Bill & Kate

Posted By Neil Carty

5th-9th September 2011
Bill and Kates Great Adventure- starring Bumble
624 miles travelled

Day 1: Setting off from Lanarkshire on a warm day with clear blue skies along towards Spean Bridge for a provisions stop. Headed then trough Glen Shiel where, although there was some rain, we were rewarded with a gorgeous rainbow through the Glen. The campsite at Shiel Bridge also sells fuel and has clean shower/toilet/wash up facilities. After a tasty dinner we walked to Ratagan and had fabulous views of the sunset over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters mountains.

Day 2: Early start northwards through heavy rain and strong winds on A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. Bumble was just magnificient through it all! Once on Skye, we headed for Uig and the 9:40am ferry to Tarbert on Harris. Arrived there 11:20 and drove to the Southwest of Harris, finding spectacular beaches and photo opportunities along the way. Fuelled up at Leverburgh (has a well stocked up shop!) and after exploring the way to Rodel, we drove back and gave Bumble a well earned rest at Horgabost campsite for the night. A nice, clean, remote site on the beach with wonderful views of an ever changing bay, which was fun to explore, despite intermittent rain and high winds.

Day 3: A leisurely breakfast overlooking the sands, then Bumble off again to Stornoway in Lewis to catch the 13:50 ferry Ullapool. The journey to Stornoway was very hilly but picturesque and we’re glad we gave ourselves lots of travel time as we took loads of photos at some spectacular points- Maraig and Aline- looking up into Loch Shiphoirt- just stunning! The wonderful ferry journey, spent in the Observation Lounge, allowed great views for our arrival, passing the Summer Isles and docking at Ullapool at 16:35. We parked Bumble up in town and went to The Seaforth for Arbroath Smokies fishcakes with white wine sauce- wonderful! Bimble then excelled herself in tackling some steep hills northwards on the A835, passing a moody Stac Pollaidh who did not want to have her photo taken and preferred to keep her seemmist shrouded in cloud and mist! Further on at a T-junction, we turned right towards Port a Bhaigh campsite at Altandhn- a great site with modern and pristine facilities and, better still, a great view of the bay, looking out onto Mullagvach Island and Isle Ristol. Bumble parked up at edge of water, giving great views of clouds rolling in, bringing more rain……

Day 4: Following a night of high winds and heavy rain, we were treated to a morning of warm sunshine and clear skies, allowing us to explore the beach and its rockpools. We had a good walk- leaving campsite entrance and turn right- along the single track road, past a lochan on the left and to lugh point, where we had a truly wonderful view of the Summer Isles and the North Minch. Definitely a sight to behold! We even saw today’s afternoon ferry come in from Stornaway, passing the small islands dotted around the route into Ullapool. Later we spent more time on the pebbly beach watching a beautiful sunset and the light continually changing on the water in the bay- with some great pictures of Bumble looking out to sea from her high-top berth by the waters edge.

Day 5: Homewards. A very early start to travel the long distance back home, but despite the previous heavy rain and winds, Bumble started 1st time! Back along the A835 to Ullapool, we stopped there for a treat of a cooked breakfast. We then headed south towards Cornieshalloch Gorge- worth a visit, but not if you don’t like heights! We then headed for Luverness and wanted to travel home via our beloved Fort Augustus, but saw no boats in the locks this time. If you’ve time to spend there, watching the boats go up and down the locks is great to watch and the Lock Inn is a great place for a heat  by their log fire (as well as a tasty malt whiskey :) . Anyway, the drizzly rain made the surrounding scenery very moody and mysterious, and this lended a certain beauty to the landscape too. After all, the Highlands wouldn’t look the way they do if it wasn’t for the temperate climate. Travelling through Fort William, we stopped at traffic lights and were greeted with happy smiles and excited waves from a party of (senior) tourists who were obviously delighted to see Bumble; we waved back, of course, smiling and very proud to be travelling in her. The rest of the run down the A82 was very enjoyable, watching for the sun trying to peep through the clouds. At Crianlarich we headed along the A85, then A84 and M9, where the sun was shining on Stirling Castle :)

Bringing Bumble back home felt like parting with an old friend, but we hope she brings joy to whoever travels with her, and also hope they enjoy their adventures wherever they go.
Bumbles’s been wonderful to drive and has been a cozy wee home for us whilst away. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our welcome pack; The service and thoughfulness of all at Carty’s Campers has been fantastic and very much appreciated. Many thanks to Helen for all the personal touches which made Kates’s birthday very special, and to Jim and Neil for Bumble looking so sleek. It’s obvious from all the smiles and waves we’ve had from others on the road that Bumble and her VW Camper brothers and sisters are very popular. Bumble obviously loves the open road! And we love her!

Thank You Bumble

Bill and Kate