Motorhome Pitching Tips

As we mentioned in an earlier post, if you’re planning a motorhome holiday it is wise to plan where you’re going to stop in advance. This will save a lot of stress, as you won’t find yourself driving around late in the evening looking for somewhere suitable to stop! However, there are several factors to take into account when you’re looking for a pitch.

Whilst you’re in Scotland, you have the option of choosing between wild camping and an organised campsite. If you choose wild camping, this doesn’t mean that you can simply pull up anywhere – parking and overnight camping restrictions may be enforced by local authorities, so contact them in advance to check. Be respectful of locals, and don’t stop overnight anywhere that you may be considered to be a nuisance.

Even if you choose to wild camp for part of your holiday, it’s wise to book into a campsite for at least a night or two to make use of their facilities. When you come to us for motorhome rental in Aberdeen, we include short term membership of the Camping & Caravanning club, which gives you a discount at the campsites that they operate.

First and foremost, make sure that the campsite you choose does have pitches for motorhomes – some smaller sites are only set up for tents, and won’t allow caravans or motorhomes. Even those that do may have restricted spaces, so you may need to book in advance.

Your campsite should have facilities for you to empty your greywater and other waste, and to fill up your fresh water supply. You don’t want to risk damaging the environment by emptying it out in the wrong place. You may also wish to look for a site with showers – whilst you will have shower facilities in your motorhome, using campsite showers will reduce the strain on your water supply, and if you’re travelling with family or a group of friends it will also reduce the queue in the morning!

Electricity hook-ups may also be a factor that you want to consider if you will need to charge phones, tablets or any other electronic devices to keep the kids happy on the road.

When you reach your campsite, you may have choices regarding the exact pitch that you select; the most important factor to look for is flat ground, as this will mean that you don’t need to use ramps or blocks to level out your motorhome. You may also want to avoid pitching too close to trees – the shade may be attractive, but the ground underneath is often poor, and trees can drip sap or provide convenient perches for birds to add unwanted decorations to your motorhome.

By planning ahead, and arriving in time to choose your pitch in daylight, you should be able to find the right pitch every time, and enjoy a relaxing and stress-free motorhome holiday.

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Mouthwatering Motorhome Meals

One of the advantages a motorhome holiday has over camping (as mentioned in our previous blog post) is that it’s much easier to prepare delicious meals with the facilities of a motorhome. However, while you won’t be restricted to baked beans out of a tin, it still won’t be quite the same as cooking in your home kitchen, so here are some tips to make the most of your motorhome meals.

Check out the facilities

Knowing what facilities you’ll actually have in your kitchen before you go will make it easier to plan and prepare your meals in advance.  Most of our motorhomes have an oven/grill, hob and pots and pans – but the number of hob rings may vary. We’ll be happy to advise you on the specific facilities available when you contact us for motorhome hire in Scotland.

Compile a camping cookbook

Some preparation for your holiday can be delicious and great fun; once you know what facilities you’ll have in your kitchen, you’ll be able to identify which recipes are practical and which aren’t. Try out a few dishes in advance and compile a camping cookbook of your favourite one-pan or low-prep recipes.

Plan and prepare

One thing you’ll notice about a motorhome kitchen is that, while it’s well equipped, it doesn’t offer you quite as much space for preparation as you would have at home. The easiest way to get around that is do some of your preparation in advance. Dressings, marinades and garnishes can be easily prepared and stored, and some things can be made in advance, frozen, and gradually defrosted in the fridge.

Buy local

Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with essentials, like butter, spices and herbs, and buy what you need, when you need it – this means that you can travel light and enjoy local, fresh produce. For example, if you’re staying near the seaside, you can buy freshly caught fish which can easily be prepared with a little butter and some sliced lemon, wrapped in tinfoil and popped in the oven to bake for an easy but delicious dinner.

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Why a Motorhome Holiday is Better than Camping

Motorhome holidays are fantastic fun for all of the family, and much better than staying in an uncomfortable tent. This type of holiday gives you more freedom and allows you to travel in style, but if you’re still not as convinced as we are that motorhome holidays are marvellous, then here are 4 reasons that will certainly change your mind:

 

Comfort & Style

Not only can you travel in comfort, but you can also travel in style. With a motorhome you can enjoy home comforts including a bed with a comfortable mattress, sofas and even an oven. In a tent, you are subjected to an uncomfortable night of sleep on an air mattress – you go on holiday to relax, not to endure uncomfortable nights and a lack of sleep.

Home Cooking 

When people think ‘camping’, they often think of a tin of beans. Well, on a motorhome holiday you can enjoy all of your favourite home cooked meals. You will have a fridge with you, so you can save money on food whilst you are away – this is a great idea if you are travelling with fussy eaters!

Amenities

Everyone’s least favourite part of a camping holiday or travel in general is having to use public toilets, or travelling for long periods of time, not knowing where the next service station is. In a motorhome you will have your own PRIVATE toilet, therefore you need never worry about public toilets again.

Heating & Air Conditioning

When you go camping in a tent you are often limited to when you can actually go; usually spring and summer because it is simply too cold in winter. In a motorhome, you can benefit from indoor heating, so you can experience the country in the height of summer and the depths of winter in premium comfort. 

All Weather Family Fun

Speaking of temperature and weather, it is plain to see that many camping holidays in tents are ruined by rain; which is why the motorhome wins overall. You can stock your motorhome with board games, laptops and e-readers, so even if it does rain you can still enjoy yourself whatever the weather!

So, if you’re looking for the best holiday where you can enjoy family bonding and a whole array of different activities, then choose a motorhome holiday. Here at Rennie Motorhomes we provide high quality motorhome hire in Aberdeen, so that you can enjoy all the benefits of a motorhome holiday at competitive prices. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our helpful team by calling 01224 723330.

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Looking After the Environment on Your Motorhome Holiday

Here at Rennie Motorhomes, we specialise in providing motorhomes for hire in Scotland, and so many of our valued clients are likely to be using their motorhomes within this beautiful part of the UK. If you choose to take your motorhome on a camping trip around Scotland, then you are extremely privileged, as Scotland is one of the few places in the UK which lets you pitch up camp almost anywhere. Providing you follow the regulations and are situated on unenclosed land, wild camping in Scotland is actually legal in most areas.

However, just because you can park your motorhome almost anywhere within the Scottish wilderness doesn’t mean that you relinquish all your responsibilities, and it is still essential to go about your motorhome holiday in an eco-friendly manner. The Scottish government is currently in the process of implementing far stricter rules and regulations for activities like recycling, so the prevailing mood is clearly one that is prioritising environmental care. With that in mind, here are a few tips to ensure that your idyllic motorhome wanderings are as ‘green’ as possible.

Choose a Proper Campsite (if Possible)

Motorhome owners have the luxury of setting up relatively spontaneous camp in Scotland, but if you can cause your ramblings to coincide with a proper campsite then do so. Such areas will be used to motorhome holidaymakers, and will be adequately prepared for their presence. Largely abandoned areas can easily be damaged by an over-enthusiastic motorhome owner, and you can also find yourself caught out if you stray onto one of the restricted locations as well. Real campsites largely remove both personal and environmental worries, so use them if you can. Being as static as you can also minimises disruption. Although this fact doesn’t have to confine your approach, if you’re able to drive a long distance and then set up camp for a lengthy stretch, it will be less detrimental than ‘butterflying’ between as many different sites as possible.

Dispose of Everything Properly

Non-disposable items are certainly best when camping, as an abundance of disposable items can create problems. When people go camping, it can be very tempting to just dispose of rubbish by storing it outside their tent; even if the arrangement is only temporary. In a motorhome, the temptation is even more prevalent, as bin bags outside a motorhome won’t disturb you with bad odours, won’t take up space, and will remain largely undisturbed. Or so you thought. This last point is gravely mistaken, as refuse has the tendency to attract an array of curious animals, and such creatures will be only too happy to scatter your litter around a wide area as they search through it. So, whether you’re on a campsite or an isolated patch of land, keep your rubbish secure. It goes without saying that you should also not deliberately throw your rubbish away either, as well as not emptying or wasting water on the ground around your parking area; Scotland is a beautiful place, so let’s keep it that way!

Enjoying the freedom that a motorhome brings is a fantastic way to spend your time, but do make sure that you’re doing so responsibly. We offer affordable motorhome hire in Scotland to make motorhome holidays as accessible to everyone as we can, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

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Tips for Planning Your Motorhome Holiday

Motorhome holidays are a great way to get around the country, see more and do more than you could with a static holiday. However, while it may be tempting to take advantage of this freedom and simply roam, planning your motorhome holiday will make sure that you get the most out of it. As specialists in motorhome hire in Scotland, we have a fair bit of experience to share – so here are our top tips for planning a motorhome holiday.

Driving Hours

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is “How long do you want to drive?” This will tell you how far you can get in any given day, which will help you to decide how many destinations you can take in.

Places to Stop

Whilst freedom to roam is one of the attractions of a motorhome holiday, finding somewhere to park up late at night in an unfamiliar place can sometimes be stressful, so it’s wise to plan at least a few places to stay in advance. Campsites can book up quickly in summer, and may be closed in winter, so check in advance. You should also check legislation regarding where you can stop in the areas you’ll be passing through; “wild camping” (stopping away from organised camp sites) is generally allowed in Scotland, as long as you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, but if you go south of the border it is illegal.

Avoid Cabin Fever

Even the closest family can get a little tired of each other if they spend too long in close quarters; plan time into your holiday to stop for a day or two, allowing everybody some space to breathe and giving your children time to run around. If you’re travelling with children, make sure you bring enough entertainment to keep them happy if the weather is bad and you can’t get outside as much.

Travel Light

Remember that you will need to store all your things in the motorhome during your holiday. A soft bag or suitcase that can be folded up and stowed away will be more practical than a rigid suitcase which will take up extra space. Don’t carry more food than you need; the fridge on a motorhome won’t be as big as the one at home, and you’ll be able to stock up at supermarkets and shops along the way. For large items that you want to bring, make sure that the motorhome you’ve chosen can carry them – for example, if you want to bring bicycles, make sure that it has a bike rack.

Getting Back

It may seem obvious, but if you’re roaming free in a hired motorhome you must remember that you have to get back! Realising that you have to drive solidly all day just to deliver your motorhome back in time is stressful enough to ruin your holiday, so plan your route to take you back to the area the day before you have to hand over the keys, and keep the end of your holiday stress free.

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Choosing the Right Motorhome for Your Holiday in Scotland

If you have decided on going for a motor home holiday in Scotland then you won’t be disappointed with the choice of your location, nor the convenience a motor home provides for transportation and accommodation. There is so much to see and do in Scotland with its world famous scenery, exciting culture and stunning heritage. You will be spoilt for choice in terms of sounds, sights and experiences.

Here at Rennie Motorhomes, we have a wide range of motor homes to suit the purpose of your holiday. Whether you are planning a family holiday that you will talk about for years to come, or a romantic weekend away, our range of motor homes are tailor made for you.

A Romantic Weekend

The Mooveo P6 is a compact motor home which is ideal for couples who would like a romantic escape away from the hustle and bustle of working life. The interior of this motor home is traditional in layout with a permanent bed and a cosy lounge. It also comes with swivelling front seats that allows up to 4 guests. It is only 6m long so you will find it easy to park and drive, this will give you the opportunity to explore Scotland. Whisk your partner away to Glasgow for the day and take a leisurely stroll around Kelvingrove Park. You can also experience one of Glasgow’s famous shopping streets, Sauchiehall Street, and after some retail therapy sample some of the delicious food at one of Scotland’s many restaurants. A motor home will give you the opportunity and freedom to explore Scotland without having to pay over the odds.   

Alternatively our Escape 664 is perfect for couples who would like extra space. This motor home is extremely sought after; it comes with two double beds and the power assisted steering and powerful 2.3ltr Turbo diesel engine makes the 664 very easy to drive and park. Whatever your requirements we are confident that you will find the right motor home to complement a special weekend.

 

Family Bonding

Getting the chance for quality family time isn’t easy when you take into consideration the demands of your job, maintain a househlde, and let’s not forget the fact that holidays can be expensive, to say the least. Our Tribute 669 is a much cheaper alternative to hotel accommodation, it is perfect f for the family as it can easily cater for two adults and two small children. You can spend some time bonding at a campsite, but instead of the hassle of pitching the tent and cooking by a fire, you will have the comfort of a fully integrated kitchen, luxury washroom with a shower and hotel quality beds. In addition to these advantages, this motor home comes equipped with a Freeview TV, DVD and CD player, and an awning so you can enjoy a complete campsite experience without any of the negatives.

We also get a wide range of families calling upon our services for the Mooveo C7. This motor home is extremely spacious, ensuring you will receive an authentic home from home experience. It incorporates twin bunk beds at the rear, a double bed over the cab, and the dining area converts to further double, with a single in the second seating area. You can also be rest assured that the Mooveo C7 comes with power steering and you will not need a C1 license to drive this.   

Feel free to browse through our website to see the full range of motor homes we offer, you won’t be disappointed with the choices that we provide. At Rennie Motorhomes, we offer a comprehensive customer focused service for campervan Hire in Scotland. We know that not everybody wants to start and finish their vacation at the same place, so we can provide you with a pick up and drop off service to many locations throughout the UK. Call us today on 01224 723330 and take the first steps to a holiday you won’t forget.

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Things to See and Do in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and do, including city shopping, the sight seeing of the landmarks, a night watching a play at the theatre, the museums and galleries to visit, and much more besides. Here at Rennie Motorhomes, we have spent a great deal of time experiencing Aberdeen’s unique culture, which is why we will look into some of our favourite Aberdeen pastimes in this blog.

Kincorth Hill Nature Reserve

Kincorth Hill nature reserve is a glorious safe haven with a series of paths running across the hillside through areas of woodland and grassland. If you are interested in bird watching, nature watching and dog walking, then Kincorth Hill nature reserve is just for you. There is also a pond towards the eastern end of the reserve which is alive with frogs, frog spawn and numerous other pond creatures.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Over the years, Aberdeen has prospered from sea-based industries; from the boom of the city’s fishing industry in the early 20th century, to its oil industry today. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is an award winning museum that tells the story of Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea. It has a unique collection that covers shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history.

Blair’s Restaurant

After a day exploring Aberdeen’s many attractions, indulge in a food experience you won’t forget by sampling the menu of Blair’s Restaurant. This intimate, award winning restaurant offers a fine dining experience, utilising the finest ingredients. It is situated within the stunning setting of Ardoe House, which was originally built in 1876. The warm and friendly service is accompanied with outstanding cuisine and top class wine.

As you can see from the list above, there is plenty for you to see and do. If you don’t want to be held captive under the constraints of a hotel’s location, then you should consider our motorhome hire in Aberdeen. You will have the flexibility to see the whole of Aberdeen without paying prices that are above the odds. All of our motorhomes are less than 3 years old and can house between two and six people. If you would like to find out more information, please call us on 01224 723 330.

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The Top Events to Look Forward to in Scotland, 2014

2014 is a very special year for Scotland, as it is the exciting Year of Homecoming. There are many events that are taking place throughout the year making it the perfect holiday destination that everyone can enjoy. There is so much to take in all around this magnificent country. Here at Rennie Motorhomes we offer affordable motorhome hire in Scotland so that you can experience all the fantastic cultural, arts and sports events that are on offer in style and comfort. So to help you plan your summer, here are the top Scottish events to look forward to this year.

1.       Commonwealth Games – 23rd July – 3rd August

Glasgow is the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, so expect to see athletes gathering here from all over the world competing to win. If you are a sports enthusiast or a budding athlete yourself this is certainly a must-see event. It is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world’s biggest athletic stars. This doesn’t have to be the whole of your holiday, you could see your favourite event and keep on travelling to experience all that Scotland has to offer – that is the beauty of a motorhome holiday there are many options available to you.

2.       Aboyne Highland Games – 2nd August 2014

If you want to immerse yourself in Scottish culture, you must pay a visit to the Aboyne Highland Games. The highland games have been held in the centre of Aboyne since they first began way back in 1867. People travel here from all over the world to experience these traditional Scottish games that include; shot put, weight over the bar, caber tossing, tug of war and hammer throwing. Athletes demonstrate sheer strength and skill that you will not forget in a hurry. There are also piping and dancing competitions, so it is the perfect place for people who are music lovers as well as sports fans.

3.       Stirling’s Big Weekend – 27th June – 29th June

Stirling’s Big Weekend is fun for the entire family, there is so much to see and do. One the 27th June you can experience Pipe Fest where hundreds of drummers, pipers, dancers and clan members from Scotland and the world gather. It is amazing to see and hear as there is a truly spectacular parade that begins from the entrance of the truly sublime Stirling Castle. The 28th of June is dedicated to Armed Forces Day, which is a national event. Here you will see many brilliant military displays from the Red Arrows. A re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn happens on 29th June and this is called Bannock Burn Live. It is one of the biggest events in Scotland and is truly spectacular to experience.

If you do choose to visit go to one of the events make sure that you also take the time to relax and take in the beauty of the Scottish countryside. A holiday in a motorhome allows you the freedom to travel at your leisure, so make sure that you hire or buy your vehicle as soon as possible!

Our Motorhomes

 

 

We offer Motorhomes that sleep from 3 – 7 people, so whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for a couple or for a fun family holiday we have the vehicle to suit your needs. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or it is your first time, we will take care of you and provide you with all the information required to make your holiday in Scotland a success! Take a look at our range of motorhomes to find out exactly what your options are.

If you have any queries about our vehicles or would like to hire a motorhome with us then please get in contact with us by calling 01224723330.

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Weather Chaos Leaves Many Motorhome Owners Disgruntled

The recent weather and floods have caused huge amounts of damage to Britain, and recent news suggests that the damage to homes, buildings and other infrastructure could reach £1billion. This huge sum of money has had a disastrous effect on many home owners’ finances, and insurers are reporting a staggering increase in claims.

One item that many people have seen suffering huge damages is their motorhome; even those that store their motorhome securely are seeing these facilities overwhelmed by water. An increase in motorhome insurance claims of 88% was reported on February 10th, and with more severe weather predicted this number will surely rise.

With the average price for a new motorhome between £30,000 and £40,000, it is understandable that the recent news has put many people off investing in a motorhome anytime soon. People understandably do not want to be left with an investment that is used for a relatively small portion of the year, and is left fairly vulnerable during the off-season. This is a shame, as motorhome holidaying is one of life’s great joys and should be experienced by everyone.

One great way to ensure that you are not left with a flooded motorhome and a stressful insurance claims process is to hire a motorhome temporarily. This allows you to enjoy a motorhome for the summer period and not have to worry about it for the rest of the year. This not only avoids any potential damage costs, but also other costs such as insurance and tax that can prove to be very expensive.

 

Here at Rennie Motorhomes we understand the allure of motorhome holidaying and also the trepidation that many have over buying a motorhome outright. We provide a range of motorhomes for hire in Scotland, so whether you want one for a weekend or for a week we can always help. By hiring a motorhome you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer, without having to constantly maintain, repair and insure a motorhome throughout the year. 

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The Top 3 Destinations to Visit in Scotland

Scotland is a country that just overflows with wild beauty, interesting heritage and fascinating history. It really is a fantastic place to enjoy a motorhome holiday as there are so many things to see, do and experience. To help you to plan your holiday in Scotland here are the top destinations that you must visit.

The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is the largest national park in Britain and it is somewhere that you should definitely pay a visit to when you visit Scotland. This area of Scotland has so much to offer you; from wild, picturesque landscapes to historic culture you can experience it all. Balmoral Castle is located here and it is absolutely spectacular in beauty, it is actually still used today by the British Royal Family. This is also a place you must visit if you are interested in wildlife, you can witness native Scottish wildlife and even get up close and personal with reindeer. Pay a visit to the Highland Wildlife Park where you can view a range of animals from all around the world.

National Tourist Routes

In Scotland there are 12 National Tourist Routes that are perfect for the motorhome holiday. By embarking upon on these tours you will get to explore Scotland and experience all of its diversity as you travel around the country. These routes cover various parts of Scotland, each of these National Tourist routes will provide you with something different. As the landscape of this brilliant country is so varied you can enjoy the sites of rugged mountains and small fishing villages – there really is something for everyone.

 Ardnamurchan beach

 On the west coast of Scotland you will find the beautiful Ardnamurchan beach. Here you may glimpse some of Scotland’s beautiful sea life such as whales, dolphins and seals. The atmosphere is perfectly peaceful and you are immersed in gorgeous scenery. For the more adventurous souls out there you can enjoy cycling, fishing and of course walking. You can explore lochs and wonderful woodlands where you may even spot some of Scotland’s rarer wildlife such as the red deer, white and golden eagle.

 Here at Rennie Motorhomes we are passionate about Scottish holidays, we specialise in high quality campervan hire in Scotland so that you can get the best out of your holiday to Scotland. There are so many fantastic destinations to visit and in addition to the choices above a holiday to Scotland must include a trip to the legendary Loch Ness – we can’t promise that you’ll see the Loch Ness monster however you will see some spectacular scenery, so take our advice and don’t forget your camera!

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