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iampatman
21-06-2017, 12:45
Not having too much luck with pub stops in Bonny Scotland. Arrived at Applecross Inn, asked if we could park overnight if we bought a couple of meals (and a few pints) and were told no. Oh well, that's 50 quid or so they won't be seeing from me. I can find somewhere to park so whose losing out here?

Pat

caledonia
21-06-2017, 13:27
Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

groyne
21-06-2017, 13:32
We had no trouble, but that was 2 years ago. We enjoyed it and hopefully we'll be going over that way in September, but if they've stopped overnighting we won't be going back to Applecross. Plenty of other good pubs and places to visit.

2cv
21-06-2017, 13:34
We had no trouble, but that was 2 years ago. We enjoyed it and hopefully we'll be going over that way in September, but if they've stopped overnighting we won't be going back to Applecross. Plenty of other good pubs and places to visit.

Likewise.

AndyR
21-06-2017, 14:21
Sometimes they'll allow it, sometimes they wont. They have limited parking and frequently have groups of multiple vehicles that pre-book on condition that parking is available, especially since the NC500 was 'invented'. It's a shame you didn't go anyway. They didn't miss out, you did, the food is amazing.

In a previous life I owned a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland, the car park of which was beside the slipway of a short haul ferry, and had to adopt the same approach. A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business. the key word there is 'business', as opposed to 'charity'. The economy of the west cost of Scotland relies heavily on tourism during a fairly short busy season. Any business that does not maximise income when they can will not last long. No doubt you'd complain about the lack of places to eat and drink if that happened.

groyne
21-06-2017, 14:56
As you say it's business, allowing motorhomes to stay is also business, not charity if they are eating and drinking in your establishment. "A bird in the hand" springs to mind.

runnach
21-06-2017, 15:04
We use to park up at top of bay, then walk over to inn, at Easter, passing our usual spot, top of bay is now boulder off and, other access point all chewed up, making MH entry near impossible. As much as I like this particular area, we'll move and spend elsewhere.

channa
21-06-2017, 15:09
Sometimes they'll allow it, sometimes they wont. They have limited parking and frequently have groups of multiple vehicles that pre-book on condition that parking is available, especially since the NC500 was 'invented'. It's a shame you didn't go anyway. They didn't miss out, you did, the food is amazing.

In a previous life I owned a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland, the car park of which was beside the slipway of a short haul ferry, and had to adopt the same approach. A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business. the key word there is 'business', as opposed to 'charity'. The economy of the west cost of Scotland relies heavily on tourism during a fairly short busy season. Any business that does not maximise income when they can will not last long. No doubt you'd complain about the lack of places to eat and drink if that happened.

I totally agree with you a good maitre d' hotel will subliminally without guests becoming offended turn table covers in a restaurant to maximise income. Good operators command a premium.

In tourist areas like Applecross the job is even more challenging, They are Michelin star so part of the Maitre d's responsibility is the kitchen not overloaded and that allows consistency of service. Also the reason on meets venues often want pre bookings so that staff levels can address demand.

There is a lot of organisation behind the scenes customers either choose not too or perhaps don't understand.

Occupational hazard of the catering industry.

It is all a balance and customers need to understand that business needs to balance too, it shouldn't be mistaken for greed or profiteering.

Channa

2cv
21-06-2017, 15:13
Sometimes they'll allow it, sometimes they wont. They have limited parking and frequently have groups of multiple vehicles that pre-book on condition that parking is available, especially since the NC500 was 'invented'. It's a shame you didn't go anyway. They didn't miss out, you did, the food is amazing.

In a previous life I owned a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland, the car park of which was beside the slipway of a short haul ferry, and had to adopt the same approach. A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business. the key word there is 'business', as opposed to 'charity'. The economy of the west cost of Scotland relies heavily on tourism during a fairly short busy season. Any business that does not maximise income when they can will not last long. No doubt you'd complain about the lack of places to eat and drink if that happened.

As you say, there is a short busy season so failing to look after those who visit year round seem poor business sense. Their choice though, but I think that they dip out in the long run, certainly I prefer to visit away from the busy season, it's busy with midges then too!

st3v3
21-06-2017, 15:34
A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business.

I'm not sure Andy. What of the people that have a meal and a couple of beers with it then disappear off home in a taxi leaving a car to collect in the morning. Even worse, the couple who spend a long evening tying up a parking space while he drinks a few pints and she has an orange juice to be able to drive him home, always later than anyone else might come in to eat. At least the MH couple might both drink...

Maybe I'm unusual, but when we do a pub stop we're usually there before 1700 and not leave before 2200, drinking a *lot* as well as 3 adult meals, usually consisting of 2 courses each minimum. Then, because of not wanting to drive early I've also been into pubs in the morning again for breakfast or at least a cup of tea and more relaxing.

Costs me a fortune, but I like to relax properly after a week of graft, otherwise working doesn't seem worth it!

Mul
21-06-2017, 15:53
Curious, can you still get between the boulders with a bike 'n' tent for a different type of "wild camp" ?

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& who put the Boulders in place. It was a great place to stop ?

The Pub was always highly rated (nice scallops) but didn't know it now had a star, crikes.

Are the boulders as a result of local discontent (campsite / locals / others) or due to other factors e.g. the N bloody C bloody 5 bloody hundred and the millions upon trillions of vehicles with numpty drivers going oo-er look a sheep/haggis/Nessie/yeti, crawling along at 5 miles an hour. Rant, rant, rant.

Or are there just too many bloody motorhomes these days. Are our and other POI's too widely distributed offering less choice. Too much rubbish / waste /mess being left ?

Probably a bit of all of above.

Big disappointment from me. Oh the days of going up there and being only one of a few. Wasn't that many years ago neither.

Annoyed (and sad).

alwaysared
21-06-2017, 16:07
From their website on the "About Us" page:
Parking is provided for our guests and customers in our 2 car parks across the road from the Inn. Please be advised motorhomes and caravans are not permitted to utilise our car parks for overnight parking

As for maximising their business if they do have a Michelin Star there's no mention of it on their website!

Regards,
Del

iampatman
21-06-2017, 17:18
Sometimes they'll allow it, sometimes they wont. They have limited parking and frequently have groups of multiple vehicles that pre-book on condition that parking is available, especially since the NC500 was 'invented'. It's a shame you didn't go anyway. They didn't miss out, you did, the food is amazing.

In a previous life I owned a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland, the car park of which was beside the slipway of a short haul ferry, and had to adopt the same approach. A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business. the key word there is 'business', as opposed to 'charity'. The economy of the west cost of Scotland relies heavily on tourism during a fairly short busy season. Any business that does not maximise income when they can will not last long. No doubt you'd complain about the lack of places to eat and drink if that happened.

That's fair comment Andy however despite the fact that the place was heaving (and plenty of space in the car park) you'd have been hard pressed to find a smile on any of the staff's faces. Square pegs in round holes. I appreciate it's their business and not my place to tell them how to run it, my post was more to advise other members who might arrive and be disappointed. Parked up now at Sheildaig enjoying a couple of pints - nice menu here too.

Pat

channa
21-06-2017, 17:19
From their website on the "About Us" page:
Parking is provided for our guests and customers in our 2 car parks across the road from the Inn. Please be advised motorhomes and caravans are not permitted to utilise our car parks for overnight parking

As for maximising their business if they do have a Michelin Star there's no mention of it on their website!

Regards,
Del

I agree there is no mention, I am confident that I read it somewhere or perhaps the chef had worked Michelin Star restaurant ? either way I wouldn't want one given tbh . ( As a chef perhaps but as an owner no thank you )

It seems plenty of other accolades though.

At the end of the day their business and can run it as they feel....consequences are simple people visit or they don't !!

Channa

AndyR
21-06-2017, 18:32
Owners of small hotels and pubs on the west coast of Scotland are damned if they do and damned if they don't .....

No motorcycles, people complain
No tour buses, people complain
No kids, people complain
No walkers with dirty boots, people complain
No toasties, it's not trendy enough so people complain
No haggis, neeps and tatties, the tourists don't know what it is and complain

etc etc etc etc etc .....

If hotel owners pandered to every interest group out there they'd have no business at all. Many, like the Applecross Inn, are community focal points as well. Making profit in summer allows them to stay open in winter, so they cater for the broadest range of clientele possible.

Let's face it, as motorhome owners we're just another vocal interest group that would like to think the world to revolves around us. It doesn't. If you don't want to give them your business, dont! They wont loose any sleep over it. How many of us actually visit hotels/pubs in these areas on more than one trip a year? A few, but not enough to make a financial difference to these business's.

Fazerloz
21-06-2017, 18:51
It is very easy for 2 people to spend over £100 in the Inn in a night. 100 MHs is only 2 per week yet would equate to £10,000 worth of business. Not to be sniffed at. Having said that I will go back as I have never been refused.

runnach
21-06-2017, 19:01
That's fair comment Andy however despite the fact that the place was heaving (and plenty of space in the car park) you'd have been hard pressed to find a smile on any of the staff's faces. Square pegs in round holes. I appreciate it's their business and not my place to tell them how to run it, my post was more to advise other members who might arrive and be disappointed. Parked up now at Sheildaig enjoying a couple of pints - nice menu here too.

Pat

Aye, the watering hole at Sheildaig does really good food and, fair selection of local brews available. And a braw view over to the island and, down the loch over to Torridon.

If you guys are ok for decent walk, follow the path at side of school, which loops round, worth the walk, weather permitting.

runnach
21-06-2017, 19:46
Owners of small hotels and pubs on the west coast of Scotland are damned if they do and damned if they don't .....

No motorcycles, people complain
No tour buses, people complain
No kids, people complain
No walkers with dirty boots, people complain
No toasties, it's not trendy enough so people complain
No haggis, neeps and tatties, the tourists don't know what it is and complain

etc etc etc etc etc .....

If hotel owners pandered to every interest group out there they'd have no business at all. Many, like the Applecross Inn, are community focal points as well. Making profit in summer allows them to stay open in winter, so they cater for the broadest range of clientele possible.

Let's face it, as motorhome owners we're just another vocal interest group that would like to think the world to revolves around us. It doesn't. If you don't want to give them your business, dont! They wont loose any sleep over it. How many of us actually visit hotels/pubs in these areas on more than one trip a year? A few, but not enough to make a financial difference to these business's.

Because of the location and available time we have, two trip per year is a luxury. I do know from our previous visits, we have used the inn for lunch and dinner on the same day, with maybe lunch on day of departure doon the hill.

I always top up at the non profit 24/7 filling station, as having available fuel at such a remote area is invaluable.

I mentioned in an earlier post how obstacles now limit access at end of bay during our Easter tour, which had us heading to Toscaig, while a beautiful spot, there were no available hostelries to chill out for an evening. When we left Toscaig, we lunched and brimmed the diesel tank, prior to heading doon the hill.

I forgot to mention, I looked at campsite price, which was low season, two of us, plus dog, plus MH @ £18 PN, no EHU, time of year, high season @ £22 PN. EHU is extra. Couple of week back, we paid £18.50 PN with EHU, at a lovely site at the Ettrick Valley.

While I really do appreciate Applecross campsite is a business, maybe owners should look at a better pricing system then the current one, which I am confident would increase their business and, the local community as a whole, would benefit.

My opinion, only.

slider
21-06-2017, 19:50
That's fair comment Andy however despite the fact that the place was heaving (and plenty of space in the car park) you'd have been hard pressed to find a smile on any of the staff's faces. Square pegs in round holes. I appreciate it's their business and not my place to tell them how to run it, my post was more to advise other members who might arrive and be disappointed. Parked up now at Sheildaig enjoying a couple of pints - nice menu here too.

Pat

Hope you enjoy your stay Pat. Next time maybe you will have to pay a bit more. Was there a couple of weeks ago friend I was with spoke to a local who told her that the land where motorhomes park was being sold and developed as a commercial site, may be because of NC500 who knows perhaps while you are there and have time maybe do a bit of digging around.

runnach
21-06-2017, 20:46
Hope you enjoy your stay Pat. Next time maybe you will have to pay a bit more. Was there a couple of weeks ago friend I was with spoke to a local who told her that the land where motorhomes park was being sold and developed as a commercial site, may be because of NC500 who knows perhaps while you are there and have time maybe do a bit of digging around.

Was at crofter land at Easter, was told similar by a local gent. If memory serves me well, gent explained there are issues with change of use, I cant remember all of our chat, not all cut and dried??

This NC500 is going to kill MH access in Scotland, too many idiots hiring MH's with no clue of code of conduct, we will be victims of MH's own success??

channa
22-06-2017, 06:05
Aye, the watering hole at Sheildaig does really good food and, fair selection of local brews available. And a braw view over to the island and, down the loch over to Torridon.

If you guys are ok for decent walk, follow the path at side of school, which loops round, worth the walk, weather permitting.

A nice little village is Shieldaig definitely not a second best !

1986 time my in laws worked on the Culdoran estate, between Lochcarron and Shieldaig. in those days Howard Doris yard was still functioning, and Friday evenings the pub packed with Dutch workers from HD's.

Invariably on the Saturday it wasn't uncommon to learn someone had got tanked up and lost it on the road back. A body and repair shop those days would have done well in Lochcarron or Kishorn !!

If I didn't need to work ,I would move there like a shot I find the whole area bordering on spiritual, Last visit was perhaps 5 years ago when I was doing a bit of work with Mark (rubbertramp) A lot quicker to access these days.

Channa

runnach
22-06-2017, 06:48
Aye, I recall you mentioning this before, Andy. All good memories of course. My dad was a Kishorn Commando for a while, actually while clearing out our dear mums house, I found dads induction booklet, which contained various info, what a find this was for me!

There are plans afoot to breathe new life into the yard, renewable, I think, possibly decom work, too, due to lochs deep water, if this comes off, maybe an opening for you to rustle up grub for employee's, if yard does open?

runnach
22-06-2017, 08:24
Some info here.

Kishorn | News (http://www.kishornport.co.uk/news/)

iampatman
22-06-2017, 13:17
Was at crofter land at Easter, was told similar by a local gent. If memory serves me well, gent explained there are issues with change of use, I cant remember all of our chat, not all cut and dried??

This NC500 is going to kill MH access in Scotland, too many idiots hiring MH's with no clue of code of conduct, we will be victims of MH's own success??

Firstly I have to say this is our first time in the highlands in the van. We've been here a couple of weeks almost and we've been amazed at the number of motorhomes. It's like driving in Europe! Many, many German,Dutch,French and Italian. Having said that we've had no problems finding somewhere to park up (apart from a couple of pub car parks :)). There are also a lot of hired vans and a few of them look like rabbits caught in headlights on the narrow roads but we all have to learn eh? I reckon I know what I'm doing but I've got a battle scar on the van from a narrow stone bridge on a bend - ouch.
I've just asked the landlady in the pub at Sheildaig about the campsite and she has confirmed that it will become "a little bit more organised for the benefit of visitors and the local community". I don't blame them, when we arrived the sign requesting donations was upside down on the ground (we picked it up)and we've seen a few folk stop last night and didn't notice anyone chipping in.
Anyway, we're having a great time amongst welcoming and hospitable folk and majestic scenery and landscapes.
Pat

caledonia
22-06-2017, 13:36
Because of the location and available time we have, two trip per year is a luxury. I do know from our previous visits, we have used the inn for lunch and dinner on the same day, with maybe lunch on day of departure doon the hill.

I always top up at the non profit 24/7 filling station, as having available fuel at such a remote area is invaluable.

I mentioned in an earlier post how obstacles now limit access at end of bay during our Easter tour, which had us heading to Toscaig, while a beautiful spot, there were no available hostelries to chill out for an evening. When we left Toscaig, we lunched and brimmed the diesel tank, prior to heading doon the hill.

I forgot to mention, I looked at campsite price, which was low season, two of us, plus dog, plus MH @ £18 PN, no EHU, time of year, high season @ £22 PN. EHU is extra. Couple of week back, we paid £18.50 PN with EHU, at a lovely site at the Ettrick Valley.

While I really do appreciate Applecross campsite is a business, maybe owners should look at a better pricing system then the current one, which I am confident would increase their business and, the local community as a whole, would benefit.

My opinion, only.

The Applecross campsite is well overpriced. Maybe if they put in some better drainage as its normally very soft and muddy. The facilities are crap for the price and to small for the size of site. That flower tunnel thing? What's that all about? I suppose if your in there the midges aren't going to strip you to the bone.

runnach
22-06-2017, 13:41
Firstly I have to say this is our first time in the highlands in the van. We've been here a couple of weeks almost and we've been amazed at the number of motorhomes. It's like driving in Europe! Many, many German,Dutch,French and Italian. Having said that we've had no problems finding somewhere to park up (apart from a couple of pub car parks :)). There are also a lot of hired vans and a few of them look like rabbits caught in headlights on the narrow roads but we all have to learn eh? I reckon I know what I'm doing but I've got a battle scar on the van from a narrow stone bridge on a bend - ouch.
I've just asked the landlady in the pub at Sheildaig about the campsite and she has confirmed that it will become "a little bit more organised for the benefit of visitors and the local community". I don't blame them, when we arrived the sign requesting donations was upside down on the ground (we picked it up)and we've seen a few folk stop last night and didn't notice anyone chipping in.
Anyway, we're having a great time amongst welcoming and hospitable folk and majestic scenery and landscapes.
Pat

When I was there at Easter, honesty box had been stolen, there was nowhere to deposit a few quid, so I spent more in the pub, as you do :cheers:

I also got bogged down into soft ground at the site, a very kind local gent (same one who spoke about campsite) his garden bounds the field, he very kindly towed me out FOC, he wouldn't even allow me to buy him a pint. Be good if they do something more positive with this land, hard standings and the likes. I'd very happy to pay more, especially as money would benefit local community.

runnach
22-06-2017, 13:44
The Applecross campsite is well overpriced. Maybe if the put some better drainage as its normally very soft and muddy. The facilities are crap for the price and to small for the size of site. That flower tunnel thing? What's that all about? I suppose if your in there the midges aren't going to strip you to the bone.

Was like the Somme last Easter, no way would I have been able to park up even if I wanted to, I'd still be stuck there!

Is the tunnel not a restaurant? Looks grotty.

caledonia
22-06-2017, 13:45
We need to send oor wild camping Laird up to Applecross to organise an aire thingy. :raofl:

channa
22-06-2017, 14:03
Firstly I have to say this is our first time in the highlands in the van. We've been here a couple of weeks almost and we've been amazed at the number of motorhomes. It's like driving in Europe! Many, many German,Dutch,French and Italian. Having said that we've had no problems finding somewhere to park up (apart from a couple of pub car parks :)). There are also a lot of hired vans and a few of them look like rabbits caught in headlights on the narrow roads but we all have to learn eh? I reckon I know what I'm doing but I've got a battle scar on the van from a narrow stone bridge on a bend - ouch.
I've just asked the landlady in the pub at Sheildaig about the campsite and she has confirmed that it will become "a little bit more organised for the benefit of visitors and the local community". I don't blame them, when we arrived the sign requesting donations was upside down on the ground (we picked it up)and we've seen a few folk stop last night and didn't notice anyone chipping in.
Anyway, we're having a great time amongst welcoming and hospitable folk and majestic scenery and landscapes.
Pat

I don't know your thoughts Pat, but I do note you are well travelled. We are lucky too our home patch a beautiful spot more so when you discover the right places . I have lived and worked predominantly in France, but had the occasional forage into Germany, Switzerland, Italy Holland and I mustn't forget Belgium.

I have visited some wonderful places but the Scottish Highlands and Islands does more than holds its own. Swop you places for Dewsbury ?

Channa

Fazerloz
22-06-2017, 16:11
Swop you places for Dewsbury ?

Channa

What!. Are you out of your mind?.

channa
22-06-2017, 17:05
What!. Are you out of your mind?.

It has been mentioned !!!...and the elf professionals have muted such nonsense .I ask you.

I am convinced I am OK it is the others :ninja::dance::(

Channa

Donsider
22-06-2017, 17:38
Sometimes they'll allow it, sometimes they wont. They have limited parking and frequently have groups of multiple vehicles that pre-book on condition that parking is available, especially since the NC500 was 'invented'. It's a shame you didn't go anyway. They didn't miss out, you did, the food is amazing.

In a previous life I owned a small hotel on the west coast of Scotland, the car park of which was beside the slipway of a short haul ferry, and had to adopt the same approach. A motorhome will stay all night, that same space might be used twice or possibly 3 times over the course of an evening by cars, generating more income for the business. the key word there is 'business', as opposed to 'charity'. The economy of the west cost of Scotland relies heavily on tourism during a fairly short busy season. Any business that does not maximise income when they can will not last long. No doubt you'd complain about the lack of places to eat and drink if that happened.

Aye Andy,you are richt ( ex Publican Moray )

iampatman
23-06-2017, 10:45
I don't know your thoughts Pat, but I do note you are well travelled. We are lucky too our home patch a beautiful spot more so when you discover the right places . I have lived and worked predominantly in France, but had the occasional forage into Germany, Switzerland, Italy Holland and I mustn't forget Belgium.

I have visited some wonderful places but the Scottish Highlands and Islands does more than holds its own. Swop you places for Dewsbury ?

Channa

The Highlands are truly stunning. Nowt wrong with Dewsbury, it's folk that make places better.

Pat

Fazerloz
23-06-2017, 15:41
Nowt wrong with Dewsbury,

Pat

What!. Are you out of your mind?.

iampatman
23-06-2017, 15:51
What!. Are you out of your mind?.


Shhhh, don't tell Channa, I was just being polite 😄

Pat

iampatman
23-06-2017, 21:21
Rocked up tonight at the Loch Leven Hotel (56.690055 -5.180006). Lovely folk. Can I stop here tonight? How big is your van? She looked out of the window and couldn't see it. There you go, I said - its that small its almost invisible. OK, you can stop but don't block the access road. Third time lucky!!
Lovely staff, Great meal - this pic is for Channa, smoked haddock with pea purée, cream sauce, wilted spinach, chorizo and new potato.

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Almost as tasty as the Langoustine I had at the Badachro Inn (57.698163 -5.725135) last Sunday.

54855

And dont get me started on the sticky toffee pudding :tongue:

Pat

channa
23-06-2017, 21:38
A couple of classic combinations there especially tonights ! ....I heard a rumour there was someone cooking near Huddersfield , Meltham way with similar ideas. Scallops pancetta pea puree served on black pudding .....I ask yer ....Glad you are enjoying the trip

Channa

Fazerloz
23-06-2017, 21:43
Rocked up tonight at the Loch Leven Hotel (56.690055 -5.180006). Lovely folk. Can I stop here tonight? How big is your van? She looked out of the window and couldn't see it. There you go, I said - its that small its almost invisible. OK, you can stop but don't block the access road. Third time lucky!!
Lovely staff, Great meal - this pic is for Channa, smoked haddock with pea purée, cream sauce, wilted spinach, chorizo and new potato.

54854

Almost as tasty as the Langoustine I had at the Badachro Inn (57.698163 -5.725135) last Sunday.

54855

And dont get me started on the sticky toffee pudding :tongue:

Pat

Is there a shortage of plates up there. It a good job you didn't need gravy.

iampatman
23-06-2017, 21:52
Is there a shortage of plates up there. It a good job you didn't need gravy.

Yeah, I'm with you on that one but last time I had Langoustine with gravy it didn't really work :eek:

Pat

jake
28-06-2017, 20:18
why bother wi applecross ? stay at lochcarron & be made welcome!!

Dots
29-06-2017, 18:13
Hi
We have stopped at Applecross twice ,once at the pub good food ! Second time could not get by the pub
However a local said park up in the carpark no one will object this we did one other van pulled on as well .
My son was there last week and also parked on the carpark . I think out of peak season you are ok as long
As no one spoils things by leaving a mess !
Regards

Ghilliegirl
11-07-2017, 17:53
Stayed there with no problems had a meal and drinks .. it was lovely .. shame to think I won't be able to stop over there again.

iampatman
11-07-2017, 18:55
Stayed there with no problems had a meal and drinks .. it was lovely .. shame to think I won't be able to stop over there again.

Hi Ghilliegirl,

On reflection we should probably have just parked up in the corner, had a meal and a few drinks and then stayed there. If anyone could have been bothered to ask us to move on I could have claimed I'd had too much to drink to drive! Unfortunately I did the wrong (right?) thing and asked first. Mind, with all the staff looking like their dog had been run over or something dramatic we weren't really that bothered.

Pat

Obanboy666
07-08-2017, 15:35
Parked up at Toscaig pier, talking to a couple who arrived in a motorhome and they told me they dined at the inn last night and asked if ok to park up outside for the night and manager / owner said yes.

The general
07-08-2017, 15:45
Not having too much luck with pub stops in Bonny Scotland. Arrived at Applecross Inn, asked if we could park overnight if we bought a couple of meals (and a few pints) and were told no. Oh well, that's 50 quid or so they won't be seeing from me. I can find somewhere to park so whose losing out here?

Pat

Plenty of pull in's on way to shieldag !

The general
07-08-2017, 16:05
I remember the place well , the inn extended the car park last year , also as you say the boulders are in place at top of bay , I just went on further mile or so and pulled in fantastic view

alwaysared
07-08-2017, 17:50
Hi Ghilliegirl,
Unfortunately I did the wrong (right?) thing and asked first.
Pat

My Dad always said "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" ;)

Regards,
Del

Fazerloz
07-08-2017, 18:02
My Dad always said "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" ;)

Regards,
Del

And its always good manners to ask first and not just take, to see if you can get away with it.

Deleted user 21925
07-08-2017, 18:22
Not sure really why the Applecross Inn is being singled out? Many pubs don't allow overnight parking, but don't get slated to this extent for it.

I've stayed there many times (with permission), but if they ever turn me down, I will find a spot nearby or go on the site.

To answer the other question, yes they were awarded a Michelin star, Rob the chef trained with Marco Pierre White and he is very talented, the Inn was has won many awards, including best in UK. It has no airs and graces, it is what it is and I love the place. I've always been looked after extremely well whenever I have visited.

Long may they prosper!

mistericeman
07-08-2017, 18:28
Not sure really why the Applecross Inn is being singled out? Many pubs don't allow overnight parking, but don't get slated to this extent for it.

I've stayed there many times (with permission), but if they ever turn me down, I will find a spot nearby or go on the site.

To answer the other question, yes they were awarded a Michelin star, Rob the chef trained with Marco Pierre White and he is very talented, the Inn was has won many awards, including best in UK. It has no airs and graces, it is what it is and I love the place. I've always been looked after extremely well whenever I have visited.

Long may they prosper!
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Precisely ......

Why some folks think its a given that because 'someone' else has stopped there ???

Maybe the place is having a busy night with full bookings and needs the space for paying customers ...or just simply cannot be arsed ...its up to them surely ??

Ask first and if refused simply jog on and find somewhere else .

iampatman
07-08-2017, 19:19
Not sure really why the Applecross Inn is being singled out? Many pubs don't allow overnight parking, but don't get slated to this extent for it.

I've stayed there many times (with permission), but if they ever turn me down, I will find a spot nearby or go on the site.

To answer the other question, yes they were awarded a Michelin star, Rob the chef trained with Marco Pierre White and he is very talented, the Inn was has won many awards, including best in UK. It has no airs and graces, it is what it is and I love the place. I've always been looked after extremely well whenever I have visited.

Long may they prosper!

Hi Rob,

The clue is in the title of the thread - Applecross Inn.

My original post from a couple of months ago described my experience, others have had a different experience. I posted because the Inn was in the pub stops and I thought it was appropriate to advise other members that M/Hs were no longer allowed to park overnight. I've stopped at other pubs, I've been refused at other pubs and when possible I've reported the details. I found the landlord and landlady at Applecross to be the most miserable, brusque folk I came across anywhere during our trip in Scotland. Don't know about others but that's why I'm slating them.

Pat

gasman1
07-08-2017, 19:51
About half a mile around the bay from Applecross Inn wild camping is allowed on the beach. I have parked overnight on the beach 3 times in the past 4 years. The beach is located on the road to the community Ferry opposite the last house. There is normally 4 or 5 small caravans on the beach. Beach is covered in sheep droppings. Water is available from an outside tap at the community centre(100 yards from Applecross Inn) and toilet and shower facility available at centre.

Deleted user 21925
07-08-2017, 20:24
Hi Rob,

The clue is in the title of the thread - Applecross Inn.

My original post from a couple of months ago described my experience, others have had a different experience. I posted because the Inn was in the pub stops and I thought it was appropriate to advise other members that M/Hs were no longer allowed to park overnight. I've stopped at other pubs, I've been refused at other pubs and when possible I've reported the details. I found the landlord and landlady at Applecross to be the most miserable, brusque folk I came across anywhere during our trip in Scotland. Don't know about others but that's why I'm slating them.

Pat

Yes, I'm just surprised that it's caused so much reaction. Perhaps you caught them on a bad day. I didn't know it was in the POI's because Judith has always let me park there, but has also said it is not generally allowed.

Judith, the landlady is a lovely woman, there is no landlord, so it must have been one of the bar staff.

I don't think you would have any problem parking there outside the busy season.

runnach
07-08-2017, 20:40
I normally park at top of bay, then walk round to Inn, but last Easter, not possible due to access areas closed off, by boulders. We carried on to Toscaig.

After leaving Toscaig, we parked at inn and had their normal delicious fare, I noted an Airstream type caravan getting setup outside the Inn, which I had never seen before, which is there to serve coffee, ice cream, and whatever else, ales, maybe, which will take the pressure of the inn itself??

The Airstream is a fair size, which will obviously reduce the amount of available parking, perhaps this is the reason staying over night at busy times is being frowned on?

One other point, if campsite was reasonably priced, perhaps they would be stowed out.

Fazerloz
08-08-2017, 09:21
We were told it will be doing fish and chips and other things during the season. We were a little surprised when they told us they were getting a airsteam, as usually something like that is only really required when you need to stand out amongst other catering units. Something they certainly don't have to contend with. Converted airstreams are very costly but look great unlike other food units. If they can afford it though why not as I am sure it will rapidly pay for itself.

Deleted user 21925
08-08-2017, 10:10
We were told it will be doing fish and chips and other things during the season. We were a little surprised when they told us they were getting a airsteam, as usually something like that is only really required when you need to stand out amongst other catering units. Something they certainly don't have to contend with. Converted airstreams are very costly but look great unlike other food units. If they can afford it though why not as I am sure it will rapidly pay for itself.

I think it will also take pressure off of the Inn to have an outside catering facility.

As you know, seating in the Inn for dining is fairly limited.

alcam
08-08-2017, 12:07
I think it will also take pressure off of the Inn to have an outside catering facility.

As you know, seating in the Inn for dining is fairly limited.

I'm sure the airstream was up and running last September ?
As you say the landlady (Yorkshire(?) wummin) is great . Very direct , no airs and graces .
I thought she was great

Deleted user 21925
08-08-2017, 12:13
I'm sure the airstream was up and running last September ?
As you say the landlady (Yorkshire(?) wummin) is great . Very direct , no airs and graces .
I thought she was great

Yes it was there last year.

She has quite a dry sense of humour, which maybe could be taken the wrong way. Her sister also runs the cafe in Lochcarron.

Fazerloz
08-08-2017, 12:47
I'm sure the airstream was up and running last September ?
As you say the landlady (Yorkshire(?) wummin) is great . Very direct , no airs and graces .
I thought she was great

I must have misheard then it must have been we have been we have a airstream. It was new years eve after all.:cheers::cheers::cheers: Yes she recognised our accents straight away and they were from very local to us.


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