TRAVELLING NORTH – LUNCH IN GLEN ETIVE

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It’s been a while since we last visited Scotland, and a lot has happened in the intervening time, what with one international health crisis or another.

To ensure a place to stay, and not be part of the problem when it comes to a massive increase in ‘staycationers’ and folks having hired motorhomes in ther droves, we took the decision to book three nights in a Caravan and Motorhome Club site situated in Morvich, at the head of Loch Duich, just around the corner from Eilean Donan Castle and a mere stone’s throw away from The Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye.

Neither of those two destinations were on our itinerary this time around however. We’ve visited Skye previously, and our objectives were to have three relatively easy, preferably relaxing, days of exploring the immediate area.

As well as being situated at the head of Loch Duich, Morvich also sits at the very top end of the Five Sisters of Kintail and on the Affric Kintail Way, a 44-mile Long Distance Trail that connects Morvich and Loch Affric with Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness.

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast by the loch and saying our fond farewells to the Trossachs once again (and vowing to return again as soon as possible), we drove in a northerly direction, towards Glencoe and Fort William, and on towards Morvich, where we expected to arrive at about 5pm.

We did pause for lunch along the way, though, turning into Gen Etive and finding a suitable stopping-off point where we could enjoy the views and listen to the raging waters below us. After lunch, we did continue driving down the glen, with a view to turning around at Lochan Urr, but the traffic was so heavy, with motorhomes at every curve and passing place, that we cut short our little adventure and turned around to be on our way, knowing that we still had a fair way to go towards our days destination.

Glen Etive is a visually dramatic location and certainly worthy of greater exploration. It’s popular with campervanners for ‘wilding’, and I suspect a lot of visitors just want to drive down the same road that James Bond did in the movie ‘Skyfall’. Either way; we’ll be back to explore it in more detail on another future visit, I’m sure.

After many lochs and glens, we finally arrived at Morvich at around 5pm, tired and ready for a cup of tea. The club site is pleasant and not too big, and we managed to bag ourselves more or less the pitch that we’d hoped for.

The rest of the afternoon was spent putting up our new canopy. We don’t have one fixed to the van; instead, ours (made by Wild Earth – https://wildearth.online/) attaches via strong magnets to the roof of the van, and is held in place with poles and guylines. It’s quicker to erect than the drive-away awning, which we haven’t brought with us this time around, and takes up less space when packed away. Along with our folding chairs and camping table it enables us to extend our living space beyond the interior of the van and enjoy the fresh air – even if its raining.

Peter Woolley

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