Glasgow Welcomes the World

  Come in, come in, it’s nice tae see ye How’s yersel ye’re looking grand Tak yer ease we’ll try to pleese ye Man ye’re welcome Here’s my hand.   So with these words… Continue reading

Happy Campers: Ewan and ‘Lydia’

A tent camper for many years, Ewan and family researched various camper van options before finally taking the plunge and buying a VW California in late 2010.  His Cali serves as his daily vehicle… Continue reading

The VW Transporter – 60 Years in 60 Seconds

Can you spare a minute ?  Need a crash course in the history of the VW camper van ?  You’ve come to the right place. And for the more dedicated VW enthusiasts among… Continue reading

Kinloch Castle, Rum

  While there are many grand castles in rural Scotland Kinloch Castle in Rum stands out as one of the most over-the-top expressions of Victorian wealth.  Indeed, according to writer Jim Crumley, Kinloch Castle is… Continue reading

14 for 2014 #6 – Take part in a family cycle ride or event

  While visiting family last week in Northumberland the boys took a day trip to Kielder Water and Forest** to try out the new mountain bike trails.  I was impressed.  Kielder is certainly… Continue reading

Dawes Galaxy Plus Touring Bike

Auspicious timing ?  Taking delivery of my new bike on the day the Tour de France started from Yorkshire ?  Probably not, but I’m certainly looking forward to some great new adventures, even… Continue reading

50 Outdoor Activities to Engage your Kids in the Summer Holidays

  Remember that BBC TV programme from your youth, Why don’t you ?  Or to give it its full name, Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out and… Continue reading

14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

  Wild camping up high can’t be beaten, particularly if you have clear weather and views.  I’d never purposefully climbed a mountain simply to see the sunrise and so it seemed appropriate to add… Continue reading

Happy Campers: Rachel and Paul

Rachel and Paul live in Queensland, Australia, with wonderful scenery on their doorstep.  With a fully kitted out camper van they’re strong advocates of the spontaneous approach to taking off at a moment’s… Continue reading

14 for 2014 #4 – Climb the Rum Cuillin

Rum has long been on my wish list.  The Rum Cuillin, while not quite of munro height, must rank as one of the best mountain ridges in Scotland: a long, challenging day with… Continue reading