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Old 15 May 2018, 03:10   #1
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Tow to Scotland

I am considering a trip up to the west coast this summer, with my Atlantic 75. We holiday for a week in Knoydart and having the boat up there would be a great advantage. Since i'm going to have to do the tow from Aldeburgh to Mallaig single handed anyone got any ideas for a good place to stop half way to get some shut eye. I'm thinking just off the motorway in the borders (ish). the main requirement (as usual) will be a big enough carpark to take car plus 7.5m Rib etc etc.

Of course, security worries me (although I have two locks on each engine - one below floor level each side), and im paranoid about my electronics etc.

The perfect world answer would be a secluded small B&B / Hotel just north of Carlisle with large car park and understanding management / good floodlights and cameras everywhere

I'm sure that doesn't exist so any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated
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Anyone got any ideas for a good place to stop half way to get some shut eye. I'm thinking just off the motorway in the borders (ish). the main requirement (as usual) will be a big enough carpark to take car plus 7.5m Rib etc etc.

Of course, security worries me (although I have two locks on each engine - one below floor level each side), and im paranoid about my electronics etc.
When we tow to Scotland we always use either the motorway services at Lancaster (Travelodge) or Hamilton (Days Inn) - we've found we can park the boat in the car park right outside the accommodation, and usually manage to get a room overlooking the car park so we can keep an eye on it - but we've never had a problem with security.
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Tebay services on the M6 has plenty of parking & is a nicer alternative to the usual motorway services crap.
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Tebay services on the M6 has plenty of parking & is a nicer alternative to the usual motorway services crap.
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One of the better service facilities and the hotel is set back from the services.
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Yep another vote for Tebay
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Old 15 May 2018, 05:32   #6
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Tebay services on the M6 has plenty of parking & is a nicer alternative to the usual motorway services crap.
I'm with Pikey Dave. Plenty of space and you can drive out of the services without going back on to the M6 if you need. Nice views down the valley too.
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Old 15 May 2018, 06:41   #7
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One of the better service facilities and the hotel is set back from the services.
what was the name of those services we stopped in when we went to anglesey they were minging
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Old 15 May 2018, 06:48   #8
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Website looks good - a non corporate service station!! I usually miss this as the A66 would take me on to the M6 at Penrith. I assume the hotel has an appropriate bar!!


Also it's almost exactly halfway there.


Thanks all - I will be booking...
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Matt has stayed at the Premier inn Jct 44 Carlisle with his Ribcraft several times with no issues
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We stopped at Tebay on the way up to Mallaig. The breakfast was very good. It is still a significant drive to Mallaig from there. Last time we went via the A82 on the way up and the A9 on the way back. I thought the A9 route was better for towing a big RIB.
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