6th May Gairloch Beach

Before our shift began at 1pm today we went for a walk along one of the beaches at Gairloch.  The scooter ride into Gairloch, especially as you come into the village never ceases to amaze us.

As you leave Poolewe you venture into fairly barren heathland, so when you come over the brow of the hill and spot the village nestled in the harbour, with the sea spreading out to the horizon it takes your breath away.

When we got to Gairloch we parked in the car park next to the golf club and walked through onto the sand.

Gairloch Golf Club

Gairloch Golf Club

Gairloch Beach

Gairloch Beach

Gairloch Beach

Gairloch Beach

We had it all to ourselves even at 11am in the morning! The views were amazing and rays of sun were glistening on the water.  From the beach we then walked along a path that came out at the harbour from where we saw the rigid inflatable boat called Orca 1 (http://www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk/pages/01_boats.php)  go out – this will be the boat we go on to try and spot whales later in the season.

Orca 1

Orca 1

Gairloch Pier

Gairloch Pier

We didn’t go down to the harbour on Pier Road but carried on back along the edge of the golf course to return to the scooter.The club house was advertising food so we nipped in for a bacon roll and a lovely cappucino, sat looking out over the course.

Conscious of time, we headed back to the site ready for the afternoons instalment!  We are on constant seal watch at the moment as when we were opening up the office on Wednesday, there were two seals playing in the loch right outside the office.  Yesterday, Julia spotted the otters from the office window at 7am. It’s a hard life!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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