We had spent the night at the Dunnet Bay, caravan and motorhome site, which is the new name for the caravan club, again very regimented, and not cheap, but as the warden downloaded some important documents and printed them out for me I can’t complain too much.
First stop of the day was the Dunnet Distillery, home of Rock Rose Gin, and some more purchases for the Gin shelf back in Hampshire.
The East coast doesn’t have the same appeal as the West coast, and so the miles just rolled on and soon enough the sights of oil rigs, drilling platforms and jack up barges filled the skyline towering out of the Cromarty Firth, we detoured into the Black Isle for a spot of lunch looking out to sea at Cromarty.
Back on the road, we side stepped Inverness and headed straight to Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park. More supplies were sourced from the Cairngorms Brewery before coffee and cake in Aviemore. It would seem that the town is a magnet for campervans, not just VW’s but every manner of vans, custom builds, hippie wagons, and full-on adventure trucks with kayaks and mountain bikes strapped to the outside and no doubt North Face and Rab jackets on the inside.
As it was to be our last night on the road, we found a nice secluded spot to camp in one of the Forestry Commission picnic sites, tucked in amongst the pines trees with the wildlife for company……and the other 6 campervans who were also attracted to this spot.
The owls could be heard all night and other things that went bump in the night against the van, presumably red deer.
Up at the Cairngorm basecamp, we were the first travellers up the funicular railway for a brew at the top and the outside thermometer reading a balmy zero degrees, we didn’t stay long.
Last stop was Braemar and a lovely drive through the national park to get there, hardly seeing another car, with the exception of the Porsche 911 owners club doing a photo shoot at the Lecht Ski area, when they check through their prints they might see that a grey T5 photobombed them.
Onwards to Aberdeen, and some home cooking and proper beds with some time with the family before heading home.