Undoubtedly we all have key dates and events and destinations in our outdoor adventure program (if you plan, like me, too much sometimes). For us THE key event of the year is the PMC - the pre-midge-camp. Or even more the L-PMC, the last-pre-midge-camp. You cannot set a date for it, because you do not know when the dreaded little monsters of the Highlands start to emerge, but from early spring onward you are acutely aware that you must not waste any opportunity for camping or you might find yourself one day with loads of itching regrets!
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
One of my favourite campsites is Sykes Farm in Buttermere. It’s not the most convenient for us given you can’t drive onto the camping field so it’s tent camping rather than sleeping the campervan, but the location is simply stunning.
Dom has been super busy at work recently which has meant it’s just been me and the kids most weekends. To start off we played it safe, with some local dog walks and trips to all the lovely castles we have on our doorstop, but this didn’t really cut it with James and Sophie, they were soon yearning for something a little bit more exciting.
It’s that time of year where the rivers are low and the weather warm. Well it has been up here anyway. We stole an after work and school session with the boys, where I dragged Nick away from his desk for an hour and we took the boys down to the River Feshie for some swimming and jumping in.
Camping is one of those things, like foreign holidays, skiing, kayaking and hiking, that some parents might find a bit daunting to try with young kids. To be honest, doing any of these things with kids takes a lot more effort than going without – but the rewards can be great.
The special school I teach in, Riverside School, Antrim, has been collaborating with the Dexter Cow Society in an awesome project training our pupils to groom and show rare-breed Dexter Cows.
James has been really getting into his walking recently and given the choice he’ll usually pick a day in the hills as his activity of choice. He has been steadily knocking off a few munro’s (though not quick enough for his liking!). Whilst getting out and doing the actual walking is pretty easy given he’s so keen, it’s the logistics of it all that seem to be the difficult part for us.
Last Saturday was a day of huge excitement in our house as we upgraded the 7yo to the next size bike which meant that the 5yo inherited the old bike. I'm not sure who was more excited, the older boy with the brand new bike, or the younger boy who finally had a bike with gears.
I was just thinking that I really should book the ferry to Stornoway this week for our summer trip when I started to remember our first camping trip to the Islands.
When the World Cup downhill championships come so close (Fort William is only an hour and a half away from us) it would be rude not to spend a day popping through to see the action on the tracks down from Aonach Mor. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see the finals on Sunday.
You will know me by now as somebody who likes to plan! So yes, indeed, I had a few plans for what to do and see in Austria and on my definite to-do-list was the Salzwelten in Hallstatt. A scenic train ride from our house- and pet-sitting home in Bad Ischl.
I love hiking from the top of a ski lift. Epic views for half the effort, loads of fun; even if it is cheating. It's even better when you have a little one as they get to experience the lift and you don't have to carry them to the top - winner.