They have a reputation as being noisy, environmentally damaging and the preserve of the super-rich, but holidaying by helicopter needn’t be any of those things.
A resourceful family from Thornhill, Stirling have transformed a former Royal Navy Sea King helicopter into a remarkable holiday home that sleeps a family of five (2 adults and 3 children) with a double and a triple bed as well as single bed in the tail.
The helicopter hotel room features a mini kitchen, a shower room and panoramic views from the cockpit over the Carse of Stirling. More info at helicopterglamping.com
The Sea King helicopter weighs in at 6,387kg and has been a workhorse for all three services in a variety of roles. Retired Sea King helicopters are regularly sold by the Ministry of Defence. Those stripped of their engines and avionics sell for between £7,000 and £20,000.
Glamping offers the chance to discover the pleasures of local produce, simple regional cuisine and a slower pace of life. It’s also an excuse to spend the night somewhere unusual; as well as the usual yurts, pods and frontiers-style tents, there are tree houses, boats and even helicopters from which to choose. No surprise then that glamorous camping continues to increase in popularity.
Sawday’s is a family-run travel business that specialises in environmentally-friendly holidays. It’s Canopy & Stars website specialises in unusual alternatives to conventional camping such as tree houses, yurts and caravans.
While eco-aware travellers have the opportunity to offset the emissions from air travel, staying at home means the carbon footprint attributable to long-haul air travel is bypassed. And with one return flight from London to California creating a warming effect equivalent to 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person (roughly one third of the annual carbon footprint of the average European), the environmental savings from a so-called staycation are significant.
Unlike conventional camping, which can be a rather austere affair, those wishing to spend time under canvas today have the choice of spacious tepees, yurts and tree houses that boast running water and flushing loos.
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