This Old Fire Engine Might be Scotland's Coolest B&B

By Geoff Manaugh on at

While clicking around through a long binge of truck-camping photographs—feeling totally and absolutely desperate for the summer—I found a listing for this old Fire engine in the Cairngorms National Park of Scotland. Believe it or not, it's now a B&B.

This Old Fire Service Truck Might Be Scotland's Coolest B&B

This Old Fire Service Truck Might Be Scotland's Coolest B&B

I'm reminded of a place I stayed at a long time ago way up in Dunfanaghy, Ireland, called the Carriage Hostel. It was early November and I was literally the only guest there that night, sleeping alone in a converted railway carriage and reading Foucault's Pendulum before a long and late morning spent walking around the deserted beach nearby.

This Old Fire Service Truck Might Be Scotland's Coolest B&B

This Old Fire Service Truck Might Be Scotland's Coolest B&B

In any case, according to Alastair Sawday's Canopy & Stars accommodation website—which is well worth a look for pure, middle class daydream value, including the gorgeous Maharani caravan and the twee Rosy the Red Cabin, among hundreds of others—the truck is approaching its 60th birthday.

After the current owner "liberated this 1956 Commer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and wrestled it back to Inshriach House, he has quite literally raised the roof (by a foot). Then he laid an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, salvaged snooker table slate to make a hearth and a fire escape to make a staircase."

The stuffed leather chairs, four-poster bed, and old vintage kitchen can be yours—for two people—for £60 a night. [Canopy & Stars]