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Now I have moved North of the Border I hope to bring you a flavour of Scotland


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Camping At Cobleland Campsite Gartmore

Setting off on Friday evening with excitement and trepidation my partner Alan and I set off on a camping trip to Cobleland Campsite just a few miles from Aberfoyle a very popular tourist Attraction and Gateway to the Highlands and islands of my beautiful country – Scotland.

(Aberfoyle – Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  This small but important village lies in one of Europe’s most beautiful locations at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault, and lying inside the Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with Loch Ard , Loch Chon, Loch Arklet and Loch Lomond all lying to the West, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray and Loch Venacher to the North and the Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only “lake” lying to the East. The village is without doubt the most important gateway to the Trossachs and has something for everyone, including those people who love old mysteries).

Never having camped in a tent before I really did not know what to expect.  Yes, I have been in a touring caravan, had a static van but I have never stayed in a tent.  Yikes, be brave, don’t be a wimp I thought I can do this!!!!!

What a fabulous 2 nghts stay I had.  Wish I had done this years ago when I was younger with my boys but you are never too old to try things I keep getting told.   No high heels, no fancy dresses, no make up, just a bit of lipstick, walking boots and denims and hiking pants, it was amazing.

On arrival we put the tent up which was easy (we had a trial run in our back garden before we went) and we had a great pitch right by the river which ran right through the site.  As we finished making “house” the rain clouds came in and it poured down but our wee tent was cosy and really homely.    When it was time to go to bed I snuggled down in my fleece pjs and sleeping bag on the camp bed which was really comfy.  I did sleep on and off as the rain  and wind was a bit fearce and I kept thinking I was going to land in the river, overthinking is not good.

Saturday morning arrived and after we got ready and made breakfast we headed off for Aberfoyle and then on  to Callander.

(Callander is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and is often described as the gateway to the Highlands) .

The drive was dramatic as it was raining really heavily and the mountains were just covered in a very thick rainy mist.  Unfortunately the light was not good to take photographs but I have put on a few below.

Heading back to our tent later that evening I thought to myself, yes I want to do this again.  The freedom of the tent was great, the campsite was very clean and the owners and staff went above and beyond their duty to make our stay great.

Will I be back, YES, will I go to other campsites and explore, MOST DEFINTELY.  I AM HOOKED.

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Scottish Independence Begins Again – Saturday 30th July 2016 – Glasgow

Hi, hope you are all well and enjoying your summer.  Unfortunately, July in the West of Scotland has been a wash out.  Hopefully August will be much better.

Today there was a March for Independence which started at the West End of the City and made its way to George Square.  It was great to see the flags back in the City as well as a few “well kent” faces in the crowds.  The March and Rally went off peacefully and what started as a wet morning turned into quite a nice afternoon.

I hope you like some of my pictures which are below.

 


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P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

And finally, this is the Hydroflight guy  Sonnie Bean who was phenominal.  I would love to try this (if I was about 40 years younger)

 

 


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P1 SuperStock and AquaX hit Greenock for the 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Hi, As well as the race there were lots of other water sports going on which I would like to share with you:  here is the first one, what a fantastic jet skier this young man was:  looping the loop jet ski style is not for the faint hearted:

 


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Yes Campaign Rally George Square Glasgow

I went along to the Yes Rally at George Square Glasgow after work to see what they had to offer and also be part of history.  Whatever the result I am proud to be part of it proud to be Scottish and proud that my vote will go towards the hisotry books, but that is something I will not share, my vote that is.

The campaign went very well with over 1500 people turning up to support the Yes Campaign.  I was told that it was supposed to be a ‘hug the no voters’ but as there did not appear to be any No Voters there  – well there was no hugging.

I hope you like my pictures and as usual they are all © 2014 Allison Anne Munro.

© 2014 Allison Anne Munro

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