There are lots of choices on the Isle of Skye; hotels, B&B, hostels and camping sites.
Our family stayed in a camping site called Torvaig near Pontree for two nights. It was cheaper than the one we had stayed at near Ben Nevis. The services were the same; showers, bathrooms, clean drinking water for free, although at Ben Nevis there was a shop. The ground was hard, but there was a beautiful view at sunset.
We liked cooking so we didn’t eat out much. But when we did there were big portions. The food was similar to Irish food; haggis is just like a mix of black puddings and mince meat. If you asked for an apple pie you would expect to get a slice but there you get a whole pie. The Pike Hotel had particularly big portions.
When we cooked it was easy to find the supplies to cook on our own in any supermarket. There are also shops on the Isle of Skye so don’t fret.
We didn’t stay long, so we only got one trip done; a boat trip.
We saw a brochure in the campsite and my dad thought it would be a good thing to do. The boat left Armadale and got to Mallaig in 45 minutes. When you get there you can stay or you can walk back to the pier. It takes a couple of hours to get back on foot. It was a great boat ride. I even got to drive the boat. The view was spectacular. It was so spectacular - that I had a dream about it. When we pulled into the bay, it was lovely and calm. To the left of me there was a mountain sheltered under a beautiful white cloud. The bay had lovely turquoise water, warmer than the sea because of the surrounding rocks and big boulders. Just right for swimming. If you don’t like salt water there is a river up beside it.
The overall view from the high rock over looking the bay was really pretty, and one you don’t see everyday.
I would recommend the holiday to outgoing people and families with teenage kids.
I had a wicked time.
It's a large protected natural park, kilometers of great white pristine beaches right by the rainforest, exuberant and incredible wildlife, nice people, nice food (don't miss the chocolate filled bread), ancient ruins, excellent weather, beautiful women. It's a great place to visit, but please, don't be a tourist, and take care of the place.
You can sleep in hammocks, camp or sleep in a small hotel or in some government administrated ecological houses - this place is awesome you can stay there for ever and never get tired.
Please be aware of powerful underwater currents and the powerful waves because there are no hospitals or lifeguards nearby. As this is a protected wild area you must consider there are wild animals and insects so get all the medicines you need for allergies or any other stuff. You must consult the Colombian government website for the shots you must get to enter certain areas (yellow fever, malaria and any other required) otherwise you might not be allowed to enter and of course you might get deadly sick and..........yes....die.
From Bogota fly or take a bus to Santa Marta, then ask a local where to find transportation to the park, don't be fooled, don't pa more than $7 dollars, the bus will drop you at the entrance and from there you walk through the rain forest, you must pay an entrance fee and negotiate the price of the accomodation but is around 2 - 7 per night per person in a camping site or hammocks. for more info or photos of my trips to this place email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will gladly give you info, guide you or whatever you need.
Located in some woods you'll find two streams, one hot and the other cold which meet creating a beautiful natural heated bathing pool. You could even try it at night by candlelight (we did). Plus all of this is FREE, except the candles!
This was my most memorable place on my four month trip around New Zealand with my family.
By a small brige on Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland loop road 27kms South of Rotorua/Taupo Highway. Recommended campsite that we used is the Doc (department of conservation) campsite by Lake Rerewhakaaitu.
Maria Island is as close to heaven as it is possible to get on earth. It is, for a start, the very best place in Tasmania to see the amazing marsupial wildlife and birds during the day and in the evening. It is a magical place - rugged cliffs, beautiful beaches with lines of fairy penguins, mountains you can climb and views right up the east coast of Tassie. The walk is a four day walk for up to 8 and after just a few hours you feel like you have known your fellow walkers for years. The food is incredible, all cooked by young (gorgeous) guides and sleeping in the beach camps, walking up at dawn as the sun filters through the trees above is a truly remarkable experience. Pure bliss.
Eurocamp is a fun campsite where they have loads of different things to do. When I go there we always take our bikes and go with some friends so we cycle all round the site and get to know our way around.
You can also hire bikes which makes it easier.
There is a swimming pool with slides and a water fountain! There is a lake there and you can hire a canoe (especailly fun for water fights).
There is also lots of fun stuff to do outside of the site so you can go to some of the lovely beaches around.
It is a family place so everyone enjoys it.
www.eurocamp.co.uk and search for the south Vendee.
It is the coolest (honestly it is!), eco friendly, low impact, bohemian campsite with 9 vintage caravans set in 20 acres of north Yorkshire national park with woods, streams and wildlife.
Can take couples and groups of up to 16 for romantic or special occasions. Each caravan is decorated with retro items and collectables and has comfy beds with vintage eiderdowns.The site has hot and very romantic showers and is lit with lanterns. It has outdoor fires and a tipi and canvas marquee as lounges
I can recommend it and it has a great customer comments book!
Murk Esk Cottage
The Dordogne area is one of the most beautiful in France. Sarlat is a well preserved walled town but can be a bit of a tourist trap. It would be preferable to travel west ward along the river and stay in the Beynac area. Lots to see - castles and troglodyte houses. There is a super campsite at Vezac.
There are so many places - just look at a good map. (Michelin)
I spent a lot of time on the Cote D'Azur as a student and longed to go back but with a young family thought it would be almost impossible to find somewhere suitable and not too expensive.
This wonderful campsite, which we booked through Keycamp, however, proved just the job.
Not far from the glamour of St Tropez, it has everything for the perfect family holiday - including fab swimming pool and even a children's club. Accommodation was great too - we stayed in a really well equipped mobile home under the shade of a lovely forest.
This is a caravan park and recreation reserve where you can pitch a tent. For camping without the hassle and its close to the airport. Relatively inexpensive, within easy reach of the city and Glenelg the most popular tourist spot. They have cabins but who needs them when with your small tent and their fantastic kitchen, shower blocks, tv room, and the sun your set for a comfortable stay. It's right on the beach, surrounded by fencing and the restaurants and hotels of Glenelg, are a ten minute walk away. Great for families and backpackers.
We stayed a night at Elsewhere, Otter Creek Tents on the beach at Asvem in north Goa. There's a bamboo jetty over the river and four luxury tents between the river and the sea - with double beds and en-suites. They bring you breakfast to your little terrace (delicious pancakes) and serve dinner under the stars. It’s all very eco-friendly and peaceful - unlike much of north Goa. There's a small house you can rent too.
It is a district of lakes and mountains in the southern interior of Canada's British Columbia province. There aren't many towns, and those there are, are small and interesting. Expect lots of arts, eg jazz festivals, folk music, awesome ferry rides across massive lakes, very friendly local people. Must sees are Nelson, a rather bohemian town, Kaslo, and the 'ghost towns' near Kaslo. These old towns died after the end of the gold mining industry but there are few people still living there. Best to go in the summer as winters can be harsh unless you like skiing.
This festival rocks. Who couldn't resist the lure of an enchanting landscape and one of the best line-ups I’ve seen in years? I’ll definitely be back. No other festival can quite compete with its wicked, friendly crowd, beautiful views and lovely weather (how did they manage that in Scotland?)
The Isle of Skye is the most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides.
Rent bikes at the shop opposite the indoor swimming pool and ride on the cycle tracks all
through the forest that runs parallel to the beach for miles.
Turn inwards and have coffee and cakes at the Soldier's Cottage (Soldat's Hus) in the middle of the forest, avoiding the real life soldiers doing their military service.
There is also a campsite in the forest, but now this is dominated by mobile homes, with few real tents - but good for kids and full camp shops
that sell buckets and spades, and the long red and yellow liquorice I loved as a kid.
Smaland is the area between Vaxjo and Jonkoping - full of small lakes and never-ending forests - a paradise for nature lovers. Get off the main roads and explore a bit. Beware the mosquitoes in June and July if you're camping! Pop into the tourist information in Vaxjo and get some tips about the area.
I spent a highly enjoyable two weeks cycling in Sweden this year. Starting in Gothenburg, I rode up around the edge of Lake Vanern, via the Gota Canal to Lake Vattern, down to the coast and back up again.
The countryside is perfect for cycling; rolling and studded with beautiful lakes.
Swedish campsites are also some of the best I've been to. They are clean, have good facilities and are generally no more than £8-£10 a night (and yes, you can camp anywhere in Sweden, but a hot shower is always nice).
Highly recommended for any cyclists out there.
My route: www.flickr.com/photos/toretz/172556356/
Spend three days away from it all canoeing from Lake Argyle to Kununurra – paddling through spectacular scenery surrounded by birds and wildlife and swimming in water so clear you can drink it.
The trips are self guided for groups of two or more – you’re supplied with all the equipment you need (canoes, coolbox, storage barrels, camping kit), dropped off and given a map then you paddle at your own pace. The map shows places to stop off along the way (waterfalls, gorges) as well as the bush campsites where you sleep under the stars. An amazing experience.
Four of us hired a car from Trieste (cheap flights and drove through Slovenia, into Croatia and down the coast with 2 tents. We stopped at a supermarket on the way and bought a cast iron barbeque for £5. We then toured the coast, stayed on Brac, as well as inland to Plitvice national parks - all stunningly beautiful and rounded off by a barbeque under the stars every night.
It’s a great way to explore the country - all the campsites are cheap and of a consistently high standard and there is so much to see. Barbeque fodder is readily available as Croatian restaurants are not really up to Italian standards.
Highlights: Bol beach, Plitvice lakes, the weather and the Venetian town of Sibenik.
Lowlights - torrential rain and the temperature diving from 30C to 1C on the last night; getting lost in a minefield.
From its stunning beaches (one of them being the famous Zlatni Rat) to its great, laid-back nightlife, this was our favourite place in Croatia. We camped in the grounds of the monastry, a beautiful building that overlooked the sea on both sides. It was exceptionally cheap (accommodation in Croatia on the cheap is limited if you don't have a tent) and we woke every morning with a dip in the turquoise sea that was a 1 min walk away. Heaven!
Get a ferry from Split to Supetar on the island of Brac. From there, get a bus to the other side of the island where you'll find Bol.
This camp, run by Governors Camp, is little short of paradise. Six beautifully appointed huts nestle on the lake shore amongst ancient fig trees (only 12 people can be accommodated). A wonderful variety of birds, ranging from sunbirds and weaver birds to fish eagles and sacred ibis are
numerous. The food is beyond description and the activities include fishing, boat trips and
visits to local villages and rock paintings in the interior. The friendliness of the staff and their individual attention make this a truly magical experience.
See www.governorscamp.com for full details.
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