North Uist Airstream Meet
So, today is the day of our big adventure! The whole summer tour has been planned around the next five days…wahoo!! We got up early and headed to the ferry. When we got there, we met the first of our Airstream convoy, in the form of Jill & Graham, who are lovely.
It was quite a long ferry crossing for us, nearly two hours I think, so we snuggled up and tried to sleep
Mummy left Scratchy in Pebbles on the ferry so he had access to his food and litter tray. I think he preferred this, although he wasn’t very happy when an HGV came hurtling onto the ferry whilst he was looking out of the back window and it stopped just by the window. Think he had to use his tray after that experience!!
Once we had arrived, we had some very precise instructions from Andrew on what we needed to do and where we needed to meet the rest of the convoy. Here is the map to illustrate the meeting point!
It was ever so exciting, daddy led Jill and Graham off the ferry and we found the other three airstreams in the layby as promised. Unfortunately, they weren’t ready for us, so we had to wait a bit. Then we all headed off on the short drive to Moorcroft, our home for the next five nights (http://www.moorcroftholidays.co.uk).
(Picture by Ineke Mighorst)
When we got there, Iain the owner, and the other two airstreams were ready and waiting for us. Daddy decided to have a go at extreme pitching, much to everyone’s amusement! Then Harold and Monika did the same next to us and made it look easy. Never mind daddy, you’ll have to practice that manoeuvre for the next airstream meet! (Picture stolen from Andrew Ditton)
Once we were all settled, David took the drone out for a fly (I obviously went nuts about this!) and got a great picture of us all. (Picture stolen from David Hanks)
We decided to go explore and find a beach, so we headed to Benbecula for some shopping, and then went to the beach by Griminis, locally known as stinky beach due to all the seaweed down one end. We therefore walked the other way along the beach!
We had a lovely view out of our front window when we got back. Can’t beat an Airstream for a view!
In the evening Andrew provided a great fire pit, and Iain provided some firewood and we had a great campfire watching the sun go down. It’s really weird as it never really gets dark here, so the sun set at about 10:30pm and never really got dark. Nobody realised quite how late it was, which was really funny and they were all tired the next morning! (Picture by David!)
On Thursday we went for a walk over towards Loch Carabhat, by the campsite and saw some lovely views. We met a crofter who was Peat cutting and played with his dog who walked with us most of the way. Then we came across some deer. Mummy and daddy are slow to realise that that’s why Jim is going nuts on the lead, cos he can smell the deer!!
Then we went home for some dodgy veggie burger with some homemade rolls. It all went a bit wrong but apparently tasted quite good!
In the evening it was deemed too cold and windy for a campfire, so we went into the campers kitchen which was really nice. Andrew and Dougal were enjoying a cuddle so I decided to have a cuddle too, but who should I sit on? Hmmmm….
I think I sat on just about everyone’s lap, this is me sitting on Paul’s lap, whilst Lynn takes a photo of me. I do like to be the centre of attention!
On Friday we were very tired after some late nights and decided to fall asleep on mummy and daddy’s legs.
However, we soon got up when we heard Harold and Monika were making a Bavarian breakfast for us all. It was really good and Pepper got to help clear up any leftovers, which he loved.
Dougal got cold, so Andrew gave him a cuddle….I do wonder who is more of a diva out of me and him you know!
After breakfast we headed out to the Baile Sear Causeway to see the beach, but the tide was in, so we headed on up to Balranald, as we are moving there after the airstream meet, and checked the beach out there. Considering the tide was in, the beach was really nice
And the views across the bay were lovely
In the evening we tried to have a campfire again, but as you can see from the photo (stolen from David Hanks!), we got rained off twice and gave up!
On Saturday, Andrew did some more kitesurfing, whilst we went exploring. We found a smokehouse that sold hebridean wool jumpers, so daddy bought one! (David’s picture again!)
Then we went back to Baile Sear beach and it was low tide and beautiful!
We ran and played for hours!
Every so often there were some deep puddles in the sand, that were starting to fill with water as the tide came in. It was quite funny as Jim would be running along and then suddenly be in a puddle up to his tummy. I chose my paths more carefully! When we were nearly back at the car, there was now a river running along the beach, and we weren’t sure how to cross it. Jimmy decided he would lead the way, but then realised it was too deep for him and suddenly had to start swimming. Now this is a first for Jim as neither of us can really swim, and boy was he going for it. We decided to go further back up the beach and cross at a shallower point, but Jim was happy swimming away. To be honest I don’t think he knew how to turn round whilst swimming so just kept going in a straight line. Bless him!
There are lots of lochs on the Uists, which makes the light quite spectacular, however mummy didn’t quite capture that in this photo!
In the evening we all went to the Westford Inn for dinner, but Jim and I waited in the car. Apparently it was a really nice meal. Whilst we were driving I decided to be really brave and look out of the window. Not sure why, maybe I like the scenery or maybe I am feeling braver. Not sure, but mummy is pleased I’m not so scared in the car anymore.
On Sunday, Andrew and Dougal had to leave as Andrew had to go and sign up to his Gaelic college course on South Uist. We were all really sad to see the Dougstar leave (and Andrew obviously!)
This is Ineke waving goodbye to Andrew. That’s Andrews motorbike that Dougal goes on…..he’s braver than me!
Whilst Andrew was leaving, Pepper and Monika decided to show us their party tricks, wow that dog is talented, I hope mummy and daddy don’t get any ideas. Old dogs, new tricks and all that!!
Then Lynn made a pot of tea and we all had a cuppa with some biscuits to console ourselves. This is Jill having some of the lovely tea.
Then we decided to go exploring to South Uist and Eriskay. Mummy loves these warnings by the roads!
We found a beach at Eriskay, right by the ferry, which was lovely but a bit small
So we played ball for a while and then walked round to another beach but I didn’t like that one so we went back to the car. On the way back we stopped at another beach on South Uist by Dalabrog which was much nicer. We drove through the sand dune track to get there and helped another car out that got stuck.
When we got back we were all still very sad, as someone had filled Andrew & Dougal’s pitch and it just wasn’t the same!
In the evening the rest of us all went to the campers kitchen for our last night together (photo stolen from David Hanks again!)
Even Jimmy wanted cuddles tonight!
On Monday Jill and Graham headed off, along with Harold and Monika as they were heading off to get the ferry. Then Fred & Ineke left to go wild camping and finally we left to go to Balranald. Paul and Lynne were staying an extra night or two, and David & Annie were staying another week or so! Before we left, daddy decided to try the tea that Andrew had given him to try. Apparently its very nice, even if it is a bit pink!
So off we set to the next instalment of our Outer Hebrides adventure, but very sad that the Airstream meet was over. Thank you so much to Andrew & Dougal for organising it, and for Iain & Catriona for being great hosts. Until next time, love & licks Rosie xxxxx