Heading South in Scotland

Double J

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Hi All!,

We are just coming to the end of the NC500 - on the west coast - any reccommendations for the South of Scotland as we head home? Thanks!
 

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Caerverlock on the river Nith near Dumfries is a great place to stay, may even see a bore.
 

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I think you mean Caerlaverock ...

I stopped at the aire recently and I can recommend it. A donation of £10 is requested for up to two nights.
 

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Girvan beach car park was £5 a night right last year, on beach dedicated Motorhome/campervan bays with showers.
 

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Girvan beach car park was £5 a night right last year, on beach dedicated Motorhome/campervan bays with showers.
It has gone up to £10 a night this year, but you are allowed to stay up to 3 nights when it was only one last year. There are 5 carparks along the Ayrshire coast in the trial this year.
 

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It has gone up to £10 a night this year, but you are allowed to stay up to 3 nights when it was only one last year. There are 5 carparks along the Ayrshire coast in the trial this year.
There seems to be a lot of these wee aire type facilities popping up this year in Bonnie Scotland. Well done CAMPRA and Councils for taking advantage of the tourists and making it easier to open such facilities. I definitely think it’s a good thing and is going to ease the pressure on the wild overnight stops but I fear I could speed up the demise of wild camping in a motorhome.
 

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Some of the councils are more far sighted than others. D & G council keep advertising for landowners to open up overnight parking places. They are also looking at permitted overnight parking in some of their carparks but the consultations they have to go through seem to be taking forever.
 

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Try the SWC300 in Dumfries & Galloway. I recently came back from a 5 day taster and it was so incredibly quiet, friendly, lots of wild camping and stunning scenery. I only did the south coast and a bit of the Galloway forest but the peace and quiet and the ability to find wild stops without spending hours searching was wonderful. There is also a free Elsan point and water fill outside the New England Bay campsite, I couldn’t believe it! Head to the Mull of Galloway and go up the lighthouse, incredible, plus the cafe does great cakes!
 

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Try the SWC300 in Dumfries & Galloway. I recently came back from a 5 day taster and it was so incredibly quiet, friendly, lots of wild camping and stunning scenery. I only did the south coast and a bit of the Galloway forest but the peace and quiet and the ability to find wild stops without spending hours searching was wonderful. There is also a free Elsan point and water fill outside the New England Bay campsite, I couldn’t believe it! Head to the Mull of Galloway and go up the lighthouse, incredible, plus the cafe does great cakes!
Very surprised at the CAMC club allowing Elsan & water point outside at New England Campsite, I queried why they would not allow this on their sites for a small charge similar to the CCC club, and their archaic response drove me into cancelling my membership with them!!
 

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Some of the councils are more far sighted than others. D & G council keep advertising for landowners to open up overnight parking places. They are also looking at permitted overnight parking in some of their carparks but the consultations they have to go through seem to be taking forever.
You guys do sterling work and don’t get the recognition you deserve. 🙏🙏
 

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Very surprised at the CAMC club allowing Elsan & water point outside at New England Campsite, I queried why they would not allow this on their sites for a small charge similar to the CCC club, and their archaic response drove me into cancelling my membership with them!!
The area outside the camc site (and toilet /elsan point) is council owned.
They maintain it very well, with toilets cleaned every morning, and grass cut every week, bins emptied regularly. Why anyone would choose to go in the camc site beats me !! (And I am a camc member...)
 

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Hi All!,

We are just coming to the end of the NC500 - on the west coast - any reccommendations for the South of Scotland as we head home? Thanks!
North Ledaig if you can get, just north of Oban, if you are further down then we recommend Garlieston.👍
 

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Very surprised at the CAMC club allowing Elsan & water point outside at New England Campsite, I queried why they would not allow this on their sites for a small charge similar to the CCC club, and their archaic response drove me into cancelling my membership with them!!
If you turned up at a C&MC site desperate for the loo with a full cassette, flashing your £55 a year membership card they would turn you away saying they don’t encourage wild camping. The elsan point and freshwater tap must have pissed them of. 😀
 

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The area outside the camc site (and toilet /elsan point) is council owned.
They maintain it very well, with toilets cleaned every morning, and grass cut every week, bins emptied regularly. Why anyone would choose to go in the camc site beats me !! (And I am a camc member...)
Never been so close to a campsite for free.
But sticking to our no more than three nights rule we will be heading in there for two nights tomorrow.
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Caerverlock on the river Nith near Dumfries is a great place to stay, may even see a bore.
That one made me laugh Bill. Last time we were at Glencaple one of the locals told us the bore was due within the next hour. So we waited, and we waited. Eventually the local crowd (well all 4 of them) started gesticulating as the bore arrived. I kid you not, it was no more than a reasonable ripple. I reckon a ripple no more than 6” high at that. What an anticlimax but we were assured that sometimes it’s a bit bigger.
 
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