New Elddis customers Roderick and Valerie Maclean picked up their all-new 2021 Elddis Explorer CV40 special edition campervan, exclusive to Knowepark Caravans, and wasted no time getting out to explore the nearby Scottish glens and Munroes.
They have named their new campervan Dougal and were delighted to share pictures of their inaugural trip with us - with the promise of many more to come.
Route description: Garbh Bheinn, Loch Leven
Date walked: 07/11/2020
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 6.27 km
“Val and I have enjoyed many years with our previous campervan called Hector exploring the Highlands, Islands and elsewhere, loving the life in what was a converted Transit custom van.
“Now it’s a new era, beginning in our slightly larger new wheels, our Elddis Explorer CV40 special edition campervan, exclusive to Knowepark Caravans. It’s a Fiat Ducato van with proper heating and a few more mod-cons than we’ve been used to. Dougal is his name and adventuring his game!"
Waking up in Glencoe parked below Stob Dearg looking across here towards Rannoch Moor, Meall a' Bhuiridh and Creise mountains ranges, after having arrived late the previous evening.
The always impressive mountain peak Stob Dearg rising to over 1000 metres high, Buachaille Etive Mor the perfect back drop for breakfast
The sun rising higher, just before heading for the wonderful drive down through the Pass of Glencoe to the Village and taking a right turn onto the B863 for the start of our walk near Caolasnacon
The beginning of the ridge seen from the parking space. Torran nan Crann the initial hike up
Dougal the campervan there, parked up and enjoying his first thrill going mountain climbing
Spectacular scenery quickly appears after the early boggy approach, and the weather was a treat to behold
The aspect westward, taking in views of Sgorr na Ciche (or Pap of Glencoe) and the lands across the sea reaching Ardgour, Maclean country north of the Isle of Mull
The Aonach Eagach ridge provides the views to the south, simply mesmerising
Up on to Stob Coire Sgoilte now, a fascinating stage of the climb after a very steep section. Not far now up to the summit area of Garbh Bheinn
A wee pose whilst enjoying a wee breather
Wow, wow, wow .... this is some mountain, a very special place to be! Mountains and the sea, you cannae beat it. Loch Leven stretching out there through Ballachulish and into Loch Linnhe
Ben Nevis watching over us, and the Ring of Steall Mamores in the foreground
Aonach Eagach again from a bit higher up. This section of Garbh Bheinn is a pure joy!
Val and I met two other couples at different stages on the mountain last Saturday and we all were clearly in awe and so grateful for the gift of freedom, despite these crazy days of 2020
Summit selfie time, it has to be done!
After savouring our time on top, it was time to carefully make tracks back down the mountain, retracing our steps
I always love an opportunity for a magical lochan shot! And a skimming of ice present, too!
Thank you Garbh Bheinn, tonic for the soul!
One final higher up photo before descending down into the shadow of the glen
"The hills, mountains, glens, burns, rivers, lochans, lochs and the sea are God's Country here in Bonnie Scotland, to be treasured and looked after forever. Scotland Forever, there's a fine tune and a song to go along with this!"
Our weekend started here ...
… and ended on the hillside here on Sunday with morning, with coffee views over Loch Tulla before driving home, refreshed, renewed and dreaming of exciting times ahead, whether it be further afield or more adventures close to home.
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