Rough Camping in Glen Etive

Before I go any further I’d like to say that since this camping trip (back in 1995) I’d suggest to anyone thinking of “rough camping/wild camping” to check where you are allowed to set up your tent.  I’m not so sure we were allowed to camp where we did, close to Lochan Urr… (we were very well behaved and took all our litter home with us…)

Calm reflections on Lochan Urr

The River Etive apparently has quite the reputation for kayaking:

The River Etive is one of Scotland’s most popular and challenging white water kayaking runs. It provides a multitude of solid Grade 4(5) rapids with a variety of falls and pool drops.
(Source: Wikipedia)

River Etive with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background

We just went to camp; get out of the city (Edinburgh), calm the nerves (waiting for our final year marks and the grades that would determine our future employability) and enjoy what nature had to offer – on the cheap.

Camping atop a hillock

We weren’t disappointed.  This is a stunningly beautiful part of Scotland.

Glen Etive panorama

We were even lucky enough to see some deer up on the hills…

Deer on the hillside

Despite it being sometime in late June – early July, there were still patches of snow on the mountains, and the water was extremely invigorating.  Yes, we all took the plunge!

Down-stream and view to south-west of campsite - and location of "The Plunge"

Cleaning up these old negatives of mine have made me really want to go back and visit Glen Etive again.  Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long 🙂

Glen Etive panorama


31 thoughts on “Rough Camping in Glen Etive

    1. Hmm… Perhaps I ought to make a plan to go back there sometime soon…. I can’t really remember all the details from 17 years ago 😉
      Thanks for commenting

    1. Isn’t it just! Edinburgh is a fantastic place to be based – I just LOVE it!
      I’ll be checking out your mikanqueen blogs soon – thanks for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂

    1. Thanks f-stop mama – it truly was peaceful and beautiful. I sometimes take it for granted how spoilt we are here in Scotland for natural beauty.

  1. Wow, that first photo looks fake! It is so green and surreal that it tricks the eyes. I would love to go to Scotland. I went to Ireland and loved it so much. All the greenery made me happy. I know there are some great treks in Scotland too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It is quite a vivid scene – the first photo, but real enough – I can promise you that!!
      Although Ireland has duly earned the name Emerald Isle, we are not without our fair share of green… It also makes me happy 🙂
      Where would you like to hike in Scotland?

    1. Thanks Gaga Lady – Sometimes camping is the only way to really get away from it all. The scenery here sure made us forget much of the discomfort 🙂

    1. Thanks Sheila – I’ve been tempted for a while now to switch themes, but wasn’t really getting the right feel with many of them… This one felt right the minute I saw it 🙂 Good luck with your hunt for the perfect theme!

    1. Nice JP! – I hope that you thoroughly enjoy yourself here… There’s too much to see, and all of it is beautiful… If only I could work out a way to stop at the roadsides without holding up traffic (or getting flattened!) There are lots of parking places, but sometimes you want one on the side of a cliff – or on the edge of a loch… Can’t have them all, I suppose!

  2. Beautiful place and gorgeous pictures! I love Scotland! We’ve been there on holiday over a decade ago and I really fell in love with its spectacular beauty. Would love to come back.

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