I LOVE driving however the concept of spending my vacation doing it by no means fairly appealed.
Give me some sunshine, a lounger and a day beer and I’m a cheerful man.
However a Nugget has made me have a rethink, after an excellent few days doing the North Coast 500.
My spouse Melanie, a Moray woman at coronary heart, has been on at me for years to tour the nation in a campervan telling me how a lot I’d adore it.
I lastly relented and, as ever, she was proper.
After some analysis we went for the Ford Nugget Plus and it was the right journey companion for our close to 1,000-mile five-day trek.
We settled down for a effectively deserved drink inside quarter-hour of arriving at Dornoch from Glasgow on the primary day.
Popping up the roof is simple, the place you reveal a comfortable double mattress, and may stroll round with out the worry of hitting your head off the ceiling — even for me at 6ft 3in.
The seats contained in the cab fold right into a second mattress and there’s loads of storage for garments and different ins and outs you want for the journey.
It encompasses a excellent kitchen, with a two-burner fuel hob, all utensils and cutlery, plus a sink with scorching water.
However the bit I liked most was the fridge. You’ll be able to comfortably get your meals provides in — or a bottle of Prosecco and a few wine in our case.
It even comes with a bathe due to the effectively thought out set-up on the again.
With all the things prepared very quickly we may discover our dwelling for the evening and, after a stroll on Dornoch seashore, we headed into city for dinner earlier than our first Nugget evening.
Our subsequent journey noticed extra beautiful views — the story of our journey — on the way in which to John O’Groats. The place was mobbed however a fast image on the well-known signal and one thing was ticked off my bucket checklist.
We stopped off on the late Queen Mom’s residence the Fort of Mey for a tour — and it was, as you’d count on, unimaginable.
Then we had been again on the highway heading for Tongue.
A few of the roads had been single observe with passing locations, however the Nugget dealt with it with ease.
We rested up on the website earlier than cooking some pasta in our kitchen and when it received a bit colder, the Nugget’s glorious heater had us toasty once more in minutes.
Melanie used to like occurring vacation to Gairloch as a baby and we took the lengthy highway stopping off in Durness en route.
We had been fortunate sufficient to go to the Maldives on our honeymoon and whereas it could not have had the identical heat temperatures, it was each bit as lovely with the sandy seashore and crystal clear waters.
It was good to have a base for a couple of days the place we may go to the encompassing areas earlier than making our final journey to Skye.
Our buddies Kenny and Joanne stated we’d adore it — and so they had been proper.
It was breathtaking and having just one evening there most likely wasn’t sufficient to get pleasure from it in all its glory.
After 5 nights it was time for the journey to finish however I actually have the campervan bug all due to our Nugget.
Some individuals may tire of Scotland’s reply to Route 66 however this dwelling on wheels made it a doddle.
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