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Old 14 May 2015, 10:23   #1
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Scottish Isles by SR4?

Thinking of heading up to the Scottish Isles for a holiday at some stage, the question is how to do it?

There will be two of us. We like fishing, kayaking, surfing, walking and being on the little Avon SR4 or camping in our VW T4. The question is how best to do a week or so, what to do and wher to go.

Options that spring to mind:

1. VW Camper with surf boards and kayaks, flexible location wise and sport, no rib though

2. VW Camper with surf boards, kayaks and RIB flexible location wise and sport. Starting to become a lot of kit, ferry prices add up with trailer?

3. VW Camper van with RIB only - less kit, less options, still ferry issues etc.

4. Trailer RIB to Scottish mainland coast, continue from there on the SR4 - less options sport wise (no surfing), more planning required for accomodation (the girlfriend likes a shower now and again), and how sensible is cruising in a little SR4 - may be restricted in destinations.

So for a first trip what would you suggest (how/where) from the above?

Many thanks.
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Old 14 May 2015, 12:32   #2
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Dont know the area. Would it be a runner to transport the camper by Ferry and use the rib to get to the same island?
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Old 14 May 2015, 12:49   #3
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Which islands are you thinking of?

Trailing the boat on the ferry is probably not much extra (on the Van) than the fuel cost of a well laden SR4 in many cases.
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Western isles, still trying to whittle down the vaguest of plans/ideas!

Perhaps SR4 loaded with surfboards!
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Western isles, still trying to whittle down the vaguest of plans/ideas!

Perhaps SR4 loaded with surfboards!
Inner or Outer theres a hellva difference
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Old 15 May 2015, 10:24   #6
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You're going to get everyone's favourite so there'll be a long list. Personally I'd have thought what's ideal for surfboards is ruddy great waves.....not what I actually seek out.
For the rest.....Skye, (particularly the west coast of Skye) and there's a "toll free" bridge, or Wester Ross (Gairloch, Gruinard, Summer Isles).......time for Google.
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For the rest.....Skye, (particularly the west coast of Skye) and there's a "toll free" bridge, or Wester Ross (Gairloch, Gruinard, Summer Isles).......time for Google.
Im not sure Gruinard Island will be anyones favourite !? ...

I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy..but I appreciate is supposed to be "safe" now. It was contaminate by Anthrax in 1942 and for 50 years no one set foot on it

Could add a new dimension to "wild camping" for anyone wishing to land and stay overnight on it
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Perhaps not the island specifically (although it is supposed to be safe) but there's an awful lot more to Gruinard than that one small island. There are some cracking beaches in the area that are pretty much only accessible by boat. Thing being, if you take the "two week holiday" cruising range of a sailing boat based in the Clyde, Loch Broom would be a stretch so once you get this far North it becomes much quieter.

http://www.visitscotland.com/info/to...rd-bay-p314331
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There are loads on here with more knowledge than me but Lewis would be great for remote , surfing , campervan spots and rib . A good few years ago we went over from Sky which at the time cut the ferry cost down considerably . It was before I had campervan or rib and a good few years ago so worth checking out first .


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This is my summer cruising ground. Get yourself to Lewis (courtesy of Cal Mac and the new Loch Seaforth ferry) and head over to Uig. Fantastic camping at Reef or Ardroil. If you get the weather, it's simply hard to beat. Respect the Sabbath (when in Rome and all that).

Surfing, then Mangersta beach should be on your list.

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