Thursday, 10 January 2019

Short days.......long nights....

Wow......we’ve been back for a week now after our last adventure. I went into the moho tonight to give it a clean....this is the first chance I've had! Well.....not strictly true....hubby spent 3 hours washing and polishing the outside of it on Sunday....I went shopping instead haha!  Anyway, whilst I was cleaning,  I checked the mileage.....5667 miles....which means we done a massive 893 miles on our 7 days away! 😁😁😁

It makes me sad when I see motorhomes for sale with really low mileage on them. When the owners originally bought their vehicles, I am sure they had great plans for travels far and wide...but life happens. It’s sad to think that for whatever reason these people weren't able to use their van to its full potential. I feel so incredibly lucky that we get regular opportunities to have adventures in ours.....and with us both working in the campervan industry, we talk and plan constantly! We just love trading stories and experiences with both our customers and colleagues.  ❤❤❤

Whilst we are busy planning our next few trips away, we have also been thinking about our last trip away....

This is our first winter with our van, and whilst we had 2 nights away in November....a whole week away, wild camping in the winter is quite different to doing the same in the summer.

This might be obvious...its winter....therefore its colder. But its not necessarily the cold that gives you the need to plan a bit more...

  • In the summer in Scotland, the hours of daylight are sometimes 3 times more than in winter. When we are wild camping, we rely on our solar panel to charge our leisure battery, which in turn gives us electricity for lighting and the blowers for our heating. In the summer, the long daylight hours gives us all the power we need.....in the winter not only do we have less daylight, but we also need to use the lights and the heating much more. Driving the van does give the leisure battery some charge, but it does mean that we might need to drive a bit further than planned.
  • In order to limit how often we need to empty our toilet, we do use public toilets wherever possible. Now these are getting a rarity in the highlands due to the much publicised closures. But in winter, most toilets are closed! To find one open is a rare find....we certainly didn’t find many on our travels last week! At least we had a toilet that we could use, but I did feel sorry for people who were enjoying walks in the winter sunshine with nowhere to spend a penny!
  • Another obvious issue with wild camping in the winter is that when it comes to parking up at night.....its dark.....very very dark! Which is fine if you are familiar with the spot you are parking up in.....but if not, you have no clue where you are actually parked until the morning! In the summer you have the luxury of it sometimes never getting dark....and knowing whether you are parking in a muddy field or not!

These three simple things all seem completely obvious now....and none of these things will stop us going on our winter adventures.....it just needs a wee bit more planning! 😁



Thursday, 3 January 2019

Cheesy toast!

We're just about to head home after a week away and a lovely night at Kingsbarns Beach...I just thought I would sgate some photos with you of the gorgeous beach, the very tasty cheesy toast....and the very fat robin that lives nearby!
















Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Our last night on this little adventure

Waking up to the glorious frosty sunny morning in Ruby Bay was stunning. Within 10 minutes we were up out walking the dog along to the point. What an awesome start to our day!






We didn’t bother with breakfast today and left shortly after, and drove to Cupar for a few items from tesco and to top up with diesel.

The drive across the countryside was stunning, frosty fields with deer. Lots of lovely little unspoilt villages, all within a short driving distance to the coastline and bigger towns. Cupar itself looked lovely, we will return here and spend more time when we next come to Fife.

We then decided to go to Anstruther, as it was one place we didn’t spend enough time in when we last visited.

What a gorgeous fishing village! The lovely weather helped.....but it really is a stunning place! Full of little cobbled narrow streets, lots of piers and slipways giving you so many different views of the town and the sea and many different independent local shops and eateries.






It also has the famous Anstruther Fish Bar....last time we were here the queue was out the door...we queued... and the food was delicious! Today it was closed, but the Waterfront chip shop was open. The queue was equally as long, they were enjoying a busy day with lots of people visiting and the Fish Bar being closed.  We queued again.....and the food was equally as good.

Apparently you are allowed to park up for the night in Anstruther, alongside the harbour wall (at the Cellardyke end of the town)...you would have to be sure of the forecast though as you could get battered by the wind....or soaked!

We had already planned to park up at Kingsbarns beach, just 8 miles away.
Kingsbarns has a big carpark, a lovely sandy beach, seasonal toilets and The Cheesy Toast Shack who make the most amazing cheese toasties! We are planning one of these toasties tomorrow for brunch, before heading home.

Here’s the gorgeous sunset we were treated to tonight. I will take more photos in the morning....and of the cheese toasty too! 😍😁😍


I can’t believe that our trip away is coming to an end.....but when I think back to leaving inverness last week....it feels like ages ago! It feels like we've had 3 trips away.....one to Dunoon, Largs & Troon (forget about Girvan haha)...then the next one down around Port Patrick and the Mull of Galloway....and then the third one in Fife! What an amazing week we've had! I wonder where we will go next??? ❤❤❤

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A change of plan

What a day we had yesterday! We started off at the Castlecary campsite...all emptied and refilled for the next 3 days before we have to return home.
We still didn’t know where to spend the night to see in the new year.

We started off with a drive down to the Isle of Whithorn, via Wigtown.

The isle of whithorn is a lovely wee village. They are more than happy for vans to park up, there is also a toilet that was open....and a water supply should you need to top up. There is also a nice wee walk out to the headland with views over to the Isle of Man and a commemorative plaque for those who died on the Solway Harvester disaster in January 2000.
There was a big bonfire in the progress of being built, no doubt for Hogmanay celebrations later on...it was tempting to stay there...but there was other places we still wanted to visit and it was too early in the day to park up.

We headed on round the coast, stopping briefly at Port William and then decided to head into the Galloway Forest. We followed the road to New Galloway and didn’t really see anywhere that we wanted to park up, so ended up heading to Kirkcudbright.


By this time it was dark.....it's so much harder to find a space to park up in the dark! We tried a few of the local recommended spots for parking up...but none of them appealed to us.  I think we have been spoiled by wild camping in the highlands!

We drove out to a few more places...but car parks on a slope, or muddy spots, or the town centre spot...just don’t do it for us!

We sat parked up in the town centre square and considered our options......whilst accompanied by ‘music’ booming out from a group of teenagers....who were obviously bored, as they were repeatedly thumping the bus shelter.....We were definitely not going to stay there and we were growing tired of the south west coast.

After doing the nc500 and the moray coast 250.....the swc300 was a bit disappointing. Maybe we set our expectations too high? Maybe it was because the weather was ‘grey’....I just knew that spending our last 3 days in this area did not excite me!

It was 8pm and I checked Google maps....in under 3 hours we could be in Fife and watch the Edinburgh fireworks across the firth. As we have previously toured fife....We knew exactly where to park up....and where we would enjoy spending the next couple of days.

By 11pm we were parked up in Burntisland.....a gorgeous spot behind the leisure centre, with stunning views out to sea and across the town seafront. There’s plenty of places to walk dogs too. When the leisure centre is open, I believe they are quite happy for you to use their facilities....handy for people in smaller vans.

Watching the fireworks across in Edinburgh was a perfect way to bring in the new year....and waking up to this view the next morning made our drive in the dark last night very worth it!




Today we walked the Burntisland Beach, Kirckaldy promenade (we just saw all the NY dookers trying to get warm and dry) and then parked up in the very lovely Elie at Ruby Bay. We have stayed here before, just recently in August.

Being 1st Jan, it was mobbed! A local pub was doing an outdoor BBQ....and it was a stunning day!

Luckily we got the same spot as last time to park up.....last time we were here we spent ages finding the perfect flat spot! (After watching a few people battle with levelling ramps, we decided not to bother with the hassle of them)

Anyway....here was our view tonight as the sun was setting.....stunning!



Tomorrow we are planning on stopping at St Monans for a visit.....such a gorgeous wee fishing village....getting chips in Anstruther....and then parking up at Kingsbarns beach.....we are really hoping that the Cheese Toasty Shack will be open! We really do love coming to Fife! ❤❤❤