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.