26th April 2017 Poolewe, Scotland

Inverewe here we come!

Our first job for the CCC was up here in 2010 and we’ve been planning on coming back to visit ever since. Sometimes it is dangerous to revisit somewhere that holds so many happy memories, but we were not disappointed.

The weather for our seven day stay was absolutely glorious and we were blessed to be on two pitches with equally stunning views across the sea loch. We had been asked to move half way through as a WW2 event was invading the site during our stay and the managers needed to corral them into one area.  This was no problem and the managers were lovely to deal with. We shared a few stories with them and gave them some pointers on where to visit, if they ever get a day off!

During our stay we took a walk along the River Ewe one day, to where the deer fences are and then returned the same way.

Our main expedition though was a cycle ride out to Cove, to visit the memorial site for the Arctic Convoy sailors of WW2. There is so much history tied up with this place, a link to the Imperial War Museum’s website (www.iwm.org.uk) will be the best way of doing justice to the sacrifice made by people who set off from this loch, many never returning.

Returning to our day out, the cycle ride was nine miles out and the same back…and didn’t I know it!  Although the scenery was absolutely stunning, the road out there is much hillier than I remember.  Dean just seems to go along at a relaxed pace, coming back to check on me every now and then or takes photos while he’s waiting for me to catch up.

Having done an 18 mile bicycle ride, with the resulting sore buttocks we decided to take a leisurely drive into Ullapool the next day to stock up on food supplies. When we were here in 2010 the nearest supermarket was in Ullapool.

It still is but they now deliver to site! Having said that, it is one of the most beautiful rides to a supermarket we have ever done and we stopped to watch seals at one point. Despite it being relatively early in the tourist season it was very busy in Ullapool as a music festival was taking place. Adults were able to get tuition on how to play traditional musical instruments, such as the fiddle, accordion, tin whistle etc.

Another day we went for a walk along the PInewood Trail, part of the Inverewe Gardens Estate about five minutes walk from site. We were the only ones there and again the weather was glorious.

While we were at Inverewe, we met up with a couple who visited the site when we worked there and who now live in the village. We went for coffee with them in the local village hall on market day and caught up on life and it was lovely to catch up with them again.

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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