We absolutely love our weekend camping trips! But, sometimes when life gets a little hectic, finding time to get a camping weekend planned, organised, packed and then setting up camp can be a little stressful. We love camping in all forms. From wild camping to glamping and even going away in the camper. We just love getting away and enjoying what our country and nature has to offer.
As I said at the start sometimes life gets a little hectic. From working long hours and fitting in personal and family commitments it can all get a little overwhelming. This is how our life has been going of late. So, this weekends camp was especially needed and it did not disappoint. Ready Camp to the rescue!
Now, this camp was booked as part of my wife’s birthday treats. It just so happened that the timing was fantastic for allowing us some much-needed downtime while still doing something we enjoy – camping. We only needed to pack sleeping bags, towels, food and what we needed to wear for our trip meant it was stress-free from the start.
So What Is Ready Camp?
Ready Camp is offered by The Camping and Caravanning Club. This is a way to go and enjoy their sites without needing your own tent or camping gear, or even a caravan or motorhome.
Ready Camp is a pre-erected tent consisting of 2 bedrooms and a large living area. The tent sleeps up to 6 people and has everything you need to enjoy your camping break. All you need to bring is bedding, towels and your food.
Our tent had 2 bedrooms, 1 double bedroom and the other with bunks, a double bed on the bottom with a single on the top and also a pull-out single bed. In the living area, you have a 2 seater sofa, table, and chairs to seat 6 and a kitchen area.
The kitchen area includes a 2 hob cooker, fridge with small freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, and toaster. In the kitchen area you will also find, a water carrier, brush and dustpan set, and mop. We also had lamps in both rooms, the main light in the living area, and even some lighting in the decked porch area outside.
These can be booked by anyone but if you are a Camping and Caravanning Club member you will also get a discount on the price of your stay.
Ready Camp Sites
We booked our Ready Camp at the clubs Milarrochy Bay Site on the banks of Loch Lomond. The Club has 3 Ready Camp sites in Scotland, 42 in England, and 2 in Wales.
Ready Camp Tents are very well sized and the club uses canvas Cabanon Tents for their ready camps. These tents are 5 x 5 meters and have two bedrooms and one large living area. All windows have zip up privacy curtains, integrated bug mesh screens and a roll away waterproof window. Windows are on the outside and can be rolled away and toggled open. Bug mesh is sewn in and the privacy curtain on the inside.
One room with a double bed and the other with bunks. Double bed on the bottom, single on the top and a single pull-out bed underneath. The bedrooms have plenty of storage pockets sewn into the bedroom divider. The double also has a hanging rail and box storage in the room. Both bedrooms have lamps for use in the evening.
The main living area as you enter the tent has a 2 seater sofa, dining table and chairs that seat six and a kitchen area. The kitchen area has all your cutlery, crockery and utensils as well as a microwave, 2 ring hob, fridge, kettle and toaster.
Other items in the tent are a water carrier as the kitchen does not have a sink, like any tent. A dustpan set and mop for cleaning floors (these are heavy duty linoleum covered), a large trug container, a heater and six outdoor chairs. These can be used on the decking area of your Ready Camp accommodation. There are also lights on the decking area allowing you to spend some more time relaxing outside, together in the evening.
Our Weekend Using Ready Camp
We booked our Ready Camp at the clubs Milarrochy Bay Site on the banks of Loch Lomond. We had never been to this site before so was unsure what to expect.
On arrival, we were greeted by staff who booked us in and showed us where everything was. Toilet/shower blocks, washing up and laundry areas, water and disposal points. We then were given our own Ready Camp dish towel, a little freebie for us to keep and shown to our tent. Everything was explained in detail and the staff were lovely and very welcoming.
Considering we are still living in Covid times they did not rush this process. Distances were kept, Covid restrictions and safety guidelines for the site were explained. We were then left to settle in and then go and explore the site.
This was such a beautiful campsite. We had a little walk around and checked out the facilities, which were all very clean. The grounds were all looking good with little boat planters dotted about to bring splashes of colour to this green space.
We then headed down to the lochside which was less than a 2-minute walk from our tent. The pebbled shore was a great space for both relaxing and accessing the water. If you like your water sports and take items with you this is a great site for exploring the many islands within Loch Lomond. Many campers had inflatable kayaks, SUP’s (stand up paddleboards) and small dingy’s.
We had the best of everything as the site itself is in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Forests, the lovely banks of Loch Lomond less than a minutes walk from our tent. Lots of walking routes. In fact, the West Highland Way path runs right behind the campsite and we did walk part of this path in both directions.
How We Spent Our Weekend
Our weekend was spent relaxing and doing things at our own leisure. This meant getting up when we were ready too, taking time to enjoy cooking and eating our meals. And generally going with the flow and not worrying about time. We read and walked and cooked and sometimes even just sat and watched the world go by. We did go out each day on a walk and these were taken at our leisure too.
On Saturday we walked back along the path to Balmaha to Tom Weir’s Rest and had a spot of lunch. This was purchased from the local cafe. Then we enjoyed some Loch Lomond ice cream from the ice cream stall outside the cafe. There is also a licensed restaurant should you wish to go for a sit-in meal and/or drinks. If you fancy a bit of a hill walk you can access Conic Hill from here.
We both had been bitten by ticks on our Saturday walk. Luckily we checked ourselves and was able to remove these with our trusted tick remover. You can read more about tick and removing them safely in this post – Ticks and Lyme Disease – What You Need To Know
On Sunday we headed along the path to Rowardennan. This was a really good walk along the West Highland Way path and if you choose to drive the road ends here. There were many little bays along the way as well as another two campsites. Public toilets are available at Rowardennan where we visited the Ben Lomond Memorial. It is also the start point for the most popular route up Ben Lomond, one of the most popular mountains in Scotland.
We walked a little up the path towards Ben Lomond. But, it was far too late in the day to go any further and we had to walk back along to the campsite. So we saved our energy for the walk back and preparing and eating dinner.
An Enjoyable Weekend
We had the most enjoyable and relaxing weekend. It was great to get to camp somewhere so beautiful without all the hassle of packing up the camping gear. Playing car Tetris to get everything in or having to tow the trailer full of gear. I am the only driver so it was also good to go to a campsite and park up for the whole weekend. Everywhere we went was on foot and we strolled at our own pace just enjoying what nature had to offer along the way.
Ready Camp made this weekend even more relaxing as everything was set up for us arriving. All we had to take was bedding, towels (both for showering and dishes), our food for the weekend and our clothes. It probably took around 10 minutes for us to stock the fridge and put our stuff where we wanted it. In this time we the kettle had boiled and we had a cuppa in hand.
We love camping and all forms of camping. Although this may seem more of a self-catering holiday it is still camping and we will do it again in the future and we would recommend it to others. Either as a change of camping or an introduction to camping. After all, you are still under canvas, on a campsite, surrounded by like-minded people and nature.
You can book this accommodation through the Camping and Caravan Club even if you are not a member. However, members get a discount on bookings and with this weekend our discount was only pennies short of our yearly membership. So what are you waiting on why not have a look at Ready Camping and see if it would be something you would enjoy.
If you have stayed at a Ready Camp before, which one was it and how was your experience?