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    Hi Folks
    I am a newbie on this site and looking for information regarding the NC 500 which I will be doing with my wife in May.

    I am looking for overnight stops along the route , but wish to avoid commercial campsites if at all possible.

    Could anybody who has done this trip recommend stops and their locations .

    I am also looking for best locations for wildlife, seal, dolphin spotting.

    All info welcome.

    Thanks

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    watching with interest as we want to do the same
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    Join as a full member and then you would be able to download the POI map and camping stops

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    Quote Originally Posted by peters877 View Post
    Hi Folks
    I am a newbie on this site and looking for information regarding the NC 500 which I will be doing with my wife in May.

    I am looking for overnight stops along the route , but wish to avoid commercial campsites if at all possible.

    Could anybody who has done this trip recommend stops and their locations .

    I am also looking for best locations for wildlife, seal, dolphin spotting.

    All info welcome.

    Thanks
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    We prefer the anti-clockwise route and think the views when driving are better that way particularly coming down the west coast.

    It`s the same on the Bealach na Ba Applecross Peninsula and Bealach na Ba - Pass of the Cattle ? Scotland Info Guide

    The views coming down are spectacular where as going up they are ok i suppose
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    To be perfectly honest, yes, joining the forum as a full member will give you access to as many poi's as you could ever hope for, but without knowing what size of van you have etc. then many might not be suitable for you.

    I wander around the NC500 most years and there is such an abundance of places to stop over for a night or two that you really don't need to look hard.

    The one thing I do like to point out, though usually unnecessary, is, please, use the passing places properly when you meet oncoming traffic (or for letting other pass you) on the single track sections of road.

    1. If you are travelling DOWNHILL, ALWAYS give way to traffic coming up the hill ... it's easier for you to do a hillstart going down!
    2. If the passing place is on your left, you pull in and let the other vehicle have right of way.
    3. If the passing place is on your right, stop beside the space and let the other driver pull in UNLESS THERE ARE SEVERAL VEHICLES or a LARGE vehicle coming towards you, then it's usually easier for you to pull across the road ... use your indicators to let others see your intention.
    4. NEVER use a passing place as a stopover or picnic site!

    And remember, manners cost nothing, a brief wave of acknowledgment goes a long way, improves your feel-good factor and probably their's too (or helps educate the ignoramuses, lol.)

    An example of what you have to look forward to ... the first picture is the original ...
    Buster Lords it Over the World (2).JPG

    But I thought the hired van spoiled the view ...
    Buster Lords it Over the World.JPG

    So I rubbed it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auld Pharrrt View Post
    An example of what you have to look forward to ... the first picture is the original ...
    Buster Lords it Over the World (2).JPG

    But I thought the hired van spoiled the view ...
    Buster Lords it Over the World.JPG

    So I rubbed it out.
    Did you use Photoshop? I'm only asking because I use PS and I'm always looking for alternatives because PS CC is expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwaysared View Post
    Did you use Photoshop? I'm only asking because I use PS and I'm always looking for alternatives because PS CC is expensive!

    Regards,
    Del
    No, I use Paint Shop Pro ... a VERY old (but full version) copy I got as a freebie a lot of years ago, V6 I think it is. I like the animated gif's etc that comes with it.

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    Thanks for replies. I have just joined .
    I have a swb CitroŽn Relay, which is predominantly my work van which I am in the process of making a bit more comfortable for our trip.

    Having seen a few videos on YouTube of the NC 500 we can't wait to go.
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    [QUOTE=alwaysared;805439]Did you use Photoshop? I'm only asking because I use PS and I'm always looking for alternatives because PS CC is expensive!

    My CC subscription is about to increase by 40% so I have cancelled it and will be using Affinity Photo.
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