Campervan Hire Scotland
MEET THE CLAN
our vans are a variety of modern and retro VW campervans with their own quirks
Keep scrolling to meet the clan and choose the companion you would like for your trip!
Campervan RENTAL SCOTLAND
Angus is our long wheelbase Renault Trafic. This big guy is slightly bigger than our VW vans so ideal for families who just need a little more room. Complete with large pop top roof, swivel front seats, fridge, sink, twin hob and diesel night heater big Angus ticks all the boxes for a fun family adventure or a home for a longer tour of Scotland.
Ailsa is our blue part wrapped, VW T6 and is a great example of the conversions on offer from the Tartan Camper Co. Complete with Rusty Lee double fold down bed, twin burner gas hob, sink, fridge, diesel cab heating plus additional sleeping for two in the pop top roof he is a real home from home. 5 speed manual gearbox, tinted windows, aircon, CD player and twin revolving captains chairs this is the van for the Tartan Camper who wants to tour the country in luxury and style.
VAM is our 2018 VW T6 complete with full Royal Stewart Tartan Wrap. This beautiful campervan converted by our team in the workshop is a VW T6 with aircon, manual, diesel, sleeps 4 with its pop top roof deployed. Vehicle includes swivel front seats, 3/4 width Rock N Roll bed, fridge, sink, hob, diesel night heater, full kitchen accessories and gas included
"Lockie" was built during the first Covid Lockdown (Lockie Donnie, get it?). She is a fun VW T 5.1 manual transmission complete with everything you need for a great adventure. This van has pop top roof, 3/4 width rock n roll bed, fridge, sink, hob and diesle night heater. Perfect for up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids. Lockie is an excellent companion for a trip through the sights of Scotland!
Campervan Holiday Scotland
The Start of our Scotland road trip
I had always wanted to explore Scotland! A holiday in Scotland, open roads, stunning scenery. A beach holiday in Scotland. A road trip around the islands off the west coast of Scotland looked exciting. Their remoteness and beauty had always held an attraction for me and my partner. We decided in spring 2019 to plan the trip for summer 2021 to tour round Lewis & Harris and the island of North and South Uist. A road trip of a sort, a route 66 experience!
We’d looked at a number of options, but motorhomes and campervans held a particular attraction. We felt it would be fun to as it gave us lots of flexibility. All the reviews and pictures we’d seen on the websites of companies that offer campervans for hire in Scotland sold us on the idea.
We looked at motorhome rental companies and settled on hiring from the Tartan Camper Company based in Dundonald, just outside Ayr. It’s a short detour off the M74, which also allowed me to check-out the Troon golf course, for a trip planned for later in the year with some business friends!!!
Lockie - Campervan Hire Scotland
The Tartan Camper Company had five vans on their website to choose from and we settled on “Lockie” a fun VW campervan, fully equipped, with everything you need for a great adventure: a pop-top roof, 3/4 width rock n roll bed, fridge, sink, hob and diesel night heater.
We added in the extras of a portable gas cooker, camping chairs and inflatable awning. However, the most eye-catching feature was the bright tartan livery – we would certainly stand out from the crowd during out trip. Another added benefit was that they are a pet friendly campervan hire company, so it was no problem taking our dog “Juno” with us - and it saved us all those kennel fees!
We drove up, stayed close to Glasgow for the night, before arriving at The Tartan Camper Company, they have free parking for your car, to collect Lockie just after 10.00am. After we had been given a simple tour of the campervan, and had installed Juno in her seat, we set off for our first destination Ullapool, to get the afternoon Ferry to Stornoway.
Calanais Standing Stones
Our first ear-marked destination was The Calanais Standing Stones. They are an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones erected 5,000 years ago. They may not be as large as Stonehenge, but they pre-date them, and were an important place for ritual activity for at least 2,000 years. A great place to walk and around, plenty of parking and a welcoming café. Well worth a detour and they are free to visit!
Yet, the great find on the way to the Calanais Standing Stones was one of the most beautiful, secluded bays on Harris. Dailbeag beach is a small, but perfectly formed beach bay. Shallow waters, golden sands, unspoilt and set in an exquisite headland. I could have stayed there all week! Good parking for Lockie and a great day for Juno!
Campervan to North UIST
Next day we header south to Leverburgh, the ferry terminal port, which enabled us to cross to North Uist. I say ferry port, it’s a ramp on the quay-side that the ferry beaches on and then all vehicles drive on to the ferry. Here we had a quick drink in the Anchorage, a quay side bar and restaurant, before boarding with Lockie and taking the hour long crossing to Berneray, North Uist.
During the next five days we discovered many deserted, gorgeous and enticing beaches. Hosta on the north-west coast of Uist.
Traigh Iar beach and Clachan Sands on the north coast of Uist.
Traigh Iar Beach
Then finally, on the island of Berneray - West Beach, a beach so stunning that the photos of it were mistakenly used by the Thai Tourist board to promote Thai beach!!
We drove as far south as Eriskay, right down the spine of the island. Enjoying otter and seal spotting, sea food at the tiny fishing port of Kallin and enjoyed smoked seafood food from the Hebridean Smokehouse.
If you are a bird watcher, hiker, enjoy wild camping, sea swimming or boarding this the place for you – you won’t be disappointed. The weather was kind and the people welcoming.
We finally took the ferry back to Harris and one final beach stop a Luskentyre, having become so use to coming round each bend in the road to see another breath-taking mile (or three) of golden sand.
campervanning around scotland comes to an end
We hopped on the ferry at Tarbet, heading for Oban and back down to Glasgow to return the van.
During the trip we stopped at a variety of campsite, but also at times just on the hard shoulder for the night. There are many reputable websites that recommend campervan parking, here are a few of them that we used: www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk www.ukcampsite.co.uk and www.campsites.co.uk
Juno says it was the best road trip ever!
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