Encouraging news-Highland Aires

4x4man

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I think we should lobby our own councils to see if this is something we can do as it could bring in revenue through tourism and less antisocial parking etc
 

Rolyan57

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There is a Facebook group set up specifically for that, to lobby councils and other locations about providing Aires. CAMPRA (campaign for real Aires); it’s having some success.
 

Biggarmac

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For the un-initiated - what are 'Aires'?
They are places where motorcaravans are permitted to park overnight.
Its from the French "aire de camping car". Most villages and towns in France have them. They used to be mainly free, but more and more are charging a small fee for waste emptying and getting fresh water. In Germany they are called Stelplatz and in Italy Sostas. People who go abroad a lot just use the French term Aires.
Some are just a bit of a car park with no services. Some have services. Some even have electric.
 

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For the un-initiated - what are 'Aires'?
Basically they are places for overnight parking for motorhome use. They are not mini campsites and most have a stay limit, could be just one night to several. The ‘facilities’ can range from nothing to water, toilet dump, toilets and showers. Some are free and some have a small charge which may be just for the facilities use or the overnight stay. You may be on a car park, a patch of land etc. A lot do say ‘no camping behaviour’ so you are not supposed to put out chairs and tables etc.
 

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It may be the end of wilding elsewhere of course with free spirits been moved on to the few official stopover points?
 

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Basically they are places for overnight parking for motorhome use. They are not mini campsites and most have a stay limit, could be just one night to several. The ‘facilities’ can range from nothing to water, toilet dump, toilets and showers. Some are free and some have a small charge which may be just for the facilities use or the overnight stay. You may be on a car park, a patch of land etc. A lot do say ‘no camping behaviour’ so you are not supposed to put out chairs and tables etc.
Thank you for your reply. I still have plenty of the British Isles to visit before I’ll have the experience to go abroad.
 

caledonia

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It may be the end of wilding elsewhere of course with free spirits been moved on to the few official stopover points?
My thoughts exactly. If we’re providing you with a park up on a bit waste ground on the outskirts of town why are you parking in that secluded spot next to the loch could be what we will be asked. I for one don’t want to be herded into a so called Aire.
 

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The scottish scenery is excellent but the weather unpredictability and midges have to be considered with where i live on south coast within 40 mls of a couple of ferry ports and similar mileage i can be in spain - hopefully other councils in england and wales will take the iniative
 

colinm

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Thank you for your reply. I still have plenty of the British Isles to visit before I’ll have the experience to go abroad.
I've been camping and motorhoming around the world for 40 years, as much as I love my touring in the UK it's great to add other countries into the mix, even if it's only occasionally.
 

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I've been camping and motorhoming around the world for 40 years, as much as I love my touring in the UK it's great to add other countries into the mix, even if it's only occasionally.
I totally agree as one mans love is anothers hate, my wife cannot stand sunlight as being irish white and buns at the slightest bit, me im not fond of to much heat, other seem to wallow in what i would call oven baking beaches.
 

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I totally agree as one mans love is anothers hate, my wife cannot stand sunlight as being irish white and buns at the slightest bit, me im not fond of to much heat, other seem to wallow in what i would call oven baking beaches.

My idea of hell Trev, lying on a hot sandy beach.

Give me mountains in winter any day.
 

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