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Why is Loch Lomond great for family holidays? Here’s why!

April 5th, 2019

 

Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visualhunt / CC BY

 

Securing the perfect location for a successful family vacation can either make or break the entire escape. Select a too-tame setting, and you’ll hear plenty an exclamation of dismay from the adventurers and sports fans in the family. Add too much bustle, and the older travellers dismally watch as hopes for a leisurely fly past in a flurry. Loch Lomond continually proves to be the ultimate family vacation liberator, ensuring fun activities for tots, teenagers and adults of all abilities. There are numerous mountains, cycle paths, sprinkled islands, and woodland trails for outdoor explorers and nature enthusiasts. Visitors yearning a for a more relaxed holiday can sit back and drink in the captivating vistas, embark on a mellow loch cruise or visit Loch Lomond Shores. There are numerous caravan parks, holiday parks and wild camping sites enclosed by striking views making Loch Lomond the essential  family holiday destination. Make it a particularly memorable journey with a Camperbug motorhome and campervan hire.

 

Here’s a list of exciting activities for the whole family!

 

Hiking and Walking


Loch Lomond is a walker’s paradise, presenting an exciting (sometimes paved) network of national and local trails. The West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s famed national paths is excellent for wild camping, seclusion, horse riding and even cycling. West Highland Way is dog-friendly and if you don’t enjoy the exertion, hop into a water taxi which will drop you off for a briefer stretch of the walk. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park contains many wooded paths curving around Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. The village of Luss holds various short tracks that are ideal for baby strollers and wheelchairs.

 

Cycling

Numerous mild national cycling paths crisscross the park including The National Cycle Route 7 (NCR 7) which primarily comprises of paved, flat trail, ideal for almost all family members of different cycling abilities. Get more information about the cycle paths and trails at the National Park Gateway Centre.

 

Splash around!


Loch Lomond is watersport heaven! Families can make use of the various motorboats, speedboats, canoe, and kayak rentals available around the loch throughout the balmy summer months. If you’d feel more comfortable in the passenger seat, there are many cruises, ferry and excursions along Loch Lomond.

 

Fishing


Fishing on Loch Lomond is allowed throughout the year as long as you have the required permits. You can secure a weekly fishing permit at multiple locations around the Loch including Balloch Tourist Information Office, the Luss Village Shop, The Ardlui Hotel, and the Boatyard in Balmaha. There are certain restrictions on the type of salmon and the seasons of fishing so ensure you get all information on seasonal regulations when purchasing your permit.

 

It’s raining!


The city of Glasgow and the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel are an easy 27 miles from the Loch and are great spaces to explore! Stock up on local products and souvenirs and keep the tots entertained.

 

 

 

Four prime campsites for mountain loving campers!

March 21st, 2019

 

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The wind rustles through layers of lush green foliage creating a soft rustling of leaves. The birds of the mountains call out in cheery chirps and elaborate song. The sun struggles to reach the floor of the thick woodland, creating a restful dance of shadows. You’re in a mountain range, or atop a hill, and life sure is good! If you’re as ardent of a fan of the mountains as I am, you’ll love these four great campsites in the UK. To truly savour your holiday, stay away from the phone and consider reserving a motorhome or campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

1. Gordale Scar Campsite, North Yorkshire, England

 

Camping at Gordale Scar Campsite! Image by austin_vanlife on Instagram!

 

Set 5 minutes from Gordale Scar, Gordale Scar Campsite earns rave reviews for its stunning location, comfortable, uncrowded campgrounds and essential facilities. There’s no cheek by jowl camping here, and the site is reportedly serene, even in the hectic holiday seasons. In operation for over 20 years, the campsite allows visitors to select where they’d like to set up a tent. The site is in proximity to attractions like Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, and the Pennine Way walking route. If you’re feeling peckish, drop into a coffee shop or a snug pub at the village of Malham.

 

2. Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park, Argyll, Scotland

 

Kyaking at Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park! Image by madeleinedavey.photography on Instagram

 

The Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park has it all! Set on the borders of Kinlochleven, the site boasts of views over Loch Leven, and peaks in almost every direction. The owners are as relaxed as the campgrounds, allowing visitors to set up camp almost anywhere including right by the loch and campfires are encouraged! The unspoilt scenery and thriving wildlife make this campsite a gem! Walk and climb in Glen Coe, kayak in Loch Leven and more! The striking views and tranquillity successfully tempt many campers who forgo ambitious touring plans in favour of relaxing at the campsite!

 

3. Gwern Gof Isaf Farm, Snowdonia, Wales

 

Gwern Gof Isaf Farm and Campsite! Image by aval5_ on Instagram

 

Operated by the Williams family, Gwern Gof Isaf Farm first opened its doors to campers in the year 1906. Today Henry and Kirsty , seventh generation Williams, control the campsite which was once used as a training site by Sir John Hunt during his preparation for Everest in 1952. Enclosed by wild, rugged mountains, the campground rests between the Tryfan and the mountains of Capel Curig. The site attracts many skilled climbers who aim to conquer the 3,000-foot peak of Tryfa. Climbers can savour scenic hikes along Glyder Ridge and Carneddau mountain range or attempt to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon. The campsite is all about roughing it out, and you’ll share your space with stray sheep, ducks, chicken and more!

 

4. Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

 

The Kilbroney Park campsite rests at the foot of the Mourne mountains, enclosed by 97 acres of wild forests and breathtaking backdrops. There are 51 pitches set on grassy land, shaded by trees. Site facilities are simple yet clean. An on-site café dishes yummy light meals. If you’re craving a pint or need to shop, head to the town of Rostrevor and its cosy pubs plus a few shops. Campsite facilities include designated BBQ areas, laundry room, dishwashing space, children’s playground and a tennis court! With views of the Irish Sea, dipping valleys, and Carlingford Lough, you’re spoilt for views!

 

Seaspray!

 

If you’re intent on exploring the Mourne mountains, SeaSpary is the van for you! She seats four and sleeps two with ease and comes fitted with a removable main table, electric heater, plenty of storage room plus more! Speak to the listing owners about hiring SeaSpray and ask about optional extras like awnings, air bed, camping seats, and bedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 03 spots for nights of stargazing

February 28th, 2019

 

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Believe it or not, an increasing number of wanders and campers elect to shut down technology and turn all concentration to the heavens. Welcome to the captivating world of stargazing! The new pursuit is sweeping the globe by storm and the UK boasts of some of the darkest skies in Europe. You’ll find plenty of designated and unofficial dark sky locations dotting the UK, many of them ranging from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks to picnic areas and private backyards! Many such locations are set apart from light pollution and provide unhindered views of the boundless night sky above.

 

If you’re looking for a special location to stargaze, take a look at our list below. Once you’ve secured a site, pack in a pair of binoculars, a map of the night sky and pop into your motorhome or campervan hire, and embark on a memorable journey!

 

Galloway Forest Park

 

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Home to some of the darkest skies in the UK, Scotland’s skies are perfect for exploring the twinkling heavens. Galloway Forest Park was the first location to win an official Dark Sky designation in 2009. How good is the sky quality you ask? Pretty great! You’ll see a whopping 7,000 stars and planes with the naked eye alone. On an official scale ranging from 0 – 25, Galloway Forest Park rates an astonishing 21-23.6 reading which is nearly as lightless as a photographer’s dark room! For the least light obstruction and best viewing angles head to Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. The Scottish Dark Skies observatory provides a research-grade telescope for night sky observations.  Campers will find a host of campgrounds providing numerous dark corners.

 

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site

 

Resting in the fringes of Galloway Forrest Park, Glentrool Camping and Caravan campsite is a tranquil location for those looking for a soothing setting. In operation for over 30 years, the site provides:

•    14 large hardstanding touring pitches  with electric hook-ups

•    On-site store open from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

•    Laundry facilities

•    Shower and hot water amenities (charge included in pitch fee)

•    Awnings and dogs allowed at no additional cost

 

Northumberland National Park

 

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Stretching over 572 miles, Northumberland National Park, and its adjoining forest park is a perhaps the largest region of a protected night sky in Europe. Providing the perfect settings for stargazing and camping, the park even offers stunning views of Andromeda Galaxy and The Milky Way! You’ll see a range of exclusive sites like the numerous meteors, The Northern Lights, The Zodiacal Lights, and more! If you’d like to know more about the stars you’ll see, head over to the Kielder Observatory or the Dark Sky Observatory in Battlestead.

 

Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site

 

Set within Northumberland National Park, Bellingham Club campsite is a relaxing campsite containing 70 pitches with modern amenities. There are many walking and cycling paths set around the campgrounds and historic sites like Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle is in proximity to the site. Facilities include:

•    Hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up

•    Grass pitch with electric hook-up

•    Flushing toilet and washbasin

•    Motorhome service point

•    Family shower room

•    Battery charging conveniences

•    Dedicated accessible services and more!

 

Snowdonia National Park

 

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Think spectacular skies, wild and rugged landscapes and you’ve got the globes 10th best site for night skies – Snowdonia National Park. Numerous dark sky locations dot the park and there are many secluded campsites set by scenic valleys and lakes. The environment and wildlife alone attract a multitude of hikers, walkers and adventures but the region is fast becoming a leading sky gazing site.

 

Cilcennus Farm Caravan Park

Sitting on a working farm in Snowdonia National Park, Cilcennus Farm Caravan Park provides stunning views of the night sky and rests in proximity to the historic town of Llanrwst. On-site facilities include:

 

•    Hot showers

•    Grass pitches and many electric hook-ups

•    Wi-fi

•    Toilet and shower block (including disabled toilet)

•    Kitchen for campers

•    Games room and more!

 

If you’re staying in Snowdonia National Park for a spot of hiking here’s how you can conquer Mount Snowdon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top 7 sites for thrill-seekers touring Wales

February 21st, 2019

 

Wales is loved for its astounding beauty, sheer cliffs, sun-kissed beaches, thick mountain landscapes and abundance of national parks, yet the home of quirky sports like bog snorkeling and coasteering, remains comparatively untapped by daredevils in search of an adrenaline rush. Here are the top 8 activities that capture Wales’s strong appreciation for daring experiences while rewarding your sense of adventure! Add an exciting variation to regular accommodation with a Camperbug campervan or motorhome hire!

 

Hike along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

 

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Stretching over 186 miles of glorious coastline, Pembrokeshire Coast Path is Wales first national trail and contains an exciting blend of Neolithic settlements, cliff sides, glacial valleys and inviting beaches.  Adventures can attempt to tackle the whole stretch in one go or explore a particular section of the path in a day.  Determined adventurers need to set aside a minimum of 15 days to cover the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in its entirety. Maneuvering over the sharp climbs and descents is demanding however the spectacular locations and landscapes (including several small towns, 14 harbors, and 58 beaches) are worth every step.

 

Try your hand at Coasteering

 

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Coasteering does not require a special sport appropriate suit like snorkeling and scuba diving. You’ll need a helmet, a wetsuit and a life vest. Coasteering is a local sport and involves a blend of cave exploration, cliff jumping and swimming. It’s best to enlist the help of certified instructors with a native company who will usually begin by swimming across water to a cave exploration or cliff from which you’re encouraged to (gleefully) leap off into the water below. Expect lovely costal backdrops, inviting turquoise water and even an exciting wildlife like a bob of seals or a pod of dolphins.

 

The World’s Fastest Zip line

 

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The North of Wales is the proud owner of the world’s fastest zipline and the longest zipline in Europe. Operated by Zip World which isset within Snowdonia National Park, the ride hurls you at speeds of 100mph, 1,600 feet over the Penrhyn Quarry. Drink in the views of the enclosing mountains and savor the closest feeling you’ll get to flight!

 

If you decide to stay in Snowdonia National park we’ve got the best guide to tackling Mount Snowdon!

 

Grab your mountain bikes and set off on a scenic adventure

 

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Wales is home to a great number of mountain ranges and provides the best backdrop for mountain bikers of all levels. Families and beginners are encouraged to try the Elan Valley which provides a miscellany of trails including the picturesque valley trails. Moderate to mid-level bikers will enjoy Antur Stiniog in Snowdonia which contains 7 exciting downhill bike trails each of which is graded blue to black according to difficulty. There is a mountain bike uplift service and coffee houses, bike rental service, cafés and, showers. Experienced bike riders will enjoy tackling the challenging trails rated blue (intermediate), red (advanced), and black (skilled). Swoop around tricky curves and maneuver past dangerous rock areas.

 

Try your and at white water rafting

 

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Wales is home to several prime white water rafting spots ranging from tranquil to downright demanding, and even controlled rapids.  The River Wye set in the Wye Valley is great for calm to relatively difficult rapids. The level of difficulty is normally determined by the levels of rainfall so you’re most likely to embark on rapids of moderate difficulty. Tryweryn River presents a dependable adrenaline rush owing to a dam that continuously contols the water flow .Rapids are grouped as class III or class IV. Cardiff International White Water, set at Cardiff Bay is great for visitors who want to practice rafting and numerous water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking on controlled rapids.

 


Bounce around in Underground Cavern

 

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Bounce Below, operated by Zip World is an underground trampoline set within the former slate mine Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Grab a helmet and savour the next 75 minutes jumping and bouncing on six nets hung between 20 – 180 feet, sliding along three slides and clambering up numerous ladders and staircases all while colorful lights and loud music set the tone

 

Surf

 

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As far as surfing destinations go, Wales has got it going on whether you’re a still learning to ride the waves or a seasoned surfer. The most popular surf destinations are Whitesands, Oxwich Bay, Llangennith and Freshwater West. First time surfers will benefit from the large controlled waves at Surf Snowdonia’s artificial wave lagoon. A wave machine creates waves of consistent  size that are great practice for suffers in the beginner zone.

 

If you’re heading to Whitesands Bay, we’ve got just the van for you! Meet Iggy! He’s a luxury 6 berth motorhome ideal for couples or families. He comes equipped with  large lounge area,  separate dining and sitting area, a  fully equipped kitchen,  large sitting area and more! Message Iggy’s owners for more information like optional extras and reservations or take a look at more fabulous Pembrokeshire motorhome hire options.

 

Its Iggy!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Take in the best views at Snowdonia National Park

January 8th, 2019

 

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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 provide all the reasons why your next motorhome or campervan holiday should pass among the jagged summits, wild landscapes, and stunning 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 former 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 palace 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

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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!

 

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Embark on the King Arthur Trail

November 12th, 2018

 

Legendary British ruler King Arthur is credited with leading armies against the Saxon invaders during the 5th and 6th century. While historians debate the very existence of the king, numerous Arthurian hotspots dot the UK and even inspired Guy Ritchie’s 2017 film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Irrespective of the films poor reception and the debate over the actual existence of King Arthur, here are a select number of locations that transport visitors to a time of battles, folklore and medieval history.  Get a classic campervan hire with Camperbug and see the sites in style and comfort!

 

Tintagel Castle

 

Image by Robert Pittman on Flickr

 

Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. It all began with Geoffrey of Monmouth who stated that Arthur drew first breath within the palace walls in his fictionalised Historia Regum Britanniae. The crumbling castle sits proudly atop Cornwall’s craggy coast, encircled by gulls and mystical tales of days when the now derelict castle served as a sturdy fortress to the Romans, Celtic Cornish Kings and perhaps, even King Arthur himself. The ruins date back to around the 13th century, and the surrounding region contains a highly photographed face of Merlin carved into the rock in proximity to the cave known as “Merlin’s Cave”. According to legend, Merlin hid Arthur within the cave as a means of protection.

 

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Cumbria

 

Image by Tom on Flickr

 

Home to the stunning Lake District, Cumbria wins with unending vistas of natural scenery. Eamont Bridge in Cumbria serves as an Arthurian hotspot owing to the fabled King Arthur’s Round Table. The table is a Neolithic henge which is 90 meters in diameter and 50 meters across. The amphitheatre is reputed to be the Kings jousting section.

 

Glastonbury

 

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Famed for its muddy music festival, Glastonbury is also a hotspot for the famed Arthurian legend. According to folklore, Glastonbury Tor which is a conical hill topped with a 14th-century tower called St Michaels tower is said to be the site in which mortally wounded King Arthur hid after a particularly nasty battle.  Glastonbury Tor now looms over docile sheep and green meadows however back in the time of King Arthur the hill enclosed by marshland and was known as the ‘Isle of Avalon.’ Glastonbury Abbey is said to be the final resting place of the legendary king with monks claiming to uncover bones of Queen Guinevere in AD1190.

 

Snowdonia

 

Image by The Ancient Brit. on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Wales is home to many an Arthurian legend, so it’s no surprise that Guy Ritchie chose the loveliest national park to film many scenes of the film. Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen Valley was featured prominently in the movie, and the lake Llyn Llydaw which is shadowed by Nant Gwynant is said to be the location where Knight Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur after King Arthur’s death.

 

The Isle of Skye

Image by Robert J Heath on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

The Isle of Skye features in many great films including Macbeth and the BFG, and the stunning vistas featured in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The weather is quite unpredictable however that doesn’t deter hikers who are drawn to the islands breathtaking landscapes, welcoming pubs and independent rest houses.

 

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Windsor Great Park

 

Image by Edmund Gall on Flickr

 

You may struggle to locate the mysterious castle of Camelot; however, many impressive fortresses dot Britain. The grounds of Windsor Castle were used in the film and considering the park 2,020 hectares are teeming with roaming deer gracefully stepping through Oak Forests, its best to savour the location in the saddle.

 

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