Tag: travel

Snapshots of Bali – Part 2

Soon after I posted Part 1 of my Snapshots of Bali news filtered through of the devestating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Palu and Sulawesi.  The pictures on TV have been utterly heartbreaking.   With 2,000 people killed and another 5,000 still missing this disaster is one of the deadliest since the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.  I’ve donated to the disaster emergency … Read More Snapshots of Bali – Part 2

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Snapshots of Bali – Part 1

The summer seems to have flown by and my blog’s been neglected of late.  Mainly this is due to a crazily busy time at work (even blogging has to take a back seat when you’re exhausted), but I’ve also been travelling. For my globetrotting I have my daughter to thank.  She’s been volunteering in Borneo all summer having recently left school.  When her end-of-trip … Read More Snapshots of Bali – Part 1

The essence of Scotland

  Take just two minutes to enjoy this video of the essence of Scotland. Nate paid a recent visit to Scotland from California and got in touch to share the cool video he’s made.  It was great to hear that he’d made good use of my blog to find out about places to go while touring the country. How many places can you recognise?  … Read More The essence of Scotland

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An eagle eye’s view of Eigg

There’s something about islands.  Maybe it’s the wistful sense of adventure that comes with travelling by boat.  Or perhaps the physical and psychological separation that gives islands their unique character, setting them apart from the familiar mainland.  Even, perhaps, it’s the feeling of ‘commitment’ in the sense that having arrived – come rain or shine – you’re there to stay …  Eigg was all of … Read More An eagle eye’s view of Eigg

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All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train

  Where do you suppose the best railway journey in the world is located ?  Through the Alps in Switzerland ?  Across the Canadian Rockies ?  In fact the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig has been voted the worlds’ best in the Wanderlust Travel Awards for the last three years running. The line from Glasgow to Fort William opened in … Read More All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train

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VisitScotland’s Tourism Community

  What do you do when you’re researching a trip or holiday ?  How do you get the lowdown on the best places to go and places to stay ?  How do you find insider tips from locals, or discussions by people who have questions just like you ? I often look for just this kind of advice when I’m travelling somewhere new so … Read More VisitScotland’s Tourism Community

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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

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14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

That ‘end of the road’ feeling is weird.  With me, there’s normally a mix of anticipation, relief and a slight whiff of an anticlimax.  You look forward to wondering what you’ll find, you certainly look forward to the journey ending and expectations are often dashed when you get there and think: “Oh … okay … is that it ?”. This was precisely how I … Read More 14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

Campsite Review: Caolasnacon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven

  In a nutshell Where: Caolascanon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven, Argyll. Web: http://www.kinlochlevencaravans.com/tourerstents/  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

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Happy Campers – Alen, Anne and the Van with No Name

  Alen and Anne McFadzean live in Barton, North Yorkshire. They’ve just bought an old Volkswagen T4 and plan to drive off to a new life in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in Andalucia, Spain.  Alen’s passion is climbing mountains and writing about them in his blog, Because They’re There.  Anne intends to soak up the sun and do charity work. Happy Campers’ is a … Read More Happy Campers – Alen, Anne and the Van with No Name

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Happy Campers – Geert, Mia and ‘Basilio’

  Geert and Mia live in Belgium and named their VW California ‘Basilio’ after their grandson, Basiel.  They settled on a Cali for its convenience and love the flexibility of being able to wild camp away from campsites.  Theirs is a well-equipped 4Motion camper and they particularly appreciate the additional accessories they have specified.  And their van is clearly a ‘keeper’ since they fully … Read More Happy Campers – Geert, Mia and ‘Basilio’

Kinloch Castle, Rum

  While there are many grand castles in rural Scotland Kinloch Castle in Rum stands out as one of the most over-the-top expressions of Victorian wealth.  Indeed, according to writer Jim Crumley, Kinloch Castle is “a monument to… colossal wealth and ego and acquisitive greed… It is a building without a redeeming feature.. a loathsome edifice.  It perpetuates only the memory of the worst kind of … Read More Kinloch Castle, Rum