Tag: Camping

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Space-saving campers

For a bit of fun I’ve taken a look at space-saving campers, researching a selection of compact yet functional ways to travel and camp out overnight.  This post has been inspired by articles sent to me by Zero to Sixty … Eventually in the States and my brother in Zambia, both of whom quite rightly knew that this kind of thing intrigues me. Way back in the early … Read More Space-saving campers

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My LEJOG Blog

As hopefully most of you will know by now, I’m planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May with my nephew. “Er, why?”, I hear you say.  Good question. But rather than answer that question right now I wanted to make “Why cycle LEJOG?” the first part of a new section to this blog.  You see, the plan is to build … Read More My LEJOG Blog

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Happy Campers – Richard and ‘The Bus’

  Richard and his family swapped their caravan and tow car for a converted VW Transporter camper van and haven’t looked back.  They use it for family holidays elsewhere in Europe as well as weekends in the UK. “The Bus” is also Richard’s daily vehicle.  They’ve already explored the south of France and are eyeing up Norway – to see the northern lights – … Read More Happy Campers – Richard and ‘The Bus’

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14 for 2014 #14 – Cook a gourmet meal in a camper van

I’m delighted to say that I’ve finally completed all of my 14 for 2014 challenges ! It took me a while to get around to completing this one but thanks to our annual St Andrew’s Day public holiday – the annual Christmas shopping day for some of Scotland’s public sector employees – I instead used it to have an enjoyable day out with my wife … Read More 14 for 2014 #14 – Cook a gourmet meal in a camper van

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Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes

  One of the great joys of owing a campervan or motorhome is being self-sufficient, able to park up and stay overnight away from the crowds.  People often talk of ‘wild camping’ – camping for free and away from a formal, managed campsite.  But what does the law in Scotland actually say about this ?  What exactly is allowed ? There’s widespread misinformation and … Read More Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes

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Happy Campers – An Introduction

  There’s a timeless appeal to a campervan.  The lure of the open road; new places, adventures and roadtrips; and all with the compact self-sufficiency that a campervan offers. If like me you hankered after a campervan for a long time, you eventually get past the “I’d like to get one someday …” phase and start to plan it for real.  You’ve saved up and you’re … Read More Happy Campers – An Introduction

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Campsite Review – Applecross Campsite

    In a nutshell Where: Applecross Campsite, Strathcarron, Ross-Shire IV54 8ND. Web:  http://applecross.uk.com/campsite/       Tel: 01520 744268 E-mail: enquiries@visitapplecross.com. 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

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14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

When I added “Go on a kayak/camping trip” to my 14 for 2014 at the start of the year I had no idea how I was going to achieve it.  It just sounded like a great adventure: pack a tent, a stove and some food, then paddle across some water to wild camp on an island. I’d done something similar a few years ago … Read More 14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

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Campsite Review: Balloch O’Dee, Dumfries & Galloway

In a nutshell Where: Balloch o’ Dee, 6 miles west of Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.  Web:  www.ballochodee.com 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

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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

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Campervans on small Scottish islands – Beyond the pale ?

I’m really looking forward to going to Colonsay for a long weekend in mid-May as part of my ’14 for 2014′. My Mum’s coming too and we’re now all booked up to go. We’re staying at Colonsay Backpacker’s Lodge, part of the Colonsay Estate, and looking forward to exploring the island, its beaches and generally soaking up the atmosphere of life on a small … Read More Campervans on small Scottish islands – Beyond the pale ?

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Fozzils Foldable Crockery

When space and weight are at a premium, perhaps when you’re backpacking, camping or travelling on holiday, foldable crockery is ideal.  If you haven’t come across this before, the Fozzils Solo Pack is an ingenious design using lightweight plastic.  It stores flat and is assembled in seconds using simple press-studs.  Fozzils promote this as “the lightest, thinnest, complete 1-person set on the planet“, I … Read More Fozzils Foldable Crockery