The rules for showering when camping

Due to the parade of frankly clueless campers marching in to the facilities block will armfulls of all sorts of toot in Kirkwall I feel the need to impart the rules of showering when camping for general enlightenment. What qualifies me to spout forth on this topic? In more than 40 years of camping I reckon there is no shower situation that could take me … Continue reading The rules for showering when camping

Big Orkney Adventure – The Return Leg via Dornoch & Lettershaws

After the exceedingly pleasant crossing of the Pentland Firth we set a course for Dornoch Firth Caravan Park. Google, in its wisdom, sent us immediately past Ferry View and into the wilds, instead of to John O’Groats and the A9 to Wick. Although we were on the minnowiest roads, they were pretty straight and we hardly saw another vehicle. In 45 minutes we did 24 … Continue reading Big Orkney Adventure – The Return Leg via Dornoch & Lettershaws

The Big Orkney Adventure – Sailing Away

One hour from St. Margaret’s Hope back to Gills Bay across the treacherous Pentland Firth, today in beautiful sunshine and spent almost entirely out on deck. Crossings had been good value and easy to book online – £216 to get there and back with 4 of us and the van. We did the recommended LFT tests before leaving home and getting to Orkney and there … Continue reading The Big Orkney Adventure – Sailing Away

The Big Orkney Adventure – Mainland

Where to start? The purposes of this trip were twofold: to appreciate megalithic genius heretofore unseen and to escape the covid-ridden crowds elsewhere. Both objectives I can reveal were attained, and handsomely so. Let’s begin with the accommodation arrangements. Orkney Caravan Park at the Pickaquoy Centre on the outskirts of Kirkwall, a spit from the sea. Largish site, no views to speak of, curiously important … Continue reading The Big Orkney Adventure – Mainland

The Big Orkney Adventure Part 1

Has a camping trip ever been so eagerly awaited as this one? I don’t think so. It may not be #EspañaRoadTrip2020 one year later, hopefully that will make an appearance next year, but a desperately needed break all the same. We booked 2 weeks’ worth of adventure beginning with a loooong drive up to Loch Ness. As I’ve noted before, the van really hasn’t seen … Continue reading The Big Orkney Adventure Part 1

2021

Nothing to report since the summer and #OperationHebrides2020. Back to school and bubbles, social distancing (or lack of), masks, hand gel and staying home. Tier 3 restrictions and term ending a week before Christmas put paid to the standard celebrations and the sneaky New Year night away. Neighbouring counties now in tier 4. Sitting tight in the snow and hoping for some positive changes. #CampervanCapersNotTheCampervanButWishingWeWere Continue reading 2021