Category: Camping

Campsite Review – Solway View Campsite

In a nutshell Where: Solway View Holidays, Balmangan Farm, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4TR  Web:  http://www.solwayviewholidays.co.uk/   Tel: 01557 870 206 (9am – 8pm) E-mail: n.picken@btconnect.com Cost: Campervans/motorhomes/caravans £17.50 per night hard standing & EHU / £14.00 grass pitches – all prices include 2 people plus vehicle.   All prices per night during high season (2017). Facilities: Solway View was awarded the Best Campsite in the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards … Read More Campsite Review – Solway View Campsite

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Icebreakers and leadership games for young people

  Sometimes, getting started on the right path is the hardest part.  It’s true of any big work project, an outdoor challenge or simply working up the motivation to go out for a run. And as anyone who’s had to deliver a training course or other event with young people will tell you, finding ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is an essential first step … Read More Icebreakers and leadership games for young people

A sea kayak adventure in the Sound of Luing

      One of my goals for 2017 is to become a more experienced sea kayaker and to – literally – dip my toes into the water to see if this is something I want to take up more seriously.  Last weekend was the first of three planned trips away this year and really helped develop my paddling skills. Truth be told, I’m pretty … Read More A sea kayak adventure in the Sound of Luing

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Product Review – Vango Kela III Driveaway Awning

Travelling in a campervan offers flexibility, self-sufficiency and the ability to quickly set up and strike camp.  But there are times when a little extra comfort and room is needed.  Teenagers or dogs might need their own space, or perhaps you want some shelter from the weather.  Whatever the reason, this is when a driveaway awning can come into its own. I’ve been testing out … Read More Product Review – Vango Kela III Driveaway Awning

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Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

I think I first became aware of campervans in 1977 when a friend’s family bought a bright orange bay-windowed VW. Even in the 1970s, when orange furniture and curtains adorned our living rooms and orange melamine kitchenware jostled for attention, their bright, brand spanking new campervan stood out. It made a statement. So fast forward forty years, and I find myself walking up to … Read More Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

Product review: Firepot expedition meals

When you’re out camping, hiking or kayaking, compromises often have to be made when it comes to meals.  Nutritious, tasty food is normally sacrificed for lightweight ‘packet’ meals that are convenient … but bland and merely functional.  It’s as if the pleasure that comes with cooking and eating cannot co-exist with enjoying the outdoors. The new range of Firepot healthy expedition meals by Outdoorfood.com makes … Read More Product review: Firepot expedition meals

VW California Roof Corrosion Update

  Members of the VW California Club will have been following the voluminous pages of forum chatter on the topic of the dreaded ‘roof rot’ for several years now – and the issue shows no sign of going away. For the unitiated, there’s a design flaw in the manufacture of the aluminium elevating roof in the VW California campervan.  At least, all of the … Read More VW California Roof Corrosion Update

Best Camping Blog !

I’m absolutely delighted to say that thanks to your votes of support, my blog has won the Camping category in the Trespass Blog Awards 2016 ! After being nominated back in December the shortlisted blogs were put to a public vote.  My blog was up against some really stiff competition and so I’m completely bowled over that Wild about Scotland came out on top.  It’s all thanks … Read More Best Camping Blog !

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The magic of friluftsliv

    There are times when you just want to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.  And for me the outdoors is just the perfect way to escape from ‘life’ for a little while, before returning with a renewed perspective. Last weekend was one of those times.  After the stresses of a work week commuting and the miserable-ness of leaving home and getting … Read More The magic of friluftsliv

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Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

A smartphone is an essential item of kit these days when you’re out for an adventure.  Enabled by a huge number of apps your phone is not only a camera, GPS, notebook, torch, musicplayer … but can also give you a map, weather forecast, emergency beacon, guide to nature and so much more. I’ve selected ten essential apps for the outdoors, a guide to … Read More Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

Becoming a Mountain Leader

  I’ve just recently passed my Mountain Leader award, a professional qualification that allows me to take groups into the UK mountains.  It’s been a lot of work over many years but highly rewarding.  Let me share some thoughts on  why I did it,  how I got on and what tips I’d give for any other aspiring Mountain Leaders out there. [Note: this is … Read More Becoming a Mountain Leader

Home is where you park it

  Camper vans have a habit of getting under your skin.  Old vans in particular have a certain character and have a knack of creating an emotional physical – even spiritual – connection to those to own, drive and live in them. The latest online edition of Influx Magazine caught my eye recently and celebrates van life.  In a series of articles it reviews … Read More Home is where you park it