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!

Film Fan Guide to Scotland: Trainspotting

Film Fan Guide to Scotland: Trainspotting

A Rockin Vans motorhome rental for travel around Scotland can open up a ton of possibilities – too many. There are so many awesome locations just waiting for you to discover them, that choosing somewhere to go can be tricky. We’ve discovered a unique take on picking out your next journey. All you have to do is pick one of your favourite films that feature Scotland and then you can visit the filming locations. Not only will you get to see where some iconic scenes were shot, but you may also discover a new favourite small-break destination.

The black comedy ‘Trainspotting’ (1996, directed by Danny Boyle) is an obvious choice as it entirely set in Scotland. We’ve selected a number of filming locations that you can visit with your motorhome rental, so you can see what Scotland has to offer.

Princes Street, Edinburgh

Seeing as the novel the film is based on is set in Edinburgh, you’d probably assume that most of the locations on the list are within Edinburgh. Well, you know what they say about assuming. As it turns out, most of the film was actually shot on the streets of Glasgow. That doesn’t mean that Edinburgh doesn’t show up at all. The film opens with Renton and his group raiding a bookstore and running down Princes Street. Princes Street house the main shopping district in Edinburgh, and you’ll be able to browse many high-street stores if you visit this area in your motorhome rental.

Calton Street Bridge, Edinburgh

The last part of Edinburgh you see in the film is Calton Road and the Calton Street Bridge, and this is the location in the film in which you see Renton get struck by a car. This is the area of Edinburgh in which the modern streets transition into the Old Town and the Royal Mile. Full of history and tourist attractions, this section of Edinburgh offers you a totally different experience than the one offered on Princes Street. There are a ton of museums here, all of them totally free and we would recommend the ‘Surgeons’ Hall Museum’ if you’re wanting something more niche than the National Museum of Scotland.

Firhill Health Complex, Glasgow

From here on out, most of the locations are within and about Glasgow. The infamous five-a-side match at ‘Calton Athletic’s Ground’ was filmed within the Firhill Complex, in Hopehil Road. The centre is still open, and they run a number of events throughout the year, such as a Gala Day that runs during the summer. This location is a great spot for football fans in generals, as not only is it still a great place for a wee game of five-a-side and the Partick Thistle Football Club is really close by so football fans can pop in for a quick visit.

Cafe D’Jaconelli, Glasgow

Fairly close to the Firhill Complex is the Cafe D’Jaconelli, the retro diner where Renton and Spud shared a milkshake before Spud’s mess of an interview. Amazingly, the Cafe D’Jaconelli is still there and it still retains the look that it had in the scene. A 1950s jukebox and classic red booths give the cafe a unique charm that is a nice location to visit in of itself. You can pop in and get a milkshake, just like in the film but minus the illegal drugs.

Corrour, Rannoch Moor

Going outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh, we have a rather unique location that takes you up towards the highlands. We get a shift from the ‘clydeism’ depicted throughout most of the film, and a look at the stunning Scottish landscape that tourists flock to the country for. Corrour station houses the spot in which Renton gives a legendary rant to his pals in “the great outdoors” scene. If you do choose to visit this area, please be aware that the main road stops seventeen miles away from the exact spot and you’ll have to access it by train or on foot. You can leave your motorhome rental and walk, or visit Scotland’s other stunning locations in the vicinity instead.

While the film is depicting a more grim view of Scotland, your trip through some of the films iconic locations can be anything but that. It’s a fantastic excuse to take a visit to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fort William and even London if you’re willing to venture outside of Scotland in your quest to see all of the filming spots. A motorhome rental in Scotland means that you can visit the iconic filming locations of tons of films, for more information on how our rental works, please feel free to get in contact.

Abandoned Scotland: Other-Worldly Spots To Visit With Your Campervan Hire

Abandoned Scotland: Other-Worldly Spots To Visit With Your Campervan Hire

Not everyone wants a campervan hire to visit Scotland’s more idyllic spots. Sure a trip to Helensburgh or Saltcoats is a great wee holiday, but it doesn’t lead to adventure and dramatic photographs. Scotland has some amazing abandoned locations that can give you a special look at history that has remained unaltered by humans. Instead, these buildings have been left to the mercy of nature and time. A campervan hire in Scotland can allow you to explore these amazing sites, without having to worry about finding travel or nearby accommodation.

Before we start with our small list of places to check out, we should say that we’re by no means suggesting that you enter any of the listed abandoned buildings. The exterior of these locations is excitement enough and the photographs you come away with will still look great. If you do choose to enter, please do so safely and legally.

Gartloch Asylum, Glasgow

Victorian-era asylums are terrifying, both in fiction and reality. If you’re wanting to go to a spot that will leave you with chills, there is no better place. Asylums have a horrific reputation for being a place of oppression and torture, perhaps unfairly so. Of course, the stories are larger than life, but that doesn’t make the spot any less creepy. Opened in 1896, the asylum also served as a tuberculosis sanatorium between 1902 and 1945. Most of the Gartloch buildings have been demolished and transformed into a nice residential area. However, the main reception building still looms over the new builds, the gothic architecture making it appear as if it came right from a horror story. It’s located right next to Drumpellier Country Park and is fairly easy to find.

Inchkeith Island, Fife

Located within the Firth of Forth, Inchkeith is a strangely sinister island that is shrouded in mystery. It has been inhabited for about 1800 years, but not consistently, very on again and off again like Ross and Rachel from Friends. It has prominence as both a military tool and a site for quarantine. In 1497, people with the disease that would be eventually known as Syphilis were transported to the island and left there and until “God provided for their health.” Basically, people were brought to the island and left there to die. This history of quarantine was repeated in 1589 when passengers of a plague-ridden ship were abandoned there and then again in 1609 with mainland plague sufferers being quarantined on the island. While the island technically belongs in Fife, at Rockin Vans, we advise accessing it via Edinburgh with your campervan hire.

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

For those who don’t want to visit a place of suffering, but still want to experience the eery stillness of an abandoned place, the island of St Kilda is a fantastic option. It’s technically a group of volcanic islands, but they’re protected by the National Trust for Scotland. Along with a village that was abandoned in the 1930s, you’ll be able to visit the largest colony of Puffins in Britain. The opportunities for photographs and exploration are endless, but be aware that you don’t get phone signal on the island. Keeping safe while looking around is pretty important in general, but especially for this reason. Like Inchkeith, you cannot bring your campervan hire all the way to the island, so we recommend parking up in Skye and going via boat.

Bangour Village Hospital, West Lothian

Scotland seems to be full of abandoned psychiatric hospitals. Unlike Gartloch, this hospital took the style of a village rather than one big looming structure. It was based off a German asylum, one that is still currently in operation. When it was at its peak, the Bangour housed it’s own railway station, bakery and school. Since 2004, it’s been left abandoned. Most of the buildings still remain though, as they are A listed and protected. It’s located near Livingston, and while the temptation to explore is there, we would advise that you admire the structures throughout the village from the outside. Since 2005, security has been assigned to make sure people don’t enter the buildings as they been deemed unsafe.

A campervan hire in Scotland can grant you easy access to these awesome abandoned locations and many others that are spread throughout the country. As long as you remain safe, visiting abandoned spots can give you a special look at an untouched history. For more information on our campervan hires for Scottish travel, please feel free to get in contact with us. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Campervan Hire UK and Beyond: European New Years Events

Campervan Hire UK and Beyond: European New Years Events

Over the past month or so, Rockin Vans has been giving you some fantastic tips for how you should make the most of your campervan hire in the UK this winter. The countries throughout the United Kingdom have some great annual events, and these really shouldn’t be missed. However, if you have the freedom to travel, why limit yourself to just the United Kingdom. Europe also has some amazing sites that must be seen and some spectacular events for you to ring the new year in with. If you want to do something special to start off your 2019, a campervan hire in the UK could potentially lead to an unforgettable European trip.

To get you started, here are just some offerings from the European countries that are closest to the United Kingdom.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

It’s well known that Amsterdam is the place to be for parties. There are a ton of New Years events held throughout the city centre annually. You can participate in the Netherlands tradition and ward off evil spirits by eating oliebollen as these are sold by street vendors throughout the city. Every year visitors are treated to unofficial street parties and spectacular firework displays. While the fireworks usually take place near to the National Maritime Museum, the iconic display is taking place at Kop van Java this year. The celebrations have been known to get pretty rowdy, so for those wanting a quieter affair, there is the option of observing the fireworks from the comfort of one of the many stunning restaurants in Amsterdam.

Paris, France

Paris is one of the most stunning cities in the world. It is consequently an amazing space to spend New Year’s Eve. There are a ton of unique events that are worth checking out. You could spend New Year’s Eve swimming and partying at the Aquaboulevard de Paris at an event that starts at 21:00 and goes on to dawn. Equally as amazing, is the party held at the Aquarium near the base of the Eiffel Tower. However, it is worth noting that while the capital of France is a fantastic place to celebrate the New Year, Paris is a place worth planning ahead for as if you make mistakes the experience can become really unpleasant. The street parties are great during the early stages, but folk get really drunk and it quickly becomes a riot. The team at Rockin Vans recommend that you go to a planned event or a private party or retreat to your campervan hire relatively early.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin hosts one of the biggest street parties in Europe. Celebrated between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, the two-kilometre stretch of hosts a festival that includes a number of live music performances, DJ sets and light shows. The festival area also includes a number of food stands that provide guests with some of the best food offerings from all over the world. A spectacular firework display will begin at midnight on the dot, and the party lasts well into the small hours of the morning. Admission to the event is totally free and so if you can make it to Germany during the festive season, it is a fantastic way of ringing in the New Year.

While there is an extra charge for European travel with our campervan hire in the UK, it is something that we are happy to accommodate. There is no point in limiting yourself in your travels, especially as for a limited time we still have the right of freedom to travel in the EU. For more information, please feel free to get in contact and our team will be happy to help!

Best Scottish Restaurants to Visit With Your Motorhome Rental

Best Scottish Restaurants to Visit With Your Motorhome Rental

Best Scottish Restaurants to Visit With Your Motorhome Rental

If you’re from a busy city like Glasgow, you may think that you’ve seen the best culinary delights that Scotland has to offer. There are a variety of top-quality restaurants, with a range of cultures represented, so it is easy to see why you would assume that one city can give you all that you need to try. However, to taste the best food around Scotland, you need to be willing to travel. With a motorhome rental in Scotland from Rockin Vans, you can explore some of the best Scottish eateries that serve traditional Scottish foods. We don’t claim to be food experts, but we do have a couple of favourites that we recommend you try out.

Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant, Isle of Skye

If you search for the best Scottish restaurants, Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant is at the top of many lists. Ran by Chef Michael Smith and his wife, this stunning restaurant makes use of its surroundings and uses only the freshest seafood for his menu. The contemporary Scottish restaurant with a French twist is a bit of a trek away, being that it is located within the Isle of Skye, but a motorhome rental in Scotland can help you get there, and it is definitely worth it.

Glen Nevis Restaurant, Fort William

Featuring a fusion of traditional Scottish dishes, pub classics and Asian seafood dishes, the Glen Nevis Restaurant is a real find. The food is fantastic, but the real bonus is that you get to dine with a gorgeous view of Ben Nevis. It’s just a few minutes away from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre which has ample room for you to leave your motorhome rental. The food and service here are widely regarded as being some of the best in the area, and it is for sure worth trying.

Inver Restaurant, Strachur

Based upon the shores of Loch Fyne, the Inver Restaurant is an eccentric little establishment that has delighted clients since 2015. It is admittedly in the middle of nowhere, but the food that they serve more than makes up for the journey. If you’re looking for a hearty meal with locally sourced ingredients, the Inver is the place for you. With steaks, lamb and seafood to choose from, there is something that everyone will enjoy. As a bonus, by going to the Inver, you get to see the sites of Loch Fyne.

Wee Lochan, Glasgow

Located within the city centre, Wee Lochan is well known for being a relaxed and laid-back restaurant. They offer a fantastic menagerie of cultural dishes, ranging from the Far East and the Mediterranean, but merging them back to Scottish recipes. Even if you’re from Glasgow, this is still a good shout for a place to try. As we have a Rockin Vans motorhome rental based in Glasgow, it can be a great place to start off a longer road-trip around Scotland.

Pibroch, Edinburgh

The Pibroch is unapologetically Scottish. As soon as you walk in the doors, you are bombarded with bagpipes, thistles and Scottish music blaring through the sound system. The menu matches this heavy theming, as you’ll be treated to a range of traditional Scottish dishes; everything from haggis to haddock. If you’re heading to the capital and want to embrace the Scottishness of it all, you won’t find a better restaurant than the Pibroch.

The Ship Inn and Waterfront Restaurant, Dundee

With a giant panoramic window framing a stunning sea view, The Ship Inn and Waterfront Restaurant is a fantastic establishment located in Dundee. The nautical-themed restaurant serves some of the best seafood in the country. The fish is renowned for being both well portioned and delicious. With a motorhome rental for travel in Scotland, you could spend a day enjoying the museums and attractions Dundee has to offer and then round the time off by tasting some delicious seafood at The Ship Inn.

These are just a tiny sample of some of the great Scottish restaurants that are out there. There are many more to be discovered, and you can’t do that if you are limited to one city. With a motorhome rental, you could travel throughout Scotland without any limitations and get to taste some of the culinary delights that are right at your doorstep. For more information on how you can book a rental with us, please feel free to get in contact.

Christmas Gifts for VW Camper Van Fans

Christmas Gifts for VW Camper Van Fans

 

Great Gifts for VW Camper Van Fans

While we haven’t yet reached full-festive mode, it is definitely that time of year when shops start stocking up on this years hottest Christmas gifts. You still have plenty of time to decide on what to buy your loved ones, but coming up with original ideas year after year is hard. We here at Rockin Vans are big fans of the VW Camper Van, with the two T4s being how we started our rental business. So we’ve made a convenient list of some more eccentric christmas or birthday gifts that you can buy the VW Camper Van fan in your life.

Volkswagen 3D Campervan LED Fairy Lights

Well we warned you that this was going to be a quirky list. Nothing will get you into the festive spirit like lining a small tree within your camper van with officially licensed mini VW Camper Vans in multiple colours. Powered by battery, these fairy lights are an easy way to spruce up your motorhome, or even just your living room.

A Lego Camper Van

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy lego; it’s universally loved and we all know it. The lego store offers us a couple of different options but the absolute best by far is the authentic model of the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. This product is highly detailed; from the VW air-cooled flat four cylinder engine to the iconic pop top roof. A perfect gift for any fan of the classic VW.

Volkswagen Toaster

This one is great because it can enhance your travelling experience. It has all the features you want in a toaster; it can toast, defrost and reheat. It comes in red and blue and will give fans of the Volkswagen Camper an eye-catching accent that they’ll love having in their kitchen at home or in their camper.

VW Barbeque Hamper

With this set you get a VW branded thermally insulated cool bag that comes with a lightweight metal frame that acts as the stands and platform for a disposable BBQ. Even better, a disposable BBQ comes with it so you can use it right away. Possibly more ideal for the Summer if you’re planning on using in the UK, but a great gift nonetheless. Perfect for those wanting to go on a picnic with their campervan.

Official Volkswagen Remote Control Campervan

Everyone loves a remote-control car. This officially licenced remote control VW Campervan is the next best thing you can get next to buying your loved one the full size counterpart. Unlike a full size van, this miniature can perform tricks and maneuvers, creating hours of entertainment.

A VW Camper Van Hire with Rockin Vans

The perfect gift. Why settle for an imitation when you can have a trip around the UK in the real thing. A Camper Van Hire is the gift of giving someone the ability to have a holiday doing whatever they want in a vehicle they love. A truly unforgettable experience that will help your friends and family create memories that will last a lifetime.

To hear more about our VW Camper Van Hire please get in contact and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Campervan Hire England

Campervan Hire England

Campervan Hire for New Year: England 2018 Edition

We said previously that nowhere celebrates New Year quite like Scotland, and we stand by that. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also some fantastic events throughout the UK. England has a ton of unique events for folks wanting to celebrate in style. If you manage to snag one of Rockin Van’s campervan hires you’ll be able to travel around England during the festive period without the limitations of accommodation and travel. It’s worth considering because once you see some of the events on offer, you’ll definitely want to go.

London, The Shard’s New Years Eve Party

We’ll start with the most obvious. Similar to Edinburgh throwing the biggest party in Scotland, England’s capital goes all out in their New Year’s celebrations. The cities skies will be set alight with bright dazzles of colour throughout the evening. One of the most iconic buildings in the city, The Shard, throws a truly unique party annually to celebrate the New Year. This year it’s being held between 10 pm and 2 am and will feature DJ Santero, a Ministry of Sound DJ who knows what’s what about all things music related. It is guaranteed to be a good time, with a great view of the fireworks around London. With a campervan hire in England, you won’t have to worry about paying for expensive travel and accommodation as well as the tickets, so those wanting to attend this decadent even will be able to do so without starting off the New Year with no money.

Bristol, Great Gatsby New Years Eve Party

The Square Club in Bristol was originally founded as a Private Members Club for folk in the creative industries. Members have access to a great workspace to get their own work done, and a venue they can use for personal parties. However, everyone is invited to attend their annual New Year’s Party. It’s always an extravagant themed affair, with 2017 being titled “Parisian Nights.” The 2018 party is themed after “Great Gatsby.” It promises a dapper evening full of dancing and fine dining. For those out there who like a drink or two, the bar promises free alcohol all night, so it’s highly advised that you pick a friend or family member to be the designated driver of the campervan for the night if you attend this event.

Northumberland, Allendale Tar Bar’l Ceremony

It wouldn’t be a UK list of New Years eve event without a fire event. Believed by some to have begun in back in the Middle Ages, Tar Bar’l is a tradition that goes back centuries in the town of Allendale, Northumberland. The quiet village springs to life every New Year eve, as 45 men, known as ‘guisers,’ carry whiskey barrels full of burning hot tar. The barrels are used to ignite the ‘Baal Fire,’ a ceremonial bonfire. Why this is done is not entirely clear, the general consensus is that it is Pagan in origin. People flock to watch the processions every year, and it’s a popular quirky event that you can easily access with your campervan.

Cornwall, St Ives Street Party

The small town of St Ives has established a reputation for being one of the best places in England for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The party floods the streets and overflows out onto the beach. The party atmosphere, fireworks and fancy dress provide an evening full of delights that the entire family will love. However, even if a street party isn’t quite your thing, Cornwall has a number of exceptional campervan sites available for you to spend a quiet New Years in. Most sites will host their own more sedate parties that you can attend if you desire. If you book one of the many Camping and Caravaning Club sites available in Cornwall, you’ll be able to take advantage of The Clubs privilege scheme that Rockin Vans is part of.

To book a campervan hire to explore England during the festive period, get in touch with us today! We can’t wait to introduce you to the many benefits that having a campervan can give you.

Motorhome Hire Wales

Motorhome Hire Wales

Motorhome Hire for New Year: Wales 2018 Edition

We’ve looked at some of the great events throughout Scotland and England, so it seems unfair to miss out on the last country in Great Britain. While smaller than the other two, Wales is no less significant, especially when it comes to events around the festive period. The problem is though, that if you live in Scotland, getting to Wales is pricey. According to ‘Trainline’, it’s more expensive to go to Cardiff Central than it is to get to London if you don’t manage to snag a deal. Luckily, Rockin Vans offer campervan and motorhome hires for travel to Wales, so you can embrace the celebrations without having to worry about travel and accommodation expenses.

Cardiff, Winter Wonderland

It is an unspoken requirement that the capital city of every country needs to have a big festive blow-out. The Winter Wonderland event that Cardiff offers is possibly one of the best in Britain, particularly when it comes to the New Year’s Eve offerings. The Admiral Ice Rink offers a skating session that starts at 23:30 and goes on through to midnight, so those who want a more unique celebration have the option of gracefully gliding, or tripping, their way into 2019. If ice skating isn’t your thing, you can spend New Year’s Eve on some of the thrilling attractions at the Fun Fair. It’s the one day of the festive period that the fair is open until midnight, and no other city in the UK offers quite the same New Year’s Eve experience. Cardiff is a fantastic city in Wales to visit with your motorhome in general, but especially so during the holidays.

Mountain Ash, Nos Galan Road Race

A motorhome hire for travel in Wales can open up brand-new opportunities for a new year’s eve celebration that you hadn’t ever considered before. Did you know that you have the option of running a 5K road race the evening of New Year’s? Maybe it’s not a conventional choice, but for those of you planning to make a new years resolution pertaining to health or fitness, it’s a great start. The Nos Galan Road Race is held annually within the town on Mountain Ash in South Wales. The 5K race is done in commemoration of the legendary Welsh runner Guto Nyth Bran and attracts hundreds of participants to the small town every year. It was traditionally timed to finish at midnight, but now ends about 21:00, so you can retire to your motorhome afterwards and have a well-earned relaxed midnight celebration.

Fishguard, New Year’s Eve Street Party

It’s fair to say that a huge celebration isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still some perfect locations in Wales for you to visit with your motorhome hire this New Year’s Eve. Fishguard, a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, hosts a New Year’s Eve party in their town square. You’ll be treated to fireworks, live music and you can participate in a flash mob record attempt. The top UK Bon Jovi tribute act, Wrong Jovi, are headlining the event this year so you can look forward to hearing some of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits to ring in the New Year. Coastal towns are always a great option for those with a motorhome hire, as it means you can take advantage of a quiet beach and the community atmosphere without having to worry about booking a B&B in a location that will have very limited options.

Cwm Gwaun, Hen Galan

For those wanting to stay at home for New Year’s Eve, yet still, have that motorhome hire for a Wales celebration, believe it or not, there is an option for you. The inhabitants of a small wooded valley near Fishguard celebrate New Year’s Eve on the old calendar date of January 13th. In this small community, Hen Galan was traditionally considered to be a bigger holiday than Christmas, so it’s the perfect opportunity if you want an excuse to procrastinate on that new year’s resolution and indulge for a little longer. You can go to The Dyffryn Arms Pub for a drink and a meal or carry out the tradition of Mari Llwyd, a tradition in which a horse’s skull (now usually a wooden effigy) is brought around houses to bring luck in the upcoming year.

To get the most out of the New Year, consider a motorhome hire for an adventure in Wales. Rockin Van’s is thrilled to offer our clients the freedom to travel and create their own tailor-made holiday. For more information, contact us.

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.