Scotland Meet?

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  1. normanandsue

    normanandsue Funster

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    Please be patient with a newbie if what I am asking is obviously not possible.

    I live in the north of Scotland - above Aberdeen. I have heard great things about "Meets" that are held in England and would like to attend one but anywhere in England would not be viable either on a time or cost basis.

    It has been suggested we arrange our holiday around a meet and call in when we are passing but as our holiday to the continent must allow 5 days to get to and from the coast this is problematic.

    Another kind soul suggested I orgnaise a meet myself but as I have never been to a meet and would not know what is involved I don't think that has any practical value.

    Are there enough Funsters about who live in Scotland for a meet to be organised in say the Perth area so us northern folk might enjoy a meet?
    And is there a Scots based funster who might organise one. I would be willing to offer whatever support I could.

    Norman
     
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    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    right lets get this straight, apart from the venue and date, not a lot else to organise, the funsters are a law unto themselves, hee hee (unless you can arrange a visit to a local distilliary). So first find a suitable venue and select a midge free area/time of year. Then think about getting out of the rain, tent/marquee/pub and post a tentative "how about a meet at?", you could use a Site with facilities or a field the choice is yours and most funsters can cope with either. Quite a few funsters travel north, and there are a few who actually live in the frozen north. So don't give up hope. If there is someplace close to you for funsters to stop, make a point of collecting info on any must/visit local spots for them let the odd one drop by and visit you. Funstering is all about enjoying the lifesyle that suits you.
     
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    What is a meet ?

    Well some make a big thing out of providing breakfast one day, or some cakes. Very nice but the main thing is folk having a good natter or blither in your case.

    I make a suggestion.

    You pick a date and post a message The Great Aberdeen Meet,
    Alford - Haughton Caravan Park FUN Meet


    XX of Month.

    See how many takers, if it looks a goer then ask the site ( which is excellent and big and cheap for olde fartes ) if they have capacity and then just tell people to book a pitch.

    Take a few cakes and offer "Bring your own mugs for coffee".

    Simple as that.

    Then keep your fingers crossed for the weather.
     
  4. MisterED

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    Hi we are near Larencekirk, just down the road from you.
    Had a lovely meet last year at Brin Herb Nursery, Inverness.
    Would be up for a trip most weekends.
    Terry & Hilary
     
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    Glen Haggis isn't so far away either. If we're not away, we might be there...

    Cheers, and, by the way, a Happy Burns Night.

    Tony
     
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    Rayb182 Funster Life Member

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    We,re up to Scotland, May to when the midges come out and take lumps out of me, so we will come to a meet:thumb:
     
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    We are in scotland in may as well .Finishing with the fun meet at misterton .
    Ray Claire and Katie cat
     
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    We met the Brin Herb nursery peeps 2 weeks before their Meet,but couldnt attend cos we were going on to France.I got the impression they would be happy to host Meets if asked.They were members at that time.

    Mike
     
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    We are at Misterton end of May but since other half comes from the Black Isle, we could combine a meet with a trip further north. :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    Hi, I am running around the Mull of Kintyre 1/2 Marathon last weekend in May, and then having a little tour of Scotland. So might be a possibility for a night or two. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for all your comments and useful suggestions - they all answered my question. No one has organised a meet in Scotland.

    I wasn't looking to be an organiser and as I work every weekend it might be difficult, but as a lot of MH's are retired and site fees are probably cheaper in the midweek I might have a look see if it might be possible to organise one for then.

    As I said earlier I am a newbie not only to Funsters but also to MHing so I am naturally hesitant and it maybe that I will chicken out this year. So don't hold it against me if it doesn't come off.
     
  12. Jock Mcdee

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    Hi norman and sue,
    Great idea
    I live in fife and we would be interested,, i will keep a look out if you go for it, :thumb:
     
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    Sound logic. For some reason or other, habit ?, meets do seem to be weekend affairs but you post a suggestion and see what happens.

    Let's be honest, the biggest fear is no-one bites :Smile:

    At least you have a good excuse if no-one bites, you are in a sparsely populated area.
     
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    Shame the north of Scotland is so ruddy far from us - I was just looking how far Falkirk is and think Pete would have had enough for one day by the time we got about there - Google Maps says it is 6 hours so bet it would be longer than that against you've got north of Spaghetti and crossed the Thelwall Viaduct, let alone any accidents. Bearing in mind we like to tour in the week - that is Mon-Thurs incl - by the time we got to the north it would be time to come home again. Which is a nuisance cos Scotland generally appeals. Unless we actually make it holiday and Pete has some 'normal weekend' time off work ......

    I am making assumptions but don't actually know the timings, because the Lake District is the furthest north I have ever (been) driven on the West and Whitby on the East. Mileage wise of course we do travel a bit further than that in a day in France when 'going to' or 'coming back from' - but there is less traffic generally there.

    So am I right or wrong?
     
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    Once north of Glasgow it thins a lot, once north of Perth it's more like "what traffic". Unless you get stuck behind an HGV but in FUN mode who cares.

    I've never been further north then Inverness. I might have a look when I'm working near there in March, depending on the weather. 119 miles and then I've been as far north as you can on the mainland. Then I've done Lands End to John O'Groats even if it took 20 years.
     
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    Sorry, no, delighted, to say we hope to be off in Europe by May.

    On general north /south travel, for years until the recent death of my father - he was even older than I - the senior partner and I have done a round trip from Glen Haggis to the Sussex coast almost monthly, but in a car. It's almost 600 miles each way. For us, it's a complete routine - I drive to Carlisle, boss drives to Birmingham, I finish the job. We have a swig of coffee and half a sandwich every hour, on the hour, just to mark progress. (We don't stop for this, but we're also pretty experienced and keep our eyes open for anyone with a rule book and a pointed head!)

    All that said, we'd certainly not try to drive the van up or down in one hit, at least till we've had more experience. I'd really suggest taking a couple of days, and enjoying it, rather than turning up exhausted.

    Any road, thanks to Norman and Sue - and there are probably enough of us to have a small meet, so we can learn the ropes, and for those of us who are not really social animals, to get to know a few people at a time.
     
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    All that said, we'd certainly not try to drive the van up or down in one hit, at least till we've had more experience. I'd really suggest taking a couple of days, and enjoying it, rather than turning up exhausted.

    But there is such a lot od Scotland to see in between the beginning and the north - would we ever get there!!

    (Don't answer that, it's one of them rhetorrical questions!)
     
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    Coventry to Stirling 324 miles and you've broken the back of the journey and made it to proper Scotland in a day.
     
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    That was what I said Brian! If you had the whole week including the following weekend it would be fine, but not if the time available is only 4 days.

    Save N Scotland for 'after Pete retires' then (at least another 2 years, maybe longer)
     
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    I guess he gets a "proper holiday", so you don't fancy Scotland for that ?

    I agree actually, from where you are you might as well do Switzerland as Scotland and no matter how much the Scots protest, the Swiss beat them easily on hills and scenery in general.

    Just imagine standing on the Aiguile du Midi ( OK that's France but you can see Switzerland ) and looking down, the top of Ben Nevis would be 8000 feet BELOW.
     
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