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    My girlfriend and I are heading to Scotland for a week's camping in September (9th - 15th). We've never been north of the border so I'd like to call on those who have for suggestions as to which part to go to and any good campsites within.

    I'm collecting her from Glasgow airport at some point on the Sunday so maybe somewhere within 150 miles of Glasgow!?!?!

    Thanks in advance.....

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    Moving round or staying put? Hillwalking/glenwalking/coastwalking?

    Glencoe/Glen Nevis 2-3 hrs from Glasgow

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    Kinley - We're looking for a car camping base for the week and then we'll do day hikes/sight-seeing type stuff in the area....

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    For camping I would recommend the Invercoe camp site just beside Glencoe village. Ideal base for the Mamores, Glencoe and Lochaber and not too far from Glasgow. Owner and his family are very friendly and you have good views across Loch Leven to the Ardgour Hills and behind the Glencoe mountains.

    To check out these areas look at this web site

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    I was going to suggest By The Way at Tyndrum but Lindsay's suggestion is probably better )

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have a proper look later on.

    A friend mentioned midges as you go into September. Are they something to conisder?

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    Are they something to conisder?

    LOL

    Yes, consider them very seriously!




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    Can't comment on the sites but the Glencoe/Fort William area would put within 600-120 min drive radius Loch Lomond/Trossachs/Ardgour/Morar/Skye/Glen Shiel/Cairngorms/Inverness.

    Local treats Ben Nevis/Glen Nevis/Mamores/Glen Coe.

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    You'd be hard pushed to get to the Cairngorms in 2 hours, I reckon.




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    Surely you can get to Aviemore from Glencoe in less than two hours? Though I've never tried it, right enough.

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    This time last year I was in your position ChiefSilverBack. I took my first trip to Scotland last November and have been several times since.

    My first suggestion would be Glencoe. I have used the Red Squirrel campsite 3 times and although its pricey (£7 pppn) and you only get fairly basic facilities, it's in a stunning location, and a 3 minute walk from the Clachaig Inn (somewhere warm to go at night to avoid the midges- one of the best pubs i've been to). There is a lot of walking from this base, and a short drive to Kinlochleven or Glen Nevis opens up more possibilities than you could ever hope for.

    I've just returned from a 10 day trip Scotland and we spent 4 nights in Glen Shiel, at the campsite behind the Shiel Shop/petrol station/cafe in Shiel Bridge. The facilities were good, clean and working and it was only £5pppn. Glen Shiel is a stunning location, it seems very very big. We also used this as a base for nipping over to Skye after deciding not to stay on Skye for the whole trip as the weather looked bad.

    I'd also urge you to look at Arran and Rum, two of the islands I've been to. Both are stunning though remember that you cannot take a car onto Rum. The campsite in Lochranza on Arran was a good base for walking.

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    Oot - drove the Laggan road from FW to Dalwhinnie 2 wks ago, virtually no passing places left since road rebuilding scheme. Took 45min. 30 min Dalwhinnie to Aviemore.

    Road was quiet but I'd reckon 2 hrs would do it most days.


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    Fair enough Kinley. Just seemed a bit short to me. Maybe I've only done it on a Sunday ;o)



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    Midges - what can you say - if we get a frost early you might get away with it but chances are there'll be plenty, possibly lots.

    There must be previous threads on here on the subject but I'd consider -midge head net/jacket (http://www.midgejacket.co.uk/), mozzy off, Avon Skin so Soft or DEET.

    Discussion here:- http://www.scottishhills.com/html//m...ewtopic&t=1055

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    Ive stayed at the Glen Nevis campsite and was really impressed, superb facilities, really clean and at the foot of Ben Nevis.

    Not far from the town if you fancy that.

    Its probably the best campsite ive stayed at for comfort......apart from the midges

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    I once went to Scotland with seven different lotions in order to check which one works for me

    tah dah!!

    http://www.bitefree.co.uk/


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    Another vote for Invercoe campsite, the one on the slant on the south side in the loch the way to Kinlochleven is great too.
    Morvich a good bit further north is another great base.

    Midges. Yes.

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    Although well outwith your desired radius, the Sands campsite at Gairloch is stunning. A great base for fantastic mountain country...An Teallach and Torridon within easy reach. A great beach too, if you're feeling lazy!

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    thanks for that eyegor! thats def on my list of things to do now

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    Red Squirrel campsite...a 3 minute walk from the Clachaig Inn
    Ben - it's close but not that close! ;-)

    Invercoe is certainly a better site, only problem is there's no pub within walking distance now that the Glencoe Hotel has closed, which may or may not be a consideration.

    There's also a campsite at Blackwater Hostel in nearby Kinlochleven which has the advantage of a couple of pubs as well as the Ice Factor

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