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The Ultimate Festival-Filled Summer In Your Motorhome

Nothing beats that feeling of heading out onto the open road, escaping the 9-5 and looking ahead to a weekend of good music, good mates and good times.

After all, when it comes to the weather – the UK can’t promise you much, but one thing is for sure – if you’re looking for a summer filled with a diverse range of festivals – the UK has got you covered!

As a leading provider of motorhome rental in Scotland, we’ve put together a short guide to our top-rated music festivals that we 100% recommend you visit, motorhome in tow! Enjoy.

Isle of Wight Festival

When: 11th – 14th June 2015

Where: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

In a nutshell, the Isle of Wight Festival is pretty much England’s answer to the most historical and countercultural music event since 1968. Think Woodstock meets early-glasto and you’ll be well impressed by the IoW’s dedication to fantastic acts and happy times.

This year’s big headliners include Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, Blur, Pharrell Williams and Kool and The Gang. Impressive, eh?

T In The Park Festival

When: 9th – 12th July 2015

Where: Strathallan Castle, Perthshire

Now in its 22nd year, T In The Park has become one of the most visited, loved and respected festivals throughout the UK, and invites music fans from all over to unite in their love for music. Boasting an unbeatable line-up year on year, with this year’s highlights being The Libertines, Stereophonics, Fatboy Slim, Jamie T and Kasabian.

Beatherder Festival

When: 17th – 19th July 2015

Where: The Ribble Valley, Lancashire

If small, intimate festivals are more your thing – Beatherder is sure to be the summer event of your dreams! Promising both a contemporary and blast-from-the-past lineup, Beatherder is the ultimate good mood festival that’ll have you dancing from dawn ’til dusk! This year’s lineup includes Basement Jaxx, Mr. Scruff, Parov Stelar Band, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Sugarhill Gang. Yep, it’s pretty good!

Here at Rennie Motorhomes, we passionate about providing you with the perfect home-on-the-road that will enhance any summer holiday. From road trips to music festivals, our range of motorhomes are ideal for any trip, so for more information, or to speak to one of our friendly team – please do not hesitate to contact us on 01224 723 330 today!

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Dream a Little Dram of Me; 5 Must Visit Distilleries in Scotland

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

-George Bernard Shaw

Kilts… Haggis… Bagpipes… all of these things are globally known as signs of one particular country, and that country is of course Scotland. However, there is one export  that Scotland is known for above all others and that is… whisky!

Scotland is so well known for its whisky that ‘Scotch’ is a universal term for the bewitching elixir, and nowhere else in the world can claim a whisky making heritage as strong as Scotland’s.

With such a history, it seems logical that on your next adventure to Scotland you will want to try some of them. In this blog we thought that we would highlight some of the best distilleries where you can find a glass… or even a bottle of sunshine!

1.       Glenfiddich

One of the most well known names in whisky is based in the Highlands and has been making some of the world’s best whisky for over 100 years.

Hit play below and then book your trip to this magical place here.

2.       Talisker

Not as well known as Glenfiddich, but still a distillery with heritage and prestige to spare. Founded in 1830, this distillery is an absolute must for those that love whisky and beautiful views.

Plan your visit here.

3.       McCallan

James Bond’s favourite whisky… enough said!

Visit them to find out exactly why Bond can’t get enough… and press play below to get you in the mood!

4.           Lagavulin

According to Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation fame, this distillery is the only place in Europe that is worth visiting. While we disagree with this statement, we certainly agree that this is a must see!

Check out exactly what Ron thought of it in the video below and then plan your visit here.

5.           Glen Moray

Home of some of the smoothest and most enjoyable whiskies in the world this distillery is perfect for those that are relatively new to the world of whisky. Park yourself in a comfy seat and sip away at honeyed, amber perfection!

Get all the information you need on them here.

We hope that you have enjoyed our little rundown of some of the best distilleries and that you have added some of them into your next holiday itinerary.

If you are still wondering what the finest way to explore this world of whisky is, look no further! We have motorhomes for hire in Scotland that will be perfect; you can park them up at the nearest campsite, walk down to the distillery, have a good look around and then wobble back to comfort.

To take the first step on this journey, don’t hesitate to contact us and our friendly staff will be more than happy to help.

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Live a Lifetime – How to Prolong the Life of Your Motor Home’s Exterior

Here at Rennie Motorhomes, we understand that a motorhome is a big investment; like a house, but on wheels. So you really need to take good care of your second home, and seeing as we’re experts at looking after our fleet of motorhomes, we thought we would share some of our secret tips on how to keep your motorhome’s exterior in tip-top condition!

Cover It Up!

The roof of any motorhome will begin to show a little bit of wear over time; after all, it is exposed to the elements and is the first point of contact. The sun’s UV rays can also take their toll on roof and bonnet too, and this can be seen from the signs of fading paint. Keep checking the rubber and vinyl, as this can eventually dry out and crack. The best way to help your motorhome is to keep it covered when it’s not in use to protect it from Mother Nature.

Clean It.

If you wash your motorhome regularly and make sure you give it a good clean after a trip out, you’ll be able to prolong the exterior’s life. When washing, use a mild soap and water solution and avoid harsh or abrasive cleaning products.

Also, try to avoid spraying water directly at or into the vents of the appliances.

Banish the Black Streaks

If you are lucky enough to own a motorhome with metal or fibreglass-finished side panels, you’ll have to spend a few more minutes on your maintenance routine. Using a simple commercial black streak remover will do the job well, but take it from us; it’s much easier to clean them off if you keep your motorhome waxed. It’s a big job but worth the effort.

WAX – WAX – WAX

Waxing your motorhome could potentially be a difficult job, but it will definitely help with the motorhome’s longevity. It’s not just handy for battling those black streaks. Make sure that the home is totally dry before you go at it with the wax. Also, be careful around the graphics that are stuck to the vehicle.

Plus, a nicely-waxed motorhome, shining in the sunlight on a beautiful Scottish campsite, is a stunning sight (well to us at least!).

Inspector Motorhome

Make sure you do a routine check on your vehicle and see that everything is in working order; especially check for water damage! Water damage might start off small and seem like nothing, but it can get progressively worse over time. Another thing to check often is the sealants, as a broken seal can be the main cause of eroding water damage. Look out for any signs of cracks or ill fitting and lose seals and you can stop any damage getting out of hand.

When it comes to repairing a broken seal, check your motorhome’s handbook to see what correct sealant has to be used. If you still are unsure what to use, feel free to contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

If it’s water damage, get it repaired immediately!

If you have read this and you don’t yet own a motorhome, and wisely feel like it’s an investment you need to make, you need to contact us on 01224 72330 to talk to a member of our staff. If you wish to try your hand at camping in a house on wheels, our provision of motorhome hire in Scotland can let you try before you buy.

Hire a motorhome from us and explore the sights Scotland has to offer, and if you need some inspiration with what to do, check out these blogs here and here

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Scotland: Hidden Gems

A tour of Scotland makes for the ultimate road trip.

Poets and artists alike have made Scotland their muse, and the country truly is a land like no other.

There’s much more to Scotland than the usual tourist hotspots too.

Fancy discovering a different side to Scotland? Then read on as we venture a little off the beaten track, and take a look at some of the country’s most spectacular hidden gems.

 

 

 

Dunbars Close Gardens

Tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh, near the city’s Royal Mile, these tranquil gardens are a real treat. They’re one of Edinburg’s best kept secrets and a welcome escape from the city’s bustling streets.

This secret garden, dating from the 17th century, is a haven of tranquillity, and will transport you to a whole new world.

Complete with neatly manicured shrubs, a bounty of fragrant flowers and an array of other plant life, it’s the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries.

So make sure to take a walk along the gardens neat gravel paths and lose yourself in the magic of it all.

 

 

 

Sands of Morar

The stunning silver sands of Morar are largely deserted.

This celebrated collection of beaches – which are dotted along the coastline from Arisaid to Morar- are a remarkable sight to behold.

Their remote shores are ideal for grabbing a spot of seclusion and simply escaping from it all. And from here you can enjoy spectacular views across the seascape too, towards the Hebredian islands.

 

 

Sutherland, The Highlands

Take a walk on the wild side and head to the county of Sutherland. This is one of the most remote and wildly beautiful areas in all of Britain.

Sutherland has been described as the last great wilderness in Britain and it’s easy to see why. Here dramatic mountain tops give way to glorious beaches and there’s no denying that nature reigns supreme.

Despite its remote location, Sutherland is surprisingly easy to access and is well connected to the rest of Scotland by a number of excellent transport links.

In addition to its scenic landscapes the region is also home to a number of other spectacular attractions. One of the most remarkable of these, by far, has got to Dunrobin Castle.

Scotland is a land famed for its castles, but this one definitely stands out among the rest. Described by some as the ‘jewel in the crown of the Highlands’, this grand castle features a delightfully eccentric museum and gallery, that boasts a stuffed giraffe, of all things, amongst its collections.

 

Make sure to take a wander through its gardens too. These were laid out by the acclaimed architect Sir Charles Barry, who chose the Palace of Versailles in Paris as his source of inspiration.

 

Chanonry Point, Moray Firth

Fancy a spot of dolphin watching? Then forget the boat trips and trying heading to Chanonry Point instead. This is one of the best places in the whole of the UK to see bottlenose dolphins.

The area is home to a large number of dolphins and these can often be seen playing in the shallow waters off the point.

The dolphins aren’t the only sights on offer here either, you can also enjoy a range of charming costal views, that are nothing short of breathtaking.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of some of Scotland’s top secret spots.

If this has inspired you to discover some of these hidden gems for yourself, then here at Rennie Motor Homes we can help!

We have a fantastic selection of motorhomes for hire and as far as we’re concerned, these are the best way to experience all Scotland has to offer.

So If you’re looking for campervan hire in Scotland, then contact us today, by giving our friendly team call on 01224 72330.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are You Ready for the Highland Games to Begin?

It’s here! The first Highland Games of the year is about to take place!

On Sunday May 10th, Gourock Park will play host to the first Highland Games of 2015, as hundreds of dancers, pipers, drummers and competitors flock to the venue to put on the show of a lifetime. The games celebrate music, sports and dancing, all set against the beautiful firth of Clyde and the Argyll Hills.

Now in its 59th year, the games will include heavyweight events, highland dance competitions and musical events, as well as gift and craft stalls for visitors to peruse. This year’s event is also part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. There will be a giant marquee with Scottish producers selling their local produce, from stone tablets to chilli sauce!

Fun for All the Family

Aside from all the shows and stalls, the games also have activities for the whole family to join in with. A mobile climbing wall will be available, with trained professionals giving introductory rock climbing sessions, as well as an entertainment marquee with kite making, face painting, puppet shows and more!

If you’re here for the culture, why not stop by and watch one of the many events during the day? Kicking off the event is the Pipe Band and Drum Major competition, where an array of traditional music will be played. Or maybe the traditional Highland dancing competition will pique your interest?

Highland Heavyweights

The Highland Games wouldn’t be complete without the heavyweight events. Tossing the Caber and shot-put are amongst the events that will be on show throughout the day, and we definitely recommend attending! It’s impressive, if nothing else; watching a 19-foot, wooden beam being hurled through the air is nothing short of exciting!

With the Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink participation, it’s hoped a wider audience will come and sample the games. A wide range of fresh, locally produced items will be available to buy and try, so come on down and see the best local produce on offer!

Head Up for the Heritage

One of the biggest assets of Gourock Park is its location. Being 25 miles west of Glasgow, you have access to the Glasgow International Airport, as well as the rail and bus networks, which link with other services to access other areas of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Games are such a big part of Scottish heritage, we’d hate for you to miss out on being a part of this exciting event! If you’re planning a trip and interested in campervan hire in Scotland, Rennie Motorhomes are here to help, with campervans and motorhomes for your every need! For more information, contact us today by calling 01224 723 330.

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Motorhome And Away: Tops Tips For Your First Holiday On The Road

As more and more people choose to escape on holiday within the beautiful scenery of the UK, motorhome holidays are becoming increasingly popular. If you’ve never holidayed in a motorhome before, we understand that the concept may be a little daunting – but don’t worry!

As lovers of all things motorhome, we provide quality and affordable motorhome hire in Scotland, and have put together this short guide of tips and tricks to making sure your first motorhome holiday goes smoothly and hassle-free! Enjoy.

The Perfect Home-from-Home

Motorhomes are the ideal option if you like to add a little adventure to your holiday. They offer comfort wherever you are in the world, and allow you to visit any place you like along your route. That way, you’ll get the most out of the time you have and be able to tailor the perfect trip to suit you and your loved ones.

Pack Lightly

Motorhomes don’t have large storage options, so be sure to pack lightly otherwise you won’t have much space to live in! The key to keeping the fridge well-stocked is to keep enough food on board to last a couple of days, and then re-stock. And for the children – consider smaller toys rather than large pieces, and try to opt for fold-away furniture if possible!

Plan Ahead

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but you would be surprised how many people have hit the open road without planning where they are going in advance. Planning and researching potential destinations all adds to the excitement, and if you are heading on holiday in peak season – be sure to book pitches and campsites way before your arrival date! After all, you really don’t want the hassle of searching for a pitch late at night with a car full of bored and tired children/passengers.

Take A Torch

If you’re the organised-type, you’ll already have one of these handy tools packed. But if not – be sure to pack a torch and lots of spare batteries! You never know when a torch will come in handy.

Bring Plenty of Entertainment

Whilst motorhome holidays are all about exploring the great outdoors, there will inevitably be those times when you need to entertain yourself or the children. Pack plenty of board games, portable DVD players, laptops, iPods and travel toys to keep everyone entertained during those rainy days or long drives.

Learn The Basics

If you’ve never driven a motorhome before, why not take a lesson or try to get yourself familiar with the vehicle before you set off on your holiday? Although motorhomes are relatively easy to drive with a bit of practice – you must remember that they are much heavier than your average car. So, slow down earlier and always be extra careful when taking corners. To save fuel, make sure you don’t over-fill your water tank.

After You’ve Pitched…

When you arrive and pitch-up at a campsite, try to use the site’s facilities whenever possible, and always hook up any appliances such as the fridge to the mains. This will help to keep your motorhome clean. After all, nobody wants to clean on holiday, do they?

Enjoy!

Our final tip is to enjoy yourselves! Whatever your holiday style, make sure you do everything you wish to, and visit all the places you want to. The great outdoors offers plenty of adventure, so be sure to get out and about and take full advantage of your new home on the road.

For more information, or to speak to one of our friendly and helpful team – please do not hesitate to contact us on 01224 723 330 today!

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I Would Drive 500 Miles: The Essential Scottish Road Trip (Infographic)

Ever wanted to take a trip around Scotland? Not sure where to go? Our latest infographic will show you the best routes for your road trip. Time to hop in the motorhome and prepare yourself for adventure!

We hope that you enjoyed our infographic and that now you’re well on your way to a Scottish road trip of your own. For the perfect road trip, head out in one of our motorhomes and drive around in pure comfort. Visit our website or contact us today by calling 01224 723330.

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The Best of Scottish Islands

Scotland is an amazing country with plenty to offer, and the Scottish isles are no exception. Scotland has over 790 islands, many of which remain uninhabited. With plenty to explore and every isle having its own identity, there is plenty to see and do when you venture outside mainland Scotland.

At Rennie Motorhomes, we encourage you to explore all the wonder that Scotland has to offer, so here are some of our favourite Scottish islands.

Jura

Famed as the island chosen by George Orwell to write his classic novel 1984, Jura is a breathtaking island with stunning natural beauty. From rugged cliff faces to beautiful ocean views, Jura is truly unique.

With a population of approximately 200 people, Jura is a perfect destination for a peaceful Scottish getaway.

Islay 

Islay is a beautiful island that plays host to spectacular scenery and a wide variety of whiskies. Home to eight distilleries, which distill the finest and most popular whisky in Scotland, Islay is the perfect destination for those who enjoy a good tipple.

The island is also home to over 20 beaches, and although you’ll have to wrap up warm you can enjoy many views of the sea and long walks along the coast. A popular destination is the famous ‘Big Stretch’ at Laggan Bay, which is home to a six-mile stretch of sandy beach.

Barra

For peace, quiet and small town charm, Barra is an island with a small population, but a very big heart. With a mixture of stunning beaches, grasslands and hills, Barra is an area with outstanding natural beauty and has a lot to offer its visitors.

These are just some of the amazing islands here in Scotland. If you’re planning a trip and you’re interested in motorhome hire in Scotland, Rennie Motorhomes offers a wide range of motorhomes to suit your requirements. For more information, contact us today by calling 01224 723 330

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Your Guide Golf in Scotland

Scotland is the home of many exports, but one of the most famous exports of all is, of course, the game of golf! Many of our customers seeking campervan hire in Scotland embark on golfing tours right across our wonderful country. You don’t even have to be a pro to enjoy the greens and tee of in paradise, if you’re just looking to try the sport, Scotland is the perfect place to try it. So, if you’re interested in going on a golfing tour, here is our guide to golf in Scotland. 

Carnoustie Golf Centre – Carnoustie, Angus

This championship golf course is open to the public and is known to test even some of the most experienced players. It is a challenging golf centre with a number of courses available all of which are ranked in the top 50 golf links courses in the entirety of the UK. Be aware, that snow can affect this course so make sure you check that the courses are open before you head out.

Muirfield – Gullane, East Lothian

Muirfield is a world famous golf club and one of the oldest clubs in the sport. It is host to both professional and amateur championships. The course is a favourite for many professionals in the sport as it is challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. 

Gleneagles – Auchterarder, Perthshire

We couldn’t talk about golf without mentioning Glen Eagles, a stellar and luxurious golf course.  This was the prestigious host of the Ryder Cup in 2014 so is certainly a place to experience if you have a passion for the sport.

Royal Troon Golf Course – Troon, South Ayrshire

This club is a host club for the Open Championship and has hosted it 8 times. The club is predominantly private, however guests are allowed at certain times during the year, however advanced booking is required.

There are usually many campsites located closely to golf courses in Scotland, so hire a campervan with us and book your place on a luxurious campsite and experience golf the way it should be – the Scottish way! By hiring a campervan, you can tour across the country and experience the variety of courses that this country has to offer you. There are many more than the four mentioned here, so get researching and have the golfing holiday of a life ime!

If you would like more information in regards to campervan hire in Aberdeen, please do get in contact! We are always happy to help.

 Call us on 01224 723330 to speak to us today.

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