12th July Flowerdale Waterfall

For the last two weeks we’ve been experiencing some extreme weather!  Gale force winds have been whipping up frequently with gusts up to 60mph and they’ve been coming in every direction.  Our tent was holding out so well until Monday but now it has five separate rips in it.  At least it has sorted out the dilemma of how we would get it back to Oxford at the end of the season…in the bin it will go!

The site has been a bit quieter lately as we’re coming into High Season and the weather has been atrocious.  The wind stops you from getting off site and we were getting a bit claustrophobic, it was feeling a bit like Groundhog day.  So, on our day off we were determined to get off site and do something even if meant getting on the bus!

Monday we managed to get to Gairloch, parked up and walked to the local Flowerdale waterfalls.  It was a lovely walk through a partly wooded area and then you end up out in the open overlooking the loch.  The midges were out but they didn’t really bother us even though it was humid and drizzling.

Flowerdale Waterfall

Our treat at the end of this was to visit The Old Inn, a local hotel/restaurant in Gairloch and it just happens to be at the starting/end point of this walk.  The interior is really welcoming with lovely wood furniture and really friendly staff. 

The Old Inn


Our order was Cullen Skink and Langoustine Tails both served with homemade bread and a side salad, washed down with a cafetiere of coffee. 

     Cullen Skink      Langoustine Tails


Anyone up this way really should pay them a visit. 

Our work rota has been changed to reflect the change in the site to give us two full days off, so we’re off to Inverness next to get some ‘crash bars’ fitted to the bike.  These are bars to protect the bodywork if/when we drop the bike. 

The weather for the foreseeable future is pants so we’ll just have to get on with it!

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 12th July Flowerdale Waterfall

  1. Paul Hyett says:

    Hi there, you two. Just doing a bit of catching up with your site.
    Yes, that is a fabulous walk; I like the fact that you can make it a circular walk by coming back on the other side of the river, and the pub is a welcome site. Great food there!

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