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Tour Guide Wanted NC500 tour in an A class , Any tips?

Aug 31, 2020
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Hi all , since our planned trip to the continent is now off we thought we would look at the Scottish NC500 from Inverness round the top of Scotland. We plan to go later this month and take about 8 days . We have a Hymer A class 7m long 2.3 m wide. Is it possible to do this trip In an A class with the narrow roads ? or are we mad to consider this. Any tips or suggestions and for stop offs or wild camping (I have yet to convince the wife wild camping could be fun , as newbies we haven’t done this yet )

Any tip or suggestions would be appreciated
 
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Hi all , since our planned trip to the continent is now off we thought we would look at the Scottish NC500 from Inverness round the top of Scotland. We plan to go later this month and take about 8 days . We have a Hymer A class 7m long 2.3 m wide. Is it possible to do this trip In an A class with the narrow roads ? or are we mad to consider this. Any tips or suggestions and for stop offs or wild camping (I have yet to convince the wife wild camping could be fun , as newbies we haven’t done this yet )

Any tip or suggestions would be appreciated
You’re going the best way round. I’ve done it in an 8.5 metre tag axle A class. No problems at all. Bus go around it as do trucks . There are loads of places to park up overnight. Have a great trip.
 

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Hi all , since our planned trip to the continent is now off we thought we would look at the Scottish NC500 from Inverness round the top of Scotland. We plan to go later this month and take about 8 days . We have a Hymer A class 7m long 2.3 m wide. Is it possible to do this trip In an A class with the narrow roads ? or are we mad to consider this. Any tips or suggestions and for stop offs or wild camping (I have yet to convince the wife wild camping could be fun , as newbies we haven’t done this yet )

Any tip or suggestions would be appreciated
Easy enough if you understand the etiquette of driving on single track roads.

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Feb 24, 2013
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Even though it’s late in the year I would get at least some sites ore booked , some are not opening this year

one of our regular stops Sango Sands at Durness being one 🙁
 
May 10, 2020
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Hi all , since our planned trip to the continent is now off we thought we would look at the Scottish NC500 from Inverness round the top of Scotland. We plan to go later this month and take about 8 days . We have a Hymer A class 7m long 2.3 m wide. Is it possible to do this trip In an A class with the narrow roads ? or are we mad to consider this. Any tips or suggestions and for stop offs or wild camping (I have yet to convince the wife wild camping could be fun , as newbies we haven’t done this yet )

Any tip or suggestions would be appreciated
Yes ... dead easy! Plenty of passing places of the single track roads. Just watch out for your mirrors - on my Exsis-I they are same height as the passing place signs. When you tuck in to the passing place just make sure you don't clonk your mirrors. I'm LHD so it was easy to watch out for.

Even though it’s late in the year I would get at least some sites ore booked , some are not opening this year one of our regular stops Sango Sands at Durness being one
We stayed there in July - just turned up with out booking. Pretty windy but great views.
 
Oct 29, 2009
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You’re going the best way round. I’ve done it in an 8.5 metre tag axle A class. No problems at all. Bus go around it as do trucks . There are loads of places to park up overnight. Have a great trip.
Did you go over the Bealach na Ba to Applecross?

I know that buses/trucks navigate some of those roads but they have a hell of a lot more ground clearance than I have on my 8.4m tag axle Dethleffs. I’d not be worried about the length but would be concerned about ground clearance negotiating the hairpin.

Ian

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Apr 3, 2018
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Hi all , since our planned trip to the continent is now off we thought we would look at the Scottish NC500 from Inverness round the top of Scotland. We plan to go later this month and take about 8 days . We have a Hymer A class 7m long 2.3 m wide. Is it possible to do this trip In an A class with the narrow roads ? or are we mad to consider this. Any tips or suggestions and for stop offs or wild camping (I have yet to convince the wife wild camping could be fun , as newbies we haven’t done this yet )

Any tip or suggestions would be appreciated
My brother lives on the NC500 and he says that at the moment he would rather drive around Brum on the M6. Across the top and then back down west coast is absolutely pandemonium. Some places reporting gridlock with vans parked on any available space... Rmbr NC500 Does not have a toll road like M6.
 
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My brother lives on the NC500 and he says that at the moment he would rather drive around Brum on the M6. Across the top and then back down west coast is absolutely pandemonium. Some places reporting gridlock with vans parked on any available space... Rmbr NC500 Does not have a toll road like M6.
Proof needed....
 
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Proof needed....
Oh... my brothers word not good enough for you???? I will get him to send you some photos of the Vans parked in front of his property... Assuming he has time to do so with his busy crofting schedule. 🐖🐖🐺🐺🐾🐾🐫🐫

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Jul 4, 2017
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Even though it’s late in the year I would get at least some sites ore booked , some are not opening this year

one of our regular stops Sango Sands at Durness being one 🙁
Sango Sands was definitely open a month ago. In fact it looked as though it was bursting at the seams! Most sites close end September/early October.
 
Jul 4, 2017
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Did you go over the Bealach na Ba to Applecross?

I know that buses/trucks navigate some of those roads but they have a hell of a lot more ground clearance than I have on my 8.4m tag axle Dethleffs. I’d not be worried about the length but would be concerned about ground clearance negotiating the hairpin.

Ian
It isn’t the hairpins that’s are the problem but some of the passing places are a bit short for long vans, bit of a worry when it is a sheer drop both sides of the road,
 
Sep 11, 2012
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Did you go over the Bealach na Ba to Applecross?

I know that buses/trucks navigate some of those roads but they have a hell of a lot more ground clearance than I have on my 8.4m tag axle Dethleffs. I’d not be worried about the length but would be concerned about ground clearance negotiating the hairpin.

Ian
No didn’t go over the pass. I been over many times on the motorbike.
 
Oct 29, 2009
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No didn’t go over the pass. I been over many times on the motorbike.
Me too, it’s great isn’t it.

I know that it would be inadvisable in my van both from a ground clearance issue and from the fact that if I had to manoeuvre back and forth around the hairpin that my ridiculously high reverse gear would just result in a burned out clutch.

Ian
 
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It isn’t the hairpins that’s are the problem but some of the passing places are a bit short for long vans, bit of a worry when it is a sheer drop both sides of the road,
I agree that some of the passing places are on the short side but thats only really a problem if the opposing vehicles are both large vehicles; otherwise the short vehicle can occupy the passing place.

The hairpin may not be an issue for you but I can assure you that it would be problematic for my van. Lots of folks trot out the “don’t forget that if the bin lorry/bus can get through, so can you” line but they forget that those vehicles have way more ground clearance and dont have the same issues with long rear overhangs. It does’t take much of a gradient change for my rear end (oh err!) to scrape. 😎

Ian

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Mar 23, 2012
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What difference does it make being an a class most coachbuilts are the same width many that length or longer. Ours is shorter at 6m but the same length we went over the top to applecross great views.
 
Jul 4, 2017
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What difference does it make being an a class most coachbuilts are the same width many that length or longer. Ours is shorter at 6m but the same length we went over the top to applecross great views.
It is the length that is the problem, whether or not it is an A class.

Somebody has said in relation to short passing places, that the shorter van should use the passing place. Our van is 6.3m. We met an A class coming towards us and pulled into a passing place that was just long enough for us; we were as far to the left as we could get without going over the edge (sheer drop); we pulled our mirror in. The A class just about managed to get passed, with the passenger outside directing. They were both as white as sheets.

If anyone is worried about doing it, don’t do it! Knowing the road, we didn’t do it in our previous 6.7m van.

As for Large lorries and bin lorries using the road, they don’t.

It would be helpful if the sign at the bottom gave a length, instead of just saying long vehicles.
 
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Aug 31, 2020
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thanks all , these post are putting me off , maybe i just stick to the east coast road to the top then come back the same way ??

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Jun 17, 2017
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thanks all , these post are putting me off , maybe i just stick to the east coast road to the top then come back the same way ??
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