Motorhomes have, in my mind at least, always been synonymous with bikes. As a little boy, I remember watching highlights of the Tour de France and seeing lines of them on the roadside as the riders climbed towards the summits of iconic mountains. Later in life, it would be one of my own cycling challenges that would necessitate the need for a motorhome, my first ever experience of what has since become an integral part of my life.
Ever since my wife and I, plus Harrison, 6, and Dorothy, 3, visited Scotland as part of our Great British Adventure in 2020, I have wanted to return and explore on two wheels more of this wonderful country. It was much to my delight when I discovered a three-day gravel race to be held in and around Galloway Forest Park and it was the perfect excuse to load the bikes into the motorhome and head north once more.
All I needed now was a riding partner, which wasn’t a particularly difficult task given Nick’s shared passion for two-wheeled – and motorhome – adventures. Sadly, for various reasons, the event itself was postponed but seeing as our trip was planned, we decided to head up and explore the region independently. A decision we would not regret.
Our home for the duration of the trip is Anwoth Holiday Park in Gatehouse of Fleet, which proves to be the ideal base to explore not only the forest park but also the coast. However, for all the beauty of the little coastal roads and tracks, it is the vast tracts of wild and open land of the forest park that we have come for. After a short wet and blustery ride close to the sea on the day we arrive, our attention soon switches to exploring inland with a series of brilliant adventures, the best of which we planned on saving for the final day.