A bit of a jaunt

Jimbo99

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Onward & upward we are now at Moreton Hall caravan site - it’s dead posh, well it ought to be at £120 for 3 nights. £2.75 for the dog per night & an additional £8.65 for RV’s per night on top of the £28.60 nightly fee. However it’s well located for Edinburgh, super clean, good access so all in all it’s a great site. Bus stop just outside for the City & a standard fee of £1.80 for a single journey no length limit.
We hope to go to the Kelpies plus the Falkirk wheel tomorrow & found a car rental @ £25 for 24 hours -Easirent.com- , so hopefully that will work out well too.
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Looks like your having fun we did the wheel and the kelies horses last year well worth the visit enjoy
 

Arthur

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Now arrived in Ballater after a spectacular drive - travelling up & over Glenshee even in the rain.
Yes in some places On the A93 it’s a bit adjacent with some of the artics coming the other way but but great non the less.
Ballater community caravan site is very spacious with good facilities. All hard standings with 16amp EHU.
We are here for the next week & hopefully have a rental car being delivered tomorrow so a bit of exploration will be the order of the week come rain or shine.
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Arthur
the worst bit of the A93 would be from Blairgowrie to just north of the bridge of cally
long climb to the top of the hill when you pass the ski slopes

up over glenshee is really nice pity it was not a sunny day scenery spectacular !!
then Breamar to Ballater very pretty at this time of the year all the trees turning golden
fingers crossed you get a bit of decent weather (y)
 

Arthur

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So whilst we are at Ballater I met my brother in law & he took us around the gaf where he works - the owners were not in but they have a good set of tarmac drives plus some great grass areas. I’ve asked him to see if they would mind having an RV meet on the grass - I think it should be ok as they have got loads of gardeners who could sort a few little ruts out. Downside is that when the owners are there there’s a bit of noise at 9.30 in the mornings as some bloke comes around practicing his bagpipes. 3257D404-8C1E-4A21-9819-C5B1CD6393E1.jpeg
 

Arthur

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Today we have departed from the Ballater site, the pitch we were on (29) is approx 18m long & about 7/8m wide. They tell me that they are lengthening another, but nearly all of the pitches around where we were would accommodate most of us & all the pitches are hard standing too. They also found a ground level dump point for us which they didn’t know they had.
They liked the idea we had of renting some wheels so they are going to see if they can get 3 cars at the site for use by visitors. All in all a very nice site & one to be highly recommend.
It’s run by the local community On a non profit basis using any profit to improve the site or to find local amenities or projects. It’s also supported by Prince Charles who put lots of cash into it after the whole site was destroyed by a flood in 2016. It was a half static & half touring park with some pretty old statics but they turned it into a full touring park. https://www.newsflare.com/video/96522/weather-nature/drone-footage-storm-frank-washes-away-ballater-caravan-park
Also they have free Wi-fi with a good strong signal too.
lastly they are looking to see if they can open for a bit longer To extend their season but that’s waiting for decisions.
 
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Arthur

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Onwards & upwards we have travelled a bit further North to Huntley Castle Caravan Park -AB54 4UJ- just South of Keith.
Good wide access to the site reception closed but you book in via your telephone. Loo’s & showers open, with a band system to reduce the amount of people in the block. ( you move one of the bands from an “unoccupied” hook to an “occupied” one)
10amp hook up but they do have 16amp on some other pitches too. There are tv points at each pitch which I presume are working as there are a couple of units plugged into them. No Wi-fi here but a good 4g telephone signal.
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Arthur

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Onward & across we have travelled to Ben Nevis Holiday Park at Fort William PH33 7NF, travelling across country with great views of mountains and Loch’s. Some of the roads require a bit of extra care as many of the bends are narrow & blind. We had Welsh sunshine most of the day with glimpses of the sun which gave the scenery a great look with both shadows and rain mist.
The site is well signposted and an easy access, 16amp EHU with both water & waste on the pitch. Loos etc are open but the site shop is not, however there is a supermarket 7-10mins walk from the site. There is also a bus service about 400m from the site which will take you into Fort William -otherwise it’s about an hours walk.
The steam train is the Jacobite which runs from Fort William to Malliag & back (£46 per person) and over the Glenfinnan viaduct (of Harry Potter fame).
So time for tea looking up to Ben Nevis & watch the sun set in between the rain showers.
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Arthur

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Moved on today to Argyle caravan site (PA32 8XT) on the banks of Loch Fyne. It’s been a day of Loch’s & Glen’s travelling through the snow roads - no snow- with ever changing scenery that required several stops to take it all in.
We also stopped at The Green Welly cafe Tyndrum which is a bit of a biker stop - probably 60-70 bikes there when we stopped.
Argyle site is a couple of miles outside Inveraray & again good access from the main road, we are right down on the Loch plus all the pitch area is hard standing. They are all drive through with lots of space all around each pitch, literally drive in jacks down slides out kettle on. There is a Loch edge footpath from the site which says it takes you into Inveraray, we will explore that tomorrow. 16a EHU with water on each pitch. The loos are closed but the dog wash is open - not that desperate yet- laundry is open. There is a Bistro but again it’s closed because of Covid as is the on site ladies hairdresser.
Every where we have been has had good Covid practice with hand sanitizer & a mask requirement in place & we have not been concerned with any of the sites. Some have had the loos closed whilst others are open but with some sort of self regulation in place which people adhere to.
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Arthur

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Arthur
your certainly getting around glad you are enjoying the trip This time of the year with all the trees changing colour :)
Jimmy
The colours are terrific and add to that the views around every corner. We have all this on our own bit of land, and it’s taken us all these years to see some of it.
We hope that Boris won’t scupper plans for the remaining bit of our jaunt.
If anyone is coming up here I can thoroughly recommend ‘Fleetwood Hilton tours’ a company fully bonded with evostick who’s advice on route planning around this spectacular isle is worth a mention.
 
Arthur
Thanks for your comments (y) the experience comes with age !!
i have just googled the site at Inverary nice site ,, you are going to miss out on one or two things like the George hotel in inverary a superb place to Eat you might get to see the inverary castle The home of the Campbells !! by the way
the loch fyne oyster bar, big car park you will get in there ok and you will be passing the door ,,if you like seafood thats the place to go the restrurant will probably be closed but they have a nice shop and that should be open and you can buy all sorts in there put them in the fridge / Freezer and eat at your leisure ??
when your coming over the rest and be thankful look down on the RHS and you will see the old military road thats where they used to do timed Hill Climbs many years ago now they use it as a stand by road when the main road is closed due to the land slides !!
keep me in the picture on your whereabouts and we will meet you for a cuppa / bowl of soup / or what ever is allowed in a cafe !!
as Wee Queen Nic has closed everything else down for 16 days my money says its going to last a lot longer than that we might even be loacked up for Xmas if she gets her way :(:(
Regards
Jimmy
 
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