Roger and Wendy

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Roger and Wendy

Our motorhome travels.

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Europe » United Kingdom » England June 29th 2017

29 June 2017 We left Barrow in the morning and arrived home mid-afternoon. Our trip to Shetland, Orkney and the North and West Coasts of Scotland has been a wonderful experience and shown us you don’t always have to cross the Channel to enjoy extended motorhome adventures. The highlight was the superb coastal walking and the thousands of seabirds we saw nesting on the cliffs and moors. We drove about 2,400 miles.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 28th 2017

28 June 2017 We drove across Galloway, around the Solway Firth entering England just north of Carlisle and then down the Cumbrian Coast to Barrow-in-Furness where we stayed with Wendy’s cousin Caroline and her husband John.... read more
Leading down to a promenade and views across the Solway Firth

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 27th 2017

27 June 2017 On a generally wet day we drove south through Fort William and then around several attractive fresh and sea water lochs to Dunoon where we caught our 11th and last ferry of this trip. Then it was along the coast to Ayr where we headed inland and found a campsite close to Loch Doon.... read more
Inveraray on Loch Fyne
It’s castle
Leaving a wet Dunoon

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 26th 2017

26 June 2017 Our journey southwards continued on single track roads through the pretty village of Sheildag, around the wonderfully remote Applecross Peninsular where a large bird flew over us which we thought was likely to be a Sea Eagle and then over the 2045 high Bealach na Ba Pass to Lochcarron. At Lochcarron we left the North Coast 500 route and continued on fast roads through Glen Shiel with its Five Sisters mountains to a pleasant campsite close to Loch Garry.... read more
Sheildag is in a very attractive location on Loch Torridon
The road around the Applecross peninsular with the Cuillin Hills and other mountains of Skye laid out in the background
Couldn’t leave Scotland without this picture

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 25th 2017

25 June 2017 The Inverewe Gardens created by Osgood MacKenzie and his daughter from 1862 and now managed by the National Trust for Scotland are in Poolewe and we visited them. The gardens are in a sheltered position on the banks of Loch Ewe, cover about 50 acres and contain an impressive variety of plants both large and small from many different counties. Rhododendrons predominate but unfortunately their flowers were over. From Poolewe we drove past Gairloch, along Loch Maree and into Glen Torridon. On the north side of the glen are three spectacular 3000 ft ridged mountains Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Beinn Alligan. In 1976 we camped in Torridon and I climbed all three with Graham and Lyn Wales on three wonderful mountain days. The trip did have low points as a highland cow ... read more
Winding paths, many stepped, lead you through the gardens
An attractive pond
Large Gunnera

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 24th 2017

24 June 2017 In continuing stormy weather with the odd sunny period we left the Summer Isles, drove past the mountain of Stac Pollaidh and reached civilization again at Ullapool, a fishing port which is the largest town in the area, where we had a pleasant pub lunch. Then it was a continued drive southwards where we visited the deep and narrow Corrieshalloch Gorge. In detiorating weather we went past the ridge of An Teallach with its nine Munro summits (no photos, the weather wasn’t suitable) which reminded of when we ascended it in mist in 1970. The day ended with a bleak drive around Little Loch Broom, Gruinard Bay and Loch Ewe to Poolewe where we stayed the night at a Camping and Caravan Club Site.... read more
Stac Pollaidh
Corrieshalloch Gorge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 23rd 2017

23 June 2017 In very blustery weather we continued southwards mainly on narrow, twisting and undulating single track roads through the remote Assynt, an area of dramatic rocky moorland dotted with lochs and steep sided individual mountains and bordered by coasts with small offshore islands and white sandy beaches. We stayed on the Coiach peninsular at a beautifully located campsite overlooking the Summer Isles.... read more
The Assynt
Until this bridge over the entrance to Lochs Glendhu and Glencoul was opened by the Queen in1984 it was necessary to catch a ferry to continue northwards on the west coast
Loch Glencoul

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 22nd 2017

22 June 2017 Another superb day with the birds, but we are not becoming twitchers! Handa Island is a wildlife reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust with one of the largest populations of nesting seabirds in Western Europe. To get there we drove about 20 miles south through wild country dotted with lochs and a backdrop of impressive mountains to the tiny settlement of Tarbet, where we were shuttled to the island by inflatable boat. There is a 6km path around the Island which enabled us to enjoy the place to the full. We stayed at the nearby village of Scourie and had a pleasant evening chatting to Alan and Ruth, other Murvi owners we met.... read more
Walking around picturesque Handa Island
361 ft high Great Stack which is home to thousands of noisy nesting birds
The cliffs were huge, see the people standing on the top

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 21st 2017

21 June 2017 With some frustration over the past week or so we have watched 98% of the U.K. enjoying a period of settled and warm weather, whilst over the far north of Scotland a narrow but persistent cold front brought cool and unsettled conditions. At least we didn’t have to endure the plus 30° temperatures! We said a fond farewell to Ard Neike and drove around Loch Eriboll to Durness, the most north western village in the U.K. The north western point of the U.K. is Cape Wrath. The only way of getting there is by crossing the sea loch of Kyle of Durness by a small boat and then taking an 11 mile minibus ride on very rough roads to the lighthouse on the Cape. We had an enjoyable time doing this trip. ... read more
We stopped at a ceramic studio on the shores of the loch were where the artist had used her work to decorate her garden
Boarding the boat
The rough road crossing the moorland

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 20th 2017

20 June 2017 In 2014 the North Coast 500 was created to encourage tourists to use the scenic routes, as shown in blue on my map, around the perimeters of northern Scotland. Over the next week or so we plan to follow it from John O’Groats along the north and then down the west to Loch Carron. Today we started by a brief call at Thurso and then a short detour to the hill of Cnoc Freiceadain which had interesting cairns on its summit and extensive views over the nuclear experimental plant at Dounreay. We then travelled through miles of featureless peat bog called the Flow Country, crossed the sea loch of Kyle of Tongue and finally arrived at the entrance to Loch Eriboll where we parked the van for the night at a spectacular location ... read more
Thurso’s beach and castle
Dounreay from the top of one of the cairns on Cnoc Freiceadain
The cairns were about 20m long and were close to a wind farm

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