Ist timers to Scotland

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  1. Coopit

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    We are taking our first trip to Scotland, leaving from the Essex on Wednesday. We are heading for the west coast and hope to take in some Islands, we have given ourselves 4 weeks for a unrushed trip.

    We are aware of the possibility of wild camping and members of CC&C & CC.

    I have looked through previous threads, and copied some information; but still don't have a clear view how best to approach this trip.

    Can I ask for some help from you good folk. Can the trip be done without the need to book in advance for CL’s or camp site? Is there a good start point on the west coast? Which islands would you suggest to visit, and how easy is it getting ferries? Do you have any recommendation as to places to visit and camp sites? Is it best to take 2 weeks going north and then come back down to west coast visiting other places, or are there alternative routes back down heading homeward?

    I know I’m asking a lot, but would welcome any help on any of the questions; plus any other comments you feel may help.
     
  2. andy63

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    4 weeks is good but there would still be plenty to do without taking in islands..
    If it's just the classic Highland scenery you are looking for then up to Glasgow and north as quick as you can via loch lomond area.. but sw Scotland and the mull have many attractions without the Highland scenery.
    Easy islands without extended ferry trips would be mull.. sky via bridge.
    It really depends on the distance you want to drive each day or whether you are happy stopping off places on route for a couple nights..
    So many lovely spots up the west coast.
    Arisaig, applecross,and the drive round to torrindon
    Areas around melvaig,Achiltibuie, Kinlochbervie. ...etc
    Stick to the coast for first trip and you won't go far wrong..
    If you make Dunnet head area and John o groats with time to spare head straight down to the moray coast which I think is lovely from Inverness out to Fraserburgh. ..
    Hope the sun shines for you and you have a great trip...
    Andy
     
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  3. Stagman

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    Hi @Coopit from a fellow Essex resident

    We have done scotland twice in april-may and never booked anything apart from rosemarkie C&CC site as it was bank holiday weekend.
    We tended to ring ahead on the day we wanted to stay just to check there would be space amd there always was.

    We did a lot of wild camping too but always considerate and never on what looked like someones private land. That said we found a few useful entrances to logging tracks that were out of use at the time.

    I would expect going in september you wont find it much busier than we found May so you should be ok.
    We did 4 weeks last time mainland only and still Failed to do it all. We will make a trip up again to do the south west in more detail.
    The first time we went we only had two weeks in a hired motorhome and so we did book ferries. We neednt have worried. It was so easy to change ferry times when we arrived too early and at no extra charge.
    Do watch out though. Some of the ferries like to reverse you on.
    Also the ferry to Jura from Islay is not suitable for MOHOs with long overhangs so we had to ditch that from our plan. Thankfully we hadnt booked and paid ahead for that crossing.
    Islay is wonderful if you're a scotch fan. We wildcamped overlooking beach fery near Bruichladdich distillery. Not a cheap or short crossing but the island is worth a visit.
    If you have a dog(s) Calmac allow you to take them up on deck with you to designated areas. A plus for us.
     
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    In addition...
    Sites i would recommend Loch ness shores - fab walk to foyers falls, lovely views & lovely shower block
    Rosemarkie on black isle if you can get front row overlooking beach but dont walk into town its not worth it. From the site you can walk up to channory point to watch the dolphins rather than struggling to drive and park MOHO

    We also liked the C&cc site at Loch Lomond Milarrochy Bay . Walkable down to ferry accross the Loch and nice pub in the village. Plus you are right on the West Highland Bay.
    Most of the C&CC sites in scotland have proper MH service points and for a small charge you can use all theri facilities (but not electric) for just a few hours. So great if you are wild camping and need to refresh and empty....

    Such a wonderful place. Feel like packing up now and heading North. Enjoy and hope the weather is kind to you.

    John &Catherine

    Ps the East Neuk villages are attractive too. Like cornish coastal villages.
    So much to see and do you will love it. If you are a britstops member theres a good one in Lossiemouth. Bit cold and windy when we were there but great location to wake up in.
    Braemar camp site well located too with easy walk into town.
    Wildcamping opportunities abound.
     
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    A couple of west coast campsites:
    Clachtoll is heaven on earth.
    Scourie has wonderful views, seabirds & sunsets though a touch weird (but we do return there so it can't be TOO weird!)

    If you can do medium-difficult uphill walks, brave the single-track road to the carpark at the bottom of Stac Pollaidh & make the climb - the most wonderful views from the top (or even half-way up) if the clouds aren't in the way.

    Don't forget: there will be lots of single-track roads, but they DO have well-sited passing-places. Check out this video and Funsters' comments:
    http://motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/driving-on-single-track-roads.135146/
     
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    If you like cycling then try the Isle of Cumbria. Country western weekend on there next weekend too.
     
  7. Coopit

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    Thanks very much for the helpful replies. Now need to put all the info together, still need an idea of where to start.

    Phil
     
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    And don't forget, coming from Essex you may do well to take a phrase book with you but even with one you will likely make much use of the word "pardon".
     
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    We actually did a three week coastal tour starting at Berwick on Tweed in the East up the East coast along the top(Dunnet Bay lovely site) then back down the West side from Loch Eriboll ending at New England CC site in Galloway and Dumfries been back three times following up places we scouted on original tour and will be returning. Love the place(y)(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Don't forget there is a lot of Scotland south of the central belt !!!!
     
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    Arran was our favourite they say it is scotland in minature all the bits on one island you can get a ferry there then drive to the other side a short ferry to the campbeltown peninsula so back on the mainland lots of places to park overnight on the west side and don't forget to visit the distillery!!!
     
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    Why not start by turning left at Gretna and traveling through Dumfries and Galloway, it's really nice here.
     
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    Thats what we missed out on so going to dedicate a trip just for south west scotland (y)
     
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    I would keep it fluid. Look at the weather forecast and follow the best weather where possible. Thats the beauty of your MOhO and travelling off peak. You can keep changing the plan eithout needing to prebook sites and with some wildcamping thrown in
     
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  15. Coopit

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    Okay, may be a bit late buy booked an overnight stop just pass Scotch Corner for tomorrow, and book a crossing to Arron for Thursday afternoon. The rest will free flow. Looks like the west side is good for wild camping, so will go and have a look. We just need a break for a while and Scotland hopefully will do it. We very sadly lost our son 8 weeks ago in a car crash, he was coming up to his 21st. He was our foster son, but stayed with us. He had been on many holidays with us, and loved seeing new places. This is one place we had not been with him. We used to also tour on our motorbikes. Not sure why I sprung this on you, but was just thinking how much he would have enjoyed it; as we often spoke of touring Scotland in the MoHo or motorbikes. Sorry, but it just flowed out.

    Phil.
     
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    Bloody hell sorry about your loss!! He will be with you whatever you do. God bless you all. x
     
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    Your amongst friends here. Baring your soul steers you away from any problems of bottling things up Use your eyes for him & he'll be right there enjoying the holiday. Hope Scotland is all that you hope it is. My old bedroom window looked over to Arran & Goat Fell mountain in particular. Its a very special place. If you seek solice whilst there, try "The Holy Isle" just off the coast at Lamlash, its a buddist temple & they warmly welcome visitors. Please enjoy your trip.
     
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    You don't need to apologise for sharing your pain, you don't get over it, you just learn how to live with it.
     
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    No wonder you are not sure of what you were doing , please accept my condolences, you must be still in shock at the suddenness of it and trying to make sense of things that don't make any sense. Scotland is a wonderful place for peace and beautiful scenery, we loved the Kintyre peninsula but then again we enjoyed Skye, that is the beauty of Scotland there are so many beautiful places to explore. Arron sounds like a good place to start would love to know how you find it we have not done any of the Islands.
    Be prepared that the midges can still be about so have your sprays etc with you, the marvellous thing about our motorhomes is the freedom to explore and Scotland is made for exploring.
    If you get internet while you are away ask questions as you go along with fun your with friends that's what it's about.



     
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    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a very sad time for you. Getting away up in those hills may give some solace . Thoughts are with you and your family.
     
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