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    Off to Orkney



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    Thanks for the messages of welcome and Orkney suggestions. I have now become a full member and looking forward to some adventures.

    I'll post how we get on.

    Steve
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    Hi and welcome from Scotland enjoy

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    Hi and welcome along, Orkney a great place to visit in the van.

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    Back from Orkney

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. We had a great time travelling from Monmouth to Orkney and enjoyed our first nights of wild camping (mixed with some campsites and service). On the way up we stopped over at Cairn Lodge Services - 10, fine and run by the Tebay people. On Mainland Orkney we had some nights at the Pickaquoy Centre campsite - expensive (24.50) and great facilities although we saw there are camper spaces in the carpark by Lidl for free. The first wild camping night was on South Ronaldsay and we were late looking and several good spots were fully taken. We ended up on Mainland at the LR Howes Wick (Orkney) by the churchyard - quiet, by the sea, fine for the night.

    Our second wild spot was at the POI at the layby near the Earl's Palace at Birsay. Again right by the coast, we watched seals and seabirds and had a great sunset (see photo). Toilets in the village were old but well kept with HOT water and the old-fashioned Palace Stores is a gem - fresh bread, supplies and lovely crafts.

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    The next night we parked at the car park at the equally stunning Bay of Skaill POI which is in dunes, by the toilet and standpipe and the lovely white sand beach a few minutes walk from Skara Brae. Highly recommended.


    On the way south we stayed at the Learnie Red Rocks on the A832 north of Rosemarkie (lovely to see the bottlenose dophins at Chanonry Point). This is a forest car park for a BMX track, nothing there but a good site. Then further south we stayed at the POI at Kinlochleven 8 miles from Glencoe. Kinlochleven was very welcoming (even a sign to say campers welcome at the car park by the toilets - 8am-6pm).


    We learned that there are great wild camping sites about, you have to expect to try several before finding your best pitch for the night. Also to be very careful with the leisure battery and it's suprising how much water you can get through!


    Thanks for all the suggestions.


    Pembrokeshire next!
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    So pleased you had a good visit. We came on a day-trip 4 years ago and are still here!!
    Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now
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    I love Orkney too long since we last visited nowdays we have to plan, On tv a couple of nights ago re coastal erosion at Skara Brae ..indeed need to find out of we can dialysis there feel a trip coming on

    Channa
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    We had a great time. Its bit flat and not to many trees but loads of old Viking and older stuff to see. We Wilded at Birsay where the tiny Viking island has a causeway over to the main island. Beach goes on forever, no issues with wilding short walk to the Viking settlement on the island. Our home has a end bedroom, sitting room so we backed it up to look out onto the island. Strorm brewed up, stung view. Good luck. Mick and D
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