Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Outer Hebrides, Easter 2013

With over two years van ownership under our belts it was high time we explored more of the splendours of Scotland so, leaving the last snow of winter (or should that read spring?) behind in the Peaks we set sail for the north.

We stopped off in Glasgow for dinner, bed and breakfast with Pete and Fiona and Dougal, their chocolate lab. Dixie was her usual cantankerous self with a strange dog but Tilly delighted in Dougal's flirtatious advances. Thanks for your hospitality P,F & D x.

Then, a quick dash over Rannoch Moor, down the magnificence of Glencoe and up to the Isle of Skye and Uig, for the ferry to Tarbert.



Leaving the ferry we drove down a single track road to Huisinis.


Having settled in for the night I kept saying to Chrissie, "Just look where we are. LOOK where we are for goodness sake!" This was the view from our lounge window:

 
 
 
In fact, this was a recurring theme of the trip. The weather was fantastic; cold but dry with plenty of heart-warming sunshine. The following pics show a few highlights and, I trust, will speak to you better than my clumsy writings:
 
 
 
 


 
 
 



                                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you like those pictures. We spent two weeks enjoying some wonderful walking and I found myself spending a surprising amount of time (for me) just gazing out of the van windows at the views. The fact that I read very little and did none of the writing I'd planned to is evidence of the exquisite time we had. Blissful relaxation. Go, if you like peace and tranquility. Stay well away if you want nightlife, shops and lots of tourist attractions.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, we are doing a similar trip with out two dogs and camper in two weeks, I'd be grateful for any tips on wild camping. Love your blog ;)

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  2. Thanks for commenting. Plenty of wild camping spots around. Best advice would be to take OS maps and look for PCs (public conveniences). We found many at idyllic coastal locations and they all had taps to enable us to top up. Usually in a place appropriate for wild camping.
    Your dogs'll love it. Not too many sheep and plenty of scope for running around, having fun. Any specific questions, just sing out. Happy travelling!

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