We've just had a fantastic nine nights away in Dougal, our Elddis CV40 Explorer.

We ‘re now used to weekend trips in our campervan, so with the benefit of this and years exploring with our previous smaller van, Val and I were confident of enjoying a great time away in our Elddis campervan, Dougal. The north of Scotland was a regular place for us to visit before travel restrictions and it was fantastic to be back.

Our first two nights were spent off-grid, staying at Rogie Falls and on the banks of Loch Glascarnoch, both on the A835, the road between Inverness and Ullapool.  We spent the day in-between climbing the mountain Beinn Enaiglair just north of the Braemore junction and the Corrieshalloch Gorge.

For our next two nights we had booked into a caravan park in Brora and enjoyed a fine drive around to the east coast, via Dingwall, with a stop near Alness to climb Cnoc Fyrish and see the famous Fyrish Monument. Brora proved to be very relaxing. We camped by the golf course on which grazed many sheep and cattle. This provided a chance for Dougal to recharge and refill, with Val and I making a point of enjoying a lovely bar meal and drinks at the Sutherland Inn.  An excellent spot for buying new van supplies before moving on.

The plan was open from this point and we opted to travel west via the A838 and the A837 through Lairg and ending up at Ullapool on the west coast. 

Night 5 saw us pitched up in Broomfield Holiday Park watching over the wildlife and activities going on in and around Ullapool and over Loch Broom, with sensational views out seawards towards the Summer Isles. 

You cannot book on this campsite, which for us was excellent, and the more we enjoyed our stay the longer we stayed - 4 more nights in total.  The Ferry Boat Inn and local shops were targets for us straight away when we were not hiking around the Ullapool streets, coastline, local hills and rivers, the Braes and Loch Achall.  Cul Mor, a mountain just 20 minutes north, up the main road, was also conquered during a day hike and a visit to Knockan Cragg visitor centre provided the focus suited to appreciating one of Europe’s most ancient landscapes.

All in all, wonderful times with memories that will last forever, shared with new friends also visiting and exploring, and, most importantly, relaxing. 

Food for the soul, particularly after recent history.

Check out Bodwalks on YouTube for hiking and climbing inspo from Bod and Val.

Bod and Val - with their 'van Dougal, of course! - are members of the new CV Owners Facebook Group, which now has over 700 members. Ping them a request to join if you have an Elddis or Compass campervan, or have placed an order for one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvowners