Mud, midges & mountain biking – AKA a Weekend in ScotlandĀ 

We snatched a rare weekend away for ourselves. To pedal our bikes rather than peddle our glawnings and headed into the depths of midge-infested Scotland with campervan and glamorous bell tent awning for a bank holiday get away. 

Balquhidder Braes Holiday Park could do with a bit of a spruce up and it’s right next to a busy main road but any campsite that allows fires gets a big thumbs up from us. This is, after all, what camping is all about.  AND the smoke from a wood burner keeps the midges away so it’s a win win. We were toasty despite our on board petrol heater not working and the inevitable drop in temperature experienced upon entering Scotland šŸ˜‰ 

Our sleepies helped too.  Still can’t get over the novelty of not having to get out of sleeping bag to go to the loo. 

 The campsite owner is lovely and rides around on his quad bike all day making sure everyone is ok.  It’s also a mere few yards to a restaurant cafe called The Golden Larches (as opposed to The Golden Arches), serving no-frills pub grub, cooked breakfasts and cakes and that.    

 We went to do some red squirrel spotting with friends in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park after lunch at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and actually saw them from the Red Squirrel Hide!

  Lots of other kid friendly activities at this place including Go Ape.  

The Rob Roy Way is great for cycling (wonderful views and easy terrain) and we could access it from the campsite. Made a day of it and stopped in Killin for a nice lunch at The Shutters Restaurant & Coffee Shop. 

  On the whole, Scotland was kind to us. 

P.S. Take a look at our list of recommended campsites that are glawning & wood burner friendly for some inspiration on where to glamp next!