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yorkshirecamper
13-04-2010, 13:31
Hi,
Just got back from 10 nights in Scotland - we wild camped for half of it, so just wanted to let you know the places we found...

On the way there and back we stayed in a little car park/picnic area West of Ecclefechan. If you come off the motorway and turn right once you are in Ecclefechan (in fact, follow the camping site sign) then at the end of that road, take a left, then the spot is on your right, just next to the entrance to what looks like a very big (maybe static) site. There was a sign saying that overnight parking was 25 but we stayed there on our way and on our way back and had no problems, no visitors and paid no fees!

We then used the frequently referred to spot where the ferry leaves for Kerrera in Oban and it was delightful - overlooking the water, lovely and peaceful and again, no bother.

Our best spot was on the north shore (but near the loch head) of Loch Na Keal on Mull. We drove our large-ish (5.5m) van around the very winding - and at some points terrifying - roads of Northern Mull and found this spot - it was idyllic. Absolute silence, total solitude, lovely and flat and lots of wildlife to look at. It can be more easily reached by coming off the main road at Salen - approx a 15 minute drive.

We camped at Skipness on Kintyre, again following recommendations on this site, but it was so windy and exposed to the (wild!) sea when we were there that we were afraid we might be washed away overnight (!), so we moved off the front and drove up the dead-end road through Skipness and ended up in Skipness Castle car park. There was another van there (although we couldn't tell if it was occupied or not) and the spot was lovely and sheltered - we had no problem there at all.

We then moved onto Arran, and although we were booked into the delightful Seal Shore camping in Kildonan at the South of the Island, we drove around the West coast to get there and there were loads of great spots for wild camping just off the main road. That side of island felt very quiet, so I'm sure it would be peaceful night spent in any of the spots.

So, thanks to everyone who posted before and gave us ideas of where to go and hopefully our experience will give others some ideas too.

AdriaTwin
16-04-2010, 15:09
Hi Yorkshirecamper, we too are Yorkshire wild campers. Just back from 2 (glorius sunny ) weeks in those areas. We only used campsites for half of 15 nights.
First wild camp from on here - Inverary coach/truck park - nobody else in and only a short walk into village for pubs/restaurant.
Used car park in Easdale on Isle of Seil close to pub on harbourside.
On Mull we parked on the south shore of Loch na Keal - lots of places to stop and when we woke up at 7-30 ,looked out of van window, an otter was fishing 20 yards away on the shore.
Second wild camp on Mull - car park at Calgary Bay ( see separate post for details)
Ardnamurchan - overlooking Loch Mudle on our way back from lighthouse at westerly point - watched a herd of deer descend the hill only a feww 100 yards away as it got dark.

Glenuig Inn was our next free night - well not really as we spent a bit on a great meal and a few pints of Skye beer.

Final wild camp was a couple of miles north of Arisaig in a small beach side carpark.
Great scenery and weather, shame we had to come back to Yorkshire, but its still sunny here. Back to work next week.
Steve (adriatwin)

yorkshirecamper
01-05-2010, 12:03
Sounds amazing - isn't Loch Na Keal absolutley magical? I was interested to see you parked at Calgary bay - we thought you could only camp down on the beach and the van was too big to get down there. Was is trouble free for you there? We loved the beach - such a blue sea - but we were a bit white knuckled after driving around those roads in our 5.5m Hymer!

Canalsman
01-05-2010, 13:17
Our best spot was on the north shore (but near the loch head) of Loch Na Keal on Mull. We drove our large-ish (5.5m) van around the very winding - and at some points terrifying - roads of Northern Mull and found this spot - it was idyllic. Absolute silence, total solitude, lovely and flat and lots of wildlife to look at. It can be more easily reached by coming off the main road at Salen - approx a 15 minute drive.


Would this be the spot? Mull, Salen - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/3yw2l9s)


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