Happy Days #14 – Hello Country Kids

After two weekends in a row of camping, I said to Dave, lets not go away for a 3rd weekend.   Late on Saturday night we decided that going to Scotland for the week would be a good idea…  So this is my usual Happy Days blog post but with a little Country Kids twist.

Sunday, 10am, all packed, we headed off up the M6 towards Scotland.  I am always amazed at our ability to pack together all the camping equipment and all the things we may need for the Robot too.  Needless to say, 10.20am we were back home as we’d forgotten the Robot backpack, a crucial item we needed to transport him in the highlands!  (We’d only gone one junction)

Our first night we camped in Glen Nevis at the base of Ben Nevis.  We hoped that early in the camping season we would miss the midges, alas we got swarmed!  The Robot and I hid in the tent while Dave cooked tea, followed by an evening stroll to the Ben Nevis Inn.  The night went well, but a 5.30am wake up call from the Robot was tough.  Dave bought square sausages for breakfast and cooked us a fry up on the petrol stove.  He is a master at cooking in one pan!

Green tent in foreground. Dave & the Robot stood at a bench cooking breakfast

We’d packed carefully on Monday morning as we were heading to Mallaig and leaving the car behind.  It took an age to get there following caravans and stopping in a lay by to wait for a Steam Engine to chug by.

Dave with the Robot on his shoulders looking out over a loch with mountains in the distance and white fluffy clouds

Camping gear and the baby on our backs we caught the boat to Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula.  It was the Robots first trip on foot by boat, a small tug boat that has done many trips back and forth,

A smiling picture of Karen and the Robot with the sea and scottish islands behind them.

Inverie is a stunning place not connected to the mainland road network, it would take 20 miles to walk there from the nearest road.   I’m saving our trip to Inverie for a separate blog post next week.  We spent 2 nights here and a sneak preview of our view and a few in my happy mentions below:

Sunset from our tent on Inverie

Leaving Inverie on Wednesday, we headed to Glencoe and found a campsite.  After the basic campsite of Inverie it felt strange camping with caravans and other people.  We found a good spot though that looked over the loch Leven.  A beautiful setting for a beautiful trip.

View of Loch Leven and the surrounding hills

This really is a snap shot of our week (5 days) away, the pièce de résistance will be my Inverie post next week.  I hope that you’ll swing by and have a read?   For now though, here is my Happy Days round-up of all my happy moments this week:

– Visiting a friend while Dave was working

– The Robot started crawling on his hands and knees

– All the beautiful Scottish views

– Getting chocolate delivered by boat

– Getting our food for tea and breakfast delivered by boat (chocolate was a bonus!)

– Hanging out as a family on holiday

– A 2 day telephone break (aka, blogging & social media)

– Getting the Robot to sleep earlier and earlier in the tent

– Got a new tea towel for my collection

– After a luxury afternoon blogging, it paid off that my blog functioned while I was away!

– I took the Robot to his first swimming lesson, he really enjoyed it

We really don’t have anything major planned next week, but you never know what our Saturday night musings will bring…  Have a good week everyone.

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46 Comments

  1. I have to hand it to you, as the camping experts. It sounds like Robot is really getting quite settled into your camping adventures and you do choose some stunning places to go. I’m not sure I would have coped well with the midgets, lots of deat and waiting till they die down I guess. There is nothing quite like a good breakfast after a night under canvas, sounds like one pot cooking is the way forward. I’m looking forward to next week’s post already, and well done Robot on the crawling. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks Fiona. I’m a midgie magnet! I’ve still got the evidence of them 3 days later! Grr. Ahh camping experts hey, 3 weeks in a row, I guess I’ll take that expert! Lol

  2. Sounds great, making spur of the moment decisions like that. I’m a regular visitor to Scotland with my wife being a Scot but not been to any of the places you mention, although I’m very keen to see Glencoe. Great selection of images. #CountryKids

    1. isntitpretty

      It’s a beautiful part of the world. Dave cycled through glen Coe once before and he told me all about it as we drove through. I’d love to do that one day. It’s beautiful!

  3. I really wish I had the camping bug sometimes as never really did it as a child. The views are absolutely stunning and I bet the break was great. Your little robot looks like he had a brilliant time too! The blogging breaks can be fab – I like to be all scheduled up too though xx #happydays

    1. isntitpretty

      It was a coincidental schedule up this time, I was getting all caught up so I could do some other things!! Then we went away! Just getting back into it now!!

  4. I am in awe of you Karen! I flap about what to take when I am just popping over to my parents for a few hours!!! You guys look so gorgeous and happy in your pics, Robot is just adorable. Beautiful photos too, what stunning places you saw. Maybe you should have a rest soon though haha!! #triballove #KCACOLS

  5. What amazing countryside. I’m so impressed you camped! Are you doing regular baby swimming with Robot? We loved our baby swimming lessons 🙂 Thank you for linking with #KCACOLS and hope to see you again next week.
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  6. Wow, three weekends of camping you are adventurous! We used to live in Scotland and liked the fact that we could wild camp, although with a baby being on a campsite must be a plus! Have you done a post for camping tips for kids? We are planning on going in June!

    1. isntitpretty

      He he, I refused to free camp this time! We’ve done it in the past. The campsite on knoydart only had a toilet and cold tap, so this was pretty hardcore for a baby! I should totally do a camping with kids post… I worry that I’m too extreme for first timers though!

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  8. Sarah

    Wow! Amazing photos. It sounds and looks like you guys had an awesome time! I’d LOVE to go camping. Id love to just pick up and spontaneously. Inverie sounds fab! xx #KCACOL

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