This summer we holidayed in Westray yet again. And it won’t be our last visit – we still found lots of things to do that we’d not done previously. For example, this year we finally managed to do the Noup Head Walk in the far north-west of the island.
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We don't have a bucket list for family adventures but I do admit that we have a sort of wish list. Or at least I do personally. Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa was added quite a few years back after I had seen a picture somewhere.
Every child should get the chance to found a country! Definitely a rite of passage! Corwin's chance came a couple of weeks ago during a late Friday afternoon & evening fishing and BBQ picnic on Loch Assynt - let us present Corwindium!
I don’t know about your Little Trekkers, but mine have all reached an age when they care deeply about the aesthetics of the clothes they wear rather than how they function. The right logo or fashionable shape of hood is suddenly more important than whether a jacket is waterproof (!) Naively I’d believed that, bar a couple of years when Mini refused to wear anything non-purple, that they’d be immune to the whims of fashion. Silly me!
As you will have gathered by now between March and early October most of our outdoor adventures have a fishing element. With the trout season limited to less than 7 months it would be a shame to waste any time (so say the anglers) but it could get quite monotonous after a while - especially with a non-fishing member of the party.
Our recent trip to the Isle of Mull meant we could finally go and get a glimpse of one of the animals we had always meant to see - puffins!
In a post last year called 'The River Wild', I explained how we had realised that before long we would have to expand into two canoes to be able to take Little Sister with us and allow James and Little Brother to become front paddlers in their own right. A stepping stone towards this was for me to get used to paddling at the stern.
We have shared our previous foraging adventures over the last few years - ranging from chanterelles to blaeberries/bilberries - rowanberries - birch sap ...
Places we always meant to go to but never quite managed to visit feature prominently in our blog. There must be at least half a dozen of them if not more.
A few weeks ago we changed our North-West Highlands for the Isle of Mull - still west-coast but a fair distance from us so we decided it really needed a proper holiday there, rather than just a rushed long weekend.
When I imagine a great day in the canoe, I tend to think of stunning scenery, secret islands, blue skies, and reflections in mirror-calm water. Blue skies are harder to come by than stunning scenery and secret islands, but mirror-calm water is a rare event. I can count on two hands the number of times I’ve canoed on mirror-calm water.
When camping for the first time in 2017 I suddenly remembered we had never written about our last trip in 2016 ... and it was such a fabulous experience that I must set that right!