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LifeinourVan find a winter wonderland at Loch Lomond – a real snowy gem!!!

LifeinourVan find a winter wonderland at Loch Lomond – a real snowy gem!!!

So after a -7 degrees Celsius overnight…. pretty pleased we changed motorhome now!!!!

We woke up to a fresh covering of snow in a beautiful (if chilly valley), however the Lidalia campsite gets a universal thumbs up from us! Decent wifi (allowing us to stream cricket off SkyGo and IPlayer at the same time!). The pitch was excellent and well serviced but the showers were a step above the norm! As we hadn’t carried any water, we chose to use them and we were not disappointed!!! There’s nothing quite like a torrent of hot water to offset the extreme cold!!!

So after a very pleasant breakfast, we headed northwards through the Borders towards Glasgow….

The snow was heavy but picturesque, allowing us the opportunity to get the camera out on on numerous occasions…

Glasgow soon came and went, its a wonderfully well appointed city and obviously full of cultural interest… but sadly we didn’t see much on our whistle-stop tour…

And onto the Trossochs and Loch Lomond…. the vistas as we descended into this valley was reminiscent of Tolkien. The Loch was bathed in glorious late afternoon light and it seemed to draw us towards its flood ridden banks.. some 180 acres of farmland are now part of the Loch…. it’s clearly been a tough time in this region! Thankfully the families new Berghaus gear was well used throughout the day… great products… almost bombproof in their construction!

Ulriken Cable Car, Bergen

But the Gartfairn campsite has survived this and is unbelievably well sited.. overlooking the southern tip of Loch Lomond, we were treated to a wonderful sunset that was only enhanced by the mirroring of the colours on the Loch itself… With snow capped mountains abound.. it has proved a great place to stop.

Thankfully, we also had Gavin from Geoff Cox on hand throughout the day, to answer queries and offer suggestions. But he really came into his now as yours truly managed to mistake the screenwash refill bottle with the coolant bottle!!!! Ahem….. thankfully the mini crisis was averted and we sat down to some more ‘Word Chums’ as the evening’s entertainment with the girls. Which prompted me to offer these recommendations

Top 5 Apps to try thus far

  1. Duolingo – great app for learning multiple languages
  2. Twitter – for obvious reasons!
  3. Word Chums – a new favourite and great to help girls with spellings
  4. Doodle Maths – expensive but worth it (according to the maths teacher in the van!)
  5. PhotoEditor – great and simple way to enhance photos

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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