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Old 19 March 2012, 16:50   #1
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sibbing in scotland

hi all, thinking of scotland for the first outing this season and was wondering whether anybody could recommend a good campsite on the beach or next to a loch and within walking distance of the pub would also be handy.

cant wait to try the "new" 25hp mariner 2 stroke i purchased at the back end of last year but bit worried about the extra weight of the outboard, so need to be as close to the water as possible to save my poor old back, any suggestions would be great help.

many thanks in advance. paul
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Old 19 March 2012, 17:15   #2
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Hi Paul as a ribber on the 'west' there are many very interesting places to stay and boat. But in the interest of you boys of the 'soft' variety I am sure Polwart will be along in a minute with his usual travelog.
Where ever you choose happy sibbing and enjoy!
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Old 19 March 2012, 17:16   #3
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Try South West Scotland. less than 200 miles from you. Plenty of sea, beaches and camping. No charge launching, beach camping or campsites in villages, good pubs and food. Sea lochs (Luce Bay, and Loch Ryan) or Irish Sea from West Coast.
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Old 19 March 2012, 17:21   #4
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If you have a caravan north Ledaig near Oban it's next to the beach

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Old 19 March 2012, 17:44   #5
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Check out Ullapool in the NW of Scotland. It's buzzing from about Easter until the end of the October holidays. Lots of visitors, some going to Lewis (Cal-Mac ferry terminal), hill-walkers, etc. There is a camp site right on the shore of Loch Broom (sea loch), some excellent restaurants, pubs, etc. The slipway is on the main street and is free to use as far as I know. It has a Tesco (yeeha), so provisions are straight forward. Also fuel, camping and fishing gear shop.

As you'd expect being a ferry port, with a few commercial sight-seeing boats, and a few trawlers landing fish - it can get busy. My advice would be to avoid the main pier area altogether. It's not unusual for the wind to whip up the Minch and it can be rough if there's a gale blowing. However the scenery more than makes up for the unpredictable weather.

Essential kit should include an anchor, VHF, etc. Plenty scope to hug the coast, do a spot of fishing or check out the numerous islands.
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But in the interest of you boys of the 'soft' variety I am sure Polwart will be along in a minute with his usual travelog.
You called!

uny1965 - you probably want to narrow down the options a bit.

When you say loch do you mean fresh water loch (which will restrict your choices somewhat - but still give you options) or sea loch.

How far do you want to travel? (hours in the car / distance)

What sort of camping facilities do you want? e.g. a full on fancy site with showers, a shop, etc; somewhere "official" but secluded or since you can (in principle) camp virtually anywhere* in Scotland due to our enlightened 'right to roam' legislation just a suitable spot for a tent.



* you should note that the right to wild camp is an extension of the right of access across land, it does not apply in peoples gardens etc. It also no longer applies in some parts of the Loch Lomond National Park. The right of access does not apply to motorised access and therefore there is no automatic right to drive up, park your car and camp, nor is there an automatic right to do the same with a motorised SIB - but a sensible approach will normally avoid trouble. (i) Stay out of site of peoples houses; (ii) Don't make a lot of noise, mess etc, avoid open fires if you can.
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Yes lovely site. Was up at Tralee last week and walked along the beach to the campsite (low tide). Slipway is currently in many pieces after the winter storms. Not a problem if you can beach launch though.
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Yes lovely site. Was up at Tralee last week and walked along the beach to the campsite (low tide). Slipway is currently in many pieces after the winter storms. Not a problem if you can beach launch though.
Might head there at Easter time, if you see a sinking orange Zodiac SIB my reapirs were not a total success!
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hi all and thanks for your speedy responses,

your right polwart, I do need to narrow down my options a wee bit, would prefer campsite with shower block at least, otherwise SWMBO would not go, and for my first trip to the bonnie land would prefer 3-4 hrs max from manchester. not bothered whether fresh or salt water expedition, just need easy access to the water.

does anybody know of any sites in the dumfries and galloway area on the beach or near a slipway. thanks again
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Brighouse bay has a slip are you tenting or caravan
Have a look at the alan Rodgers web site they tell you which sites have boat launch
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