101 ishy type holidays?

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101 ishy type holidays?

Post: #199636 JillStephens7
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:46 am

Hello :wave:
Not quite sure this is the right place to post this but ... have long thought about doing a volunteer holiday maybe with the RSPB or similar and wondered if anyone had any experiences of this or any other smashing holiday ideas?

I will start us off with ...

1. Wild camping on Mull.
Waking up at the side of a loch in the mist surrounded by lovely manx shearwater. Glorious beaches. Golden eagles sat on gateposts, stags wading through the lochs, sunbathing seals and endless fun watching 'dolphins' and 'whales' that turn out to be rocks. Sigh :sunny:

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Post: #199649 crowsashes
Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:49 am

2 - camping in the back garden with the little one because hes never done it before and itsexciting forhim and i cant leave my garden for more than 2 days !!! ( no one to water the plants )

not quite a holiday but lots of fun

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Post: #199658 fran
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:26 pm

3. Sailing to ... where ever you want to go ........ Gentle breeze, glorious sunshine, no other boats around, only the sound of the sea lapping against the hull, being gently rocked to sleep at night, heaven!
Working towards living the dream on a barge.

my blog about the barge: http://www.fran-bonnieofclyde.blogspot.com

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Post: #199688 sleepyowl
Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:48 pm

Visiting my sister in Bristol

My Granddad in Bournemouth

My friends in Torquay

My old school teacher in the Lizard
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Post: #199689 pelmetman
Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:08 pm

A campervan, a fortnight or longer and a weather forcast :salute:
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Post: #199701 pelmetman
Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:25 pm

Oop's, just had your previous post pointed out to me by her indoors :pale:
I hope you don't let your bad experience taint your view of campervans. they are the ideal vechicle for a random holiday, perhapes not so much in this country, unless you head for the out of the way places.
But after over 20 years with one I would not be without it, and you don't need to spend a fortune on a 4 wheel flash gin palace to enjoy the life style, just be carefull on what you buy often a big coach built will be better value than a trendy VW. But make sure you have it checked out by someone in the know before you buy :study:
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Post: #199710 Gem
Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:55 pm

Cycling and camping holiday. Am planning one from Bristol to Cornwall for later in the summer!

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Post: #199714 JillStephens7
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:42 pm

pelmetman wrote::pale:


No worries mate! It's not the campervan that was the problem so much as the campervan man!

Gem, I like cycling and I like camping but I have never cycle-camped. This is quite exciting!

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Post: #199720 Green Aura
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:28 pm

JillStephens7 wrote:Waking up at the side of a loch


-like this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/26726673@N04/3462363754/in/set-72157617032484271/

We've not had a holiday since we came here (sorry I've posted it many times but it never gets old :love5: )
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Post: #199763 JillStephens7
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:13 am

Ok GA, book us in! What's for tea? :lol:

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Post: #199810 MEL78
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:18 pm

Loving the view Maggie Durness is stunning.....thinking of coming back on holiday there next year with friends...do you know of any large holiday lets in the area (8 of us altogether) we stayed at Craigmoor in the village before but the actually living space downstairs is a bit small for 4 adults and 4 kids running around.

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Post: #199813 Millymollymandy
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:30 pm

Birdwatching around Europe. Yes I know we use the car but a campervan is a vehicle too. And we don't do camping, we are way too old with far too dodgy backs for that sort of thing. :iconbiggrin:
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Post: #199818 Green Aura
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:15 pm

Err, we're slightly over-stretched at the mo, Jill, otherwise............ :lol: :lol:

I'm not very well up on holiday lets in the area Mel, but a quick google raised this http://www.norsehaven.com/view/craigmor-cottage.aspx - not sure where it is though - I must go round with my eyes shut, at least when it comes to houses :lol: Or there are a couple of holiday lets just down from us in Balnakeil Craft Village - you could have one each - much less stressful!
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Post: #199822 fruitcake
Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:34 pm

8. (I think) BTCV workcamps - in a previous life, I spent a year as a voluntary field officer with Scottish Conservation Projects Trust (sadly no longer but now part of BTCV) and I got to see loads of remote parts of Scotland treeplanting, ditch damming, path building, sand dune restoration work, lime mortaring etc etc - I had a ball and met loads of fabulous like minded people. :sunny:

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Re: 101 ishy type holidays?

Post: #199838 Gem
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:43 pm

Cycle-camping is a really stripped down holiday. Luxuries like clothes get left behind. Everything you take you carry so you want the followin as a bog standard load.

- Bike bags - Calculate the weight/amount you can physically carry with bike bags. I always cycle with a camel back on my back and dont like to be lugging things in rucksacs as it makes for much less fun.
- Camel bak - Essential hydration - I have a 1 1/2 ltr bag and I find that fine for half day - day depending on how hot it is.
- Get ready for this one - 1 change of clothes + hand washing tablets/powder. Any more is too much! You can buy light weight, warm clothes that pack very small for crazy prices. I don't bother with this, I just strap the clothes onto my seat for a bit of extra padding..
- Sleeping bag - The smaller the better.
- A bit of cash for food (only carry snack stuff) and card for potentiallly needing a b&b if the weather turns on you.

Doesn't matter if its 2, 5 or ten days - this lot will see you through as long as you pre-plan your route, book campsites where you can and be willing to be flexible around punctures and various other setbacks. Very fulfilling and enjoyable holiday! (Though maybe take an extra pair of pants/socks for a 10 day trip :wink: )


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