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Full Critique First few from the Highlands leg of my grand tour

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A few will already know but I have recently left home with my other half in our motorhome on a European tour for the next year or so (until we run out of money!). We had intended to start in mainland Europe but we are currently at the mercy of the DVLA waiting for our licenses to return after a change of address so we are unable to head abroad for the moment. To that end we thought we would start with Scotland and have been up here chasing weather since Thursday. We have mainly experienced rain but in true Highland fashion there have been brief moments of great weather in between downpours.

Here's the waterfall in Glen Etive, made more meaningful to us by the fact we parked 50 yards away for the night.

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Yesterday we night stopped near Glenfinnan and the rain that started at 7pm last night stopped just after 10 this morning just in time for the Jacobite Steam Train to pass in glorious light.

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Great pictures as always Barry. Sorry to hear it has been so wet, but it's given you great light for those. :)

I did the same thing myself ten years ago and ended up staying in the van for nearly four years - loved every minute of it. My favourite places were Slovenia and France - I ended up spending almost a year in France.

Have loads of fun.
 

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A great couple to start with Barry, looking forward to seeing more.
 

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Love the colours in both of these Barry ...
 

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Beautiful shots and great location. Here's hoping this place gets out of lockdown by next year.
 

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Beautiful shots. Number one looks really spectacular.
 

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Great photos Barry. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos on your journey.
 

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Well done, it has been typically wet lately. Envious of your Europe tour. You'd have driven past me on the way to Glenfinnan.
 

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Well done, it has been typically wet lately. Envious of your Europe tour. You'd have driven past me on the way to Glenfinnan.
I did think about getting in touch but it sounds like you've had your hands full recently and thought you could do without a visit.
 

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Bothe very nice Barry. The first is a weee beauty!
 

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Not at all. Hands full yes and place resembles a builders yard but you'd have been most welcome. Shame the weather has been bloody miserable for your Highland visit.
I'd be on a CalMac ferry off to the Outer Hebrides if I were you. :)
 

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Not at all. Hands full yes and place resembles a builders yard but you'd have been most welcome. Shame the weather has been bloody miserable for your Highland visit.
I'd be on a CalMac ferry off to the Outer Hebrides if I were you. :)
Just waiting to get on one to Skye at the moment as it happens. We will be passing back through on our way south, I'll give you a shout. I think I've still got your email address.
 

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That 1st shot is lovely - I was there on Friday last week but the bloody mist blocked the mountain off. In all honesty one is probably the best conditions I have seen that shot ever taken in. I rank it higher than any of the many I've taken there. Might suggest a hair off the left side - there's a tiny bit of tree cutting the frame edge. Composing here can be quite tricky I find to frame what you want without getting distractions around the frame edge. The first thing I always do though here is shoot portrait. It works better.

Like you I think I might unfortunately might be looking at a staycation - my plan was to get back to the Spanish Pyrenees for the Autumn but that is looking extremely unlike at present. I just might have to be content with Skye and Glencoe.
 

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Wonderful shots, Barry! And, as others have mentioned...very jealous. Enjoy it and looking forward to more.
 

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Beautiful scenery and wonderful shots, don't think I could add anything in the way of critique except frame them and hang them.

As a frequent RV'r in the states, I'm curious as to the differences. We started out in a Class A 35' MH but when we upgraded went with a 40' 5th Wheel and F350 Dually, because of the extra floor space. However when hooked up, we're over 70' long and 13'-2" high. It makes for some grit your teeth moments, on some roads, no go on others, and sometimes limits our campgrounds. What's the road situation like there and the availability of RV sites.
 

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Beautiful scenery and wonderful shots, don't think I could add anything in the way of critique except frame them and hang them.

As a frequent RV'r in the states, I'm curious as to the differences. We started out in a Class A 35' MH but when we upgraded went with a 40' 5th Wheel and F350 Dually, because of the extra floor space. However when hooked up, we're over 70' long and 13'-2" high. It makes for some grit your teeth moments, on some roads, no go on others, and sometimes limits our campgrounds. What's the road situation like there and the availability of RV sites.
Our road system simply wouldn't open with anything that big. Our motorhome is a coachbuilt about 25 feet long and just under 8 feet wide. It's ok on small roads but still a nightmare to park in most towns and cities as our infrastructure simply hasn't considered this type of vehicle. Mainly land Europe is much better set up for motorhoming.
 

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Our road system simply wouldn't open with anything that big. Our motorhome is a coachbuilt about 25 feet long and just under 8 feet wide. It's ok on small roads but still a nightmare to park in most towns and cities as our infrastructure simply hasn't considered this type of vehicle. Mainly land Europe is much better set up for motorhoming.
Interesting? DW and I once spent 6 weeks in the MH without break, she made the comment that it's a good thing there were no firearms along. :grin: The longest we've been out in the 5th wheel is 8 weeks, but the difference was amazing. We considered full timing but health issues have always got in the way.

What about availability of camp sites?
 

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That 1st shot is lovely - I was there on Friday last week but the bloody mist blocked the mountain off. In all honesty one is probably the best conditions I have seen that shot ever taken in. I rank it higher than any of the many I've taken there. Might suggest a hair off the left side - there's a tiny bit of tree cutting the frame edge. Composing here can be quite tricky I find to frame what you want without getting distractions around the frame edge. The first thing I always do though here is shoot portrait. It works better.

Like you I think I might unfortunately might be looking at a staycation - my plan was to get back to the Spanish Pyrenees for the Autumn but that is looking extremely unlike at present. I just might have to be content with Skye and Glencoe.
Thanks Stephen! I hadn't noticed that small bit of tree, I'll crop or clone that.
 

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Interesting? DW and I once spent 6 weeks in the MH without break, she made the comment that it's a good thing there were no firearms along. :grin: The longest we've been out in the 5th wheel is 8 weeks, but the difference was amazing. We considered full timing but health issues have always got in the way.

What about availability of camp sites?
We have masses of camp sites, from large sites with hundreds of pitches to my preference of small 5 unit sites. That said with a sensible sized motorhome wild camping is still a possibility. We've been on the road for 7 days and haven't stopped at a site yet.
 

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Not at all. Hands full yes and place resembles a builders yard but you'd have been most welcome. Shame the weather has been bloody miserable for your Highland visit.
I'd be on a CalMac ferry off to the Outer Hebrides if I were you. :)
Hi Scott, I've sent you an email but just in case you have changed addresses in the last couple of years I thought I'd let you know here.
 
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