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Colshandy
01-07-2013, 11:44
Hi,

I am heading for my longest trip in the Bongo since purchasing it about 2 months back; the week after next, for up to a week with my son and daughter, 8 and 7. I fancy heading to the west coast.

Wouldn't mind a spot of wildcamping or a nice campsite as well, but somewhere within i wee drive of a fall back option (town/swimming pool?) in case the weather is terrible.

Hoping to catch good weather and do lots of outdoors stuff, general beach combing, spot of fishing and maybe try sme watersports with the kids.

I hav never been to the west coast before apart from a week at Uni on Isle of Raasay so wondered if anyone recommend any nice spots a wee bit off the beaten track to give us some inspiration.

To date we have stayed in sites or near a village so alway been handy for things if we were stuck. A general question, are there any things anyone could suggest I might need for our weeks trip in a remotish place.

Thanks

Colshandy

Smaug
01-07-2013, 12:50
It ain't as remote as you think, there are village shops dotted around between the towns with a wide range of day to day essentials. All the larger towns have supermarkets & specialist stores too. There is over a thousand miles or so of west coast, so you need to be a bit more specific to get recommendations, but all of it is good, most of it is great & much of it is superb!

We liked the camp site at Ardgarten on the way up past Loch Fyne, it has all the facilities, is right on the loch side & not too pricey. There is a free lorry/ car park at Inverary a few miles further on & we have also stopped in the Forestry Picnic car parks in between (can be midgey & no views). Take a map, call in at all the Tourist Info shops to find the local attractions & just explore. Get the kids involved in choosing which road to take, what to do & where to stop, they'll love that.

Colshandy
01-07-2013, 13:35
It ain't as remote as you think, there are village shops dotted around between the towns with a wide range of day to day essentials. All the larger towns have supermarkets & specialist stores too. There is over a thousand miles or so of west coast, so you need to be a bit more specific to get recommendations, but all of it is good, most of it is great & much of it is superb!

We liked the camp site at Ardgarten on the way up past Loch Fyne, it has all the facilities, is right on the loch side & not too pricey. There is a free lorry/ car park at Inverary a few miles further on & we have also stopped in the Forestry Picnic car parks in between (can be midgey & no views). Take a map, call in at all the Tourist Info shops to find the local attractions & just explore. Get the kids involved in choosing which road to take, what to do & where to stop, they'll love that.

Many thanks for this.

I live in Aberdeen so its as east to go North west as it is to go South west coast. I think northern is preferred as maybe we bit closer.

The main thing Im after is a good safe sandy beach and ideally somethere that does hire/lessons for outdoors stuff (fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing, etc).

If I can get all of that in one place id be a happy man.

what is the deal with the POIs ? I have never owned a satnav, do you need one for the POIs ?

Thanks again

Dive Tramp
01-07-2013, 14:02
Smaug, when you say Ardgarten Campsite on the way past Loch Fyne, that's right on the lochside, do you actually mean this site, on Loch Long?
Streetmap.co.uk- search results for 227777,703162 (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=227777&y=703162&z=115&sv=227777,703162&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=679&ax=227777&ay=703162&lm=0)

Or is there another Ardgarten Campsite on Loch Fyne (that's not on Streetmap)?

I do a fair amount of diver training in these parts and to keep my costs down I use some wildcamp areas around these two lochs (Fyne and Long).

Smaug
01-07-2013, 14:27
Smaug, when you say Ardgarten Campsite on the way past Loch Fyne, that's right on the lochside, do you actually mean this site, on Loch Long?
Streetmap.co.uk- search results for 227777,703162 (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=227777&y=703162&z=115&sv=227777,703162&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=679&ax=227777&ay=703162&lm=0)

Or is there another Ardgarten Campsite on Loch Fyne (that's not on Streetmap)?

I do a fair amount of diver training in these parts and to keep my costs down I use some wildcamp areas around these two lochs (Fyne and Long).

Yup, that's the site, used to be forestry commission but now I think it is privately owned, I think we paid 16 a night with hook up on a hardstanding.

Smaug
01-07-2013, 14:35
Many thanks for this.

I live in Aberdeen so its as east to go North west as it is to go South west coast. I think northern is preferred as maybe we bit closer.

The main thing Im after is a good safe sandy beach and ideally somethere that does hire/lessons for outdoors stuff (fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing, etc).

If I can get all of that in one place id be a happy man.

what is the deal with the POIs ? I have never owned a satnav, do you need one for the POIs ?

Thanks again

OK, the PoI's are points of interest for sat navs or Google earth etc. You join the site (20 quid) & get a link to download the data which is then loadable onto any sat nav, smartphone or computer so you can see them on digital maps.

I don't know where the training places are, but ask Google. There are marinas at Dunstaffnage, Croabh haven, Ardtallah & Kerrera amongst others, some definitely hire sailing cruisers, but who does other stuff I have no idea. Surfing is unlikely as the fetch is generally too short for decent waves due to the islands offshore.

Plockton is a lovely spot, but they have been plagued by campers in the past & now discourage them. Scottish Tourist Board have loads of stuff on watersports, go to the Aberdeen office to see what they have, bound to be some suitable stuff in their booklets.

2cv
01-07-2013, 18:39
I think that the Ardgarten site is no more, been replaced by chalets.

wee nellie
01-07-2013, 19:30
Durness is a beautiful spot & camp site is right beside beach & their is wind surfing ect , also try bettyhill a bit futher across but well worth it the site there is basic but only 12 a night run by a lovely women & thou its rural they have a swimming pool was funded by lottery grants beach again is beautiful white sands & windsurfing I know its not west cost but along the top of Scotland but in my opinion well worth visiting as is kyle of tongue & along the way there is plenty of opportunity to wild camp or stop at reasonable priced sites, will you let us know how you get on ?? p.s Ullapool too is beautiful best sight is just past it heading north travel for 4miles est and there is a lovely sight the one in the centre of Ulapool is good if you want to be in the centre of the town were as the other one is quieter :):dance::dance: good luck Nellie x

Smaug
01-07-2013, 19:35
I think that the Ardgarten site is no more, been replaced by chalets.

There were chalets there when we stayed (2011) but the touring site was still open. How recent is your info?

Still listed as 100 pitches for MH & caravans on several guides. Phone 01301 702293. Some of the chalets were looking a bit scruffy when we were there, but the touring facilities & loos were fine. But a lot can happen in 2 years.

Colshandy
01-07-2013, 19:40
Durness is a beautiful spot & camp site is right beside beach & their is wind surfing ect , also try bettyhill a bit futher across but well worth it the site there is basic but only 12 a night run by a lovely women & thou its rural they have a swimming pool was funded by lottery grants beach again is beautiful white sands & windsurfing I know its not west cost but along the top of Scotland but in my opinion well worth visiting as is kyle of tongue & along the way there is plenty of opportunity to wild camp or stop at reasonable priced sites, will you let us know how you get on ?? p.s Ullapool too is beautiful best sight is just past it heading north travel for 4miles est and there is a lovely sight the one in the centre of Ulapool is good if you want to be in the centre of the town were as the other one is quieter :):dance::dance: good luck Nellie x

Okay, thanks to everyone for thier help so far. I hav just joined on the back of this :0)

Thanks Nellie as well. A freidn at work who surfs mentioned Durness as well. I will look into your suggestions soon. If someone could plan the whole week for me feel free :0) haha.

Just praying for some good weather, due to personal circs I cant travel abroad this year so this is doubling up as the family beach holiday so for the sake of the kids hope we can get some beach combing in !

I went munro bagging up Tongue 2 years back so know how lovely it is up there.

Keep the suggestions coming folks !!

2cv
01-07-2013, 20:40
There were chalets there when we stayed (2011) but the touring site was still open. How recent is your info?

Still listed as 100 pitches for MH & caravans on several guides. Phone 01301 702293. Some of the chalets were looking a bit scruffy when we were there, but the touring facilities & loos were fine. But a lot can happen in 2 years.

We stayed there a few months ago (as a revisit, my last time was on a motorbike in 1976!) and they were beginning to run down the camping. Been past a few times recently and it is now covered in (nice looking) chalets.
The old torpedo range nearby has recently been flattened too, and is destined to be an upmarket resort apparently.

Smaug
01-07-2013, 21:15
We stayed there a few months ago (as a revisit, my last time was on a motorbike in 1976!) and they were beginning to run down the camping. Been past a few times recently and it is now covered in (nice looking) chalets.
The old torpedo range nearby has recently been flattened too, and is destined to be an upmarket resort apparently.

Oh, well, we only used it three times in 35 years - so it goes, err well, I mean so it's gone!


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