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  • 22.08.2011
  • 14:09
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Motorhome owners Keith and Sue Lawrence discover a wealth of historic monuments, great bird-watching and excellent walks on the lovely Isle of Orkney, just a ferry ride from the Scottish mainland

Thankfully, the hour-long-crossing of the Pentland Firth was smooth. And we watched in awe as puffins and razorbills flew together in formation, very low across the water, while black guillemots dived on the approach of the ferry. We were finally on our way to the Isle of Orkney.

Orkney picture

After docking at St Margaret’s Hope, on the island of South Ronaldsay, we drove north across the Churchill Barriers. These four causeways were built during WWII to block the eastern approaches to Scapa Flow, and they link the islands of South Ronaldsay, Burray, Glimps Holm and Lamb Holm to the Orkney mainland. Using the causeways we reached the Pickaquoy Centre campsite, on the outskirts of Kirkwall, in good time.

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  • 22.08.2011
  • 11:53
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is a gem of deep lochs, forest and delightful villages.

While the Scottish Highlands is rightfully praised for its wild expanses and solitude, it would be a mistake to ignore the National Park that many visitors drive through in order to get further north. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has only been a National Park since June 2002, but there’s nothing young or undeveloped about it.

Trossachs National Park

Between the deep waters of Loch Lomond, the wild glens of the Trossachs, Breadalbane’s high mountains and the sheltered sea lochs of the Argyll Forest, the national park offers a variety of landscapes. The focus of the area is undoubtedly Loch Lomond, which is every bit as handsome as people will tell you. The Scots are well aware of its popularity and have thoughtfully provided plenty of parking places from which to stop and stare out across the water through the trees.

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  • 22.08.2011
  • 11:16
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Christine Lyle and husband Alisdair explore the magnificent scenery of the rugged West Highlands landscapes

Find Fort William on a map, then look a little further north and slightly to the west and you will find Glen Shiel.

Urquhart castle

Nestling at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail, by Loch Duich, lies the hamlet of Morvich. It’s in a flat valley at the head of the loch and the Caravan Club has a wonderful site there, which visitors usually pass by as they travel to the Isle of Skye.

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  • 19.08.2011
  • 14:31
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Ann Somerset Miles and husband Ray find creative joy and heart-warming beauty in South Wales

It was an invitation to the private view of a friend’s art exhibition that sparked mine and my husband Ray’s interest in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. The exhibition was to be held in a gallery located in what was once an old watermill just north of the town.

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  • 19.08.2011
  • 14:22
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Alyson Warnock and friends head into the clouds to climb Wales's highest mountain.

Walking is a splendid outdoor pursuit. A good walk leaves you feeling invigorated, costs nothing more than a little wear and tear on your boots and can be conducted at your own pace. As a walker I know my limitations: I'm definitely more of a gentle-rolling-hills-and-lush-green-meadows kind of walker.

Photo of Snowdon

You know the sort: a preferably-with-a-pub-at-the-end-of-it walker. All of which made me wonder why I was sitting in a pub, choosing a path to the summit of Wales' highest mountain. After all, climbing mountains is dangerous, requires a great deal of effort and conjures up images of people dangling from ropes. These are not things I associate with my walking holidays.

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  • 19.08.2011
  • 13:44
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Adèle Donaghie and her mum explore three walks around the breathtaking Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Walking is a splendid outdoor pursuit. A good walk leaves you feeling invigorated, costs nothing more than a little wear and tear on your boots and can be conducted at your own pace. As a walker I know my limitations: I'm definitely more of a gentle-rolling-hills-and-lush-green-meadows kind of walker.

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  • 04.07.2011
  • 17:07
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

One of Cornwall’s biggest caravan sites, Hendra Holiday Park, will be switching to solar power this week.

The site’s new 10-acre solar farm, which contains 5000 230W solar panels and is calculated to provide more than half of the site’s current power needs, will be activated on 8th July.

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  • 16.06.2011
  • 17:00
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Photo of Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park camping pods

Top 100 finalist Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park in Montgomeryshire has added 'Glam' camping pods to its touring pitches offer.

The adults-only Welsh site, which is open all year, is offering the pod accommodation in addition to its 83 touring pitches. They are an ideal holiday base solution if your caravan is undergoing maintenance or if want to go away with friends who don't have a caravan.

The pods are insulated and carpeted and have lighting, heating and an electric socket. The two-berth pods have glazed doors, which open on to decking. Prices start at £35 per night for two people. Call 01588 620 471 to book or book online here.

 
  • 21.03.2011
  • 09:24
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

There were reasons to be cheerful at last week's Boat & Caravan 2011 show at the NEC, Birmingham. Organisers reported a four per cent increase in visitor numbers and some of the leading caravan manufacturers saw their sales rise.

And there was more good news for the event as organisers Ocean Media Group announced a three-year deal with the Camping and Caravanning Club as exclusive partner, running until 2014. The event will take place at the NEC for the next two years, the organisers added.

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  • 21.03.2011
  • 09:19
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Stowford Farm Meadows will shortly set up a satellite sales centre in South Wales.

Stowford Caravan Centre (South Wales) is on a five-acre site that will also provide the very latest in caravan storage and workshop facilities. And in a recent development – announced on 16 March – the new centre will be stocking the 2011 models line-up of Lunar Caravans.

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