Cobleland camping, a set on Flickr.
Pete, Nathan, Amelie, Ruaridh and I went camping close to Aberfoyle, at the Cobleland campsite. This was Ruaridh’s second adventure in a tent, and first with other kids. Excitement ran high for a few days beforehand, and hit fever pitch when Pete arrived at the house!
The site itself was really nice – a small but well-stocked shop, very friendly staff, and some cool paid-for & free activities. We had booked in advance, and the site was getting very busy when we arrived, with lots of families in huge tents. We got ourselves sorted out, and got some lunch on the go. After that, we got the tents pitched, and took a walk along the river, in the glorious sunshine.
After a quick shower to wash the river water off the small people, we took a drive into Aberfoyle for supplies. There is a bike path, but we had travlled without wheels this time. Dinner was a tasty barbecue rustled up by Pete. Ruaridh was asleep around 8.30pm, surrounded by the sounds of other kids still having fun. Amelie and Nathan managed to keep their eyes open for a little bit longer, whilst Pete and I enjoyed a few refreshing beers.
In the morning, we had a full spread of cereal, coffee, fruit juice, water, fruit, bacon rolls, brioche, hot cross buns and malt loaf; at no point did anyone on this trip go hungry, that’s for sure … and probably not much of a surprise to those that know us.
Once we were packed up, we headed on to the Three Lochs Drive, and then we stopped for lunch and a walk at the far end of Loch Achray. Our final stop was a scenic sail on SS Sir Walter Scott, on Loch Katrine, followed by ice creams. Happy days!
Overall, it was an excellent trip. The kids all got on really well together, which was brilliant to watch. The site had lots of things to do for kids, the facilities were very clean, and the site looked lovely. There were only a few things we’d have done differently, that can easily be sorted out for next time. Time to plan the next adventure.