17th April 2017 Luss CCC, Scotland

After a week in the Lake District we made the decision to head to Scotland straight away, mainly as we  couldn’t find a campsite anywhere over the Easter weekend!

Dean did some searching and we headed for Ayr Caravan and Motorhome Club site (CMC) for a few nights. It was very busy as it seems everyone else had the same idea, but it is a place we’ve been to before so we knew our way around. It took two and a half hours to get there and the weather was typical for a bank holiday weekend.

Nevertheless, we donned our waterproofs and over the next few days we walked into Ayr and got sandblasted walking along the promenade. Another day we also walked The Lang Scots Mile, a walking route the same distance as the original Scottish measurement of a mile…that varied!

It was generally longer than an English mile until the standardisation of weights and measures in the 18th Century. Robert Burns alluded to this fact in his poem “Tam o’Shanter (www.exploreayrshire-arran.com)

Once the bank holiday weekend was out the way, we headed for Luss CCC along the shores of Loch Lomond. To our great delight our old managers from Milarrochy Bay are now running this site, well Mark is anyway.

We had such a fantastic few days here, visiting the little village of Luss but more importantly we had such a giggle catching up with Maxine and Mark. We filled them in on our escapades with the ‘other club’ and they did likewise for their time since 2014. Neither of us have laughed so much in ages and we’d forgotten how much fun we did have working with them. Since we’d left we only remembered the bad parts but they were a breath of fresh air.

Maxine is so forthright and a real comedian, despite being in a lot of pain. They are like a comedy act the pair of them, with Mark playing the straight guy with perfect timing. If we hadn’t got an itinerary to stick to we would have stayed longer or come back to visit, but we’ve rekindled a valuable friendship which is fantastic.

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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