Tag: Camping

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Cycling the Scottish C2C

As I lay I listened to the sounds of two fisherman exchanging anecodates and laughter in the warm, summer air while they packed up their gear.  They’d spent another Saturday evening in relaxed company fishing the Tweed at an altogether slower pace of life.  Then as the two car doors slammed shut and the roar of the car gradually faded away, these noises were … Read More Cycling the Scottish C2C

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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’

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A lazy summer’s wild camp

      Lazy summer days are perfect for wild camping. With yet another weekend of warm, sunny weather I had itchy feet.  I’d been cooped up in an office all week and had to get out into the hills.  But where to go?  Climbing a mountain felt just too much like hard work in the hot sun.  Driving an hour or so felt … Read More A lazy summer’s wild camp

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Top Scottish campsites for scenic views

  As schools break up for the summer and this glorious spell of warm, sunny weather is continuing, why not make some plans to visit some of Scotland’s fantastic scenic campsites? VisitScotland has been analysing Instagram hashtags, and cross referencing these to some of the most popular family-oriented campsites in Scotland, as voted by TripAdvisor users.  Their results highlight twelve most scenic campsites right … Read More Top Scottish campsites for scenic views

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Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

LED lighting technology has been developing fast and so I’ve been looking forward to testing out a new, lightweight headtorch from Olight.  Here’s my review of the mid-range battery-powered headtorch, the H1 Nova, which packs a powerful punch into a small product. First impressions Olight are a new name to me, a Chinese company who specialise in lighting technology for outdoors use.  When I was … Read More Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

Clickbait, fake sites and the outdoor community

For many of us, the web and social media are useful tools to fuel our hobbies.  Getting outside at the weekend to go walking, cycling or climbing is our main focus, but online channels give us information and inspiration, perhaps to discover a new challenge, research new gear or to follow our favourite adventurer. Sounds harmless enough, doesn’t it?  But in the murky world of … Read More Clickbait, fake sites and the outdoor community

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Why taxing motorhomes for visiting the Western Isles is a bad idea

Now that Scotland is seeing the benefits of increased tourism in the Highlands and Islands what’s needed is investment, not higher prices. Time to acknowledge and celebrate success There have been two big successes in rural tourism in Scotland lately.  The first, the meteoric rise in popularity of the North Coast 500, is well known.  The brainchild of the North Highland Initiative, the way … Read More Why taxing motorhomes for visiting the Western Isles is a bad idea

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Campsite Review – Clachtoll Beach Campsite

  In a nutshell Where: Clachtoll Beach Campsite, 134 Clachtoll, Lochinver, Sutherland IV27 4JD  Web:  http://www.clachtollbeachcampsite.co.uk/   Tel: 01571 855377  E-mail: mail@clachtollbeachcampsite.co.uk 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

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Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

  For convenience and ease of use there’s nothing to beat lightweight canister stoves.  Simply screw in an isobutane fuel canister and within minutes you’ve boiled up a brew. MSR’s PocketRocket has been a firm favourite among backpackers and campers for many years and has also been my go-to stove for about the last decade.  Recently I’ve been testing out the integrated 2-person MSR … Read More Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

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:  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

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