south west scotland December 2017 my birthday mini meet

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by DavidG58, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,713
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +29,207
    evening all

    possibly our favourite ever location is near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway, we have been going to this site since 1990 with our caravan

    we are going back on Friday 15th December for my 59th birthday weekend (birthday 18th) no agenda, but will involve chilli, curry, beer and gin :):)

    the site use to be a CL, not now but not sure why, the original family owner died, the same family own the farm and still allow camping

    It is one of those 'special' places for us, that I am very willing to share, anybody else fancy joining us for any part or all of the weekend? we will be there 15th - possibly 19th may have to leave on 18th, the last time we went they charged £5 / night, but it may have gone up. There is water and dump but after that nothing but the view :):)

    beach november 13 032.JPG

    beach november 13 033.JPG

    beach november 13 034.JPG

    I will confirm the rate per night, but TBH we always pay £10 night, the location is well worth it (y)(y)

    there is masses of room, about 8 can park on the beach and more if we get cosy :) but the 2 acre field behind will hold dozens

    I am definitely going, any others very welcome, but will pack extra beer / gin if I know more might come :)
     
    • Like it Like it x 9
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 7
    • Love it Love it x 4
  2. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2014
    Messages:
    8,237
    Location:
    East Sussex
    Ratings:
    +29,703
    Hope you have a great time David
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,713
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +29,207
    • Love it Love it x 1
  4. Granjan

    Granjan Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2013
    Messages:
    981
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +16,281
    That sounds lovely and tempting David but I think we are in Perth the week before but without the motorhome, have a wonderful birthday weekend.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  5. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    6,637
    Location:
    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    Ratings:
    +13,684
    We’d have loved to come but Ive booked the weekend in to work :(
    It looks lovely . Right up our street.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  6. Riverbankannie

    Riverbankannie Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2016
    Messages:
    2,249
    Location:
    Bristol
    Ratings:
    +3,565
    That’s a lovely invite David, but a bit too far for us.
    Hope you get some takers and have a great weekend.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  7. Wildbill

    Wildbill Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    8,531
    Location:
    cowdenbeth fife
    Ratings:
    +19,491
    looks lovely @DavidG58 but don't know what happening that weekend we might be on our way to the Nevis range or Avemore Glenshee
    bill
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 1
  8. Debs

    Debs Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2014
    Messages:
    4,123
    Ratings:
    +38,546
    Save me a space please:)x
     
    • Like it Like it x 4
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 4
    • Love it Love it x 1
  9. daveandsan

    daveandsan Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,796
    Location:
    South Staffs
    Ratings:
    +4,280
    If I thought my batteries would last out we would have been tempted to come David, but this time of year my solar panel just doesn’t cope.
    Hope you have a fantastic birthday.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  10. Dave K

    Dave K Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Messages:
    1,177
    Location:
    Somerset
    Ratings:
    +3,914
    Would love to do this but unfortunately we have to pre book holiday well in advance because of work commitments, it looks a lovely spot though David so I’ll no doubt make a note of it for the future, hope you have a good birthday (y)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. Brendan

    Brendan Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    Messages:
    196
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ratings:
    +750
    I'm working most of the weekend David, but I'm sure I'll get a run out at some point to say hello.
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 2
  12. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,774
    Location:
    Dumfries
    Ratings:
    +10,525
    Love location David and would loved to have joined you, unfortunetly its my Xmas night out on the 15th and Lorraine's on the 16th. If you let us know when your there though we might pop down for a cuppa.
     
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 2
    • Like it Like it x 1
  13. alex n

    alex n Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2017
    Messages:
    32
    Location:
    edinburgh
    Ratings:
    +56
    Shame we booked a week from 11th December to Spain for my birthday - could have had a double celebration. Would have liked that - lovely spot! Have a good one(y)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  14. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    6,637
    Location:
    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    Ratings:
    +13,684
    Yaaay I think we can make it .
    Just double checked and I’ve actually booked 15/16/17 off!
    But we’d not got anything planned, we were thinking about going to robin hoods bay .
    But not anymore.
    I’m actually working the weekend before . Then we’re off up to Moffat Boxing Day for over New Year.

    Please put us down, very much looking forward to going to a lovely spot and celebrating your birthday :clap2::party:
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
    • Like it Like it x 4
    • Love it Love it x 4
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 1
  15. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,713
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +29,207
    A little more detail about the location

    This is where you turn off the A75, it is about 4 miles west of Gatehouse of Fleet, stay on A75 past GoF then pass a lay by on left with tea room log cabin, about a mile after that, road on slight incline as you come out of the trees be ready to turn left into here

    upload_2017-11-26_11-25-20.png

    after pulling in stop at bungalow on right, I hope to have let them know how many and what days we will be coming in, they may even say to me to drive straight on down, I will let you know (y)

    you drive straight on down bungalow on right and farmhouse on left, the track is nearly a mile long down to the beach, they sometimes close a gate to retain sheep but not often, if they do the last gate before the beach will also be closed to keep the sheep off the beach and freedom

    the track is a typical farm track, rutted and can be wet, but fine if taken slowly, the last bit down to the beach level looks daunting when you first see it, but it is done by 100's a year and is fine, we towed huge caravans up and down for years, this shows the track route from farm to beach

    upload_2017-11-26_11-37-6.png

    There is a water tap and a sess pit dump, they prefer minimal levels of blue chemical, but really are not that bothered, it is tankered away

    Our own use of this site is arrive and do nothing for a few days, taking in all food for the stay, it is quite a trek back out to the shops
    GoF has a coop shop good for basics and a few nice shops, a pub / hotel doing good food, we often eat on way in and out, a lovely coffee shop café above the Coop with very nice gift shop, my secret santa may well come from there (y) unless I get Swansea Jack that is of course :LOL:

    I will be keeping an interested eye on the tides for that weekend, the height range is huge, sometimes the sea barely covers the flat area of the bay 50' or so from where we park, but the height of the tide ranges by over 3m and we have once got our caravan wheels wet on a very high tide with high winds, very rare but very impressive seas :) parked a little more sensibly now I am older it would take a severe storm to reach there (y) although only a few feet further back

    I can only find tide tables for 7 days on line, anybody with more time or greater concerns for our welfare :LOL: can check for Kirkcudbright Bay tide time tables, these then give height and times (y)

    Bev is so looking forward to going back here, not been for a few years, the beach is made up of sand and shells, millions of shells, although for the more intrepid walking out onto the flat area when tide out will discover plenty of mud, been there in the past now prefer the memories :)


    upload_2017-11-26_12-10-20.png

    upload_2017-11-26_12-12-42.png

    upload_2017-11-26_12-13-5.png

    the last few are of our first motorhome, they came up on FB recently from 6 years ago, how time flies, just had a lovely recall of arriving on site for our first ever sleep in the new to us MH, arrived at near dark, knew where we would be parking, backed in to a near level area, checked with a quick spirit level check on table (as you do when new)

    Bev says what's the first thing to do, having always caravanned where we would now be unhooking, levelling, fetching water etc

    I said, you pour the gins, I will turn the gas on, the only thing we had to go outside for, apart from a Lola walk before bed :)(y)

    fridge was an AES, gas on, fridge swapped, G + T's poured and tea warming through, loved it, even Bev was more convinced at that moment that maybe the MH did have advantages over the caravan :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
    • Love it Love it x 4
    • Like it Like it x 3
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 1
  16. ambulancekidd

    ambulancekidd Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2014
    Messages:
    1,361
    Location:
    Ayrshire Scotland
    Ratings:
    +5,971
    Wish we were free to go, its just down the road from us too! Arghhhh. Have a great birthday bash.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  17. andy63

    andy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,808
    Location:
    south shields
    Ratings:
    +12,640
    His David. .I've just seen this..
    I was going to head for Cairnryan on the 16th anyway so it could well fit in with plans to go to Ireland. . Just leave a day or two earlier. . So if there'' room count me in..
    Andy. .
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 1
  18. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,713
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +29,207
    might do coffee and cakes for locals on Sunday morning (y)
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  19. DavidG58

    DavidG58 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    8,713
    Location:
    Bolsover, Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +29,207
    Of course there is room Andy, I think I would have to start a reserve list at about 120 :LOL::LOL: although the by laws might cut in earlier than that :), no limits on numbers, we are up to 4 so far and TBH a week before Christmas I had expected to be on our own
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  20. andy63

    andy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,808
    Location:
    south shields
    Ratings:
    +12,640
    I'e got a little Honda genny you would be welcome to borrow.. you will never hear it running on the end of a 25man cable(y):LOL:
    Andy..
     
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
Loading...

Share This Page