Scotland In A Nutshell

 

Shortly after I’d taken this photo, I slipped and fell which is why we cut our holiday short.

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Road Trippin’

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Well hey there! We arrived home yesterday from the Scottish Highlands, having spent 4 nights in the van touring Glencoe, Fortwilliam and finally on to the Isle of Skye. We decided that we wanted to see a bit more of the UK instead of going abroad this summer and the Highlands is somewhere that appealed to the both of us. It began with a long 5 hour drive from my hometown, to the secluded red squirrel campsite, a short walk from Glencoe. Surprisingly we were greeted with blue skies and a fairly mild breeze, perfect for camping! We drove to Glencoe for a nose around and sat by Loch Leven in the sunshine and later returned to camp and sat around the fire with prosecco and  homemade chilli con carne – which was delicious by the way, thanks gran. 

 

 

Day two of our trip was a very wet and wild one. We drove around Glencoe looking for beauty spots which you will find around every single corner, it really is out of this world! The scenery is like something from Jurassic world or Lord of the Rings, it was surreal and made me feel so small! We did get very very wet which made me wish we had booked a cosy little B&B.

On day 3 we headed on up to Fort William for the day. We had planned on walking Ben Nevis but the weather wasn’t great and we weren’t really prepared for extreme weather so unfortunately we didn’t tick Ben Nevis off but we did have a good wander around Fort William before heading off to the Isle of Skye. There were a number of things I wanted to see and do in Skye which unfortunately never happened after I fell and almost broke my leg (Ok, maybe I’m being slightly dramatic but my knee still bloody kills!). We got to see the Old Man of Storr in the mist which was an eerie experience but wonderful non the less. I’d have love to have visited the Fairy Pools and Neist Point Lighthouse but I’m sure we will get to visit again soon when the sun is shining!

And finally day 4 was spent driving all the way back to the Lakes – a whole 7 hour drive! I really wish the weather was better so we could’ve enjoyed the trip a bit more. I just want to say a big thank you to The Roof Box Company for sorting us out with a bike rack for our trip, very much appreciated!

So if you’re planning a camping trip to the Highlands here are some things I would recommend…

  1. Buy a bottle or two of Smidge – the midges there are lethal and I’m still itchy now! I’d also buy the coil burners as well as a hat with a net to cover your face if you’re prone to getting bitten.
  2. Chances are you will need an awning or somewhere to sit under to cook if it’s wet, otherwise it’s very difficult!
  3. Take plenty of water proofs and prepare for all kinds of weather, wind, rain or shine!
  4. Pack lightly! We took far too much food and clothes because we were all very last minute and we didn’t use a lot of it. It’s also difficult finding what it is you want when you have so much stuff with you but I always over pack so maybe it’s just a trait of mine.
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