Plan your ad­ven­ture getaway! 2017

The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

Camp­ing and car­a­van­ning in Ar­gyll is an exhilarating ex­pe­ri­ence. Rugged coast­lines, tran­quil forests and re­mote glens – they all make the per­fect out­door back­drop for a hol­i­day in the great out­doors. With dozens of camp­sites in the area, it has never been eas­ier to ex­plore the West Coast’s beau­ti­ful coun­try­side. From glamp­ing lux­ury to rus­tic cab­ins, from tent pitches to glamp­ing pods, our guide makes it easy to plan your ultimate ad­ven­ture getaway.

Great rea­sons to go wild

For those who re­mem­ber camp­ing as in­volv­ing a leaky tent and burned marsh­mal­lows on the end of a stick, to­day’s out­door ex­pe­ri­ences have come a long way. Mod­ern tents and car­a­vans are packed with tech­nol­ogy – for­get about wrestling tent poles, to­day’s mak­ers of­fer in­flat­able mod­els. Car­a­vans al­low you to travel in self- con­tained com­fort and style with all the con­ve­niences of home. And, nowa­days, ‘glamp­ing’ is the trend – that is ‘glam­orous camp­ing’ for those who prefer a bit more frills with their out­door hol­i­days. While the tech­nol­ogy has pro­gressed, one thing re­mains the same – camp­ing lets you get out­side, get ac­tive, spend qual­ity time to­gether and it pro­vides gen­uine value for money.

Get kids camp­ing

Did you know that chil­dren who camp at least once a year go on to do bet­ter at school, as well as be­ing hap­pier and health­ier? That's the find­ing of re­search by Sue Waite, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Ply­mouth In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, who found that more than four out of five par­ents thought camp­ing had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on their chil­dren's school ed­u­ca­tion. The study showed that 98 per cent of par­ents said camp­ing makes their kids ap­pre­ci­ate and con­nect with nature; 95 per cent said their kids were hap­pier when camp­ing; and 93 per cent felt that it pro­vided use­ful skills for later life. Many par­ents re­ported that es­cap­ing tech­nol­ogy (lap­tops, tablets, mo­biles) is a good thing for their chil­dren.

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