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Christmas in Skye

In October we made the decision to take off on Christmas day and head to Skye. I booked our favourite campsite so we was all set. Due to the current situation we wasn’t even sure if it would go ahead but we took our chances and kept everything crossed.

By Christmas eve was pretty much organised just had a few bits and pieces to pack. We had our festive dinner with the family opened presents so we was ready to get up the next day and head off.

On Christmas morning it was lovely weather so we took off up the road. The van was loaded with food from the leftover dinner from the night before and I had picked up a large cheese board from the Ugie house hotel.

The road was pretty quiet just a few cars on the go so it turned out to be a rather enjoyable drive up the road. I did get a bit car sick but that was my own fault for not eating in the morning before leaving. We did make a fresh air stop that sorted me out. When we got to Dornie we couldn’t resist a wee stop at Eilean Douan Castle for a quick photo.

Eilean Douan Castle

We didn’t far to go after that once we was over the bridge Camping Skye at Broadford is only few miles along the road.

We arrived just after lunch time the campsite was quite full with a few campers with their Christmas lights on.

This is our van at night!

So we got all set up then got our cheeseboard out I was starving by then.

Ugie House cheese board!

Then it was feet up put on a film and chill out for a while. Just as the sun was setting we took a wee walk up the woods so the dogs could get a run about. The weather was lovely all though it was pretty chilly.

Sunset on Christmas day

Back at the van we watched more films and enjoyed the peace of a alternate Christmas day.

We spent Boxing day the way Boxing day was ment to be spent! Being lazy watching tv and eating snacks. We did make some plans for the next day though!

Twixmas began so thought we would motivate ourselves and go for a walk with the dogs. We took a wander along to the old pier and Irishmans point the weather was great and the dogs love that wee walk.

Broadford

The 28th of December was my day cause well it was my 44th birthday I had it planned for ages that I wanted to go to the fairy pools. I got up in the morning opened all my presents realised that everyone thinks I smell cause I got a load of smelling stuff from Dove shower gel, perfume and a Boots voucher.

Thank you to my amazing husband who got me a pair of dream Fjaraven leggings that are totally lush and super comfy. Once we were dressed we headed off moving the van for the first time since we arrived.

The weather was amazing although a little frosty we couldn’t have asked for a better day. We was about 30 miles from Glenbrittle so it didnt take too long to get there although we did take our time as the road was a little icy but least it was quiet. The carpark wasnt too busy so knew we had picked a good time to come.

It still as spectacular as I remember and the dogs just loved it we had a great time exploring. It isnt a massively long walk but enough to feel like you have done something.

Fairy Pools

We took a run in the van to Glenbrittle bay for a wee look after the Fairy pools it is stunning and we will definitely go back in the summer.

Glenbrittle

We was hungry after all that but wasnt sure if anything would be open. At the turn off we thought we had a wee look along at Carbost see if anything was open there and found a wee pub called the Old Inn. They didnt have a huge menu but the food was good and the view was excellent think this is one my favourite photos of the year.

Carbost

The rest of my birthday was spent chilling out watching films and ended it with a couple gins which I regretted the next day now I know why I dont drink more than 2 gins!

On the 29th we woke up and the weather was pretty horrible so we binged watched all the soaps in bed till late morning. We got up, ate brunch and watched more soaps. Once the weather improved I took a walk into the wee market square for a look around the shops. There were plenty of lovely items in the shops but I didn’t purchase anything.

Broadford

We finally motivated ourselves at tea time to go out for something to eat at Cafesia which was lovely as usual. We have been there many times and never been disapointed.

It rained most of the night and into the next day so it was just a chill out day for us just watching films on Netflix and just enjoying chilling out. We woke up on the 31st with yet more rain but we decided we needed to get out today. Once the rain went off a bit we took a walk up the woodland trail up the back of the campsite.

There is a lovely spot with a bench about a mile or so into the walk which usually has great views. Unfortunately there was nothing to see! The dogs had fun though and it was nice to get out for a wee bit! Later on we took in New Year watching the fireworks that were being set off down in the village and listening to the loan piper on the tv it was perfect!

Before we knew it, it was the 2nd and it was time to head home or was it! Well I hate going home so another night away maybe. So we headed back to Aviemore and got lunch at Ballavoulin which was lush before going up to the Cairngorm centre.

We came back down to the Coire na ciste carpark for the night. They have a great facility there for campervans there was a few parked up but it was very windy which did not bother me but at about 2am my husband got up and moved the position of the van so it wasnt getting such a battering. I was delighted to waken up in the morning so a lovely covering of snow! Which was the perfect end to the perfect holiday we had!

Cairngorms

https://campingskye.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Ugie-House-Hotel-Restaurant-383515521828245/

https://www.theoldinnskye.co.uk/

https://www.cafesia.co.uk/

https://thebalavoulin.co.uk/

https://www.cairngormmountain.co.uk/

Far have I been!

All Snug in Fife

After we got a wee invitation from the lovely folks at The Snug at Logie farm to come and review one of their lovely new luxury camping pods we couldn’t wait to go and explore. I didn’t really make much of a plan but I did put a wee post on Facebook looking for recommendations and I certainly got plenty! So after a trip to the Deli to stock up on snacks and pack a case I waited patiently for Mr C to finish work and get away. It was only a couple hours down the road for us so we made it down just after sunset. When we arrived at the bottom of the road I was intrigued to where the pods where. We headed up the track and got the first taste of the amazing location as we passed a herd of deer just hanging around in the park. A little bit along we reached the pods.

Wow we made it in time for the amazing view and a lovely we plaque with our names on it. Cause well its the little things its it.

Inside the pod we was greeted by a stunning modern interior and every gadget you could ask for.

The snug

We stocked up our fridge, Mr C played with all the buttons then we got our feet up and set too a Squid Games binge watch on Netflix. Well I think we managed to stay wakened till about 10 o’clock. The bed was so comfy.

The snug

Next morning we was wakened early but we had a long lie had a lovely Nepresso coffee in bed then got up and organised. After a wee chat with Jo the owner we headed to the Buttercup Cafe in Newbrough for brunch. Jo had recomnened it to us and we could see why it was lovely.

Brunch at the Buttercup cafe

We hadnt made any kind of concrete plans just go for a run and see. First stop was a quick one at the round tower at Abernethy which is thought to date back to 1100. We couldn’t get parked as we had the van so it was just a snap of the camera before heading off.

The round tower

Not far along the road was Auchtermuchty are next planned stop to see Jimmy Shands memorial. If you know the Bluebell poker you know who Jimmy is! This was Mr C’s highlight of the day! That set him up for the day and we had to listen to his music the rest of it! Even through the blue tooth speaker in the pod at night!

Jimmy Shands Memorial

We headed for Falkland next but after we circled a couples time we ended up on a different road. It was actually the way to the Lomond hills. We took the opportunity to give the dogs a run about. The views from even the car park are great. There is a lovely picnic area and a well maintained toilet.

Lommomd Hills

Back on the road again for the second try to get parked at Falkland. We eventually found the car park. I grabbed my camera and National trust card and went for a wander. Falkland is a lovely wee village with lots of quirky shops and nice looking cafes/pubs.

Falkland

After a walk about I went along to Falkland Palace and gardens.

I decided to just have a look around the gardens.

The inside was very busy so I decided to look round the gardens. They were lovely and extensive. There is lots of wee hidden area and even a tennis court.

Falkland Palace and Gardens

Back on the road again. We hadn’t really planned anything so we thought we would go to Scotlands Hidden Bunker. On the way there we went past the Hill of Tarvit mansion so we did stop for a wee look. Another place well worth a visit and there was a view point walk.

Hill of Tarvit Mansion

We couldn’t do everything in one day so next stop was Scotlands secret bunker.

This is a amazing fascinating place to visit for Adults and kids.

It’s a underground cold war bunker museum and its huge. With lots of interesting rooms and artefacts.

Scotland Secret Bunker

Our last stop of the day was Arstruther for tea for some of their famous fish and chips! We had to queue for a little while but it’s was lovely and well worth the wait.

Anstrurther Fish and Chips

We headed home before it got dark thinking we could sit outside with a gin! But the rain came on and oh my it’s rained a lot! So we snuggled up watched tv had snacks and enjoyed our last night in the snug before heading home the next morning.

Thank you for reading I have posted all the links below! The Snug was amazing and totally recommend if your looking for somewhere to stay in Fife!

Please note the stay at The Snug was part gifted!

The fur babies loved it too!

https://m.facebook.com/eastportgarageandcoffeeshop/

https://www.logiefarmsnug.co.uk/

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/abernethy-round-tower/

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jimmy-shand-statue

https://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/walks/lomond-hills/

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/falkland-palace

https://www.nts.org.uk/venue-hire/hill-of-tarvit-mansionhttps://secretbunker.co.uk/

https://www.anstrutherfishbar.co.uk/

Walking essentials

Who knew there was a sock manufacturer in Moray?

When you do lots of walking there is 2 vital pieces of equipment you need. Good boots and comfy socks. The perfect pair of both will enable you to walk further and longer.

Last week Heather at Scottish Womans walking group posted some monogramed SWWG merino wool socks that were made in North East Scotland. So I was very interested to find out where. After a wee search I found Caledonia Hosiery on social media.

After wee chat online with the owner Steve he invited me along to his socks factory. I jumped at the chance. The inner geek came out as I am very interested in how things are made.

The company is situated in Forres Moray. It was started in October 2019 and started producing in April 2020. The owner Steve has actually spent half his working life making socks and is very passionate about it. This has now rubbed off on his wife Sue too.

Onsite the couple are producing 1000 pairs of socks a week each pair of socks taking around 8 mins to make. They produce various styles made from wool and cotton. They are all hand finished onsite. That includes washing and air drying before pressing on a shiny sock shaped hot press!

Although the company mainly design and produce socks for brands just recently they have set up a online shop at The Country Side store (link will be posted below). In the shop they have a selection of styles including their signature outdoor socks that I have been gifted to try.

I am super excited to try as not only are they locally produced. Compared to some socks I have purchased over the year they are very reasonabled priced.

My initial review they fit and feel very comfortable. I will be putting the them to some hike tests before I fully review but I do plan to purchase other styles.

I would like to thank Steve for inviting me along and giving a wee insite to how socks are made!

Thank you for reading Tracy x

https://caledoniahosiery.com/

https://www.thecountrysidestore.co.uk/seller/caledonia-hosiery/

Summer holidays 2021

Our Summer Holidays 2021 part 2

Once we was up organised and everything packed up. We made sure the water bottles were full as we didn’t know expect from the campsite I had booked the day before. We headed for Cromarty to catch the Nigg ferry. We had wanted to take this wee ferry for so long but it was never running when we was in the area. It was a bit nerve racking going on and off but it was a good wee hurl and I was chuffed to bits!

Once off the ferry we headed for Balintore to find the Mermaid of the North. She was on my bucket list and well worth a visit although the story about her is a little dark.

Mr C was meeting one of his friends just along the road so it gave me the opportunity to go beach combing for sea glass and I got a nice little haul.

Back on the road again our next stop was the Falls of Shin for a wee look.

There was no salmon leaping that day but plenty of midges. We did notice there was a lovely smell coming from burger van outside the visitors centre. We resisted though. We did notice there was a grey/chemical disposal in the carpark as well as water and bins. Good to know for another time.

The next part of the drive was like a scene from Mad Max there wasn’t much but hills and lochs. We soon got to Tongue as we drove over the Causeway we admired the amazing beach. It was only a few miles to get to Talmine. We had booked in to the Bayview Campsite but we had a wee look along to the harbour first. Wow the beach, the water, the sand it is beautiful.

The campsite well lets just say it had what we needed. It was just needing a wee bit of work but for £12 it was grand. It was only a stop off before heading west.

Next morning we just got up and we got moving we already planned to cook our breakfast at the causeway layby. I then failed to check my direction for going to Lochiver and we got rather shouty when I told Mr C to go the wrong way! Once we was going in the right direction. We passed through Durness but we didn’t stop as it was very busy. Our next planned stop was Kylesku bridge for some photos.

We took a wee detour for some pies from the famous Larder at Lochinver they were lush as usual. I had sweet potato and goats cheese as it’s my favourite followed by a peach and pear one.(Well it was lunch time)

Next we went on to Ardwreck Castle but just as I was crossing the road I noticed a waterfall. I did go over and take some photos at the castle.

But I wanted to go back to the waterfall it was lovely. I managed to walk all the way rounds as there was some stepping stones at the top. It is a total hidden gem.

Next stop was Knockan Crag although the weather wasn’t the best. I had a wee stroll around the trail Mr C gave it a miss as the midges were biting.

Our stop for the next couple days was Broomfield Campsite. We arrived early as we knew it would be busy. We wasn’t wrong they were queuing by 5pm. We was there by early afternoon and got our favourite spot. We booked in for 2 nights and couldn’t really be bothered to go to the shop. We had spent much of the afternoon watching the rain. I took a walk round to the fish and chip shop to pick up something for tea at the Seaforth. It was very busy but worth the wait. Mr C had scampi and I had fish in a bun it was lush.

The weather cleared up later and it turned warm we watched some ladies in for a wild dook. I was tempted but got the fear. As the sun was setting I went out and played with my camera settings. Was pretty chuffed with the results.

Next morning the weather was awful and we needed the shop. We waited will it went off a bit and took a walk and a detour to the harbour. Lucky we did as we was chuffed to see the Blue Clipper tall ship at the harbour so got a few photos before going shopping.

The rest of the day was spent people watching but landed lucky with a amazing sunset.

We got up at a decent time next day made coffee and packed up. We was read for our next road trip. We had to decide which way to go if we should detour Applecross but decided just to take the quickest route. We had been on the Bealach na ba lots of times and the road would be busy. We headed for the Garve road.

I had only planned two stops on the road. One to Manuelas Bakery and Fairy Gin Distillery and the view point for Eilan Donan Castle.

Parking wasn’t the easiest at the bakery and distillery but we got sorted. It was all so cute and quirky and the cakes wow they are lovely. The nice man at the bakery gave me some great advice on which gin to purchase and it’s so nice.

We only had a few more miles to go before we got to our next campsite in Skye.

Thank you for reading. I’ve posted some useful links below! Tracy x

http://www.highlandferries.co.uk/cromarty-nigg.asp

https://www.seaboardcentre.com/mermaid-of-the-north/

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/falls-of-shin-visitor-attraction-p1905721

https://www.bayviewcampsite.co.uk/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kylesku_Bridge

https://www.lochinverlarder.com/

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lochinver/ardvreckcastle/index.html

https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/knockan-crag-national-nature-reserve

http://www.broomfieldhp.com/

https://www.theseaforth.com/

https://www.maybe-sailing.com/ship/blue-clipper/

https://m.facebook.com/Manuelas-Wee-Bakery-216741228486648/?fref=ts

https://fairytaledistillery.co.uk/

https://www.eileandonancastle.com/

Summer holidays 2021

Our Summer 2021 holidays! Part 1

After patiently waiting for Mr C to finish work all day we headed off on our way. After getting our 12v tv back the day before still broken we decided to go to Curry’s. We picked up a new tv and use a invertor when we don’t have a electric hook up. Once that was all sorted we spent our first night at one of our favourite campsite Barns highland at Nairn.

With the fridge full of goodies from The Larder. By 9 o’clock our bellies were full and we ready for bed!

We were wakened and organised reasonably early next day. Mr C had some boots saved from Highland Army Surplus so we nipped back there to pick them up. I got a wee dry bag for my pocket camera as I had left my one at home.

Once we had all that sorted we hit the road and finally had everything we could go to our next campsite Fortrose Bay. We did have a wee detour round to Chanonry point but it was very busy and we couldn’t get parked. I hopped out and got a quick few photos in the rain before going to the campsite.

Once parked up we just chilled and watched the rain just enjoying our first day of our holidays.

Later on we ventures back along to Chanonry point with the dogs. It was even busier this time we did sit at the beach area for a little while. With no sign of any dolphins we walked back and picked up a tasty fish supper from McGinty’s fish and chip stop in the village.

On our second day at Fortrose thankfully we woke up to nice weather as we had made plan for a good walk. After breakfast we headed for Rosemarkie.

I’ve been looking at photos of fairy glen and the waterfalls so I couldn’t wait to go. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The walk was lovely even though I had wet feet in the first 5 minutes. The dogs had a ball but did have to take Suzi in to the water at Rosemarkie beach to clean her up a bit!

After our 5 miles trek we left the dogs at the van and took a wander in to the village. We stopped off for a look at Fortrose cathedral.

What a amazing place to have in small village. By that time Mr C was ready for a pint. So we went on a mission to find a pub. We eventually found the Union Tavern. A very welcoming pub with good beer.

After a few pints we had a pit stop at the Coop for something for supper. That night we spent getting organised and packed up. The site was lovely and in a great spot with plenty to see and do. But it was time for our next part of our holiday.

Posted lots of links below of the places we stayed, places we visited and even where I got our food!

Thank you for reading Tracy x

https://m.facebook.com/thelarderhuntly/

https://www.barnshighland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Highland-army-surplus-158985624225642/

https://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/chanonry-point.html

https://www.fortrosebaycampsite.co.uk/

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/Fairyglen.shtml

https://mcgintys.scot/https://

www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/fortrose-cathedral/

https://m.facebook.com/UnionTavernFortrose/