24th April Inverewe Gardens

We finally visited the famous Inverewe Gardens today which are about five minutes walk from the site.

The gardens were created by Osgood Mackenzie in the late 19th Century bringing rare plants to the area, that were able to flourish due to the warm Atlantic currents.  However, to enable this he had to provide a lot of shelter from the strong winds and sea salt spray hence the woodland surrounding Poolewe.  Another method he employed was building a walled garden in the grounds to provide even further shelter.

Walled Garden

Walled Garden

The gardens are now under the stewardship of The National Trust and are well worth a walk round.  It can take up to three hours to explore the whole place and on the other side you reach a jetty where the cruise ships passengers disembark.  Here you also stand a good chance at catching sight of the otters that frequent the Loch.

The gardens have a great collection of Rhododendrons which are looking great at the moment.

Rhododendron Walk

Rhododendron Walk

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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1 Response to 24th April Inverewe Gardens

  1. Graham and Dawn says:

    Hi Dean and Angela – enjoyed looking at pics and reading what you have been up to. We are in France (Rochechouart) house sitting for 6 weeks and enjoying the good life. hopefully we migh catch up somtime! G & D x

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