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Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes

Every issue features live-in road tests of all the latest models and reviews of parks throughout Scotland and the North of England by respected industry insiders – plus the latest news and what’s on guides. Whether deciding on which caravan or motorhome to buy, looking for the ideal park to visit or browsing for new gear to enhance the touring experience, Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes is the perfect companion for travels throughout Scotland and the North of England.

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Placestogo A welcome in the hillsides Rab Mather fulfils a long-held ambition to explore North Wales – and he’s not disappointed pictures Rab MatheR North Wales is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, so my pal Danny and I made plans for a camping get-together in the land of dragons. We hadn’t decided exactly where to camp, but after closer inspection of the map we agreed on Bangor because of its proximity to Anglesey, in the Snowdonia National Park. Transport links to this area are good. We headed for the caravan and campsite at Treborth Hall Farm, which is in a lovely area just off the main road, a 20-minute walk from Bangor. A 10-minute walk away is the Antelope Inn, which has a great food menu and drink at reasonable prices. The campsite fees were £10 a night, and there was plenty of space here to find a quiet corner away from everyone, with good toilet and washroom facilities close by. The next day we enjoyed a cracking walk into Bangor and took a bus to Caernarfon to check out this famous royal town. It’s a picturesque little place, with a fantastic castle, built on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait. The Treborth Holiday & Golf The Old Barn, Treborth Hall Farm, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2RX Telephone 01248 364399 Website treborthleisure.co.uk Below: Portmeirion, the Italianate resort built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and featured in the TV series The Prisoner,isa memorable place to visit RabandDannyarrivingatBangor’strainstation OurtentspitchedupforthedurationatTreborth views from here are breathtaking. After a cup of tea and a freshly made sandwich bought at the café across from the bus station, we hopped on the bus to our next destination, the postcard-perfect village of Portmeirion. With loads to see in such a small area, we took in the ornamental gardens and a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs from around the world. Back at the Antelope, we enjoyed a good meal to get us ready for our adventure the next day – climbing Snowdon. Rain on Snowdon The weather forecast wasn’t great, but we were well prepared, so off we went to the foot of the mountain. We decided on doing the miners’ track – it isn’t the easiest way up but it certainly isn’t the hardest. The rain was lashing down and they’d suspended the train that takes tourists to the top, so at least it would be quiet up there if we made it. 84 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winteR 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk

TheviewsfromSnowdonaresuperb…sowe’retold The views on the way up are stunning, with lakes and waterfalls. We managed to lose the track a few times due to the weather but eventually got ourselves to the summit. We couldn’t see a foot in front of us, but it was one of the best days’ walking I’ve experienced. Next up was Anglesey. We arrived in Newborough and at the lovely Red Squirrel Café met the wonderful owner, who gave us all the history of the area and told us about what’s called the Island Of The Blessed at the end of the beach. We walked through a pine forest and onto a sand path onto the dunes. An island cut off by the tide and with a fascinating history – and two lighthouses – this is a splendid part of the region. CrazyweatheratGlaslyn Above: Danny admires Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge ThehistoriclighthouseatSouthStack,offAnglesey We made our way back to Malltraeth and stopped at the Riverside Arts and Crafts Café, where they do a wonderful cream tea. The next day we were up early and caught our wee bus to head all the way up to Holyhead. The island of Anglesey has an island called Holyhead, and Holyhead has an island called South Stack Island with the lighthouse on it. We walked around Holyhead and found a nice Roman fort, but decided to walk up to the lighthouse. The island is reached by crossing an 1828 iron suspension bridge – but first you have to navigate the 390 steps down. The cliffs are part of the RSPB reserve, and wildlife is in abundance here, with peregrine falcons, kestrels, grey seal and bottlenose dolphin, to name but a few. We managed to get a tour of the lighthouse and went to the top. The isolation wasareminder of how people lived here in the past. Our trip to North Wales was one I’ll never forget, with friendly people, stunning beaches, castles, wildlife and great amenities. If you’ve never been to North Wales, give itago– I’m sure, like me, you’ll want to return. winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 85

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