Hap­pi­ness is a hol­i­day park home

Bring out the big kid in­side you and treat you and your fam­ily and friends to some great times

Campbeltown Courier - - FEATURE -

When we were chil­dren we all wished we could be on our hol­i­days ev­ery day. Now we are all grown-up that wish can al­most come true – if we in­vest in a hol­i­day home. If the words ‘hol­i­day’ and ‘home’ make you groan and think it is all just too much of a re­spon­si­bil­ity, then add the word ‘park’ and it sud­denly be­comes far more easy and doable. Tucked away across Ar­gyll and the is­lands, and into Lochaber and the High­lands, are some truly splen­did hol­i­day home parks – as var­ied as the needs and wants of their own­ers. But they all have the same ideal: an easy to buy, main­tain, and af­ford­able so­lu­tion for hol­i­days. Think about it: sud­denly you can pop off for a break at the drop of a hat. All across Scot­land, from Thurs­day night through to Fri­day af­ter­noon and evening, peo­ple are pack­ing their cars and head­ing for a week­end break or longer. Yes, it is nice to re­lax at home, but get­ting right away for the nine-to-five at the of­fice, fac­tory or school makes a break so much more; a real restora­tive. You would be sur­prised how many peo­ple who live here in the West High­lands ac­tu­ally have hol­i­day homes some­where in the area them­selves. We re­ally are lucky in this re­gion. Take your pick: the up­per reaches of the Clyde es­tu­ary, Loch Lomond, the Cowal and Kin­tyre penin­su­las, Mid Ar­gyll’s hidden gems, all of Lorn and Oban to ex­plore; the moun­tains and lochs of Lochaber and masses of is­lands to ex­plore, each with their own unique char­ac­ter. All are ideal lo­ca­tions for, or can be reached in a day from, your hol­i­day park. Per­haps you are more of a coast per­son and you ar­rive at your hol­i­day home with the boot full of div­ing gear or a kayak lashed to the roof; or a fish­er­man with a wee boat in tow. Or you turn in­land as a cy­clist with bikes on a rack, or a moun­taineer with some fierce look­ing axes and ropes in the boot. Per­haps you just want some peace and quiet and bring a sooth­ing amount of books, mag­a­zines and your paint box. Hol­i­day park homes are great for all the fam­ily and es­pe­cially chil­dren who, in these days of car-choked roads, can ac­tu­ally get out and play. To­day’s hol­i­day homes are full of the com­forts of home, with washing ma­chines, fridge-freez­ers (which can be kept stocked so you can ar­rive on a whim) and es­sen­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tions such as satel­lite TV and wifi hot spots. And best of all they have a de­sign qual­ity and build which means they are en­ergy ef­fi­cient and cosy all-year-round. So the hol­i­days can in­clude Christ­mas and Hog­manay. What kid, big or wee, would not ap­prove?

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