As tradition we headed to Scotland for a week during the Easter holidays. First stop was Sunnyside Croft Campsite just outside Arisaig. This was a relatively new site but had everything you could wish for; friendly hosts, fantastic views and direct access to the beach to launch the sea kayak.
We launched from the campsite and made our way around the headland which was quite choppy all the way, hence why not many photos! In the shelter of the skerries we explored between the islands and seal spotted before heading back. The wind had already started to pick up and it was getting a little too rough so we decided to take a portage as to avoid going around the headland.
Once back in the shelter of the bay and the campsite we breathed a sigh of relief. The weather really was not going to give us a break this trip so it was a case of battening down the hatches!
We decided to make our way to the Isle of Skye and Glen Brittle. We caught the calmac from Mallaig and headed for the campsite on Loch Brittle.
Although the facilities were basic this campsite was awesome and a great place to come and get away from it all! Not one to sit still we decided to go for a run to the headland and try and spot the viking canal.
The weather once again was not being kind but we decided to take a ride over the Bealach Brittle and explore Glen Brittle forest.
Not our usual type of riding but this was well worth the effort for the stunning views!
Once again the weather was very mixed and the forecast unsettled. We decided to venture out into Loch Brittle and make the decision as to how far we go once out there.
We paddled out to the end of the Loch and the water was getting messier and rougher the further we ventured. We all agreed that it was not a good idea to continue so we headed for the opposite side of the Loch to check out some of the caves and waterfalls.
We headed back in admitting that the weather was not set to get better so we should head inland to Glen Nevis and Fort William.
The last adventure of the trip took us to Laggan Lochs for a ride around Glengarry Forest. The route was straight out of the vertebrae Scottish Mountain bike guide. As we have had so many great rides from the book we were very surprised when this turned out to be a nightmare!
Once at the top of the Cam Bealach the trail was a technical singletrack descent to the loch shore.
Taking a left at the bottom took us back to Laggan Lochs and the warmth of the motorhome. Soup and tea never tasted so good! This was one ride that will haunt us forever, very close to hypothermia and loss of feeling in the feet from walking in snow and icy cold bog! Nevertheless still a great adventure!
It was soon time to head home. We always believe you can tell how beautiful a place is when you are in awe of the views even in bad weather! There were many of these moments during this trip!