Camper Van Hire Scotland For New Year

Camper Van Hire Scotland For New Year

Nowhere celebrates New Year quite like Scotland. Having a Motorhome means that you have the freedom to attend whichever event you want at a discount as you don’t have to pay expensive hotel or travel fees. If you don’t own a Motorhome but still want the experience, it’s alright because Rockin Van’s can offer you the perfect Camper Van hire for your Hogmanay trip. To get you started on some ideas of a place to join in the festivities, here’s a list of some great New Years Eve events around Scotland this year.

Edinburgh, Hogmanay Street Party

You can’t have a list of Hogmanay events without mentioning at least one of the many great events that Edinburgh holds annually. The Street Party is just one of the experiences that you can choose from. There is also; a Ceilidh under the Castle, and a Concert in the Gardens (featuring Franz Ferdinand this year). Come midnight, the one o’clock gun is fired to ring in the New Year, and regardless of what event you’re attending, you’ll be treated to the stunning fireworks display that lights up the skies of Edinburgh every year.

Aberdeen, Hogmanay Live!

Offering a more traditional New Year’s Eve celebration, ‘Hogmanay Live!’ is broadcast live and features more traditional Scottish music and dance. This year features local musician Graham Geddes, and brings a traditional ceilidh that is a more sedate but a no less fun celebration that the whole family can enjoy. Taking your Camper Van to Aberdeen for Hogmanay is also perfect for couples wanting a quieter, more romantic break. For those wanting a more ‘exciting’ experience, Aberdeen does also hosts it’s own street party, complete with live music acts and fireworks.

Stonehaven, Fireballs Parade

If you thought ‘Hogmanay Live!’ was a more traditional do, it has nothing on the Fireballs Parade that Stonehaven offers. Dating back to the 19th century, the Fireball ceremony consists of a number of ‘fireball-swingers’ swinging flaming balls down the high-street accompanied by pipes and drums. It was originally done to cleanse the street of evil spirits for the new year, but now it just looks spectacular. If you’re wanting a more unique trip with your Camper Van hire in Scotland, Stonehaven and the Fireballs Parade isn’t to be missed.

Inverness, Red Hot Highland Fling

Picking up the pace once again is Inverness with its annual Red Hot Highland Fling. It’s the biggest free event in Scotland, so if you’re looking to save some cash to help recover from Christmas while still getting the full Hogmanay experience, it’s ideal. Like Aberdeen, it features more traditional stylings as it’s usual music of choice. However, with this year having been dubbed the year of the young people, this might be set to change. With The Trad Project and Blazin Fiddles playing this year, it is going to be a great show.

Burghead, The Burning of the Clavie

For those who have the time and desire to celebrate Hogmanay twice, Burghead gives you the opportunity with The Burning of the Clavie taking place on January 11th. This date is because back in the 1750s, when the Julian calendar was reformed and the Gregorian calendar was introduced, Burghead decided to make the most of it and have two celebrations instead of getting angry like everyone else. Every January 11th, a barrel full of scarves (the Clavie) is set alight and carried around the town followed by a large crowd. Owning a piece of the burnt Clavie is meant to bring good luck for the coming year. Why? Well, much like many Scottish traditions no one is entirely sure. It’s good for the inner pyromaniac regardless.

So if you’re bored of spending New Years Eve in your house with a handful of relatives, why not explore Scotland and see what it has to offer. We have a Camper Van hire in Scotland for those who don’t own their own but want to take advantage of the festivities this year. Get in contact for more information.

Gorgeous Autumn Scottish Locations to Visit With Your Motorhome

Gorgeous Autumn Scottish Locations to Visit With Your Motorhome

Autumn is an absolute stunning time of year throughout the UK, especially if you manage to hit the sweet spot where the leaves are in dazzling shades of gold and red. If you’re wanting a more relaxing trip in your Motorhome, Scotland offers some of the best opportunities to see some amazing displays of Autumn foliage. Here are some recommendations of places you should visit to make the most out of Autumn.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is a great place for a visit all year round with lot of activities; walking routes, an aquarium, mini golf, and tons of family events. However if you’re wanting to go for the purpose of seeing the best views of the Loch, Autumn is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. The trees lining the Loch start turning shades of red and orange during the latter weeks of September, and produce an incredible sight for all of those visit.

The Luss Camping and Caravanning Club is located on the western shore of Loch Lomond, a convenient location for those wanting to visit with your Motorhome.

Rannoch Moor

It’s not just the trees throughout Scotland that change colour later in the year. The Scottish Moors also transform and become a breathtaking site, with the green grass turning shades of yellow and gold. While it is a challenging trek due to the rocky outcrops and boggy terrain; it is worth it for the animals, birds and fauna that you’ll find along the way. The Rannoch area does also offer less challenging forest walks for those wanting to embrace Autumn without too much effort.

While it’s not a Camping and Caravanning Club, Loch Rannoch Forestry Commission is a site licensed by the Local Authority. It is at the heart of Rannoch, giving you the freedom to travel around.

Perth

Perth Known as the ‘Fair City’ of Scotland, it was once the capital of the country and offered the Kings and Queens of Scotland a picturesque home. It boasts a number of scenic walks for visitors to embark on. For those travelling with kids (or adults) that have a short attention span and won’t find a walk through a gorgeous forest all that interesting, Perth offers something special with it’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ outdoor sound and light show. Running annually for the month between October and November, the event changes every year so it’s worth checking out every Autumn if possible.

The Scone Camping and Caravanning Club site is very close to Perth, and also gives you access to some amazing other locations nearby.
Glen Affric If you’re wanting to view the classic ideal of Scotland’s landscape in your motorhome, you won’t find a better place than Glen Affric. It is home to a large pocket of pinewood forest, consequently displaying some fantastic autumn shades in September through to November. Visitors also have the chance to spot some local wildlife; including roe deer and red squirrels.

Glen Affric

The Loch Ness Shores Club Site is an easily manageable 11 miles away from Glen Affric, and has the bonus of giving you the option to also explore Loch Ness while you are there. Edzell While admittedly one of the more awkward places to get to, Edzell is an endearing village within Royal Deeside, that offers some stunning Autumn sights.

Particularly gorgeous, is the Rocks of Solitude River Circuit. It is a long walk 10km walk along River North Esk, offering picturesque views with vibrant foliage. For those interested in fishing, it is also a popular salmon fishing area. This is a good place to take your Motorhome in Scotland, as to get there you are limited to bus or car otherwise. The nearest site is the Feughside Caravan Park, this is a Local Authority site so unfortunately you won’t get the Rockin Vans discount, but Edzell in Autumn is really not to be missed.

So if you’re interested in travelling around Scotland in a Motorhome this Autumn, get in contact with us and our experts will help you set off on your way.

Spooky Scottish Locations To Visit With Your Camper This Autumn

Spooky Scottish Locations To Visit With Your Camper This Autumn

The leaves are dying and falling off of the trees, and there is a distinct chill in the air.  While you don’t have to wait until Autumn to get into the spooky spirit, it certainly does help. We at Rockin Vans feel that the best way to take advantage of Scotland’s scariest locations is to take advantage of our VW Camper Van hire and see them for yourself. With a Rockin Van hire, you are free to travel around Scotland and see the best horror locations that this mecca for the paranormal has to offer.

Edinburgh

The capital city of Scotland has a dark and twisted past that makes it an attractive location for horror fans all year round. From plague to poverty, the cities grim past features many tales that will keep those interested in the occult highly entertained. Whether you are wanting to take part in one of the more flamboyant scary tours that take you around the city, or take a trip down to the genuinely creepy historical locations, there is something for everyone looking to get into the spirit this Autumn. You can take a trip down Mary King’s Close, a haunted lane that was bricked up due to a plague outbreak and one recently reopened, or a guided walk to Greyfriars cemetery. For those interested in a more ‘sedate’ scary experience, Edinburgh’s museums feature many horrifying historical artifacts for your perusal; from a pocketbook made from William Burke’s skin, to the bloodstain left from where David Rizzo (Queen Mary’s secretary) was stabbed 56 times.

With every Rockin Van’s VW Camper Van hire you get access to the Camping and Caravanning Club Privilege Scheme. The Lauder Campsite is just a short drive from Edinburgh.

Glencoe

There is no doubt that Glencoe is a gorgeous place to visit. Idyllic to the point of stereotype, it’s the place that everyone outside of Scotland pictures the entirety of Scotland to be. Magnificent hills, wildlife and stunning views. However, Glencoe has its own bleak history. In 1692, an estimated thirty-eight men, women and children were massacred while sleeping in their beds. To make the story even more grim it is said that the MacDonald clan hosted their murderers in the days following up to the event. To this day, “No Campbells” signs can still be found throughout inns in Glencoe. It is said that towards the anniversary, screams can be heard throughout the Glen. While still gorgeous, there is no doubt that the grim history makes it an eerie site to visit.

There is a Camping and Caravanning Club Site situated right at the foot of the mountains.

Stirling

Stirling is a city every fan of the uncanny has to visit at least once with their VW Camper Van hire. This is because Stirling Castle, home to many of the Kings and Queens of Scotland, was the site for countless sombre tales. Wherever there is a ghastly story, there is of course accompanying reports of hauntings and ghost sightings. One of the most popular ghosts that live in the castle is the Green Lady. It is believed that she was burned to death while attempting to save Queen Mary from a fire in her bed chambers. Ever since, visitors have reported seeing her wandering throughout the castle. With frequent ghost hunts, and less spooky activities for those who are just interested in Scottish history, there is something for all the family making it a worthwhile trip.

Stirling Castle is just a small drive from the Camping and Caravanning Club, Milarrochy Bay Campsite.

Glamis

Angus is a local government council area that borders Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Aberdeenshire. The location of particular interest is a village situated within Angus, Glamis. Glamis Castle is famous for being widely considered the most haunted location in Britain. A combination of a high volume of sighting reporting, and the folklore that surrounds the castle has led to it receiving this highly coveted occult honour. Arguably the most chilling ghost that can be encountered is ‘The Woman with a Tongue’, an apparition that can be seen wandering and gesturing towards her grotesquely wounded face. For those really interested in folklore, they can try and find the supposed hidden room in which the ghost of Earl Beardie can be found eternally playing cards with the Devil.

The Scone Club Site is just a short drive away from Glamis. It is only 23 miles if you go via the A94.

While you don’t have to wait until Halloween to visit Scotland’s spookiest locations in a Rockin Vans VW Camper Van hire, but it’s certainly a good excuse. For more information please get in contact with us.

Why A Motorhome Hire Is The Perfect Christmas 2018 Gift

Christmas Motorhome or Camper Hire

Campervans at Christmas

Why a Campervan or Motorhome Hire is the Perfect Christmas Gift

Christmas Motorhome or Camper Hire

We’ve all been there, only a couple of months left until Christmas and absolutely no inspiration as to what to buy your nearest and dearest. Well have no fear, because we here at Rockin Vans have the perfect solution. A motorhome hire and a leisurely jaunt around Scotland is the perfect Christmas gift this year and it will give your loved ones an experience that they will remember for a lifetime. When buying other types of holidays as a gift, you either have to guess and hope its a location the group would want to go, or you have to ruin the surprise by explicitly asking them for ideas. Buying your loved one a motorhome hire means buying them the freedom to travel around
Scotland or the rest of the UK. They have authority over their own adventure. They can have a holiday packed with full of thrills, or they can have a relaxing time admiring the scenery and exploring the historic locations that Scotland has to offer. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg either, with our vans and motorhome hire starting from just £69 per night. Cheaper than most hotels, and the travel is already sorted. Ideal!

At Rockin Vans we have a motorhome or campervan available for hire for every occasion; be it a trip with the whole family, or a romantic retreat for two. Our motorhomes up for hire give all the comfort you need to withstand a long trip; including very comfortable beds, a fully functioning kitchen, a shower and a toilet. Included with all of our hires is insurance for one driver, vehicle support, a kitchen pack and access to the UK Camping and Caravanning Club Privilege Scheme; meaning you don’t have to worry about giving someone a gift that comes with tons of hoops to jump through. All they have to worry about is picking up the motorhome and having a great time doing whatever they want to do. If you’re feeling really adventurous and are planning on buying for already seasoned travellers, you can bypass Scotland entirely and offer them a journey around Europe for just a small additional charge. The possibilities are endless when you gift loved ones with a holiday that they
have ownership of.

So if you’re looking to win the award for best gift this year, consider buying your loved ones a motorhome hire so they can explore Scotland at their leisure. For more information, or to receive a quote on any of our vans available to hire, please get in contact with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Christmas in your Camper Van: 2018 UK Events

Christmas in your Camper Van: 2018 UK Events

We here at Rockin Vans feel there is no better way to spend Christmas, than at a nice spot in the UK with a camper van or motorhome.

You can still have all the traditional fun of Christmas, combined with the freedom to access some amazing locations throughout Britain. Throughout the UK there are a number of events over the christmas season that you can attend and campout near to make the most of your travels over the holidays. From Christmas markets to seasonal craft workshops, there is guaranteed to be an event that everyone will enjoy. Hiring one of our camper vans this winter means that you can make the most of the events that the UK has to offer. To get you started on finding an event that will suit you, here is a small list of some of our favourites.

Candlelit Dartmouth (30th November – 1st December)
Candlelit Dartmouth is an annual event that launches the start of Dartmouth’s Christmas Market. Alongside the market that can provide you with a variety of gift ideas, Candlelit Dartmouth boasts a wide array of musicians and entertainers to keep the full family entertained. Also included on the Saturday (the 1st) is a “Candlelit Kids” event which includes a Santa’s grotto and a craft workshop. Concluding with a lantern procession through town, Candlelit Dartmouth is an event not to be missed. For those wanting a convenient mode of travel while keeping their camper van at a site, there is a free minibus shuttle service.

Edinburgh Christmas Market (16th November – 5th January)
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is world-renowned. People travel all over to go to this event at the heart of the city, and you should be no exception. Alongside a market offering a diverse range of gifts and food items from around the globe, the Edinburgh market prides itself on having a wide range of events and activities that everyone can get involved in. From an 100ft ferris wheel, to circus shows, and ice skating, the Edinburgh Christmas festivities is a variety-packed event that isn’t to be missed. For those looking to get easiest access to the city, it is best to leave your camper van or motorhome at the site near the Firth of Forth.

The Dickens Christmas Festival (30th November – 2nd December)
The Dickens Christmas Festival is a truly unique Christmas experience for those who appreciate history, particularly the Victorian era. Set at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The Dickens Christmas Festival is a celebration of Dickens and features many of the characters that he created; from Scrooge to Oliver Twist. This event offers a true traditional Christmas experience, with a traditional green Father Christmas to accompany Dickensian street performance. For camper van owners or renters, the Southsea Leisure Park is the best option if you’re looking for easiest access to the city centre.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (22nd November – 6th January)
A spectacular seasonal event, with a variety of unique attractions. If you can only make one trip with your camper van this holiday season, the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland should be at the top of your list. From ice sculpting workshops, to ‘The Enchanted Forest in The Magical Ice Kingdom,’ to a gigantic ice-skating rink, this event is a lot more pricey than the others on this list but it is definitely worth it. Having the camper van to cut the costs of travel and hotel expenses will be a bonus if you are looking to attend what is one of the best Christmas events in the UK. The Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site, sits just 7 miles away from Hyde Park. If you’re looking to attend any of these fantastic UK Christmas events and are in need of a camper van or motorhome, please feel free to contact Rockin Vans.

Drive through the Cornish country side stopping into some of the many quaint sea side towns for a pastie along the way. Driving through Cornwall will show you first hand what it is about this beautful place that has inspired generations of writers from DH Lawrence and Charles Causley to Sir John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier.