Is almost here! I leave home at 5am on Friday on the first leg of my 11-day holiday in Scotland. The van is packed - it's even got a new eagle on the bonnet especially for the occasion - and over the last few days I've been gathering together all the bits and pieces which I need to take with me. My bag is partially packed, the dogs' bed has been washed and the dogs will be bathed tomorrow; all I really need to do now is get my final lot of shopping from Asda and if all goes according to plan the last minute items will go in the van tomorrow night.
The first two nights of my holiday will be spent at a Camping and Caravanning Club site at Luss, north of Glasgow and on the shore of Loch Lomond. Looking on Google Earth, and exploring the village using street view, the views across the loch look fantastic; the very nice site manager who took my booking over the phone said she would try to put me on a lochside pitch, so I'm looking forward to seeing some of those great views from my tent. I'm hoping that on Saturday I can do a cruise across the loch and explore around the village of Balmaha, and on Saturday evening a camping couple who live in the area and who I 'know' through the UKCS forums, but who I've never met before, are coming over to the tent for a brew and a chat.
Sunday will see me travelling on to my final destination, Invercaimbe camp site just outside the village of Arisaig in the Highlands, west of Fort William and right on the coast; in fact the end of the camp site goes right onto the beach and the views are to die for. During my time there I'm hoping to explore Mallaig, Fort William, maybe Fort Augustus, the white sands of Morar, Arisaig itself and anywhere else I can reasonably get to. The following Sunday I'll be travelling back south to the C & CC site at Moffat where I'll be staying for one night before completing my journey home the following day.
When I get back home I'll only have three days before I join the nutters group on another weekend meet so I may not get round to putting any updates on here for a while, but when I do I can promise there'll be lots of photos. Fingers crossed I'll get enough good weather to do plenty of exploring - out of a total of eleven days some of them should be good ones!
- Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it