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Here’s how you can conquer Mount Snowdon

February 14th, 2019

 

Mount Snowdon may well be the third highest peak in the UK; however numerous avid wanderers, hiking enthusiasts and adventurers can’t get enough of the 3,560-foot summit. Mount Snowdon towers over its neighbours and encircled by broad, glacial valleys providing jaw-dropping views in all directions all the way to Anglesey. It’s not hard to see why a climb to the peak makes its way on many bucket lists yet how does one go about conquering the mountain, especially if you’re a beginner? Here’s how!

 

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If you’re reasonably fit, summiting Snowdon isn’t going to be hard plus you can make use of the less challenging routes to the top. Overall there are eight recognised paths to the top of Snowdon of which the nine-mile Llanberis Path is said to be the least taxing however don’t envision a relaxed walk to the top. Described as the tourist path, Llanberis Path is a demanding mountain walk. It’s best to pack in plenty of warm clothing and food as the weather conditions tend to be changeable and proceed with caution, especially if you’re making your hike during the wet, foggy winter months. If you’d like to avoid the summer bustle head to Snowdonia National Park mid-week, outside school holidays’ and begin your ascent early in the morning. Pete’s Eats in Llanberis is where both bright-eyed and weary hikers wolf down a full English before and after the hike.

 

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Hiking attire

 

Mount Snowdon is renowned for its unpredictable the weather and exacting hiking paths, so it’s best to pack in suitable layers including a waterproof jacket and trouser plus a layer of insulating material.

 

Show me the path!

 

Llanberis Path
Difficulty – Easy
Distance – 9 miles return

 

Starting at Llanberis and proceeding alongside the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Llanberis Path is the easiest route to the peak of Snowdon and sadly, not the most scenic. This path is excellent for new hikers who, after a gruelling climb, may prefer to descend the summit in the train.

 

Miners Track

 

Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Miners Track begins at the car park at Pen Y Pass another route to the summit – Pyg Track. Despite being longer than Pyg Track, Miners Track is an easy climb and gives way to striking views along the way including that of the glittering Llyn Llydaw Lake. The final section of the rise is strenuous; however, those of reasonable fitness can easily navigate the path.

 

Pyg Track
Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distance – 7 miles return

 

As mentioned before, Pyg Track and Miners Track initially follow the path, bypassing Llyn Llydaw. On your hike, you’ll follow the route up Crib Goch and conclude your climb on the same uphill stretch to the peak. Many hikers chose to hike up Snowdon along the more rough Pyg Track and descend using the less taxing Miners’ Track.

 

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Snowdon Ranger Track

 

Difficulty – Easy
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Favoured for its ease and stunning vistas, Snowdon Ranger Track gets its name after the Snowdon Ranger, John Morton, who guided Victorian hikers to the peak. Many hikers opt for this path over the more severe Llanberis path.

 

Beddgelert Path / Rhyd Ddu Path

 

Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
Distanced – 7.5 miles return

 

This route is for those who prize quiet and seclusion. The path cuts across the opposite side of the mountain, away from the Pyg and Miners’ Track route. While Rhyd Ddu Path may not offer the same views as the north portion of the mountain, however, you’ll drink in fantastic sights over Moel Hebog plus the Hills of Nantlle. The gradual climb of the path is best for first-time hikers and blending in the Snowdon Ranger Track makes it a great horseshoe hike!

 

The Watkin Path

 

Difficulty – Difficult
Distance – 8 miles return

 

Watkin path is closest to sea level and contains the most elevation of all Snowdon hike routes. For the challenging climbing, your award is tranquillity, striking views plus a thundering waterfall along the way. The road gets its name from Sir Edward Watkin who constructed his summer house at the beginning of the path and cleared a pathway during the 19th- century. Watch out for sheer drops and keep in mind that the highest portion of The Watkin Path follows screes which may test the seasoned hikers.

 

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Crib Goch

 

Difficulty – Extremely Difficult
Distanced – 4 miles one way

 

The Crib Goch path follows a sharp mountain ridge with sheer drops on both sides. Hikers are deterred against attempting to cross the trail during unfavourable weather, owing to high exposure. We dissuade novice hikers and those afraid of heights from using the Crib Goch trail. Despite the strenuous climb, this pathway provides the most gratifying views across the range.

 

The Snowdon Horseshoe

 

Difficulty – Extremely Difficult
Distanced – 4 miles one way

 

The Snowdon Horseshoe is one of the most testing mountain hiking trails in the UK. If the climb up Crib Goch hasn’t left you completely exhausted, descend along the path through Y Lliwedd which is similarly exposed unprotected and tricky. Leave 7 – 10 hours to complete the entire route, and at the end, you’ll feel a sense of real triumph!

 

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at our guide to the best views in Snowdonia National Park.

 

 

 

 

Visiting the top 05 islands in Ireland

February 7th, 2019

 

The word island generally summons images of tropical climates and refreshing breezes dancing through the palm trees. Ireland’s isles may not be the quintessential island, but their rugged charm and varying terrain entice a ranger of wanders. Enjoy a pint by the sea or leave the bustle behind in favour of tourist-free heaven! Here are our top picks. To get the most out of your trip, ditch the traditional hotel stay for a campervan or motorhome hire. Don’t be held back by check-out times, hotel room views or itineraries!

 

Aran Islands

 

Aran Islands. Image by yourwayireland on Instagram

 

Set off the west coast of Ireland, at the mouth of Galway Bay and Doolin, Aran Islands is an archipelago of three rock-strewn islands. The isles are best known for its prehistoric relics like Dun Aonghasa (a World Heritage Site), stunning natural beauty and a 14th-century castle. The locals speak a blend of Irish and English, and there is a camping and glamping site on Inis Mór –the largest of the three islands. If you’d like to relish the tranquil lifestyle, local traditions, stunning vistas and thriving wildlife hop on a ferry that departs from Rossaveal and Doolin.

 

Smashing Smarty!

 

If you’re looking for a great van to hire for your journey to Aran Islands, stunning Smarty might do the trick! He’s a large A-Class motorhome that will comfortably transport five passengers.  Contact his owners for reservations and more information!

 

The Skelligs

 

Fresh catch at The Skelligs. Image by mrpetemadden on Instagram

 

Rising out of the Atlantic, the Skelligs islands are two inhabitable islands set approximately eight miles at sea in southwestern County Kerry. The islands are named Skellig Michael and the Little Skellig. There is an impeccably restored Christian monastery located on Great Skellig, containing terraced gardens and beehive huts. During the appropriate season, you’ll have the opportunity to see puffins, razorbills, Arctic Tern, Black Guillemot, seals, dolphins, and perhaps even a basking shark! You can reach the island via boat which leaves Bunavalla Pier or drive to Port Magee and take a quick boat ride.

 

Blasket Islands

 

Image by atrickodonnellphotography on the thewildatlanticway, Instagram

 

Set at the tip of Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands are of 6 isles, and once houses over 160 locals. The government evacuated the final 22 citizens in 1953 due to severe living conditions. Today the island resembles a ghost town and contains over 1,100 acres of lush mountain landscape which protect a flourishing community of flora and fauna. Take a ferry to Great Blasket, the largest of the six Blasket islands from Dunquin Harbor and delight in a day of whale watching, walks by the beach, hikes and more!

 

Garnish Island

 

Garinish Island. Image by the thewildatlanticway on Instagram

 

Located in the protective harbour of Glengarriff in Southwest Ireland, Garnish Island packs in quite a punch for a relatively small island. Formerly privately owned by John Annan, the island is best known for the strikingly modelled gardens. The owner at the time, John Annan Bryce worked closely with the garden designer and architect Harold Peto to bring his visions of trimmed Edwardian gardens to life! The island was donated to the Irish public in 1953 by Bryce’s son. Ferry services to the island leave from Glengarriff from March to October. The ferry service includes a trip to seal island were an enthusiastic tame seal colony will welcome you!

 

Achill Island

 

Achill Island. Image by ClarkHodissay on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

 

If you’re heading toward Westport and Mayo, you must include Achill Island to your trip. The isle is the largest off the coast of Ireland and is perhaps the easiest to visit owing to the Michael Davitt Bridge connecting isle and mainland. Human settlements on the island trace as far back as the Neolithic Age and one can bite into the isles incredible history with a visit to the regions abandoned villages, crumbling forts, megalithic tombs and majestic churches. , Presently the population on the island is approximately 2,700 people, and the isle is well-known for fresh offerings of Atlantic seafood while the pubs and bars offer the customary Irish welcome. Achill Island is known for five stunning Blue Flag beaches, towering mountains, stunning vistas, and the spectacular offering of outdoor activities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking.

 

Stay tuned for more great isles in Ireland or take a read of best locations in Cairngorms National Park to go tent camping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best locations in Cairngorms National Park to go tent camping

February 1st, 2019

 

Scotland is the only section of the United Kingdom that embraces wild camping away from authorised campsites. With the exclusion of modern conveniences like hot showers and toilets, campers can savour life on the open land and drink in Scotland’s’ breathtaking beauty. Tent camping is a great way to appreciate the majestic outdoors while accessing basic facilities and the Cairngorms presents the views and the setting for a memorable camping trip. You’ll wake up in UK’s most northernmost and largest national park to relaxing birdsong and the soothing trickling trickle of rivers and loches. The wind sweeps across parks vast marshlands, whips through the dense Caledonian pine forests and dances atop the highest peaks of Scotland’s six highest mountains which dot the park. Crumbling and well-preserved castles including Blair Castle and Braemar Castle dot the region and a wealth of wildlife including inquisitive otters, majestic eagles, and wildcats call the park home.

 

The best time to head out for a tent camping expedition is from late spring to the end of October when most campsites are open; however there are a few sites that operate around the year. Several campgrounds offer caravan sites plus rural and wigwam pods. Be equipped to deal with swarms of midges which are tiny insects that drink blood, leaving behind an uncomfortable rash.

 

Rothiemurchus Estate

 

Rothiemurchus. Image by gingercatpictures on Instagram

 

The Rothiemurchus estate has been with the Grants of Rothiemurchus family for over 18 generations and is fondly christened “one of the glories of Wild Scotland” by David Attenborough. The family welcomes visitors all year round to camp within one of the largest, oldest woodlands in Europe. You’ll have to choose between three prime camping spots set on edges of old Caledonian forests. Sheltered campsites rest near a stream, an island enclosed by a split stream and amid native pines. A well-heated building contains amenities like toilets, dishwashers and launderettes. Wildlife flourishes on the island, and you can choose a host of outdoor activities at the Rothiemurchus Centre, set 2 miles away from the camping areas.

 

Atholl Estate

 

Atholl Estates. Image by costontrevor on Instagram.

 

Blair Castle presents a camping park called the Atholl Estates – the first private castle opened to the public – that grants campers heaps of woodland and miles trails plus low admission fees to explore the palace and its gardens. Campers here can select from numerous outdoor activities and country sports including pony trekking, deer stalking, fishing and shooting.
The tent camp amenities include 100 grass pitches, plus larger pitches by the River Tilt with some providing water and electrical connections. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome, and the site guarantees your campsite is never more than 50 yards away from the shower facility.

 

It's Campbell!

 

Cheery Campbell can take you to Perthsire with ease. He’s a 1979 and is a right hand drive Devon Moonraker T2 conversion and easily sleeps 4 adults and 1 small child. Message his owners for more details.

 

Lazy Duck Camping

 

Lazy Duck Camping. Image by anomalousdeviation on Instagram

 

Lazy Duck camping takes on select groups and lets visitors genuinely get away from the bustling cities. The campsite can only accommodate four pitches for two-three tents and travellers, and for over 100 years, traders once used the campsite clearing. Open from May till late October, the campground’s on-site facilities include hot and cold washing up spaces. Flush toilet and a two-person sauna.

 

For more travel and camping ideas check out the five best castles in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

The five best castles in Ireland

January 25th, 2019

 

Ireland contains a wealth of crumbling medieval castles (an estimated 1,000 defensive forts to be precise) scattered across the length and breadth of the island. These forts were owned by the most powerful families however many were deserted and left to disintegrate with time. Thankfully, a large number of these castles are now fully restored to much of their former glory. Here’s a look at five majestic castles in the country. Check out Camperbugs fabulous daily and annual campervan insurancepolices before your head out on your next campervan or motorhome hire!

 

Bunratty Castle: Co. Clare, Ireland

 

Bunratty castle. Image by Marlis B on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

 

This castle is perhaps the most loved and best-known castle in Ireland. The fort was erected in the 1400s however previous settlements existed on the same site. Restored in 1954, the Bunratty Castle sits in County Clare. Step inside the castle and be blown away by the fantastic antiques tracing back to the 15th and 16th centuries which give visitors a look into the life and times of the influential MacNamara family who constructed the castle. For added fun, book tickets for medieval banquets held daily on the premises.

 

Dunluce Castle: Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

 

Dunluce Castle. Image by johan wieland on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

 

Set upon a cliff overlooking the ocean below, the medieval Dunluce Castle is abandoned and featured in the famed HBO series Game of Thrones. The dramatic scenery includes sheer drop-offs on every side, and the castle is only reachable via a bridge from the mainland. The fort was constructed by MacQuillan at the beginning of the 1550s however the castle was taken over by the MacDonnells. The castles positioning on top of the cliff proved a wise choice concerning defence however it was also unstable, and a portion of the kitchen fell into the ocean below during a very stormy night during the 1630s.

 

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Bush Caravan Park vibes. Image by mybusyme on Instagram.

 

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Introducing jolly ole John! He’s a smashing VW Type 2 camper van that will easily sleep and seat 2-3 passengers.  John’s fitted with a 47 litre electric fridge, twin-burner gas hob and grill, fresh water container,  built-in petrol heater plus a fire extinguisher & fire blanket. His owners include a comprehensive inventory and provide optional extras to make your journey as joy! Ask them about pick-up points, reservations and more!

 

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Blarney Castle: Co. Cork, Ireland

 

Blarney Castle. Photo on VisualHunt.com

 

Located near Cork, Blarney Castle is a medieval fortress enclosed by a large garden, right by the River Martin. Dating back to the early 1200s, the stone fortress we see today was erected by the McCarthy family during the 15th century. The most prominent attraction is the Blarney Stone which is said to gift one the gift of the gab when kissed. Kissing the stone however is not an easy feat!

 

Ashford Castle: Co. Mayo, Ireland

 

Ashford Castle. Image by Larry Koester on Flickr.

 

First built in the 1200s, Ashford Castle, and the enclosing castle walls were extended over the centuries as it functioned as a setting for violent battles. Following a truce, the castle eventually became a hunting lodge before being purchased in 1852 by a member of the Guinness family. The family expanded the castle, adding new wings before selling the property in the 1930s. Today the castle is a luxury hotel and features 83 stunning rooms.

 

The Rock of Cashel: Co. Tipperary, Ireland

 

The Rock of Cashel. Image by falco500 on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

 

The Rock of Cashel has numerous myths linked to it. One legend states that during the 5th-century Aenghus, King of Munster was persuaded to convert to Christianity by St. Patrick. It was governed by the High Kings of Ulster, who later donated the site to the Catholic Church. Many of the buildings within the castle date as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. Take a walk through the castle and marvel at the striking medieval architecture which makes this fortress one of the most visited in Ireland.

 

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Little explored Roman ruins that deserve your time!

January 14th, 2019

 

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Under the guidance of Emperor Claudius, the Roman invasion of Britain began unfolding in the year 43 AD however Caesar had already stepped on British shores in 55 and 54 BC – to the complete satisfaction of the adoring Roman public. Emperor Claudius recommenced Caesar’s subjection campaigns, and soon the Romans had gained dominance over the small tribes scattered across present-day southeastern England. Threatened by a common enemy, tribes, druids, priests and common folk soon united to fight in the resistance and great war heroes like Caractacus and Queen Boudica rose to the occasion, disrupting and obstructing the Romans.

Today, the crumbling remains of a once dominant, 400-year reign of Roman Britain pull in thousands of international visitors who flock to the more famous ruins like UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath. While these artworks, constructions and artefacts give us an insight into the life and times of Roman Britain, many sites are just as historically rich yet often overlooked in favour of the more famous Roman attractions. Here are our top four picks for an excellent campervan hire holiday!

 

1.  Fishbourne Roman Palace

 

Fishbourne Roman Palace. Image by Adam Tinworth on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

 

The Fishbourne Roman Palace is a work of art and remains an impressive Roman Villa that is certain to have been the envy of the town!  The large villa surpasses the Buckingham Palace in size and remains the largest Roman dwelling north of the Alps. Construction began during the year 75 AD, and artisan architects and designers sailed in from Gaul and Italy to oversee the creation of the 100-room house. Despite extensive reconstructions throughout the subsequent two centuries, the magnificent palace and many of its first-century mosaics burned to ashes in a massive fire, leading to the desertionof the site. Today the formal gardens are replanted to represent the original garden plan, and the site contains some of the oldest mosaics in Britain. A large quantity of jewellery, pottery, and coins found at the site are also on display.

 

Visit:
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Roman Way, Chichester PO19 3QR, UK
+44 1243 785859
Website

 

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2. Chedworth Roman Villa

 

Chedworth Roman Villa. Image by billllymac on Instagram

 

Like the Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chedworth Roman Villa contains well-preserved mosaic floor work and numerous Roman artefacts found on-site. The large villa is a former residence of a well-heeled Roman Briton, and initial construction began during the 2nd century AD. Work on the villa continued for the next two centuries, and by the 4th century AD, the Chedworth Roman Villa embodied the opulent dwellings of the wealthiest, cultured Roman Britons. Residents and visitors admired the beautiful mosaic floors and extravagant marble fixtures placed within the two individual bathing suites. An ancient, underfloor heating plan functioned akin to contemporary central heating and kept the bathhouses agreeably toasty!

 

Visit:
Chedworth Roman Villa
+44 (0) 344 800 1895
Website

 

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3. Corinium Museum

 

Image by coriniummuseum on Instagram

 

The market town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire was once a thriving Romano-British city of Corinium Dobunnorum. The Romans seized the area following the fruitful invasion of 43 AD and erected a fort outside which a civilian settlement began to grow. Before long the city had mushroomed into the second largest town following Britain. The region was soon securely under Roman rule, and the fort was considered redundant and torn down during the year 75 AD. The regions enclosing Cirencester has always been an archaeologists delight, and numerous Roman finds now rest at the Corinium Museum, which unsurprisingly contains one of the most significant collections of Romano-British relics in the UK.

 

Visit:
Corinium Museum
Park Street,Cirencester,Gloucestershire GL7 2BX
+44 (0) 1285 655611
Website

 

4. Vindolanda

 

Vindolanda. Image by The Armatura Press on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

 

Set south of Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda was a Roman fort and village that guarded the Roman road of Stanegate (or stone road in Norse) that stretched from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. The area contains a rich picking of Romano-British relics, and as of now an astounding 500 metric tons of pottery alone have been unearthed at the site. Considered one of the most valuable Roman archaeological locations in Europe, the Vindolanda tablets were discovered here in 1973, and at the time were the oldest surviving handwritten documents in the UK. Despite being toppled from this title by the Bloomberg tablets,     the wafer-thin Vindolanda tablets are still considered one of Britain’s greatest treasures. The tablets make a note of diverse subjects ranging from appeals of justice, and skirmished between Roman soldiers to unresolved beer tabs and requests for snug socks!  You may see archaeologists at work and if you’d like to lend a hand, clear two weeks of your schedule and volunteer to join in the excavations! There is a Roman Army Museum in the vicinity as well!

 

Visit:
Vindolanda Trust
Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland
+44(0)1434 344 277
Website

 

If you liked this article you may also like our top five picks for Celtic culture and history!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take in the best views at Snowdonia National Park

January 8th, 2019

 

Image by eilir30 on Instagram

 

As the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia National Park contains a plethora of stunning views, coastlines, wetland, beaches and some of the highest peaks in Wales. If you’ve been tempted to visit, we’ll furnish all the wonderful reasons why you must take your next motorhome or campervan hire holiday among the jagged summits, wild landscapes, and striking vistas of Snowdonia National Park.

 

The history, the locals and noteworthy attraction

 

Swallow Falls. Image by itmpa on Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA

 

65% of the local community takes pride in speaking the native Welsh language, one of the oldest spoken languages in Europe. The music, poetry and culture of the region are ancient, dating back as the Bronze Age. The park extends over a whopping 1351.85 km over northwest Wales, and 20 per cent is lawfully protected owing to its abundant wildlife. A further 918 km of land is preserved for conservation.

 

The towering peaks of Snowdonia are some of the oldest rocks on the planet, and mountain ranges cover a staggering 52% of the land. The park contains over 90 peaks exceeding a 2,000-foot elevation, 1,700 miles of public and brindle paths and features Mt Snowdon (3,560 ft.) – the highest mountain in England and Wales! Other noteworthy attractions include the peak of Cader Idris (2,929 ft.), Swallow Falls, the highest continuous waterfall in Wales and the undulating Fairy Glen gorge. The park is also home to Morfa Dyffryn, the best nude beach in the UK!

 

The Castles

 

Dolwyddelan Castle.Image by drongodrone on Instagram

 

Snowdonia contains a variety of magnificent castles of all sizes, shapes and grandeur. Some remain crumbling ruins while others retain their glory. You may even find a palace converted to a B&B! Take a look at the following list of castles and why they’re worth a visit:

 

Harlech Castle – Constructed at a low cost of £8,190, Harlech Castle was erected by the English king, Edward I as a means of protection during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289.

 

Conwy Castle – This medieval fortification rests just outside the park.

 

Castell y Bere – Construction on this Welsh Castle began in 1221, probably by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth. Back when cattle were as valued as currency, this castle guarded the prince’s cattle range and secured Gwynedd. The English seized the castle in 1283 and abandoned it during an uprising in 1294.

 

Dolwyddelan Castle – Constructed by Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great), the castle ruins sit prettily against the wild backdrop, offering some of the most beautiful views around!

 

The towns and villages worth your while

 

Aberdyfi/ Aberdovey and the Dyfi river. Image by pedrik on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Snowdonia contains a 26,000 strong population which lies congregated by the coast between the town of Barmouth and the seaside resort of Harlech. The region is primarily uninhabited with a smattering of populated centres. If you intend to leave your van and embark on a camping expedition, you’ll need to know where to secure supplies and stock up on groceries.

 

Aberdovey – This bustling harbour resort rests where the Dyfi River meets Cardigan Bay. Offering a plethora of watersports, Aberdovey even owns a championship golf course. There are many camping and caravanning spots.

 

Bala – The historic market town of Bala is proudly Welsh and offers a promising, wild landscape varying from towering mountains and dense forests to deep valleys and thundering waterfalls.

 

Beddgelert – Said to be one of Snowdonia’s most charming villages, the village of Beddgelert is home to a wealth of history, legend and culture. Despite its wild settings, the community contains numerous campsites, traditional pubs, arts and crafts stores and several fabulous eateries!

 

If you’re exploring Snowdonia, then you must travel in Enlli! This 1974 VW Transporter T2 comes fitted with modern interior with hob, sink and fridge, and comfortably sleeps and sits four passengers. There’s plenty of storage space, and an onboard heater will keep everyone warm during the chilly months! Ask Enlli’s owners about optional extras like chairs, beddings and towels! Get more Gwynedd Campervan hire options with Camperbug!

 

Isn't Enlli lovely?

 

A mountain path or two!

 

Up the Rhyd Ddu Trail. Image by mazzywalshie on Instagram.

 

If you’re up for a hard mountain walk, you can take one of nine mapped paths up the peaks of Snowdown and Cader Idris. Here are the best trails:

 

Llanberis Path – By far the most popular tourist path, Llanberis Path is the lengthiest and most steady providing jaw-dropping views of Llanberis, Cwm Brwynog and Anglesey.

 

Rhyd Ddu Trail -  Considered the most tranquil pathway, the Rhyd Ddu trail promises the most arresting mountain vistas. It’s perhaps one of the more natural paths and not frequently used.

 

Miners Track – If you’re keen to avoid a hike up to the summit of Snowdon yet would like a comfortable walk on the mount Miners Track offers a safe trail for the less experienced.

 

PYG Track - Reputed as the most challenging path to the Snowdon summit, we dissuade inexperienced walkers from attempting to master this trail. No one is certain how the trail earned its name.

 

Other notable trails include Mawddach Trail which is loved by cyclists and walkers alike for its ease.

 

How to get there

 

Aside from the M4 in South Wales, there are no motorways in Wales however there are many excellent quality roads that pass through Snowdonia National Park. If you’re keen on hitting the coasts, use the A496 or the A493.

 

 

 

 

 

Our top five picks for Celtic culture and history!

January 2nd, 2019

 

The Celtic tribes originated from central Europe and shared a common language, religious beliefs, traditions and culture. Celtic culture is said to trace as far back as 1200 B.C, and the first documented Celtic tribes were referred to as “Galli” or barbarians by the Roman Empire of the 6th or 7th century. The Celtics proved to quite unlike their dubiously netted reputation, and their legacy is most prominent in Ireland and Great Britain where one can savour the culture and hear the Celtic tongue. Here’s a look at the ten best locations that dive into the modern and ancient Celtic culture, and let’s not forget our fabulous campervan hire options to get you started on a Celtic adventure!

 

1. Groam House Museum, Ross-shire

 

Groam House Museum. Image by pictish_trader on Instagram

 

Set in the village of Rosemarkie, Groam House Museum displays a celebratory collection of Celtic and Pictish artworks. The four-star interpretive centre is an award-winning museum centred on showing the beautiful sculptural art, Pictish symbols, stones and ornamental designs located around Rosemarkie. The museum also holds a delightful collection of works by George Bain who is the pioneer of traditional Celtic art revitalisation. The George Bain collection is recognised for its National Significance. Kids will enjoy the interactive computer programs and videos while adults will enjoy browsing through the selectively-stocked gift shop.

 

2. The High Crosses, Iona Abbey, Iona

 

Iona Abbey. Image by anumdada on Instagram

 

Colmcille first set foot in Iona in 563 and set up a monastery which rapidly grew in size and prominence, quickly becoming the nucleus of religious establishments across Argyll and beyond. St Martin’s Cross remains in its original place, displaying intricate carvings while the remainder of the crosses now rests well protected inside a museum dedicated to Colmcille. Construction on St Martins Cross began commenced between 750 and 800. The crosses are said to mark Colmcille’s grave and the foundations of the original church, and they may have even been markers for pilgrims. The High Crosses on Iona are some of the best-preserved examples of interlacing and biblical scenes paying homage to early Celtic Christianity.

 

3. Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre, Inverness

 

 

On the 16 April 1746, the concluding Jacobite Rising came to a head at The Battle of Culloden which would go on to change Celtic Scottish culture. Jacobite supporters sought to restore the Stuart Monarchy and gathered to battle the government troops of the Duke of Cumberland. The last battle on British soil lasted barely over an hour, and within that harrowing hour, 1,500 Jacobite fighters lay dead. The Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre sits on this bloody battlefield and uses richly researched information like personal accounts, artefacts and authentic weapons to bring the conflict to life.

 

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4. The Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

 

 

The Stone of Destiny is an ancient representation of the Scottish Monarchy and has seen the coronation of countless over hundreds of years. According to legend, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow as he dreamt of Jacobs Ladder. The stone is believed to travel from Ireland to Scotland. In 1296, English king Edward I transported the stone from Scone and had it constructed into his throne, ensuring the stone remains at all coronation ceremonies for the monarchs of England and Great Britain. The stone was delivered to Scotland in 1996 on the condition that it would only leave again for a coronation at Westminster’s Abbey.

 

Marigold

 

If you’re planning on a beginning your journey in Edinburgh, take a look at merry Marigold! She’s a T2 VW that’ll make a great addition to your holiday or wedding. She sleeps two and comfortably seats three. She comes fitted with a cool box, twin-burner gas hob and oven, engine heating for the cab and hydraulic elevating roof with vinyl sides & roof light. Ask her owners for extra’s like DVD player, tent awning, director chairs, bedding and towels, and more!

 

5. Maiden Castle, Dorset

 

Maiden Castle, Dorchester. Image by Andy Walker on Flickr

 

Constructed primarily during the 1st century BC, Maiden Castle, Dorset s one of the most extensive, and complicated Iron Age hillforts in Europe and the only one of its kind in Britain. Roughly the size of 50 football pitches, the ramparts once housed hundreds of Celtic residents who engaged in metalworking, roadhouses, and textile production. The fortification may have also been the battleground for sparring Celts and II Legion Augusta with evidence of a 4th-century Roman temple exposed during excavations.

 

If you’ve got more time to explore, take a look at the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

 

 

 

 

Make time to drop by the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

December 12th, 2018

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO lists and legally protect locations and landmarks that present cultural, historical, scientific and other importance to humankind and has been doing so for over 30 years. Currently, the organisation has marked a total of 1,073 sites across the globe and 31 of the protected locations lie scattered across the UK! The UK’s latest contribution, Lake District, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017! Heritage sites ranging from landscapes and castles to bridges and factories dot the captivating countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wherever your campervan or motorhome exploits may direct you, be sure to add one of these locations to your schedule. If you’re in need of campervan or motorhome insurance take a look at Camperbug’s fabulous annual and daily insurance plans!

 

1. Lake District – UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ullswater, The Lake District. Image by Jake Cook on Flickr

 

Set just below the Scottish border, England’s Lake District covers a whopping 885 square miles within Cumbria and contains 50 glittering mountain tarns and lakes plus England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The terrain is not suited for farming yet serves as an ideal climate for sheep rearing. The region was initially graced by the holidaying Victorians who followed the first railroads into the area.

The striking beauty and quietness of Lake District do not fail to leave its mark on ambitious and famed wordsmiths and romantic poets. The picturesque landscape has seduced the likes of Wordsworth, Keats and Tennyson. Beatrix Potter lived in Lake District and operated a farm. She strived to maintain Lake District’s charming life and purchased acres of farmland and pastures. Upon her death, her lands and significant fortune left to the National Trust.

 

2. The city of Bath

 

The Roman baths. Image by bvi4092 on Foter.com / CC BY

 

The city of Bath needs no introduction! The 2,000-year-old Roman baths make up a tiny trickle of Roman baths around the globe that utilise organic hot springs as natural heating! The entire city of Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987 and is one of the earliest world cities to make it on the list. The Roman baths, the temple compound and the relics of the Roman town Aquae Sulis are considered some of the most important Roman remains.

If that isn’t impressive enough, the city of Bath contains magnificent Palladian architecture that advanced under the rule of George III. The constriction is woven around the Roman baths further enhancing and preserving its construction.

The city of Bath offers more than just a historical and cultural stop. A lively town, Bath was once home to Jane Austen and now houses a wealth of lovely eateries, great shopping opportunities, a vibrant cultural scene and many unique museums. While Jane Austen and many of her beloved, plucky heroines sniffed at Baths supplementary social scene of the time, we’re sure she’d be suitably impressed with the excellent progress in the city.

 

Striking Olive is about to brighten up your journey!

 

Here she is!

 

Doesn’t she look lovely? She’s a 2015 Type 2 Bay VW Campervan that will comfortably 3 – 4 adults. Maggie’s owners have lovingly fitted her with a sink with running water facility, mood lighting and a fridge! Interested? We know you are! Hire her out for your next adventure in Devon!

 

3. The Castle and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

 

Harlech Castle. Photo credit: nicksarebi on Foter.com / CC BY

 

King Edward, I had a plan. He wanted to frighten the Welsh and have them appoint him as their sovereign ruler, and in response, he constructed an ambitious construction schedule to compliment his 13th-century wars against the Welsh. The English king enclosed the northern Welsh province of Gwynedd within three fortified castles titled Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy. The fort erected by the kings chosen architect James of St. George who, by serving master and king, constructed Europe’s grandest military architecture of the 13th and 14th century.

 

4. Dorset and the East Devon Coast

 

Durdle Door. Image by Kosala Bandara on Flickr

 

Staying true to the similarly titled film Jurassic Park, Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch comprising of the East Devon and Devon Coast. Made up of untamed beaches, dramatic white cliffs and intriguing rock formation, the World Heritage Site on the English Channel contain Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs that provide a wealth of buried history tracing back over 185 million years ago. It’s probably the best location to search for dinosaur track footprints and fossils!

 

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5. Neolithic Orkney

 

Skara Brae. Image by Shadowgate on Flickr

 

For a closer look at prehistoric construction, make time for a visit to the Orkney Islands. Some ancient structures are so old they predate the Pyramids and even Stonehenge! Take a walk along the island and view the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodga or the Maeshowe burial mound that contains a wealth of Viking Runes. There’s even a 5,000-year-old village called Skara Brae!

 

For more great travel pointers like the most scenic route through the Highlands, take a look at our blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take the scenic route to the Highlands!

November 26th, 2018

 

Ditch the bustling cities for a refreshing route dishing out captivating scenery, stunning coastline and charming villages. Take a van ride to one or more of the locations listed below, stop by the regions historical sites, and you’ll understand why nothing quite beats a scenic ride through the gorgeous landscapes of the UK! Need a van? Take a look at Camperbug’s fantastic motorhome hire options!

 

Are you ready to hit the Highlands?

 

Loch Lomond. Image by fschnell on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Take the ride along the gateway to the Highlands – the route from Glasgow to Fort William –, and you’re in for a scenic treat!  A captivating 108 miles on the A82 unusually takes an estimated 3 hours to complete, but we recommend saving an entire day to savour the natural beauty around you, not to mention the fantastic Instagram worthy photography. We recommend driving north along Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your drive will ascend into the Black mountains with the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor set on your right. The highway will take you into Glen Coe, and the next 12 miles will contain grand volcanic mountain vistas. You’ll have the opportunity to savour the best views of the Three Sisters south of the A82 from the Three Sisters Point of View parking, set an estimated four miles from the Glencoe Visitor Center.

 

The Three Sisters of Glencoe. Image by Greg_Men on Flickr

 

Use the GPS coordinates of N56º 40′ 3.72″, W4º 59′ 11.4″ to reach the location. At South Ballachulish, you’ll see a bridge that will transport you across the juncture where Loch Leven rests at your east. From there it’s a straight route to Fort William along the A82 and the edge of Loch Linnhe. The tallest mountain of the British Isles, Ben Nevis will peek at you along the way!

 

Loch Leven, Glencoe. Image by jdufrenoy on Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

 

If time permits, take a right onto the B863 at the village of Glencoe and take a ride along the borders of Loch Leven. The total route is a mere 16 miles. Once you pass the village of Kinlochleven, continue westward beside the northern shore of the Loch with a refreshing stop at Loch Leven Seafood Café  where you’ll dine on fresh Scottish Lobster scallops and more (❤) while enjoying fantastic lake views.    Continue towards North Ballachulish, and with a swift right turn, you’re back on the A82!

 

Loch Lochy. Image by stu smith on Flickr

 

If you’re eager to see the most of the pretty Loch Lochy, remain on the A82 when you pass Fort William. You’ll relish the stunning views along the south banks of Loch Lochy, the north shores of Loch Ness all the way to the city of Inverness.

 

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Alternatively, hire Handsome Howard!

 

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He’s a smashing Volkswagen LT 35 that’ll easily sleep two. Fitted with a hydraulic elevating roof, twin-burner gas hob and a small outbacker wood burning stove, Howards can’t wait to embark on his next adventure! Speak to his owners in Inverness shire, today!

 

Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

If you don’t have a day to spare, take the shorter path on the A28, north of Dumbarton along the western boundary of  Loch Lomond. A 26-mile ride will transport you to the peak of the loch with diverse vistas along the way. The tallest mountain in the region, Ben Lomond cheerfully bobs in and out of view with every bend you’ll take. Peaks embraced by and clothed in heather set in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will sporadically make way dense forestry adorning the slopes of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest.

 

Ben Lomond. Image by Neillwphoto on Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, swap a campsite for a cave!

 

 

 

 

 

Swap a campsite for a cave at Lake District!

November 21st, 2018

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, we’ve got just the place! Trade an overnight campsite stayover in favour of the captivating “Priest’s Hole! The cave is neither dark nor foreboding, and a shallow overhang maintains effective protection from the elements. The cave contains a wide mouth which keeps claustrophobia at bay, and you’re bound to find half-empty camping stove canisters, a collection of groundsheets and tarps plus, most excitingly, a visitors book and pen with comments and tales of outdoor aficionadi who’ve camped high up on the fell titled Dove Crag. Get a Cumbria campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

 

Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Pack

 

Do remember that caves are not dry places and as the Priest’s Hole contains a wide opening do make sure to pack in a plenty of warm clothing, adequate equipment to prepare hot food and drink, waterproof bivvy for your sleeping bag and a sheet of tarp to help ease the sharpness of the rocky cave floor. Do pack in the required quantity of water for your stay as the climb down is tiring.

 

Stock up

 

You can stock up on food and water at the nearest village, Patterdale while camping supplies are available in the towns of Ambleside or Keswick.

 

Reach

Lake District is a popular location for camping so you’ll have a cornucopia of campsites to leave your campervan overnight. It’s easiest to reach the cave from the village of Patterdale.

 

 

Image by lydsjackson on Instagram

 

The itinerary

 

Day one

 

Enter via the car park and follow the wide pathway which passes the trail of trees laid along the edge of Brothers Water until you reach a farm at Hartsop Hall. Once you reach the farm, continue forward, where you’ll see the path divide into two. Take the lighter path on the far right which will proceed along an uphill climb. You’ll pass a wall line, ruined gates and old stiles along the way until the trees part to make way for the waters of Dovedale Beck waterfall.

 

Be sure to avoid crossing the bridge to the southern bank. Keep the path to your left as you proceed along the south bank, and soon the track will pass over boulders and rocks, with some old buildings on your right. If the weather is clear, it is from this point that you’ll be able to see the first sighting of the cave. The path becomes increasingly steeper before the terrain evens out with more grass. You’ll need to walk towards a large boulder that rests along of the track.

 

When you reach the boulder, turn left, and you’ll see a path resembling a sheep track. Follow the route which will snake around a side of rocks to your left. You may have to use your hands to scramble over the rocks however after about five minutes of climbing and walking; you’ll reach the entrance to the Priest Hole.

 

Reggie is ready to go!

 

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Day two

 

Taking the garbage back. Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Did you fill out the visitor’s book? Be sure to add a comment!   Before retracing your path down to the large boulder, collect all waste. Those who wish to make a quick exit may follow the same way that led to the caves. Proceed uphill towards the centre point between the peaks Dove Crag and Hart Crag, if you’d like to explore the region.  Turn southeast to reach the summit of the mountain you spend the night from where you can follow the path back to the cols and proceed towards the peak of Hart Crag.

 

When you’ve had your fill of the vistas, follow the very noticeable path northeast which proceeds along the range of Hartsop Above How. The path will drop to the north of Low Wood. Turn onto the road and walk back towards Cow Bridge and you’ll reach your start point!

 

Lovely Old Blue!

 

Old Blue is a gorgeous classic Niagara Blue Bay Window lefthand drive California campervan, lovingly fitted with modern Van Wurks camping interior. Take a look and if you like what you see, speak to Old Blue’s owners for reservations!

 

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