Tony Greenaway

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Tony Greenaway

First time travel blogger on our long awaited and saved for trip to Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond July 12th 2015

Wed 1 July. A long drive took us down through the spectacular Glencoe Pass and the scenery gradually starts to change as we reached the top of Lock Lomond. There was a noticeable increase in traffic especially coaches as we wound our way through the continuous stretch of bends and tight corners. As we approached the southern tip of the Loch we passed the famous Cameron Lodge where Marina and I spent two nights on the occasion of her 50thbirthday. We continued around through the small town of Ballock and a further 11 miles along the eastern shore of the Lock to our next pre booked site which was a small place called Balmaha. The site here is a farm with two fields once for Caravan Club members and one for Camping and Caravanning Club. The ... read more
Annan Festival
Loch Lomond from site at Balmaha
Cameron Lodge Lock Lomond

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Kinlochleven June 30th 2015

30 June Woke to a warm day and sunny sky and visibility across the Loch was magnificent. We decided to explore around Loch Leven and headed south just a few miles and took a B road towards Kinlochleven. We made several stops to take photos and enjoy the magnificent vies at shore level and looked in awe at the huge mountains on the other side. We soon arrived at Kinlochleven, a small town but with good facilities although it did look a little on the tired side. The visitor centre had an exhibition about the aluminium industry and the power station which uses water from a reservoir high in the mountains to generate electricity. There was a choice of walks and we opted for the 2 hour one to the small dam. We should have guessed ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Onich June 29th 2015

Monday 29 June. The day started as it finished the night before with fine rain and low cloud hovering over the water of Loch Linnhe. Undeterred we had a plan and set off to drive the 8 miles to Fort William. Within one mile we were held up in a traffic jam due to work to clea dnmake safe a landslide. Once clear of that we drove to Neptune’s Platform just outside of Fort William. This is where the famous locks on the Caledonian Canal which link Loch Ness to Loch Linnhe and in effect enable a passage between the east seaboard of Scotland to the western. Built by Thomas Telford it is a quarter of a mile long structure made entirely of brick and concrete and consisting of 8 locks which drop in total 19 ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland June 28th 2015

15 JuneThe Road to Elgin. We woke to a warm and still morning and prepared to travel on to Elgin our next stopover. We had a nice chat with our neighbours who it turns out are from Marlborough in Wiltshire. Marina’s starting to feel better. Our trip to Elgin took us through the Grampian Hills and presented some wonderful visitas. After missing our turning twice we eventually found the CL just a mile or so out of town and pitched up. It is a small and uneven piece of land with enough space for 5 vans. We found a fairly level area with an open aspect across fields to the woods beyond and did the usual preparation before settling down for a spot of lunch. The site owner, Dennis, turned up briefly to introduce himself and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire June 14th 2015

11 June we left Forfar and had a very pleasant and easy drive north to the pretty town of Banchory on the Rivers Dee and Feugh. It is a small site and next to the A93 and unfortunately the only pitch available was close to the road so we settled for that but negotiated a move to a quieter corner plot for the following three nights. 12 June - moved to quieter pitch and set up again but this time much quicker. We had lunch and then we visited a nearby National trust property, Drum castle and had a very interesting tour around. Drum is a top attraction of Royal Deeside and one of Scotland's oldest tower houses. William de Irwyn was gifted the forest and tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323 ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Kirriemuir June 9th 2015

The day started well and we set off to The Glens, a journey of about 15 miles through some beautiful countryside. We finally arrive at the Glen Doll Forestry Commission complex on the eastern side of the Cairngorm Mountains and prepared ourselves for a fairly difficult climb to the huge basin that is the Corrie Fee, Corrie Fee is truly dramatic, a massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it is a National Nature Reserve. The climb is through forests and alongside a white water stream. It takes about an hour to walk the two miles and when you eventually emerge from the forest it is just like walking into an amphitheatre. It is awe inspiring to think that several million years ago this basis would have been filled with ice about a 100 metres deep. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Forfar June 7th 2015

7 June Woke up to lighter winds and mixed sun and cloud. Easy drive up to Forfar, site is on the edge of Loch very idyllic except for neighbour's yappy dogs... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 2nd 2015

2 June what a night the wind just stronger and stronger and neither of us slept well - the van was shaking for the wrong reasons. Still very windy but dry as we packed up to move onto Edinburgh We liked Whins though and look forward to returning there on the way back south. Journey to Edinburgh was easy enough with a following wind we averaged 36 mpg. The road through the Borders and Midlothian was lovely (A702) arrived at caravan park amid strong winds but sunshine. Decided not to put the awning up until the next day when the wind will hopefully have dropped. However this was the start of a number of problems beginning the car making a Strange noise, then the TV packed up followed by a long drive around Edinburgh looking for ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Preston May 30th 2015

The Big Scottish Tour begins on 28 May with an uneventful drive to Hill Farm just off the M42 to drop off the caravan for one night and then to the Greasleys in Bournville to drop off Ethan. Spent the night there. 29 May left the next morning to collect the caravan and set off up the M42/M6 Toll. We arrived at Red Rock Fisheries CL just outside Preston about 2 pm. It is a very nice site popular for fishing as it has a lovely lake. But it is so close to the M6 and the traffic noise is horrible. The review on the web said it was quiet and tranquil. I can only think that whoever wrote it was profoundly deaf. We took a short drive into Preston and walked along the River Ribble ... read more
River Ribble
Campsite at Whins near Dumfries

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island April 3rd 2011

27 March. Today was another damp start but heading south down the SH16 we stopped for a couple of hours at the excellent Kauri Museum at Kaiwakao. This was well worth a visit as it illustrates in grand and sometimes graphic style the history of sawmilling in this area from about 1830 to 1965 as well as some beautiful pieces of work made from the Kauri wood. From here we pressed on south and ended up at a lovely campsite on the coast at Muriwai. This is set in one of 26 regional parks around Auckland and offers good value for money, a lovely location, free wireless internet (best reception in the laundry/tv room!). The beach is popular for surfing and para sailing and they have a resident colony of gannets on the outcrop. It was ... read more
Tony (and) the Tiger
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