first time wild camping

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  1. Goldenoldies

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    We are going to do our first go at wild camping when we leave Fort William. Our next destination is Ullapool but want to try wilding a couple of times on the way to see what it's like. Question where do you get fresh water from? I thought of filling up where I am but with full tank of fuel and towing a car on "A" frame I would be over weight. Must be a logical answer but I'm not logical.
     
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    cemetries and church yards have taps, leave a couple of quid in the collection or find a campsite and ask how much to fill up and dump liquids.

    But I would ask the question if a full water tank puts you over weight then are you not cutting things a bit fine
     
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    At the risk of sounding as if I am preaching (and expecting contradiction from other Funsters) I would suggest that to tow a car and be close to your weight limit is perhaps not entering into the spirit of 'wilding'. I think you need to be prepared for: limited parking space; the need to manoeuvre easily to get in and out of spots; and the ability to carry plenty of fresh water (and ultimately waste).
    We have done it quite a bit in the West Highlands and Islands, but I always fill up with maximum water when possible (120 litres) and dump both waste water and the toilet cassette at every opportunity. In regard to fresh water, I have used garages, public loos with external taps, a marina and an artist's studio (the latter two in Tobermory). I have a SOG fitted to the Thetford so we don't use any chemicals and can dump safely in any toilet connected to a septic tank.

    Food for thought hopefully, but in any event enjoy your trip - there are loads of opportunities to pitch where you are going.
     
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    Just find somewhere quiet, off the road a bit, roughly level, if it has a view then so much the better, thats it your done:thumb: if you only do it every other day then water is not much of a worry:Wink:
     
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    At Sheildaig theres a field at the back of the village that allows camping, theres a tap and at the bottom of the hill theres a toilet, 57°31'31.45"N-5°38'52.07"W at Gruinard Bay theres big layby, off the road, park safely in there with no problems, and see a sunset to die for and give you a taste of wilding 57°51'8.01"N-5°27'7.50"W.
    Have fun, :thumb:
     
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  6. TPMM

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    Try the Outer Hebrides - maybe another holiday! We've just spent three glorious weeks there. Only used sites for two nights out of 18 on islands. All the ferry ports have water and loo emptying and there are loads of fabulous wild camping spots right on beaches with views to die for. Can't imagine anywhere better! (Good weather did help!). Good luck!
     
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    I recommend Shieldaig too. A great spot with services (well-maintained public loo down the hill) and excellent views. Also very convenient if you want to climb some 'proper' mountains - in ascending order: Beinn Damh (a good intro to Torridon mountains) Beinn Alligin (beautiful but quite testing) Liathach (awesome - we've not done that one).

    We haven't stopped in the motorhome (twice it was so wet we didn't want to get bogged down) but many years ago we camped there for a few days and had a wonderful break. My son and I climbed Beinn Alligin whilst wife and daughter stayed at the tent and bought mackerel to barbecue from the local lads who had been fishing that morning.

    Enjoy.
     
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    Water problem !!!!

    Fill up some containers and put them in the car being towed on the A Frame !!:Doh::Doh::Doh:
     
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