Scottish Caravan and Leisure Show SECC

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  1. MHVirgins

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    We are going to the Caravan and Leisure Show at the SECC Glasgow, from 2 - 5th February and wondered whether anyone else was planning to go?

    The CL's seem to be a bit thin on the ground close to the city, but we were wondering whether anyone could suggest somewhere to stay around the west coast. We are very familiar with Whittleiburn at Largs, but just wondered whether anyone else had come across any other sites that were within easy travelling distance to Glasgow?

    If any funsters are planning a trip to the show, perhaps we could meet up with you?
     
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    im surprised there isn't camping on site as the car park is huge
     
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    Hi Andy!
    Thanks for your reply. We were up at the SECC for the Country Living Craft Show in November and were offered parking within the car park along with exhibitors, but we stayed at Craigie in Ayr then.

    Craigie is shut at the moment, so will see how it goes.

    Regards, Margaret & Bill
     
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    you would have thought it would be in their interest to provide camping on site although they do have 3 hotels but the people that go to motorhome and caravan shows generally don't stay in hotels.

    maybe a phone call to the craigie as it may be in their interest to open for the show if you could maybe get a few more vans to go.

    or as an alternative maybe approach someone who has land in the area and sort it as a fun rally if not for this year but maybe next.
     
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    If of any interest there is a nice parking spot by Castle Semple Loch in my home village of Lochwinnoch.. about 17mls west of Glasgow ..

    Free Car park with cafe' and toilets .. often seen motorhomes overnighting there.. will be very quiet in winter..

    Google map.. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Lochwinnoch,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=55.797171,-4.619869&spn=0.000805,0.002602&sll=52.024736,1.412742&sspn=0.028202,0.083256&vpsrc=6&hnear=Lochwinnoch,+Renfrewshire,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=19

    you can also get the train to Glasgow .. free parking.. about 1/3 ml away .. Google map http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Lochwinnoch,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=55.787656,-4.614472&spn=0.003221,0.010407&sll=52.024736,1.412742&sspn=0.028202,0.083256&vpsrc=6&hnear=Lochwinnoch,+Renfrewshire,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=17
     
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    Hi Andy!

    We know the staff that manage Craigie and they definitely take a break at this time of year. In fact, they're now going to be managing a new site near Strathclyde Park, when it opens in the Spring.

    We were hoping to visit your neck of the woods last year, (Grassington/Wharfedale), until someone hit our van:Doh:. Still, we are hoping to do it this year:thumb:

    Thanks for your help, regards Bill and Margaret
     
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    Hi Jim,
    Many thanks for this...........we lived in Largs for about 4 years, so know the area well. Will look into this and decide what to do before going up, because we are still "virgins" we haven't tried wildcamping or anything else "offsite" as yet.

    Our daughter works in Glengarnock and drives from Shawlands every day, Bill worked in IBM Greenock, I worked in Projectina in Skelmorlie (many moons ago!).

    Many thanks for your help:thumb:
     
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    Know Largs very well, my ex still owns and runs a beauty salon there....

    so you will know about the camp site up the Brisben Glen road .. ?
    can't recall the name, we stayed there 2 years ago.. nice little site with crap toilets :Laughing:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Largs,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=55.833879,-4.839606&spn=0.006435,0.020814&sll=52.024736,1.412742&sspn=0.028202,0.083256&vpsrc=6&hnear=Largs,+North+Ayrshire,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=16
     
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    Hi Jim!

    That's Whittlieburn, we were booked in there last year for a couple of days, but it poured and the field got water-logged, so we cancelled!

    We were going to book up sometime this year, but bad news about the toilets:Angry: at least we use our own facilites. We still love Largs and go back when we can, we know the Watsons that own C Fayre, they were our neighbours, so we pop into the shop and see them when we're up. I used to enjoy sitting in Nardini's and watching the waves crash up onto the pier when the children were very young.......happy days!:thumb:
     
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    happy days indeed.. used to love going to Nardini's on a Saturday night with the girl friend.. .
    lived in West Kilbride for many years before getting divorced.. sad days .. so moved down south to start again.. that was in 1987 .. and still here .. :Laughing: but miss my home country ..
    My Dad is in care home in Largs .. so will be visiting again this year... hopefully not for a funeral .. he is almost 90..

    location of of my ex's shop .. Nancy Allan .. ( she kept my surname)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hairdresser+near+Largs,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=55.79652,-4.866648&spn=0.00161,0.005203&sll=55.796505,-4.866246&sspn=0.003245,0.010407&vpsrc=6&hq=Hairdresser&hnear=Largs,+North+Ayrshire,+United+Kingdom&t=h&fll=55.796155,-4.866541&fspn=0.00161,0.005203&z=18&layer=c&cbll=55.79652,-4.866651&panoid=jtTvZtcN5M_eop1HKFKQIA&cbp=12,326.93,,0,0
     
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    Hi have a look at bankell farm just outside Milngavie its a cl we have used it several times and always found it excellent you can walk into Milngavie in about 20mins and can get the train from there to the Secc it takes about 20mins some you have to change and some are straight through. If you need more info let us know
     
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    We left Largs in 1986 after 4 years and moved down to Surrey, I had lived in East Kilbride for 30 years and it was a wrench moving down south! We know Nelson Street, Largs, there used to be a pub on the corner called the Overdraught, but think it's now known as something else.

    It's a funny thing, but we always feel at home in Largs, although there have been a lot of changes since we moved south in 1986. 12 years was enough and we came back north in 1998, we're now on the coast in Kirkcudbrightshire, but would move back up to the Clyde coast in a minute:thumb:
    If you find yourself in our vicinity any time, please let us know, you're welcome to come over and see us.
     
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    Hi Gerry,

    Thanks very much for this information, we'll give this a bit of thought, from what we can see, there's a couple of options available to us now. Let's hope we don't get any more extreme gales or we'll end up staying at home:Sad:
     
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    I used to go down to Lochwinnoch often, during my school holidays in the 70's.

    My uncle had a dairy farm, called Warlock Gates, overlooking Castle Semple Loch.
    He has only just retired recently at the age of 90+ after 60+ years on the farm.

    Many a happy summer spent there.....:thumb:
     
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    Castle Semple car park by the loch is definitely motorhome friendly for overnighting. There is a site at Pannell Farm near Bridge of Weir but I wouldn't recommend it. We stayed overnight once and it was dire. They also charge £20 a night for what is basically a caravan storage facility. Are you sure there isn't overnighting at the show?
     
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    Thanks for your message, we might just call the SECC and ask them tomorrow. When we went up for the Country Living Christmas Craft Fair in November, they said we could park free in the car park for the day, but we stayed at Craigie Gardens in Ayr and took the train up instead. Maybe just as well, because they had been digging up the car park and doing alterations when we went up on 17th November.

    Unfortunately this is Craigie's holiday period.
    Thanks, Margaret
     
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    small world indeed, I spent many happy summers canoeing on the loch and in winter playing ice hockey ..

    only just yesterday I was talking to Jan about Warlock Gates .. topic came up when we were listening to the news about the couple who tortured their son as they thought he was a witch.. I mentioned the fact that male witches are called warlocks or wizards, .. not witches, which led to me telling her about Warlock Gates.. and looking up it's history:

    THE WITCHES'WAND
    byDEREK PARKER
    DURING the 16th and 17th centuries, thecountryside around Lochwinnoch was thehaunt of Renfrewshire witches who heldtheir midnight covens at places such asCourtshaw Hill, in what is now ParkhillWood, and the Warlock Craigie waterfall,near the former Roebank Printworks.Warlock Gates Farm, just off the back road between Lochwinnoch and How-wood, also commemorates these distantdays when sorcerers such as Lord RinganSempill is said to have organised midnightcovens on Peel Island in Castle SempleLoch, where witches and wizards sangand danced round fires burning brightly inthe darkness as they celebrated major fes-tivals known as esbats to mark importantoccasions on the country calendar likeSamhainn (the start of winter on Novem-ber 1) and Imbolc (the beginning of Spring on February 1).

    more http://www.scribd.com/doc/39664979/nov-08
     
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    Thanks for posting this information! We always used to travel back down home to Largs through Howwood and Lochwinnoch after a day spent in Glasgow. The countryside is really beautiful all around here, with many converted farm outbuildings going at premium prices these days.

    Eventually coming into Largs down the Haylie Brae and home again!:thumb:
    Happy days!:BigGrin:
     
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    yes indeed.. and sadly the decline of village life as I knew it.. it's little more than a dormitory for the Glasgow yuppies

    When I was a boy Lochwinnoch had many thriving industries, furniture factories, mills, a bottling plant (Struthers) , flag works, weaving and printing

    Last time I visited I hardly knew anyone I met .. all my relations who lived there have passed away .. or left :Sad:
     
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    Jim,

    Such a very small world, only last night my sister, (still living in Glasgow), and I were discussing the history behind the name of "Warlock Gates", as this thread mentioning Lochwinnoch, brought back all the memories..

    Spooky.........:Eeek:
     
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