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Postby Keith Legge » 01 Mar 2013, 12:09

Just planning my Scotland trip any suggestions?







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Re: Scotland

Postby Paul Lingard » 01 Mar 2013, 14:24

I would have to suggest that you put some more of the Dumfries area on the route Keith. Try follow the coast Gretna, Annan, B724, B725 to Dumfries out on the A710, through New Abbey to Dalbetie out on the A711, to Kirkudbright out on the A755 over the bridge then left on the B727 through Borgue short hop on the A755 on to the A75 left onto the A714 Through Wigtown, A7154 becomes the A746 off left on the B7004 to Garlieston left on the B7063 all the way to Isle of Withorn B7004 out to the A746 go left that road becomes the A747 follow that through Port William back to the A75 then head for SandHead and I can sort you a nice basic camp site....
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Re: Scotland

Postby Keith Legge » 01 Mar 2013, 14:35

Thanks Paul maybe a rethink?
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Re: Scotland

Postby Paul Lingard » 01 Mar 2013, 14:59

Some of the best quiet roads mate and I don't have to tell you about the scenery. The little villages I mentioned have shops for drinks and food too. Watch the A75 it's the only road going north to the ferry points at Cairn Ryan and the wagon's bomb on a bit if there running late.
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Re: Scotland

Postby flookyk1100 » 01 Mar 2013, 15:11

Keith, this warning was posted on a caravan and camping forum a few days ago, not sure if it will affect you, depending on when and which roads you will take but it might help with your plans.

The Rest and Be Thankful now has an open emergency route (the old Military Road) in Glen Croe, below the existing A83 which has been prone to landslips quite regularly. If, God forbid, the worst happens to the modern road, traffic will use the emergency route which is single track but has been widened at the steepest bends and will be operated under a convoy system. The emergency route - altho' steep - should be perfectly feasible for caravans.

Starting next month (March) work is going to take place on the A82 at Pulpit Rock - where the traffic lights are - there will be delays and would strongly advise anyone travelling to check out the situation before route planning.

Currently, there are intermittent works on the A82 north of Corran Ferry (forestry works) and there will be some overnight (late till early) overnight closures due to roadworks in Onich. There is also longstanding temporary traffic lights at Glen Gloy north of Spean Bridge (river flooded and part of road gone); alongside Loch Lochy (ditto, but lochside carriageway gone) and work on the swing bridge at the top (north) end of Loch Oich. Delays at present are about 2/3 minutes max. but bit longer at busy times.

Please check the situation in advance and build in extra time accordingly - especially if you are heading for a booked ferry from Oban. Traffic on the Callendar and Rest & Be thankful routes may well increase if the A82 delays at Pulpit Rock start getting lengthy - only time will tell.
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Re: Scotland

Postby boybaker » 01 Mar 2013, 15:39

Dave W is our resident expert for touring routes in Scotland, and I am sure that he would be very knowledgeable re. route suggestions.
From my own recollections of the Scottish BritSToc, Applecross peninsula and village should not be missed!
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Re: Scotland

Postby Paul Lingard » 01 Mar 2013, 16:47

I agree with Colin.
How long have you got Keith....between us I think we could get enough info to stay on the rod for a month...LOL
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Re: Scotland

Postby zebedeee » 01 Mar 2013, 18:53

I cant fault much of your route on there.

I guess you will be using the A87 Invergarry to Skye road...Brilliant.

The road to Applecross is very scenic, but allow lots of time this is not an average speed of 60 road, so you may be missing it if time doesn't allow.

Anywhere up the west coast is very nice in my book. The run down (or up) to John O Groats from Inverness is a bit boring. Not sure if you are planning on the A9 south of Inverness, but the Blairgowrie Tomintoul road is a good alternative but takes longer....all depends on time.
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Re: Scotland

Postby mbrST1100 » 01 Mar 2013, 19:30

Dunno what plotting software you're running Keith, but I'd still have a bunch of routes of that area on my harddrive...
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Re: Scotland

Postby Keith Legge » 01 Mar 2013, 19:51

Still a bit rough and ready at the moment only got 4 days so the first is just a mad dash up to J O'Groats.
A87 it is David and Ullapool to Applecross via Loch Maree and Fearnmore thanks to Gareth.
Plotting with Mapsource and making lots of small routes so i can pick and choose depending on time weather etc.
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