. This changed in 5000BC when the climate in Scotland changed to become a lot windier and wetter. From 2000BC onwards, the forest has continually reduced in size, and now it remains can only be seen in a relatively small area near Loch Lomond. Its rich eco-system and diverse and rare mammals and plant life have been under threat due to deforestation since the Neolithic times. The reason it’s such a great place to visit this Earth Day is to remind you that things can improve. ‘Trees for Life’ are an organisation that is dedicated to regenerating and restoring as much as the forest as possible. You can even volunteer to help if a visit inspires you.

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

What better way is there to celebrate Earth Day than to learn about it in a museum dedicated to the primaeval forces of nature that shaped our planet. It’s an extraordinary visitor attraction to visit with your small campervan hire in Scotland. It’s great for adult and children alike, as there is a range of interesting interactive exhibits. Rather than having to read giant walls of texts, you can go through the journey of the Earth starting all the way back to the Big Bang. There are tons of really cool things to see and do; you can even touch a man-made iceberg. It’s the perfect place to inspire a love of science and nature, and it also hosts a number of events that highlight how human actions have negatively affected the climate and what we can do to improve the situation. Best of all, you can follow it up with a trip to Arthur’s Seat, which is just minutes away on foot, so that you can observe exactly what you just learned about.

Rest And Be Thankful, A83

If you’re already on a road trip or already planning one, you can still get involved in the Earth Day festivities. There are many fantastic sites to be seen and stopped at so that you can appreciate some stunning views. If you happen to be heading along the A83 in your small campervan hire in Scotland this April 22nd, why not stop at the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ picnic and viewpoint. It’s named after an inscription on a stone placed there by soldiers who built the original military road back in the 1750s. This little spot offers drivers and walkers an absolutely gorgeous site that looks like it has been taken straight from a postcard. From here you’ll be able to see the peaks of Ben Arthur (known more commonly as ‘The Cobbler’) and rich shades of green. This is not the only natural sight that you can pause and take in this Earth Day, but it is certainly in the top ten.

For more information on our small campervan hire in Scotland, please feel free to get in contact.

Stargazing with your Small Campervan Hire UK

It’s International Day of Human Space Flight today! On April 12th, the UN remembers the first human space flight back in 1961. To celebrate, why not go on a stargazing adventure in a small campervan?

Stargazing with your Small Campervan Hire UK

58 years ago today, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin made a journey that would make history. He became the first human to journey into outer space after his Vostok had completed an orbit of the Earth. Today, countries around the world celebrate the start of the space era and acknowledge the importance of continuing to explore space science. You don’t need to be an astronaut or scientist to get involved. We believe the best way to enjoy the wonders of outer space is to take a trip to stargaze in a small campervan hire in the UK. Really, you should take any opportunity to get away from the haze of the city and enjoy the stars. It’s a fantastic way to unwind and remind yourself that there is more out there.

Cities are fantastic if you want fun activities during the day and an active nightlife. However, light pollution makes the night sky an underwhelming sight. There are increasingly fewer places out there where you can see the night sky in all its beauty. We’ve prepared a list of great spots so that you can have a successful stargazing trip with your small campervan hire in the UK.

Exmoor National Park, Somerset and Devon

With light pollution making the stars increasingly harder to see, the few places that have been left unaffected are stunning to behold. The International Dark Sky Association has a number of locations throughout the globe that they work to protect, and the Exmoor National Park happens to be one. The amount of light is controlled so that you can see so much more of the wonders of space. In fact, the view here is so breathtaking, that it became Europe’s first dark sky reserve back in 2011. During the clearest nights at this fantastic stargazing, the human eye can view somewhere in the ballpark of 3,000 stars. We think it’s a particularly great place to visit with your small campervan hire in the UK, not only because it is gorgeous, but because of the events held there. Events are held all year round at the Exmoor National Park. With organised dark skywalks and astronomy talks, it’s a place not to be missed.

North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

Now, if you’re wanting an amazing spot to stargaze in your small campervan hire in the UK, North York Moors National Park offers a view that is particularly spectacular. The site contains three dark sky discovery sites. However, what’s really amazing, is that the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye at this location. Visitors are treated to a view of 2,000 stars, with a number of observatories also set up in the area to help you make the most of the view. If you can’t make a trip here during April, you should try and come along during the Perseid meteor shower (12th August) or the Orionids meteor shower (20th October). There is seriously no greater way to develop a love of space than by observing such spectacular events.

Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Perhaps you don’t want to visit England with your small campervan hire in the UK. That’s fine, as Scotland also has some stunning stargazing spots. If you take a trip to Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll be able to visit the Galloway Forest Park. At this fantastic location, more than 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye. It was designated a UK dark sky park back in 2009 and it usually gets a reading of 23.6 on the Sky Quality Meter (SQM). To put that into context, Glasgow City has one of eight, and a photographer’s darkroom would be a 24. So, a reading of 23.6 means near total darkness. We’d recommend a visit to the Clatteringshaws visitor centre in particular, as it’s right at the centre point of the unlit section of the park.

Shetland, Northern Isles

If you’re wanting to see something really amazing, why not try and see the aurora borealis. The best place to see the ‘Northern Lights’ is Shetland, as it is the point of the UK that is the closest to the North Pole. If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. The aurora borealis occurs in the sky above the polar regions of the Earth. The sky takes on a greenish glow, with other colours also making an appearance. The intensity in the display does vary, and you need to try and be there on a clear night. However, if you do see the Northern Lights, it’s a sight you won’t ever forget. For this reason, we’d highly recommend a visit with your small campervan hire in the UK.

For more information on our small campervans for hire for travel throughout the UK, please feel free to get in contact.

Motorhome Hire Edinburgh

Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re not joking when we say that a Motorhome hire in Edinburgh is the perfect excursion for you and your family this Spring holiday!

Motorhome Hire Edinburgh

VW Camper hire to explore UK

Schools close on April 1st in Scotland. If you have kids, this means you then have the challenge of keeping them entertained for a couple of weeks. We know from experience that this can be difficult. That’s why we suggest taking advantage of our motorhome hire in Edinburgh. You’ll be able to travel around the country in a comfortable home away from home. With the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want, you’re guaranteed to have a trip that will keep kids occupied this Spring holiday. You don’t even have to travel far to have a good time. Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have some superb activities and sights to enjoy.

April 1st also marks the first day of the year that the Lauder Camping and Caravanning Club is open after closing for Winter. Located just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, you’ll have a convenient base in which to plan your further travels. Best of all, this particular site is a Camping and Caravanning Club Site. By opting for a Rockin Vans motorhome hire in Edinburgh, you’re also giving yourself a free membership to the Camping and Caravanning Club throughout the duration of your rental period. To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve planned a brief list of places to visit within and close to Edinburgh that we think the whole family will love.

Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

So Edinburgh is a gorgeous city with plenty of green spaces and museums for the family to enjoy. However, from what I remember of being a kid, I was way more interested in the creepy and strange parts of history. That’s why we’d recommend Mary King’s Close as a fantastic place to visit with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh. Located under the Royal Mile, Mary King’s close is shrouded in mythos and is full of interesting stories. It was named after Mary King, a merchant burgess who supposedly lived in the alleyway from 1635 onwards. It was sealed away from the public back in 1750 due to its state of decay (and the plague played a part in that.). Recently, it’s been reopened for visitors to ‘enjoy.’The Real Mary King’s Close offers a similar experience to the one that you’d get in the Edinburgh dungeons, but it has the bonus of allowing you to explore a real 17th-century street. Costumed characters act as your guides as you explore the Close that was abandoned over 400 years ago. It’s possibly not great for young children, but for older kids and adults we would highly recommend a visit.

Silver Sands, Aberdour

We think we can cautiously hope that we’re past the bad weather and headed towards some sunshine. Even if we don’t have another really warm April, we’d recommend a visit to Silver Sands beach in Aberdour with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh. It’s a unique location in that it offers you all the joys of a beach combined with the tranquillity and quietness of the countryside. If you’re wanting specific activities to do, you could follow the Fife Coastal Footpath or take a trip along the cliff top at Hawkcraig. The views are fantastic and are well worth the effort. When you’re wanting a break, there is also a kid’s play area so that they can run off their extra energy. The Blue Flag Beach is the most popular along the Fife Coast, and we’d recommend you visit there if you’re wanting to splash in the water. Lifeguards monitor the shore during the busier seasons.

Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston

Sometimes you just need a good run about. That goes for both actual children and the children at heart. As an adult may have intentions of playing it cool, but when you see what the Conifox Adventure Park has on offer, you’ll be right in there. Seriously, have a look at their gallery. We took one look at the Giant Jump Pillow and were instantly sold. Additionally, the Adventure Park has a 9-hole football golf course, pedal go-karts, trampolines, rope bridges, swings and tons more that you and your kids will enjoy. It’s located about 20 minutes from the city centre, so not too far a journey with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh.

We do understand how difficult holidays from school can be. That’s why a motorhome hire in Edinburgh can make life easier. It makes for a nice break away from the home that doesn’t cost you a ridiculous amount of money. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. Not only will we be happy to assist you with any hiring enquiries, but our team will have plenty for suggestions for places to visit.

Motorhome Hire Midlands

The new Rockin Vans Redditch showroom isn’t just a great place to hire out VW campers. Our new depot is also the perfect place in which to hire a motorhome in the Midlands!

Motorhome Hire Midlands

Midsize Motorhome Hire

Our VW campers are fantastic for smaller groups wanting to get the most out of a holiday around the UK. However, we haven’t forgotten about larger groups or families. Rockin Vans have a range of luxurious motorhomes that are perfect for groups of up to six. Our motorhome hire in the Midlands can allow you to have a family holiday that you won’t soon forget. We’ve picked out a range of great family activities for you to enjoy in the Midlands so that you can make the most out of your motorhome rental. However, if you’re looking for further inspiration, please do feel free to ask our team. You can reach us via our contact form, or in your nearest depot.

So, let’s just roll into it. These are some places that we recommend you visit with your family in your motorhome hire in the Midlands.

Sandwell Valley County Park, West Bromwich

We know that a park doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but we assure you that it has plenty of activities that will guarantee the entire family. If you’re just wanting a break from driving in your motorhome hire in the Midlands, this is the perfect place for a walk. You’ll be treated to some gorgeous natural sites around the park. However, we know that most kids won’t be entertained by a nature walk for long. Thankfully, Sandwell Valley has you covered. It contains a fully restored Victorian farm with animals and a small museum. If they’re needing to run off some energy afterwards, there is a large park with a high ropes aerial course, playground and zip wire. There’s no way that your family won’t have a fantastic time.

Hoo Farm, Telford

We’re a fan of a farm. Who doesn’t like animals? Along with the usual suspects, sheep, pigs and the lot; this farm has tons of animals that you wouldn’t typically see on a farm. Hoo Farm offers you the chance to see more of the world with your motorhome hire in the Midlands. They have a range of animals from around the globe, including; Arctic Foxes, Caracals, Wallabies, Zorillas, Desert Hedgehogs, Lemurs, Meerkats and Clawed Otters. There are additional experiences on offer in which you can feed the animals, watch sheep racing or even be a keeper for the day. It’s a fantastic place for your whole family to enjoy.

Thinktank (Science Museum), Birmingham

Maybe zoos aren’t for you. That’s alright, how about a trip to a science museum? There are many museums dotted throughout the Midlands, but the science museum is particularly great for families. This is because of the interactive aspects of the exhibits on display. It’s split into two collections; Science & Industry and Natural Sciences. Both have a range of exhibits that are constantly refreshed and kept up to date. They also have a fantastic outdoor science garden and a mini-city for children to enjoy. For those who want to see an unobstructed view of the stars, the Thinktank also has a great Planetarium. It’s a great day out with tons to do.

National Space Centre, Leicester

Caught the science bug from the Thinktank? No worries. There are plenty more places for you to visit with your motorhome hire in the Midlands. Did you know we have a National Space Centre? It’s located within Leicester. It’s the best place for space enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. The National Space Centre has six galleries, all of which contains some amazing structures and artefacts. We can not overstate just how fantastic this site is for both adults and children. From ‘The Universe’ exhibition to the ‘Tranquillity Base,’ there are so many interactive visits that give you an insight into space.

Plantasia and Maze World, Warwickshire

Let’s bring it back to Earth. There is nothing better than getting lost in your motorhome hire in the Midlands. If you’re a fan of exploration and mazes, Plantasia has the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes. There are six mazes; each one is themed around a continent. To keep the kids (and the children at heart) motivated, there are reward stamps to collect in the middle of each maze. If you manage to collect them all, you get a small prize. Once you’ve done that, there is a treetop trail and some animals to keep you entertained.

These are just a few of the many fantastic family locations available for you to visit with your motorhome hire in the Midlands. For more information on our newest depot and the vehicles available, please feel free to get in contact. Our team would be delighted to help.

VW Campervan Hire Midlands

VW Camper Hire in Scotland and London

You may have missed our announcement, but we have a brand-new depot in Redditch. This means that folk in the Midlands have even easier access to some fantastic adventures.

VW Campervan Hire Midlands

Here at Rockin Vans, our goal is to offer you as many opportunities to travel as possible. Our small island is full of so many opportunities for adventure. You can create some precious memories, right here. As Britain has some absolutely stunning locations, it would be a shame to not utilise a VW campervan hire in the Midlands to enjoy them all. Our Redditch depot offers customers the perfect gateway in which to travel to the Midlands, Wales and beyond. If you try one our rental vehicles and catching the travelling bug, the Redditch site also has a showroom in which you can purchase your own camper conversion.

We’ll admit that the Midlands isn’t exactly the classic choice of holiday destination. When you think of holiday locations, you probably think of the Highlands, London, the Lake District or Blackpool. However, we believe that the cities here have a lot to offer. For instance, a VW Campervan hire in the Midlands can bring you to the city of Birmingham in just a couple of minutes. Birmingham is full of exciting activities, and things do. If you’re a fan of chocolate, we recommend taking a visit to ‘Cadbury World.’It’s one of only two of these sites; with the other one being located in New Zealand. Maybe you’re not particularly interested in sweets, but you still want to have a look at the past. For those wanting a look at the history of the industrial revolution, there is a really cool museum called the ‘Black Country Living Museum.’ It’s basically a reconstruction of historic buildings that you can walk through.

Birmingham isn’t the only fantastic location you can easily access via our Midlands VW Campervan hire. You’re open to exploring Wales, the English countryside and many other gorgeous places. A VW camper is the perfect vehicle in which to enjoy your travels. Not only is it supremely comfortable, but it also offers a high-performance. Due to the pop top roof, which allows for space for you need it, the van is able to perform just as well as a car. There is a misconception that campervans are difficult to drive, but this isn’t the case with our VW conversions.

The team at Rockin Vans are passionate about campervans and motorhomes. Between us, we’ve travelled the globe in campers, motorhomes and RVs. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time spent travelling the world in our convenient home away from home. So, we want to help spread the freedom to travel to our clients. There is nothing more liberating than being able to take ownership of your own holiday. It’s for this reason that we’ve opened up our brand-new locations. A VW campervan hire for Midland clients opens up a world of opportunity. For more information on our new depot in Redditch or any of our other locations, please feel free to get in contact.

VW Campervan Hire Scotland

VW Camper to hire from Scotland and London

It’s now March 20th! This means that we’ve hit the March equinox. Why not celebrate the start of Spring with a VW Campervan adventure!

VW Campervan Hire Scotland

Finally, Winter is over, and we can start to look forward to some nicer weather. Theoretically nicer, anyway. Regardless, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a new adventure with a VW campervan hire in Scotland. Spring is a gorgeous time of year, so it would be a shame to miss out on the sights that the country has to offer. With a VW campervan hire from Rockin Vans, you can have the freedom to see what you want to see and do what you want to do. Best of all, you’ll have minimum limitations. No longer will you spend days agonizing over holidays plans, instead you can book a van with us and have the bespoke holiday you truly want.

In particular, we would recommend visiting the Scottish Highlands during the Spring. Many people hold off until the Summer to visit the Northern parts of Scotland. This is probably because they’re hoping for some sunshine. However, by doing so they are missing out on some absolutely stunning sights that are unique to this time of year. In Scotland, new life begins to shoot up as soon as the snow clears. Colourful flowers begin to blanket the rolling hills of the Highlands, and the crisp air brings about an almost cathartic reaction. Spring is a time of new begins. Why not begin it with a journey in a VW campervan hire?

Here at Rockin Vans, we’re passionate about campervans and motorhomes. We believe that a VW campervan is one of the best camper vehicles out there. In fact, the founders of Rockin Vans can vouch for this. They spent long breaks out in an orange classic VW campervan during their childhood. This has instilled a love for the vehicle, which is why it is a staple of the Rockin Vans rental range. Our VW campervan hires in Scotland offer both comfort and high performance. Due to their size and the pop top roof, they are able to perform superbly as cars. However, they also contain a comfortable double bed, a gas stove, a fridge, a shower and a toilet. You’ll have everything that you could possibly need to have a luxurious holiday.

Our main aim at Rockin Vans is to help our clients to have their own adventures and to create their own memories. You’ll only be able to explore the best that the country has to offer if you have the freedom to move freely. If you opt for a hotel and public transport, you are limited by schedules and ticket prices. This isn’t ideal. We want you to be able to travel where you want when you want. We have depots that offer VW campervan hires throughout Scotland. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. Our team would be happy to assist you!

Campervan Hire Ireland: St Patrick’s Day

Looking for an excuse to visit Ireland?
Why not go on the 17th of March for St Patrick’s Day!

Campervan Hire Ireland: St Patrick’s Day

It’s the middle of March already. Where has the time gone? We’re hopefully almost past the worst now in terms of weather. So, you can start planning for some fantastic journeys with your campervan. The first of this month already brought around a great reason to visit Wales, with St David’s Day. Now, there is the perfect reason to visit Ireland; St Partick’s Day. Ireland is a stunning country that is worth that little extra effort you have to make to get there. There is so much to see and do, that it would be a shame to miss out. Why not make use of our campervan hire in Ireland this March 17th?

Who is St Patrick?

A ‘patron saint’ is a heavenly advocate of a nation, craft, class or clan. They are regarded as guardians over a certain aspect of life. It is largely a religious concept. In the UK, we have four patron saints; one for each country. There is St Andrew for Scotland, St David for Wales, St George for England and St Patrick for Ireland. St Patrick is a huge part of Irish culture. In fact, you could easily argue that St Patrick is the most widely celebrated of the four patron saints of the UK. Believe it or not, he wasn’t actually Irish. Maewyn Succat was born in Britain about 400 AD. At age 16 he was supposedly captured by raiders during an attack on his families estate and held in Ireland for six years. Following his release, he eventually went back to Ireland to become a missionary. When he became a priest, he changed his name from Maewyn to Patricius, which is derived from the Latin term for ‘father figure.’

He is most well-known for teaching Christianity to the Irish. St Patrick travelled throughout Ireland, preaching the Gospel and converting many people to religion. If you google, ‘when was Ireland was converted to Christianity’, you’ll usually see 432 AD as the answer. According to legend, it was largely due to St Patrick. With your campervan hire in Ireland, you can travel throughout the country as he did. Only in a much for comfortable and luxurious fashion. He was thought to have died on March 17th 493 AD, which is why he is celebrated on this date.

Why should I visit Ireland on St Patrick’s?

Really, any time is the perfect time to make use of our campervan hire in Ireland. However, St Patrick’s Day is a particularly great period in which to go. This is purely due to the festive atmosphere and the many fantastic events spread throughout the country. If you fancy a trip to Dublin, they run a St Patrick’s Festival between the 14th and the 18th of March. Along with parades and music, you’ll also be treated to guided history walks, film screenings, singing workshops and what is being cited as, the world’s largest céilí. We all know the cliché; St Patrick day is known around the world has an opportunity to drink. Which isn’t great if you’re the designated driver. However, if you’re driving in our campervan hire in Ireland, you can still take part in the festivities. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin runs tours on St Patrick’s day. It’s like drinking, without drinking. Really, we’d advise parking at the nearest camping location and using public transport if you fear you may be tempted. Alcohol or no alcohol, a visit to Ireland on St Patrick’s day can lead to some fantastic memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Why utilise a Campervan hire?

Travelling during a busy festival can be a total nightmare. There is no way you’ll be able to find access to a cheap hotel, and transport prices tend to skyrocket at every opportunity. A Rockin Vans campervan hire is ideal for this reason. You’ll be travelling in a convenient home away from home. You have the comfort of a hotel, combined with the convenience of a car. All of our campervans come equipped with a comfortable double bed, a shower, a toilet, a fridge and a 2 hob gas stove. You’ll have everything you need to make the most out of your trip. Rockin Vans have depots dotted throughout the United Kingdom. Sadly, we don’t have any in Ireland yet. Thankfully, a trip to Ireland is just a ferry away in our campervans.

Get in contact

So, if you fancy a trip to Ireland, why not go for St Patrick’s day? Our campervan hire in Ireland can allow you the freedom to explore Ireland at your leisure. For more information on our campervan rental, please feel free to get in contact. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Motorhome Rental UK

It’s not International Mother Language Day anymore, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t utilise a motorhome rental to enjoy the diversity of the UK!

Motorhome Rental UK

Budget VW Camper to hire from London Scotland Edinburgh

We couldn’t possibly ignore the two other countries that make up the United Kingdom. We’ve already had a look at the unique languages originated by England and Scotland, but Northern Ireland and Wales are fantastic locations with really distinctive dialogues. You don’t have to wait until the 21st of February next year to use a motorhome rental in the UK to explore the joys of language. Rockin Vans are always ready to go. Our motorhome rentals throughout the UK can allow you to have the freedom to explore some fantastic locations. You won’t have to worry about booking a hotel or travel, as you’ll be equipped with both.

Northern Ireland (Irish Gaelic, Ulster Scots)

Similar to Scotland, Northern Ireland is an English speaking country that comes with its own set of unique languages that are not as commonly spoken. Irish is native to the entirety of Ireland. That is to say, it’s not just Northern Ireland that lays claim to this almost lyrical language. Originally though, it was predominantly spoken throughout what is now known as Northern Ireland. According to the 2011 Census, only 3.7% of the population regard themselves as being fluent. However, similarly to Scottish Gaelic, there has been an increased interest in preserving Gaelic. This has been displayed through an increased focus on it being taught in schools. However, perhaps less known is the second language of Ireland; Ulster Scots. This is a dialect that is more specifically targeted to a group of people. It comprises of aspects of Scots, with the main difference being that it is spoken in Northern Ireland opposed to Scotland. Only 2% of the population claim to speak Ulster Scots.    

Now in terms of visiting, Ireland is a gorgeous country full of mythos and charm. From the busy streets of Belfast to the stunning hexagonal Giant’s Causeway, there is so much to be experienced. There are so some really interesting tourist attractions that people interested in literacy and history will enjoy. We believe that is a fantastic place to visit with a motorhome rental in the UK. In particular, we would recommend visiting the Titanic Experience in Belfast.  

Wales (Welsh/Cymraeg)

Last but certainly not least, we have Wales. Unlike the other countries throughout the United Kingdom, the main distinctive language of Cymraeg (or Welsh) is still relatively common. According to the 2011 census, 19% of the population of Wales are able to speak Welsh. Being that the language is potentially up to 4,000 years old, it is entirely plausible that Welsh is one of the oldest surviving languages throughout Europe. Similar to the variations of Gaelic throughout the isles, Cymraeg is a variation of the Celtic language. It has also had a similar journey in that it has somewhat fallen out of circulation. In fact, it almost became totally extinct in the 20th century as the numbers of speakers plummeted. It was revived by political campaigns back in the 1960s. The formation of Cymdeithas Yr Iaith Cymraeg led to the eventual ‘Welsh Language Bill’ which gave it equal status to English in all public bodies. It is common for Welsh children to study Welsh until at least age 16.

Wales is a country that we think everyone should visit with our motorhome rental in the UK. We have a new Rockin Vans depot in Redditch that is only a three-hour drive away from Wales, meaning it is now easier than ever to take a trip to Wales. The classic location within Wales that we would recommend is Snowdonia. Who wouldn’t want to visit the fourteen majestic peaks? For fans of history and mythos, Snowdonia is featured heavily throughout the King Arthur legends. Wales is also home to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It is significantly easier to refer to it as Llanfair PG, but where is the fun in that? A visit to see that sign is alone worth it, nevermind the other stunning sights spotted throughout the country. 

Northern Ireland and Wales are just two more places to enjoy our motorhome rental for UK travel. For more information, please feel free to get in contact with one of our team.

Campervan Rental UK

Happy International Mother Language Day! Why not celebrate the diversity of language with a campervan rental in the UK?

Campervan Rental UK

Budget VW Camper to hire from Rockin Vans

Despite English being the most commonly spoken language in the sovereign state; Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all come along with their own set of unique languages. Some are maybe less spoken than others, but all deserve to be preserved and celebrated. The UN has set the 21st of February as ‘International Mother Language Day.’ Like with any holiday, we like to view this as an opportunity to go on a jaunt around the United Kingdom. It’s there and ready with tons of opportunity for adventure, education and great memories. Why not celebrate the many great languages of our wee island with a Rockin Vans campervan rental in the UK?

Scotland (Scots, Scottish Gaelic)

The first country on our list and already we’ve stumbled into the dialect versus language debate. There are no set criteria to distinguish a language from a dialect and depending on what scholar you ask, you’re going to get a different answer. Is Scots technically a language? Debatable, but it’s our blog and we say yes for now. It’s generally regarded as a slight variation on English, but it does change depending on the region all of which have their own distinct dialects. The Scottish language is well known throughout the world. After all, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is used throughout the English-speaking world as a New Year’s Eve tradition. While you could celebrate by reading The Broons (Browns) comics, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to take a trip throughout Scotland with your campervan rental in the UK? While there you can also get a taste of the easier to define language, Scottish Gaelic.

Maybe we’re a little bias, but we believe Scotland is a fantastic country in which to utilise a campervan rental in the UK. There is such a staggering variety of things to do and see, that it is an impossibility to see it all in one trip. You have the popular highland views and scenery, but then you also have a wide selection of distinct cities. For those wanting to get the most out of a shopping experience, Glasgow is the place to be. Alternatively, Edinburgh is an amazing city for history enthusiasts. In Scotland, there is something for everyone.

England (English)

According to the 2011 Census, 98% of people in the United Kingdom speak English. It is by far the most popular language in the region. If you can read this, you probably have at least a basic understanding of the nuance of the language and how it works. Just to give you some extra insight though; it’s a West Germanic language that was originated back in the 5th century by Anglo-Saxon settlers. Like with any language, it has developed throughout the years and older iterations are now regarded as being extinct. That is to say, you’re not going to be able to go to London in a campervan and then learn how to speak Old English.

England has some of the most iconic cities in the world. London is known internationally for its fashion, tourist attractions and shopping districts. If you’re looking for a painfully British experience, it’s a place that even people from the country need to visit. Who doesn’t want to have a tea near the Queen’s house? However, that’s not all that England has to offer. Despite not being as well known for it as Scotland and Ireland, England also has some absolutely stunning landscapes. It’s also the home of Stonehenge, the mysterious yet magnificent stone ring monument that is known globally. It’s a place you have to visit with your campervan rental in the UK.

Keep an eye out on our blog, where we’ll soon post a look at the offerings of both Wales and Northern Ireland!

It’s also worth noting that due to the freedom of movement that modernity has brought about, these countries aren’t just limited to the languages that we’ve listed here. We’re a diverse nation with many languages from around the globe, all of which should be celebrated.

To get the most out of International Mother Language Day, why not travel in a Rockin Van campervan rental in the UK. For more information, please feel free to get in contact.

Campervan Hire Wales: St David’s Day

Looking for an excuse to visit Wales?
Why not go on the 1st of March for St David’s Day!

Campervan Hire Wales: St David’s Day

The year is flying in. We’re now almost in March. Where has the time gone? Anyway, March is a fantastic month for travel. Well, any month is, but March also offers a great excuse to take a visit to Wales. St David’s day falls on the 1st of March and is a fantastic reason to take advantage of our campervan hire in Wales. It’s a gorgeous country to visit with an interesting and diverse culture. Not to mention, there are tons of things to see and do. Whether you’re looking for an adventure holiday or a visit to see some stunning world heritage sites; Wales has everything you could possibly want.

Who was St David?

To understand who St David is and why he gets a day dedicated to him, you need to be familiar with the concept of patron saints. According to Historic UK, a ‘Patron Saint’ is someone the nation “calls upon in times of great peril.” It’s also very religious based. The UK has four patron saints; St Andrew for Scotland, St for George for England and St Patrick for Ireland. St David is the patron saint of Wales. He is a big part of Welsh culture, but surprisingly little is known about his life. It is thought that he lived to be one hundred, but the first writing on his life only appeared five hundred years after his death so no one knows for certain. Supposedly, he came up with the idea of Welsh soldiers wearing a leek so as to distinguish them from the Saxon invaders they were combating with. The Welsh won the battle and St David was canonized by the Catholic church after his death. March 1st is now a national holiday as it regarded to be the date that he died.

Why should I visit Wales on Saint David’s?

We truly believe that St David’s day is a fantastic time to utilise our campervan hire in Wales. If you’re wanting a proper cultural experience in which you get to fully embrace Welsh mythos and tradition, it is the perfect time to go. In Wales, many people attend parades, church services or choral recitals in celebration. The National St David’s Day Parade in Cardiff is an event not to be missed. Here you’ll find a spectacle full of dragons and theatre, and apparently, the crowd gets together to sing the Welsh national anthem ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.’ Plus, you’ll get to see a host of daffodils, as people usually wear them to commemorate the day. You can begin to leave Winter behind you and embrace the Spring. You seriously won’t find a better time to go.

Why use a Campervan hire?

Travelling can be a nightmare. Booking a hotel and trying to find a cheap mode of transport can seem impossible. That’s why a campervan hire in Wales is ideal. All of our campervans come equipped with a fully functional kitchen, a very comfortable bed and ample storage space. So, you get the luxury of a hotel combined with the travel capabilities of a car. No longer will you be constrained by booking websites. You’ll be free to come and go as you please.

Why use Rockin Vans?

The team at Rockin Vans are passionate about campervans and motorhomes. We are a business that started out as a hobby. One that we loved so much that we made it our lives. Most of our rental vehicles are converted in-house so that you can sure you’re travelling in a fantastic and reliable campervan. Our vans have been tried and tested by many highly satisfied customers over the years so we are confident that we offer a campervan service that delivers a great experience. While we don’t have a pick-up point directly in Wales, Rockin Vans are still a fantastic option You can collect one of our campervan hires for Wales travel from Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham or Redditch. Our new Redditch depot is only three hours away from Wales!

Contact Us

For more information on our Campervan hire in Wales, please feel free to get in contact. Our team will be delighted to help you. Alternatively, we do have an FAQ page on our website that can maybe help with any questions you may want to be answered.