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billybolero
29-05-2012, 14:37
Coming up from isle of wight this weekend, and have got to get it right, we could we talking 3,000 mile round trip . Done area before but stayed in b and b's. What do you members consider the must do places? what spots get really busy with motorhomes? and the best campsite to dash into after 4 days out wilding ( a girl needs a spruce up occassionally) Are locals just as welcoming these days (Ive read some negetive things) .Just read various sites, and good they are too, but you cannot beat a reccomendation from a fellow member can you?

Rubbertramp
29-05-2012, 20:24
The passenger ferry and hike/cycle (minibus if you want to take it easy) over to Cape Wrath and the beach and bothy at Kervaig is well worth the trip if you're around Durness way. Likewise the Bealach na ba.....road to Applecross...stunning!
Oban can be very busy with tourists, similarly Skye and Mallaig. Campsites with full facilities can be hard to find North of Torridon but Harbour facilities are provided in Kinlochbervie if you need showers and laundry doing. Showers too at the Assynt leisure centre in Lochinver.

The local people are very friendly and helpful still......although a lot of English have migrated here and seem to have brought some of their signs with them.;)

spiritsfree
29-05-2012, 21:11
We`ve just returned from 4 weeks on the west coast, however it very much depends what your interests are as to what you would enjoy.....(we enjoy wildlife photography). If you enjoy the fantastic scenery then it is more or less around every corner. Cattle pass (Bealach na ba) is certainly worth the trouble to Applecross,( and then the coastal route to Shieldaig)as is the trip through Torridon, after Shieldaig, to Kinlochewe ( good camp site there )...then around the Wester Ross coastal route ( plenty of camp sites or wild spots) up to Ullerpool. After Ullerpool there is Clachtoll on the B869, which also has a camp site, with white sandy beach and clear blue water. This route is slightly off the beaten track but worth the effort, rejoining the A838 at Laxford Bridge. There is a camp site at Durness, if you need to use one, or a wild spot at Keodale, just before Durness. We`ve always found the people in Scotland to be extremely friendly and helpful, and we go twice a year for 4-5 weeks at a time, so it really depends what you are looking for from your holiday, however the nearer you get to summer the busier it gets, and that means motorhomes too. Generally we will only use camp sites once every 7-10 days as there is so much pleasure to be had exploring the out of the way places and known "little gems". Bearing in mind the time you are going, camp sites can be expensive. Kinlochewe was 25-00 per night for non-members !! Any further advise you may need, don`t hesitate to ask as we have travelled through Scotland twice a year for the past 7 years.....and love it. Enjoy your trip !!!!


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