If I see another bloody ruin!

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Jul 20, 2011

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Tongue, North Coast, Scotland                                                                                                                      
Our arrival at Edinburgh signaled the start of our stint of serviced accommodation and the use of a hire car. In the US apart from 8 nights in Vancouver while waiting for the truck to arrive, 1 night in Denver getting the truck serviced, and 2 nights in New Jersey arranging the shipping to the UK, the other 82 nights were spent in the camper.

So far our experiences regarding the B and B's has generally been favourable, but due to it being high season for tourists in the summer holidays here, rooms can be a bit hard to find. This means making the next nights digs a priority early in the afternoon. The only ones available are those that don’t advertise. Anything listed on the internet was booked long ago. We definitely miss the flexibility that comes with having the camper.

Costs also skyrocket. Instead of 10-15 pound for a campsite you end up paying 40-75+ pounds for a B and B or Hotel room. On a trip of this duration costs for accommodation can be a major expense. We do eat well though, as compared to the US the food in this type of accommodation is great.

We have been traveling through some very scenic country, if not a little civilized for my liking. A few too many bloody ruins as well from my perspective. There have been a few too many people living here for a tad too long.

The National Parks are a bit of a letdown in Scotland. Anything goes here. Multi use parks is the way they describe them. Bloody hell, they still graze sheep in them as they appear to still be private holdings. There is also no camping in the Parks, and very few walks as compared to OZ and New Zealand for example.  Many of the walks are usually in Forestry Parks that consist mainly of pine plantations. Bloody boring.

Because there is no camping in the National Parks, we will have to camp more in turn outs and rest areas when the camper arrives. We will only do this though if we can find appropriate areas on minor roads, although I think this will prove more difficult in England than Scotland where you don’t have the population density. Otherwise it will be caravan parks. We got spoilt in the US where the State Parks were fantastic and we used them the majority of the time. The UK has nothing like them and they will be sorely missed. One BIG tick to the US of A when it comes to catering for the traveler!
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