I haven’t given an update for a while, we have 33 days to until our trip from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse begins.
One (or three) of the most stressful things to get sorted was accommodation. The plan has always been to keep the overheads as low as possible, so we have looked at Camping Pods, these are effectively a camping solution but with the added comfort of solid walls, carpet and heating.
Where are we staying?
The accommodation there looks amazing and Jill, the site owner has been fabulous in organising our stay for the nights of the 6th and 8th of October 2017. We are hoping to arrive after 3pm on the 6th October and will be leaving again on the 7th at around 9am. We return on our homeward journey on the 8th late afternoon and leave again for our return leg at 9am on the 9th October. If you are around the area, do come and see us. Weather permitting, we are hoping to be able to get some beautiful drone footage of the area and live stream with the help of DJI’s Osmo mobile.
Staying in Ardnamurchan has been a challenge to say the least! After much searching, we found ‘Pod’ style camping very near to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, unfortunately their site closes the week before we arrive, so they were unable to help us. There are other Pods on the peninsula, however due to the roads, they were nearly two hours away from the Lighthouse, this would mean we would take up nearly four hours of our journey visiting the light house and would mean either visiting it on the 7th October in the evening or 8th October in the morning and delaying our departure!
Have no fear!!! Katie Stafford comes to the rescue! Katie and her husband Graham run the Far View Bed and Breakfast in Kilchoan, after being referred to her from another bed and breakfast. After consulting her husband and the offer of trying to organise a charging point for her (more later), the answer was… Yes!! It’s not Pod camping, but Katie tells me it gets very windy in Ardnamurchan in October, so I’m fairly sure my Dad (and Mum) will be happy that we will be staying in warmth and comfort in Scotland.
During our stay in Ullswater, we will be sleeping in a ‘Pod’, this is a basic form of accommodation, it’s dry (wood construction), it’s warm (carpets and heating), but it doesn’t have beds. I have to say right now, I have tried almost EVERY camping equipment supplier! Some have replied and declined to support us, most have not replied at all. It’s a shame that so far no one has taken us up on our offer. We are asked for two decent quality airbeds (self inflating) and two decent sleeping bags. In return for this support, we will 1) provide the donor with lots of publicity during our trip via video and blog posts, 2) give the donor a direct link from our website and 3) donate the air beds and sleeping bags to a shelter after the trip. To be honest, I fairly surprised that none the ‘big boys’ have offered so far. But hopefully, the word will spread and someone will be able to help us. We do have some cash donations as we could use this money to purchase them, however we would much rather have this money spare at the end of the trip to donate to the Red Cross.
Bearers of Gifts!!
We are really delighted to be able taking gifts across the country as part of our trip! We have now had confirmation that both Adnams Distillery in Suffolk and Ardnamurchan Distillery in Scotland will be exchanging gifts of respective bottles of their finest spirits with our help. We will be delivering a bottle of Adnams Triple Malt to Ardnamurchan and picking up a bottle of their finest to take back to Southwold.
Charging Partner Announced!
EO Charging, a Suffolk based Car Charging Equipment Manufacturer. They have pledged to support our challenge by endeavouring to install (where practical and required) their car charging equipment for us to use when we stay overnight. EO will be a great addition to our planned use of Tesla’s Supercharger network and allow us to charge overnight where possible.
We are really hoping for press coverage in Hitchin, Ullswater and Scotland. Hopefully this will come about as the buzz about the trip increases in the final weeks of planning