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Classic Volkswagen camper van hire, holidays in Scotland

Frequently Asked Questions.

  • What Type Of Vans Are They?

    Our vans are VW type 2 camper vans known as ‘Bay Windows,’ hence Bay View Campers. They were built in the mid 1970’s. They have VW’s trusty 1600cc air cooled engines which have been refurbished. Both vans are manual and right hand drive.

    Both vans come fully equipped with built in fridge, cooker and sink along with all the pots, pans, crockery and cutlery that you may need. They come with a CD/MP3 player and a DVD player for your enjoyment. Bedding and towels can be hired at extra cost. The vans also come with a full tank of petrol to get you on your way. On arrival we will show you round the van and demonstrate how to operate the fridge, cooker, etc.

  • What Are They Like To Drive?

    The vans are great fun to drive and the experience will add to the enjoyment of your holiday. However do not expect them to drive like your modern car. They were designed when the pace of life was slower and there was less traffic on the road. They are not difficult to drive and we can offer a quick practice session to let you get the feel of it before you set off. You have a nice high up driving position giving you a great view of the road ahead and the passengers get a great view of the scenery. After a few miles you will soon feel at home.

  • How Fast Do The Camper Vans Go?

    Driving a classic VW camper is all about kicking back and enjoying life at a slower pace. The vans drive comfortably at 50 mph and have a top speed of 60 mph which we would ask you not to exceed.

  • How Reliable Are They?

    VW’s are well known for their reliability and the vans have 1600cc air cooled engines which have been fully refurbished. In addition to this all our vans are regularly serviced and undergo a full safety and maintenance check before each hire.

    We also provide a Van Information pack which has a guide on how to use the van allowing you to trouble shoot any problems.

    If all else fails each van comes with full breakdown cover and has a small amount of spares to assist the patrol to fix the problem. In the unlikely event that the van cannot be repaired at the roadside the vehicle will be brought back to our premises for repair. If the vehicle cannot be repaired and a replacement vehicle is not available you will be offered a partial refund for the time of your holiday that is remaining.

  • What If It’s Cold At Night?

    It can get cold at night even in the height of summer and we would recommend a warm sleeping bag or duvet. The vans are fully insulated and in addition An Teallach is fitted with a brand new integral heating system which should keep you toasty on even the coldest of nights.

  • How Many People Can Fit In A Van?

    Schiehallion and An Teallach can sleep 2 adults and up to 2 children. Both vans have been fitted with 3-point front facing seat belts for the same number of berths in each van. These will accommodate most forms of baby and child seats.

  • Can We Bring The Dog?

    Sorry, unfortunately we do not accept pets.

  • Can We Bring The Kids?

    Yes, in fact a camper van holiday is great fun for kids of all ages and the vans are ideally suited to a family holiday.

  • Can We Smoke In The Van?

    Sorry, no smoking allowed inside the van.

  • Does The Van Come With A Full Tank Of Petrol?

    Yes, we provide a full tank of petrol to get you on your way.

    NB. All of the vans run on standard unleaded petrol. You should not use super unleaded or equivalent.

  • Do You Have Bikes For Hire?

    Sorry, we don't hire bikes. If you’d like take our own bikes, we can supply a bike rack for a small charge.

  • What Do We Cook On?

    he vans come with a 2 burner gas stove. These are fuelled by butane gas. Each van comes with an installed gas bottle and a spare. This is included within the hire charge.

  • Can We Book Additional Days?

    Yes, depending on season and availability you may request additional days. Please get in contact with us.

  • How Do I Make A Booking?

    Full instructions for booking are given on the bookings page. Bookings can also be made by phone. If we are unable to take your call, please leave a message letting us know when would be a good time to call you back.

    NB. Your booking is only confirmed once we have received your booking deposit of £150.

  • Are Personal Belongings Covered By The insurance?

    No, the insurance provided with the hire does not cover your personal possessions. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover.

    NB. Your booking is only confirmed once we have received your booking deposit of £150.

  • How Do We Pick Up Our Van?

    You can find our location on the About Us page. However, we’ll also send you detailed instructions telling you how to find us before your holiday.

  • Do I Have To Pay The Full Amount Up Front?

    Only if you book less than six weeks before the start of your holiday.

    A £150 deposit is taken on all bookings. Your booking is only confirmed once we have received your booking deposit of £150.

  • Can You Deliver The Camper?

    Unfortunately the camper must be collected from our premises however we can arrange for you to be collected from Aberdeen Airport or City (please enquire for costs).

  • What ID Do I Need To Bring?

    We require seeing the full driving licence (must show your current address) and two forms of ID also showing your current address dated no more than 60 days prior to your booking date for all drivers. We also need to see your driving licence summary (replaces the old paper part) for all drivers.

  • What Happens If I Want To Cancel?

    f you cancel your holiday more than 4 weeks before the start of your holiday you will forfeit your booking deposit of £150. Holidays cancelled between 2 and 4 weeks from the start of the holiday will receive a 50% refund minus the security deposit. Holidays cancelled with less than two weeks notice will not be entitled to any refund.

  • Do I Need To Pay A Security Deposit On The Collection Day?

    es. There is a refundable security deposit of £500. This is to cover any damage caused to the van or its contents whilst in your hands.

    This deposit is payable by cash, or credit card (via the online system). The security deposit can also be paid by cheque if received at least 7 days in advance.

    This deposit is fully refundable within 14 days upon return of the vehicle as stated in the rental agreement, at the agreed time, with the interior clean (including all cooking appliances) and a full tank of fuel.

  • What Are Your Terms & Conditions?

    Most of what you need to know is listed here in the FAQs. However, you can find the fine print on our Terms & Conditions page.

    Disclaimer : While every effort is made to ensure that the FAQs are accurate, where a conflict exists between the FAQs and Terms & Conditions, the Terms & Conditions prevail, and these should be carefully examined before hire commences.

  • Does The Price Include Insurance?

    Yes, the price includes fully comprehensive insurance for up to 3 named drivers. All drivers must be aged between 25– 70, have no more than 3 penalty points and have held a licence for at least 2 years.

    If you have a past serious conviction for instance drink driving please speak to us as this may increase your excess or disclude you from driving the vehicle. An excess is payable of £500 although this can be reduced to £0 on payment of the Collision Damage Waiver of £20 per day. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for more information.

  • Where Can We Camp?

    There are a wide variety of campsites in Scotland with excellent facilities. If using campsites we recommend booking in advance, particularly if you want electric hook-up which will allow you to make full use of the camper’s features.

    In Scotland you can camp almost anywhere, however please respect the privacy of other people and be respectful of the land and your surroundings.

  • Can I Go To Europe In The Van?

    Sorry, our insurer does not cover for travel other than within Great Britain.

  • I Have A Non-UK Driving Licence Can I Still Hire A Campervan?

    UK licence holders are permitted to hire a campervan as per the Terms and Conditions. All other non-UK License's please contact us with your details and we will confirm with our insurer any additional costs, if any.

  • What Do The Van Names Mean?

    The vans are named after Scottish mountains over 3000ft., known as Munros.

    ‘Schiehallion’ means the fairy hill of the Caledonians. It is one of Scotland’s best known hills in the Central Highlands.

    ‘An Teallach’ means the forge. It is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest mountains situated in the North West Highlands.

Vintage VW Campers

What Will My VW Camper Van Come With?

  • Full set of cutlery, crockery and glasses for 4
  • Pots and pans and cooking utensils
  • Wash basin, washing up liquid, cloth and tea towel
  • Chopping board
  • Kettle
  • 2 burner hob
  • Fridge
  • Sink with electric water pump and waste water container
  • Fitted sheet for main bed (we recommend sleeping bags for the bunks or roof bed)
  • DVD player
  • CD, MP3 player (USB or 3.5mm jack connection)
  • Leisure Battery
  • 240v Mains hook up and single 240v socket
  • Spare gas cylinder
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bin bags
  • Levelling chocks
  • 2 folding deckchairs
  • Torch
  • Van information pack
  • UK Road atlas

The Small Print : Terms & Conditions

Bay View Campers, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, Scotland