Scottish owners build mini hotel suite using old helicopter

  • 14 Oct - 20 Oct, 2017
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An innovative group repurposed a decommissioned helicopter and converted it into a luxury stay. The team at Helicopter Glamping bought an old Sea King helicopter, which decommissioned in 2002, for £7,000 in the March 2016 auction. Stirling farmer Martyn Steedman is the man behind the vision.

"We saw the Sea Kings being retired and they flew over the Wallace Monument which was quite an amazing thing to see," Steadman told BBC Scotland. “Then in the paper the next day they were talking about selling them off and I just thought 'that would be an idea - something completely different'.”

Steedman and his group then transported the helicopter 320 miles by road before being perfectly positioned at their Thornhill campsite. Inside, there are plenty of special features to entertain guests both young and old. The most impressive part is the reconfigured cockpit which is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenic views over Stirling.