Horny locals!

Phantom

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We were in a Scottish west coast town where they have low carpark height barriers so we very temporarily parked our moho on an urban street with no markings. A lady almost instantly came out of her house throwing scornful looks at us, got in her car and as she drove by gave it large on the horn, so just what to make of it?
Later on a country lane we were overtaken by some local who also felt an urge to send some cryptic message by much horn activation whist passing!
There's nowt as queer as folks, just how pathetic!
Guess that they may have a thing about Brits travelling around Scotland, but at the same time many Scots are travelling south and elsewhere which they are likely quite unaware of from their personal seemingly mighty soap box stance. Gee, whilst we are travelling about we have even less contact with people than the few we even had at base. But hey ho, people!
 

Robmac

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We've had cars tooting at us when parked in a layby in the middle of the day. I guess a lot of people are just anti motorhome at the moment.
 

chrisjones18

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This has been going on in Scotland for months.
Pathetic is the only word I have for them.....
Well the only one I could use on here...
 

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Whilst disappointed that the thread isn't about what the title suggests, ;) we experienced no problems from the locals in Scotland, in fact, all we spoke to were very friendly.
The only negativity we have ever received are scowls when we take up two bays in a supermarket car park throughout GB.
 

Robmac

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Whilst disappointed that the thread isn't about what the title suggests, ;) we experienced no problems from the locals in Scotland, in fact, all we spoke to were very friendly.
The only negativity we have ever received are scowls when we take up two bays in a supermarket car park throughout GB.
Same as Ral, the incidents we had of cars tooting at us were in England.

Only really had one incident in Scotland and that was with a couple of Herberts in Aviemore, but you get them everywhere.
 

izwozral

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I guess with all the fear connected to Covid and MH envy there will be more Herbert moments than usual.

We only ever choose isolated places to wildcamp and if someone does happen to walk by we usually give them a cheery wave or start chatting with them. Must admit it is easier to get people on side if they have a dog. Like there dog, they like you. Weird innit?
 

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It's not just motorhome there's a lot of anti visitors feeling here in Cornwall at the moment just that in a motorhome your more easily recognised as a visitor.
I agree. A tourist in a car isn't distinguishable from a local in a car whereas a big white box immediately suggests outsider.
 

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Maybe they're motorhomers acknowledging a fellow motorhomer whilst they are not in their moho. I know I automatically wave at moho'ers (such a word?) when I'm in the car - just a habit
 

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Its not surprising is it.

Steal drinking water, dump rubbish, empty toilets over a wall, hog parking spaces and let grey water run over carparks.

Now why is it that people don't like motorhomers ? :unsure:
 

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Given the driving standards we saw especially from hired motorhomes / campers on our recent trip to Scotland it`s no wonder the locals are angry.

There`s always been some bad driving on the single tracks roads in Northern Scotland but this year was off the scale with them being driven by lunatics.
 

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We plan to visit Scotland (again for the 5th time) next summer (covid allowing) as most here we are considerate about where we park.and overnight
I add that grief for taking up 2 spaces in as supermarket carpark is simply ridiculous !.
I we meet with the unhelpful tooting or whatever..we will simply abandon
Two reasons
1 Not enjoyable
2 Not prepared to spend in such circumstances.
Having toured the NC 500 x2 we are thinking of the Mull of Kintyre region for a shortish tour but as I indicate above if we get aggravation (allowing for Minor) Bye Bye
Sad but true
 

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interesting. I got honked at on Thursday when pulling in to a campsite entrance. No idea why but maybe it was anti-Motorhome tooting? Or maybe Anti-Scottish as I was in England in a Scottish Registered MH 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

PS. On my way home, I stopped at Morrisons in Hawick and took up FOUR spaces. Maybe I should be flogged?
 

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interesting. I got honked at on Thursday when pulling in to a campsite entrance. No idea why but maybe it was anti-Motorhome tooting? Or maybe Anti-Scottish as I was in England in a Scottish Registered MH 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

PS. On my way home, I stopped at Morrisons in Hawick and took up FOUR spaces. Maybe I should be flogged?
Well done that'll show em
 

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Having toured the NC 500 x2 we are thinking of the Mull of Kintyre region for a shortish tour but as I indicate above if we get aggravation (allowing for Minor) Bye Bye
We are just back from a trip round the Mull of Kintyre to Campbeltown, You must visit Cadenheads a wonderful whisky shop in Campbeltown. Then a short ferry crossing to Arran, a beautiful island with narrow roads, we did a lot of miles on single track roads and never had any hostility or peeping of horns. I always think that it is in my own interest to drive carefully and be ready for someone coming towards me that is not so considerate.
 

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Thanks @Bigshug ,
Yes our outline planis to cross to Arran and tour Arran for maybe 1 week and take the ferry from Lochranza to Claonaig.
Then poodle south on the east coast of the peninsula
Return Nortwards on the A82 to Loch Lomond.
We have toured the NC500 both ways and also the "back rouds" south of Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Inverness. !

So we have "no fear2 of narrow roads
As you say drive carefully and allow for the poor driving of others.
It is well documented that th NC500 is too busy...it seems Kintyre will be OK.
WE have been to Mull and Skye (x3) as weel as most of the other areas but not explored this area
(Except 50 years ago when I went youth hostelling and we stayed at Lochranza for 1 week and climbed Goat Fell)
Hve to ensure I have this with me
 

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We've been honked in Scotland and Spain and most places in between. Being a PVC, with no decals, I don't think we stand out particularly. A stop in France was the worst, but then we discovered that we where parked a few minutes away from a traveller camp.

As an aside, if you go to the Mull of Kintire (no overnighting at the lighthouse carpark) go via Southend and visit the Tea shop for delicious cakes.
 

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Apart from the Irish, you wont get a better welcome anywhere else in the British isles than you will up here in Scotland. But of course there are over 5 million living up here, and we have our fare share of morons with opinions.
But be considerate, friendly, and show an interst in your surroundings and it’s odds on all you will receive will be a feeling of being made welcome.

However the islands may be a different matter. First there are limits on how many the ferries will accommodate, and locals are having problems getting on and of their islands at short notice due to this. So I would be careful about visiting any of the islands whilst these restrictions are in place. I doubt if you will receive open hostility, but possibly some resentment and not so friendly a welcome. For the first time in 30 years I have not visited Arran due to this,

The roads on Arran are narrow in parts. But the big problem is not just their width, but the water courses positioned close to the edge of the roads in places. But careful driving and extra vigilance will get you safely from place to place. The road on the west of the island needs maintaining some of the pot holes are to be avoided. But the road is very quiet on that side of the island.
 

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