Caravan rallies are always fun – the range of vans, the renewal of friendships, the explorations, the discoveries – and the memories.
Argyll and the west coast of Scotland are favoured destinations for caravans, with the fabulous scenery inland and on the coast and the access to walks and sporting activities of so many kinds for adults, children and families.
But planning a caravan rally is no easy gig.
It’s not easy to find a place with enough spaces to accommodate a rally.
Now an Argyll business has had the notion of providing just such a facility – a field set aside for the very purpose of caravan rallies.
The Highfield Caravan Rally facility is run by Adrian and Elaine Lauder – who also run the dive, sea angling and charter boat, MV Gannet – offering all sorts of business and leisure linkages to visitors on wheeled accommodation.
The three acre and ‘fairly flat’ rally field will accommodate around 30 touring rigs and is nine miles from Oban – the prettiest west coast town – and set in a quiet country location close to the sea and with peaceful views overlooking fields and trees to the hills beyond.
It has a fully tarmacked entrance drive way; easy entrance and exit with ‘in’ and ‘out’ gates set at an angle for easy turning; a gravel access track around the field between the gates; and four water points and grey water disposal points onsite, with CCEP close by.
The grass is kept mown and tidy and there are several possible day excursions that can be arranged.
For wet days, Oban has the Oban Phoenix cinema, with a varied programme to suit all ages and interests and running several shows a day. Then there’s the hugely successful Atlantic Leisure centre, tours to see seal colonies, the Oban open topped bus tour that takes you down to Easdale and the Slate Isles, the golf courses, the airport nearby with trips out to Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay, Oban;s own famous Scotch whisky distillery, the ruined Dunollie Castle and its Jacobite 745 house – and restaurants that can live with any competition anywhere …
This is a bit of a dream for caravan rallies.
HIghfield is a very well though out facility, with an educated eye to the practical and holiday needs of the caravanning community; adding to what Argyll can offer to its visitors and making it as easy and attractive as possible.