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roifromnwales
28-10-2004, 21:23
Rest and Be Thankful is a lay by after a stiff climb on the A83. It does have no camping notices but if you tuck away in the corner overnighting is possible. It is an incredible viewpoint with fantastic views down the valley. You can understand why it is called Rest and Be Thankful when you see the climb

jann
31-10-2004, 20:13
We have stayed here overnight in winter when the weather was bad and yes we were thankful to rest!

roifromnwales
31-10-2004, 23:52
I'll bet the view is excellent with snow on the ground but I don't think I would like to climb the hill with a lot of snow around.
terrific place tho

vwbusje
01-11-2004, 21:34
If the weather is very bad you might prefer to drive a little bit down the glen to the village, about 2 miles down you will find a little stone bridge, next to it is a flat bit of land that is also a very nice place to stay.
Not suitable in the summer because of insects and heavy traffic going up and down. But in winter it is dead quiet.

Leo (who has been sailing the loch Goil for about 15 years)

medenview
05-07-2006, 09:04
Had a look at this site (Rest and Be Thankful) and as there was a "No Camping" sign, we didn't. However, there were a couple of dutch units there (complete with clogs outside) that were camping. Suppose they
have the benefit of saying they don't understand English if asked to move on.

Note: all parking areas in Argyll Forest, especially Honeymoon Bridge carpark, just down from Rest and Be Thankful had No Camping signs, pity! As it was our first attempt at wild camping, we didn't use these spots.

autosleeper
22-02-2007, 21:55
We have stayed overnight at the rest & be thankful site on several occasions, but mainly out of season. We have never seen a no overnight camping sign. & stayed there last year in April. We have also stayed overnight at Arrochar, head of Loch Long. there is also an excellent fish & chip shop near bye. but it can get a bit crowded in high season, especially with campers.

jann
25-02-2007, 16:56
There are some places in the Argylle Forest off A815 on the way to Dunoon that are suitable for overnighting,they don't all have signs. There was signs at Rest and be Thankfull last time we were there.(about 2 years ago ) but beacuse it was in winter we stopped

hillwalker
25-02-2007, 18:27
just by the rest laybye ,on the road to lochgoil ;there's a road to left for beiin doniich that;s hill by the way..anyway we camped in there ,sat ++ sun nice and quiet nice walks ,the dog loved it,'s much better than the main laybye as it was too busy and too close to the busy road..

cowanhouse
12-08-2007, 16:45
Parked here on Sunday 5th August really wet but great view another three campers came in later. Ranger came round in the morning we think checking to ensure no rubbish left no bins here but we can recommend site stayed here end of last year used the forest track to walk the dog.

shortcircuit
12-08-2007, 16:52
Was taken there 50+ years ago to watch hill climbs up the old road. Great

champstar
02-06-2009, 21:43
Stopped overnight here last week a german van was there also...police did a drive through but no problems. There is a small sign with no caravans and tents sign...but did not mention motorhomes so we stayed. Agree that it is a great view from there.

Henrym
11-02-2011, 23:27
If you go west from the Rest and be Thankful, after the next left corner, near a stone bridge, there is a large parking area, no sign of any No Parking signs. (is this what vwbusje meant?) Further on, at the head of Loch Fyne, there is an 'old' road upstream of the new road bridge. Various parking opportunities, although the car park has a height barrier.... and within walking distance of the LF Oyster Bar! (maybe you can park there, with permission)

Canalsman
12-02-2011, 00:17
If you go west from the Rest and be Thankful, after the next left corner, near a stone bridge, there is a large parking area, no sign of any No Parking signs. (is this what vwbusje meant?) Further on, at the head of Loch Fyne, there is an 'old' road upstream of the new road bridge. Various parking opportunities, although the car park has a height barrier.... and within walking distance of the LF Oyster Bar! (maybe you can park there, with permission)

Thanks for the info - I've updated the database accordingly.

Note that there is a place to park on the old road you mention, next to the river, so if you can't fit under the barrier, there's an alternative :)

Regards

Chris

Ste
27-04-2011, 20:45
There was a problem a few years ago with tent campers starting fires. But I've been driving past weekly for nearly 6 years and there's always a MH or 2 parked up. Think its the usual story of just clean up after yourself and you'll get the respect you deserve from the ranger etc..

Hazel
12-03-2012, 20:43
:wave:hi there,we stayed at the rest and be thankful in August,wow,what a view!! the sign only says NO TENTS OR CARAVANS,we are a converted transit,but there were also 3-4 other large motorhomes too.beautiful place to stop,sunrise ans sunset are not to be missed:goodluck:

runnach
12-03-2012, 20:55
Recent problems at R&BT due to landslides, same at A890 Strome Ferry landslip, massive detour in place, council even put a ferry in place, guess what, engine failure with ferry, ended up grounded, now in for repair!!

Rubbertramp
12-03-2012, 21:07
Recent problems at R&BT due to landslides, same at A890 Strome Ferry landslip, massive detour in place, council even put a ferry in place, guess what, engine failure with ferry, ended up grounded, now in for repair!!

Ah, so Strome Ferry (no ferry) is now Strome Ferry (yes ferry)!....or even Strome Ferry (nearly ferry).....Anyone fancy a swim?

runnach
12-03-2012, 21:10
Nea bother, slack water, wearing a drysuit ;)

Rubbertramp
12-03-2012, 21:18
And rest up halfway at the fish farm.....

runnach
12-03-2012, 21:33
Fish farms, another scar on the seascape!!

On a different note, old ruin castle side at strome, south from old ferry master house, hit the motherload scallop bed, they were stacked up on each other, never the likes before, made 1.5k-ish over a weekend scooping up the legal size ones!!

Cheers...............

christine
01-11-2012, 11:20
Hi, anyone know whether it's still viable to overnight on the B828 (Loch Goilhead) just off the Rest and be Thankful? Hillwalker mentioned a forest road way back in this thread. Also, how is this route for a 23 feet motorhome? Hoping to look at Loch Goilhead and Gairlochhead next week on our long search for a place to retire to! Many thanks for any advice.

brett
09-08-2013, 10:49
Stayed there 01-08-2013

Burger van's enormous industrial generator kicked off at 5:45 am

If you are going to stay there chose the lower level


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