Motor homing paradise

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

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    Just returned from a 13 night trip up to Scotland and it was everything I thought it would be and more.Exactly why I've wanted a Motorhome all these years,parked up right on the beach,freshly caught mackerel,cooking over a fire of driftwood that the kids collected.
    Spent the first night after a seven hour drive on the banks of loch Lomond then up early and off to catch the ferry from Oban to Mull.Weather was half decent and views to die for.Once on Mull we headed straight to Tobermory or as the kids call it Ballamory,fish and chips on the front a quick look round then off to find a place of mythical status called Calgary Bay.I had read a few things about this place on various websites and had hoped it would live up to its reputation ,it did its a beaut of a place white sand and crystal clear water,wouldn't look out of place in the Caribbean .Woke up to the screech of an eagle and saw it flying around thr cliffs,we saw these magnificent birds 3 more times on our visit both sea and golden.
    Also stopped at Fidden farm the only campsite used on our trip weather great,kids in sea in bikinis,again great beach stunning scenery.Has a website.
    Final stop on Mull was at Moy Castle parked on the beach with a big fire and a cracking BBQ .
    Next island to be visited was the Isle of Bute where my mum is from a lovely little island much smaller than Mull but just about the easiest to get to,around 40 mins from Glasgow to ferry.A different spot every night no other campers around.Our favourite spots being Ettrick bay and St Ninnians bay .The latter having great views across to Arran and the sleeping warrior,and an incredible number of sea trout jumping in the bay.
    In total we did 1100 miles and the van did not miss a beat.the solar pannels had the batteries fully charged by mid morning every day(thanks Andyman) if the truth be known I didnt want to come home.
    We have got some cracking pictures on our I pad but mrs Vlad can't figure out how get them onto thread,I'm a technophobe so no help.If anyone out there could talk her through it we would be grateful .

    Here's to freedom adventure and fun.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Good to see someone extolling the virtues of Scotland for a change. Often it's all about midges and rain but the truth is there's nowhere to beat it if you can just get the weather!:thumb:
     
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    Hi Vlad

    Glad you enjoyed our beautiful country, its a great place in all weathers but if you get it dry its stunning. We are actually thinking of going to Bute soon as i used to holiday there as a child all the way from Gllasgow:Rofl1::Rofl1: Actually going to isle of Cumbrae next weekend to run round it another stunning place.
     
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    My beautifully country too

    I was born in Glasgow then lived in Kirkintilloch and lenzie untill the age of 8 however go to Rothesay where my mums from a lot .Best spot to camp is the Straad great views of Arren
     
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    The views of Arran .Small typing error
     
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    On the uploading of pictures side of things you need to get the photobucket app on your iPad. You can then transfer photos from your iPad onto photobucket and then from photobucket onto a thread.

    It's quite easy - it must be if I could do it:thumb:
     
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    Intending to go to Scotland in a few weeks time. Your post will be very useful. It would be lovely if we had the sort of weather you experienced. I hope you left some of it there! :BigGrin:

    Wyn
     
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    Vlad, how did you know that there were going to be fab spots for you to stop for the night? did you subscribe to the wildcamping forum? (£15 :Eeek:) I fancy trying the wild camping bit but don't want to have to end up in a supermarket car park. :Sad:
     
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    Wild camping spots

    Hi Jazzbow,I know the Isle of Bute very well as I have family there and have been on holiday more times than I can remember,so I basically knew where I was going to stay.Im new to motor homing so to get some idea of camping etiquette I joined this site,I also looked on the wild camping website however read only never joined.
    The isle of Mull was new to me but it is a very big island and sparsely populated,it's all single track road and the sections along the coast have tons of areas to pull of and let the kids out to play for the day.We basically just stopped for the night .At Calgary bay it was the beach car park we stayed on,that night there were several other vans some of which turned up late.Most got up and were gone before the locals turned up to walk dogs etc.We talked to the man in the tourist office and he told us wild camping is tolerated on the island if done responsibly.
    As a general rule of thumb if it feels good go for it ,look out for other vans always a telltale sign it's ok.As I said to the wife the worst that could happen is you get asked to move,but we never did.Try it and I bet u love it most of the time it's just you and mother nature.Bliss:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Mmotorhoming paradise

    And the contents of the toilet went where ?
     
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    We were well advised to use biological liquid in toilett cassette,so contents were disposed of in public loos
     
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    Let's hope none of them were connected to a septic tank .
     
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    Won't matter
     
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    On most of the western isles it's either straight out to sea or a cess pit. My point being that the odd toilet cassette is in the grand scale of things neither here nor there .All toilets used had toilret blocks in urinals and smelt of bleach not piss,I think your being picky!
     
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    we did 3 weeks over the snowy Christmas 2010 around Arisaig and Skye. We actually headed for a CL but it was frozen over. Small car park 50 yards away right by the sea Wonderful! We had times in Forestry commission carparks - they always seem great - and times in other pull ins. There are very few supermarket carparks out there in those most beautiful wilds - you'll find them much harder to find than suitable safe and beautiful stopping places. We carry various books and resources for campsites as back up and we have the wildcamping POI on Autoroute but the times we have used those are minimal. The trick of wild camping is to keep flexible, eyes open and stop early!
     
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