INVERNESS TO ULLAPOOL

LOO EMPTYING SAGA

Dawn

7pm

Today we saw it as we had to have a 6am get up dead line to get to Ullapool..Book our ferry to Stornoway for a 10am loading

The drive was again cross country with the sun at our backs throwing its light on the autumnal colours and what drizzle was in the air caused rainbows ..Who needs to go to else where for “The Fall” when it’s here in our backyard

Hetty romped along the narrow windy roads ..over Hill and Glen passing Lochs and Hydro Electric schemes with their dam walled valleys creating more Lochs ..Gorgeous

We have been on the road for 6 days and John has been looking for a cassette ( Loo) emptying point but with our two cassette system in place we don’t worry unduly…TWO LOO SYSTEM you ask ? YES we have a spare cassette and can go about 10 days without going on a camp site to empty ..The full one is strapped to the bike rack but today we had to find a place to empty it because with the bike rack extended the length of Hetty is longer ..Making the ferry crossing more expensive..

A good sleep spot and loo in between Inverness and Ullapool GPS 57.637517, -4.678676

A tourist loo and campervan sleepy spot was found en- route and ablutions completed ..

The ferry arrived as we parked up in the holding area which was full of Tesco ” Shop we will Drop ” lorries assuming there is a distribution center on Lewis to deliver to the outlying communities

A pleasant enough crossing force 5 ish .. but nothing to worry about .. docked and parked up for a wander to the tourist info office and finding a Chess Man and A husband Creche … . Ferry returning to Ullapool

Now parked up in the sand dunes on the west coast trying to shelter from the gale rocking poor Hetty about .. Pre Made curry for supper and hopefully a good snooze.

GPS COORDS for Eoropie Dunes 58.4999, -6.26297

Spot Hetty

LOW COUD AND A DASH OF SUNSHINE …. LOCH LOMOND TO FORT WILLIAM

On leaving the borders our mission was to fill up with cheap fuel in Glasgow ..A quick shop and off up to Loch Lomond for our over night stop at Firkin Point again found in Search4sites ..A Scotland Tourist carpark and loo .. GPS. 56.1696528,-4.6778557 …Flat ..but had to move from under the trees .. rain.. trees and a camper van don’t mix .. The rain on the trees drips heavily on to the metal roof and keep one awake grrrrr …

An old oak just behind Hetty

I decided to exceed my normal campervan cooking repertoire and dish up Liver n Onions ..Mash and Veg .. The consensus of opinion was delicious ..So many pans the washer upper complained ..It will be a while before I cook that again

Morning walk along the banks of Lomond with Ben Lomond across the Loch..The clouds trying to clear the peak ..In fact a little sunshine appeared ..

Classic Hymers seem to find each other and one turned up but sadly sounded like a formula 1 as his exhaust had fallen off on the Erskine Bridge and he was parking in this carpark awaiting a replacement . Hetty with new friend

The weather was kind to us as we wandered up through the glens …Autumn colour still on the trees ..

No rain and bits of sun until we reached Glen Coe ..Lunched in the carpark half way down and the rain came down .. Still glorious and stunning as it changed into somber colours as we passed the cairn commemorating The Glen Coe Massacre

GLEN COE

We’re now in Fort William ..In Lidl Carpark ..We asked at the store and were given permission to over night before going on to Ullapool to take the ferry to Stornaway on Lewis Thursday

morning ..

HETTY GOES TO SCOTLAND

VIA FLEETWOOD

At last an off .. Our Autumn travel plans have had to be put back a month and the original destination changed from the French coast and Spain to the Outer Hebrides ..The Western Isles Scotland.. Lots of reasons

1. Hot water boiler in Hetty knackered and a £500+ expense to have a brand new one fitted (Sadly as I write this blog John is on his hands and knees fixing the NEW boiler’s leak !!!)

2.Family ..and cat sitters ..Our trip was in the family diary for first week in September for two months but Family decided to take a holiday in USA ..Family are our cat sitters …sighs (Never have another pet one can not take away in a camper van ) .. New departure date was 2nd October.. No … Nana and GD were needed to pick Ruby (Granddaughter) up after nursery as the other Nana was away as well ..

3. 7th October prep for the off to Scotland and Northern lights with luck …NO… The Northern District RCLaser Championship He says ..sighs .. OK I say ..Packed and off to Fleetwood to sail our Radio Controlled Yachts ..YES and do not scoff ..me as well ..IMG_2748

It rained and rained on the M6 and M55 then a break in the clouds and the sun made an appearance in time for our supper at The Mount Pub over looking beach on a falling tide

Fleetwood is accommodating of Camper-vans as restrictions to park on the prom are nil ..No cost.. just park up and overnight making it one of the most used towns on the north west coast ..Lovely beaches and Fleetwood Market hall is a look back to the 1950’s ..well worth a visit ..

16 Skippers competed for the Northern Championship Cup .. John was 3rd and I wasn’t last .. Well in most of the races I was about 13th but that’s good for me ..IMG_2770.JPG

5pm Sunday 08/10/17 we are off to Scotland ..Autumn colours and sunshine.

Headed for Beattoch ..just over the border and a Pub stopover The Old Stables Inn found in Search4sites ..A web page for finding a sleepy spot en-route ..The pubs allow overnight parking in their car parks as long as you use the pub although we have come across one at Ribblehead where you can park and use the pub or not ..as the landlady said ..

The Old Stables Inn is quiet and flat for parking ..The food is pub grub .. My only complaint is our clothes now stink of cooking fat ..Chip frying .. My Bete Noir ..I hate smells permeating my clothes and hair ..cigarette smoke(xsmoker) has been put to rest now we need to ban chip frying in oil ..(I feel campaign coming on)

John seems to have fix the leaking boiler and the wet carpet is drying on the bike rack ..He’s an amazing fixer of anything broken ..

Off further North and just to decide which port to sail from whether it be Oban to Castlebay Ullapool to Stonaway or on to Skye and sail from Uig to Tarbert