10th-12th May 2017 Edinburgh

The forecast for the next couple of days was looking good so before leaving Scotland we decided to visit Edinburgh once again.

I love driving the van and set off first thing from Fort William. After a while we decided

Concentrating!

that Angela needed to keep her hand in so we changed over. Angela drove most of the journey which was a bonus as the scenery was amazing. We headed out past Spean Bridge to get on the A86 towards the Cairngorms. Along the shores of Loch Laggan the road was a little narrow in places and as if that wasn’t bad enough it was also winding. Not a problem if it is just you on the road but when confronted by large lorries coming towards you with no intentions of slowing down or giving way it was a bit hair raising!

Just after passing one of my favourite distilleries (Dalwhinnie) we eventually got onto the A9, a normal road again and a sigh of relief. The rest of the journey on the M90 went without any problems and we eventually reached our destination. Edinburgh Caravan & Motorhome Club Site.

After checking in and getting to our pitch I left Angela to set up and I cycled to the supermarket to get some provisions. We had spaghetti bolognaise followed by a lovely relaxed evening planning the next two days.

11th May

There is a mini bus service from site that runs throughout most of the day. It is very handy as it drops you off in the centre and picks you up for your return.

We spent six hours mooching about the city in glorious sunshine. I ended up getting a beard trim in The Players Lounge and Angela treated herself to a new pair of #Skechers. Perfect for a long day of sightseeing! See pictures below.

12th May

Today we went for a lovely walk direct from site. Cross over the road, down some steps and turn left along the promenade towards Cramond which  is a village at the mouth of the River Almond where it enters the Firth of Forth.

Along the River Almond we saw a lovely little waterfall, an old ruin, lovely birds and lots of wild garlic of which the scent filled the air. The highlight of the walk was seeing a female Goosander and her young swimming about the river. Some being carried on her back.

On our walk back we stopped of at a Cramond Gallery Bistro for a coffee and piece of cake……… it has to be done!

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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