The camper trip to Scotland was simply amazing! I had never been before which is silly considering my home county is Lancashire which is not too far away. So off to Scotland we went- Hooray for camper vans!!
One of the best things about Scotland is that there is no one around, don't get me wrong Scottish folk are ace, always friendly and ready to chat but getting out in to the countryside is all about being away from the general masses. Luckily outside of the towns and cities there are plenty of little lay by's and hidden spots to park the camper van if you don't mind a spot of rough camping for a night or two. These type of camping spots tend to be close to the roads as Scotland is very mountainous but yay, not many folk about.
Rough camping is all well and good especially in a camper van but t'other half and myself had our oldest son with who was only a wee bairn at 9 months old. So to to jazz it up we did frequent a few different camp sites as running water and flushing toilets make life a tad easier with a young one. Camping with a baby is surprisingly easier than what I would have thought!! the boy loved it and was no hassle, he even adopted a Scottish twang to his goo goo and ga ga's!!
Portnadoran, I love you!! you are the best camp site ever!! I think it's obvious to say that I thought Portnadoran was amazing. The camp site is situated right on the coast of Mallaig, as you can see from the photo there are the best views of the Inner Hebridean Islands of Eigg, Rhum, Muck and Skye.
The site was fully booked but the owners very kindly offered to let us pitch our camper van right next to their house which was literally on the edge of the beach. I think we'll ask for that spot again!!. I could't fault our stay there, it was perfect.
I'd heard of the Scotch mist but thought it was just an old Scottish myth, but it's real!! I've never experienced anything like it. We were strolling on the beach next to the camp site Portnadoran, it was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies and then BAM!! There it was! I couldn't even see more than a few feet in front of myself.It was pretty scary as being on a beach we could have walked right in to the sea!! luckily my other half is a level headed logical male and steered us away from danger. The mist was gone after approx 20 minutes but by eck!! these little thrills are what I love about exploring the countryside.
After leaving Portnadoran and the coast we decided to go inland on our way back home. We stopped at a camp site next to Loch Lomond for a night. The countryside is so lush in the summer time, we were surrounded by lovely green from every direction and more rolling hills which made a nice contrast to the open ocean and mountains.
Loch Lomond was a 10 minute walk from the camper van so it would have been rude not to go take a look!! It was going dark by the time we got there and midges were giving us hell, but we got a very nice sunset over the Loch.
Instead of driving for hours on the journey home we decided to stop off for a few nights at one of our favourite places on the west coast in the Lake District. Seacote Park in St. Bees. After being inland for a while we wanted to go back to the ocean- we tend to gravitate toward the sea as you get it all with beach and open waters in front of you and mountains or hills to go and explore to.
The Seacote park is right next to the beach and from there you can walk along the coast over to the surrounding towns which make for some pretty amazing walks and views. Our favourite thing to do though was to just sit on the rocks and listen to water booming off them. The large rocks near the beach are all covered in peoples names that they have scratched in through the years, there was even a face or two!
So we spent two weeks in total roaming around Scotland, we stayed at three different camp sites and slept in a few rough camping spots. We will be frequently returning to Scotland as it's such a vast place with a lot to offer, I would like to go further north next time as the furthest we got was Fort William- John o' Groats here we come . Also I think as my babies get a bit older we will all be able to get some peak bagging done!! HASTE YE BACK!