From monster hunting to dolphin spotting.
Tuesday 16th July
We leave Loch Ness and head further north……but not much further. Up the loch side to Inverness with a pit stop at Tesco for supplies and fuel and then on just a few miles to Rosemarkie CCC site (GPS 57º34’59.16”N 4º06’32.20”W) on the shore of the Moray Firth. We came here at the end of July last year and loved it and the lovely views out to sea. This time we are on the very same pitch as before which suits us very well. No electric hook-up but that is no problem with two large leisure batteries, a solar panel on the roof and long light evenings. Might just have to limit the amount of TV we watch though, difficult with the Tour de France on. We will just have to spend our time watching for the large pod of dolphins who live in the bay and who everyone loves to see leaping and playing just off-shore.
The south of Britain has been sweltering in a heatwave which started just as we left to come north, unfortunately Scotland has not joined the party and we have had cloud and a stiff breeze ever since we crossed the border. Still, apart from a very short shower one night, there has been no rain. Now there are sunny periods between the cloud and it is pleasantly warm, the forecast is for the hot weather to come north in the next few days.
From one end of the Great Glen to the other.
Friday 19th July
Friday morning and we leave the lovely views over the Moray Firth to travel south west to the other end of the Great Glen. Following the lochs and Caledonian Canal down the A82 it is a lovely drive. We make a short stop at Spean Bridge to have a look at the Commando Memorial, an impressive sight in among the spectacular and wild scenery.
Our destination is the CC site at North Ledaig (GPS 56º28’38.52”N 5º23’54.69”W), just a hop, skip and a jump north of Oban. This is a big site with over 100 pitches on the sloping shore looking across the sea to the Isle of Mull. Most of the pitches have great views but the one allocated to us is rather enclosed by trees and a couple of large caravans in front which means that our view is rather limited. The site is privately owned and run but affiliated to the Caravan Club and as it is so busy they allocate pitches when you book. We had phoned and booked the previous day and were lucky to get on as they were full when we arrived. After lunch I went back to the office to ask if we could be moved and, as there would be a better pitch available the following day, they said we could move in the morning. Saturday morning we move 100yds to our new pitch which is a huge improvement with lovely views and much quieter. Awning out, chairs out and the day is spent sitting in the shade listening to Test Match Special.
We enjoyed the site so much that we booked an extra night which caused much sucking of teeth from the office as the pitches are pre-allocated and moving someone seems to be a major problem. However, after some discussion and poring over charts and plans they decided that we could stay for one extra night without moving pitches. After four days of lovely warm and sunny weather we are going to move further south as we slowly head towards home.