Category Archives: Reviews

This is the parent category for all review material (including reviews of mountaineering gear, cycling gear, motorhome, campsites, cafes, museums, galleries, books etc.)

A trip to RSPB Inch Marshes and historic Ruthven Barracks

Today we left Glenmore site for a night or two wild camping. The issue for us remains that all of the water system on the ‘van has frozen up and I’ve had to drain our boiler, which was full of … Continue reading

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Review of YakTrax Pro anti-slip walking aid

After spending the last few days slipping and sliding our way around the snow and ice of the Glenmore Campsite we finally succumbed and bought a couple of pairs of “YakTrax Pros”. The blurb describes them as “Heavy duty traction … Continue reading

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Onward to Aviemore and the Cairngorms

We have arrived at Glenmore campsite in Aviemore, which remains a firm favourite of ours. The roads over from Fort William were all clear of snow, as too was the access road to the Cairngorm Ski Area: the same road … Continue reading

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DIY insulation for water jerry-can

Given the issues with our under-slung water tanks I’ve decided that we can’t afford to let our 25 litre jerry-can of fresh water freeze. So, I bought an insulated camping mat and I’ve cut this up to form an insulating … Continue reading

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Problem with heating probes: the cause of the freezing tanks?

Now, if you’ve been following some of my previous posts you’ll know that we’ve been having some real problems with our fresh water tank and grey water tank (and associated pipe-work) freezing in these sub-zero temperatures.

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Our new snow chains have arrived

The snow chains for our ‘van came the other day. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet as the ‘van has been “laid-up” at my parents whilst we’ve been staying with them over Christmas. Ironically, in the … Continue reading

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Heading to Fort William for Christmas

The journey from Edinburgh to Fort William today was very beautiful due to both the frosty weather and the spectacular scenery. Here are a few of the photographs taken when we stopped at the top of the Blackmount near Rannoch … Continue reading

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Run-up to Christmas in Edinburgh

Unfortunately my cold took longer to clear up than I had originally hoped so sadly the Munro tally has not increased from 25 since completing Ben Challum on 13th December. The weather has also caused us logistical and technical problems, … Continue reading

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Sanctuary at Ardgartan

This freezing weather is playing havoc with our ‘vans plumbing. During the last three days the overnight and daytime temperatures have stayed well below zero and the frost has now (eventually) made its way into our fresh water supply (tanks … Continue reading

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A trip to the coast

The weather was a little bit grim today so we decided to relax a bit and drive west from Fort William to Lochailort and Glenuig on the coast (about 30 miles along the “Road to the Isles”: A830).

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