Tag: Camping

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

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Blogging is giving

  I’ve been blogging now for a  little over four years but I feel I need to welcome a whole new set of people who have just started following my blog from all over the world.  So welcome aboard ! A recent post – Above the clouds – was featured as an Editor’s Pick on WordPress Discover this week, “a daily selection of the … Read More Blogging is giving

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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Adventures planned for 2017

  May I wish you a very Happy New Year !  I hope you had a good break of Christmas and are now looking forward to the next twelve months. In common with a lot of people I like to use this time to plan ahead, setting myself some goals to inspire and motivate me throughout the year.  It’s partly about keeping fit but … Read More Adventures planned for 2017

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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

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The Volksfling Campervan Cookbook

    If you’ve been to Volksfling, Scotland’s VW Show, over the last five years then chances are you will have seen Jayne and Trevor Hopkins doing campervan cookery demonstrations in the big tent.  They try to do things as realistically as possible: cooking on a two-burner stove and aiming to cook three dishes from scratch within an hour. Now they’ve compiled 50 of … Read More The Volksfling Campervan Cookbook

Buying or hiring a campervan or motorhome – Aston Leisure

Thinking of buying or hiring a campervan or motorhome?  This short article aims to give you an overview of the wide range of options and configurations available. My recent visit to Aston Leisure offered a useful reminder of the range of possibilities that come with buying or hiring a campervan or motorhome.  Having owned a VW California for over five years now I really … Read More Buying or hiring a campervan or motorhome – Aston Leisure

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Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals

  Mary contacted me recently and laid down a challenge which I was happy to accept: Hi, I have read both of your excellent posts on food for backpacking but I want to challenge you to go further.  My son is going to be completing his Gold DoE expedition in the Lake District later this year and my daughter is going to be doing … Read More Planning Multi-day Backpacking Meals