The last few days travelling up in to the Highlands of Scotland have been a bit frustrating, mainly due to the almost non existent ‘aire’ style facilities for motorhomes. Service points are readily available on the various campsites which are dotted around. Unfortunately for us, theses places start at around £25 a night, which is fine for a week or twos holiday, but not conducive to longer travelling plans. One option is to go on a paid for site every 3 or 4 days, when we need to fill/dump, and we will do that if necessary, but we’d rather use that cash on a meal out or cake 😋
Its turned in to a bit of a treasure hunt for us, with fresh water and toilet disposal spots the prize! I’m sure if Scotland adopted a similar approach to the other countries we’ve visited, it’d see more people touring here spending their hard earned cash in the tills. I just hope Donald Trump has managed to find a good spot to empty his tanks during his trip across here. 😁
We struck lucky when we stumbled upon the base station at the Glencoe resort (not mentioned by any of the tourist information centres we visited or maps) In winter, the place is full of skiers (snow permitting) However, this time of year, its hikers, campers, mountain bikers and others, who use the facilities, which include; chemical toilet dump, fresh water, hot showers (for a quid) and an amazing view! They operate it on a donation basis with boxes dotted across the car park. It’s so laid back it’d be horizontal, if it wasn’t a ski resort!! It was just unfortunate for us that a group of people also staying on the site decided to have a party that went on late, and then set off 3 of the loudest fireworks we’d ever heard at 1am. Selfish buggers..
We’ve had a bit of a warm up hike, At only a mile long, it’s not the most challenging walk we’ve ever done, but it was nice to get out in to nature! We have actually discussed climbing Ben Nevis, but Sarah wasn’t convinced by my blase approach which involved; flip flops, sunglasses, a few bags of crisps and a kitkit. Perhaps it does need fine tuning on reflection. 🤔
The blue skies we’ve grown accustom to are now mixed with clouds and intermittent rain. We’ve had it so good for so long, we cannot complain. Its just a bit of a shame that the mountains are hidden in the cloud.
It doesn’t feel like we’ve travelled that far. However, we’re now only a stones throw away from the Isle of Skye. The ferry in to Cairnryan did give us a great starting point in fairness. We wanted to make it across to the Isle of Arron, but the ferries were booked up for a few days so we just cracked on.
Having drawn a few quid out of the ATM in Northern Ireland, we now have a wallet full of cash that no one wants to take. It’s the same back home with Scottish notes, so we can’t blame the shop keepers who think we just printed it, badly, an hour ago. We just need to make our way to a friendly bank and pay it in. We tried to swap it in the Post Office in Fort William but the lady behind the counter wasn’t having any of it. Swapping sterling for sterling is a bit of a strange concept when you think about it 🤔
As we are getting to the end of the week, we know how much we have to spend for the remaining few days, which isn’t a great deal, given the fact we’ve; filled our lpg tank, put half a tank of diesel in, bought some engine oil and had a trip to Lidl. It leaves us just over £14 to spend on Sunday, which will most probably be spent on ice cream and a pint. We might just have enough for a deep fried Mars bar! (which our friend Heather has challenged us to find!!) 😁 xx