If you live in the North-West Highlands the flipside of looooooong spring & summer days is looooooong autumn & winter nights. And yes the weather. Of course we live by the saying 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing' but even the best of Spotty Otter gear does not always help with that often half-hearted sense of adventure ...
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“Mummy, can we stay up and see the stars?” was a recurring question all summer. But in the long days of summer, by the time it’s really dark enough to stargaze, all good Little Trekkers should be tucked up in bed. And so my answer was always, “Yes, in the winter, we’ll stay up and see the stars.” Last week, with the nights fair drawing in, thoughts returned to stargazing.
After our brilliant visit to Elgin Cathedral in the Easter holidays, we headed over to Lossiemouth to set up camp for the rest of our whistle-stop 24hour visit.
Despite being fans of the real basic camping aka WILD camping, we are known to pitch tent on a campsite occasionally, or even stray to the other end of the camping extreme - GLAMPING!
One of the things I love about camping is the chance to really get away from it all. No TV, no computer and on the Outer Hebrides for the majority not even a phone signal. This does have it’s disadvantages though, as it also meant no weather forecast either.
A visit to the Outer Hebrides has been on my wish list for a long time, but now we’re back in Scotland the logistics are a lot more manageable.
Having ticked off canoe camping last summer, our goal for this year was cycle camping.
Day 1 of the school Easter Holidays couldn’t come quickly enough in our house – we’d decided at Christmas that we were going to break out the big tent (as opposed to the little 3-man tent we squeeze into for short trips) for the first time in 3 years and get away for a week wherever the weather seemed best.
Whilst the beaches on the Outer Hebrides were pretty amazing we were pretty determined to do something a little bit more exciting than spend our whole holiday on the beach.
Always watching the weather we happened to spot a potential light wind, dry weekend the other week, perfect for an autumn canoe camping trip.
The first thing the boys wanted to do as soon as school broke up for the summer was to camp out in the garden. If you haven’t done this, you really should give it a try. It’s dead easy and, while it might not sound that exciting to you, to the children it’s a real adventure.
Last year we considered doing this but decided Lyra was too young to attempt the paddling part, so we camped and didn't join the canoeing group; this year we decided to go with it. Co-ordinated by our friends Jo and Windy from WyeMTB, a group of families got together again for the trip.