Category: Campsites


A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

Having recently made the trip over to Ireland to climb its 3,000+ foot mountains I thought I’d put together a short overview of the logistics behind my trip.  I spent quite a bit of time carrying out research on the web and in print and really struggled to find much good quality information. Coming from Scotland, where munro-bagging is a hugely popular hobby, we’re spoiled … Read More A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’


Campsite Review – Clachtoll Beach Campsite

  In a nutshell Where: Clachtoll Beach Campsite, 134 Clachtoll, Lochinver, Sutherland IV27 4JD  Web:   Tel: 01571 855377  E-mail: Cost: Tents/campervans/caravans £12.00 per night / £5.00 pppn adult & £2.00 pppn age 5-16 / £4.00 per night EHU (20 serviced pitches).   All prices per night during high season (2017). Facilities: Clachtoll Beach Campsite is a great site over 25 acres with direct access to the … Read More Campsite Review – Clachtoll Beach Campsite

Four ideas to manage the growing demand for “free camping”

The freedom of the road As the main summer holiday season starts we’re now seeing more visitors on the roads, including motorhomes and campervans.  It’s great to see people enjoying what Scotland has to offer and also spending in the rural local economy. That’s how tourism should work, right?  You travel, experience new places and activities, and support incomes and jobs in the local … Read More Four ideas to manage the growing demand for “free camping”

Campsite Review – Solway View Campsite

In a nutshell Where: Solway View Holidays, Balmangan Farm, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4TR  Web:   Tel: 01557 870 206 (9am – 8pm) E-mail: 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

Camping and walking in Eskdale

  VW campervans and mountains – a great combination for a perfect weekend. I killed two birds with one stone last weekend by attending a  VW camper meet at the Eskdale Campsite and combined this with a couple of days out on the Lake District fells.  A group from the VW California Club organised a meet to coincide with Eskdale Dubfest 2016, a small, friendly … Read More Camping and walking in Eskdale


Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha

Whether wild camping in a remote Scottish glen or having an overnight stay before an early morning flight, Bertha is the perfect functional camper van.  Rowena loves the practicality of being self-sufficient – the simple pleasures in what she calls her “micro-world” – which enables her to get out and about enjoying Scotland’s outdoors. Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and … Read More Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha


Campsite Review – Applecross Campsite

    In a nutshell Where: Applecross Campsite, Strathcarron, Ross-Shire IV54 8ND. Web:       Tel: 01520 744268 E-mail: Cost: £9 per adult. £4.50 per child.  Campervans/motorhomes/caravans £2.  Electric hook-up £4.50.  All prices per night during high season (2014). Facilities: Good location overlooking the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye.  Two, flat camping fields accommodating up to 60 tents, motorhomes and touring caravans.  Heated camping huts … Read More Campsite Review – Applecross Campsite


Photo essay – Wild autumn weather in Glen Etive

    It was one of those days when the words simply weren’t sufficient to describe what I could see with my eyes.   Dark, brooding clouds hung heavily over the mountains yet in spite of the poor light, the damp conditions only served to emphasise the vividness of the Autumnal colours.  I don’t know how many different shades of browns, russets, greens, oranges … Read More Photo essay – Wild autumn weather in Glen Etive

Campsite Review: Caolasnacon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven

  In a nutshell Where: Caolascanon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven, Argyll. Web:  Tel: 01855 831 279 Cost: Small tents £10/night.  Campervans £17/night.  Large tents £20/night. Hook-ups free – first come, first served. Facilities: Great location right beside Loch Leven and with mountain views. Flat site with short grass, some pitches on a very slight incline.  No allocated pitches – just choose your own site.  Wash block … Read More Campsite Review: Caolasnacon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven


Jon, Emily and their Bongo

Jon and Emily’s latest foray into camper vans has seen them move away from older VWs to a Mazda Bongo – a practical, well-specced and affordable option.  It helps when you’re mechanically-minded, and Jon offers lots of tips below for others who may be contemplating buying a Bongo.  And for those thinking of a camping trip to Scotland, Jon and Emily’s recent tour to Skye … Read More Jon, Emily and their Bongo


Campsite Review: Balloch O’Dee, Dumfries & Galloway

In a nutshell Where: Balloch o’ Dee, 6 miles west of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.  Web: Tel: 07967 666 908 Cost: Tents £10/night.  Campervans £12/night.  Adults £2.50/night.  Children and dogs free.  Bothy £45/night.  Roundhouse £40/night. Facilities: Fairly basic (in a good way).  Undulating site, short grass.  Lots of fire pits dotted around the site (wood for sale on site).  Attractive modern toilet block (unisex). … Read More Campsite Review: Balloch O’Dee, Dumfries & Galloway


How to survive a family campervan holiday

Ahh … the freedom of the open road.  Dreams of long, lazy summer days.  Escaping from the crowds to find the perfect beach-side camping spot. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it ? This is what we would like to imagine when planning a family campervan holiday but in reality how many of us experience something rather different ?  Fraught journeys, over-tired kids, grumpy grown ups and … Read More How to survive a family campervan holiday