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Post by Askit on Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:52 pm

Not a specific site recommendation, rather an area of Scotland that some may bypass on the way either North or South.  It has some decent sites of course, and great scenery, but the attitude of Borders Council towards M/H's and campervans should be commended.  I'm sure lots of you will know about Hawick but most carparks in other Borders towns are free and impose no restrictions, other than the usual no overnight stays (although it appears some folk had difficulty is reading those signs  rolleyes). Access to, council run, places of interest are also free and the £2 booklets on local walking/cycling routes and local information are good value.  Definitely worth a visit smile!

Oh, and no, I don't live there biggrin
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Post by frederic on Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:33 pm

Go West young man, Dumfries & Galloway has similar attractions,
and yes I do live there smile!
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:59 pm

Askit wrote:Not a specific site recommendation, rather an area of Scotland that some may bypass on the way either North or South.  It has some decent sites of course, and great scenery, but the attitude of Borders Council towards M/H's and campervans should be commended.  I'm sure lots of you will know about Hawick but most carparks in other Borders towns are free and impose no restrictions, other than the usual no overnight stays (although it appears some folk had difficulty is reading those signs  rolleyes). Access to, council run, places of interest are also free and the £2 booklets on local walking/cycling routes and local information are good value.  Definitely worth a visit smile!

Oh, and no, I don't live there biggrin
I used to come down to the borders from Fife in the 80s to watch the Border sevens Rugby, had some great weekends in the border region.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:04 pm

frederic wrote:Go West young man, Dumfries & Galloway has similar attractions,
and yes I do live there smile!
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Hi Ric
As you know we had a great time down your neck of the woods, especially down at New England Bay (NEB)
, we look forward to another visit next year, this time anti clockwise coming down from Arygll .
Hope to see you and your wife again, this time we will have a brew.
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Post by Askit on Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:14 pm

frederic wrote:Go West young man, Dumfries & Galloway has similar attractions,
and yes I do live there smile!
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Yes, know the area pretty well. my in-laws used to have a static on the Mull of Galloway.  We spent a smashing few days at Kippford earlier this year  up!
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Post by frederic on Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:59 pm

Maryport?
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went to Castle Douglas  last week and looked over the site below
Seems a nice location

Anworth Holiday
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Post by Askit on Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:47 am

frederic wrote:Maryport?
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Apologies, got my locations mixed up. It was Burrow Head on the Isle of Whithorn studying


Somewhere I have some great photos of the Wickerman's legs snigger
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Re: Scottish borders

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Post by Askit on Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:38 pm

I'm not into wild camping but can see the attraction in it for others. Having said that, I'm not sure if anyone would call it wild camping when folk are using the main car park in the centre of a town to do it. On a recent trip we saw vans parked overnight in the main car parks in both Peebles and Jedburgh. In the former it was just a couple but it was in double figures in the latter.  The local authority are encouraging motorhomers to come and visit the area with free parking, close to the towns.  Will this continue if folk abuse the privilege?

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Post by dandywarhol on Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:43 pm

Askit wrote:I'm not into wild camping but can see the attraction in it for others. Having said that, I'm not sure if anyone would call it wild camping when folk are using the main car park in the centre of a town to do it. On a recent trip we saw vans parked overnight in the main car parks in both Peebles and Jedburgh. In the former it was just a couple but it was in double figures in the latter.  The local authority are encouraging motorhomers to come and visit the area with free parking, close to the towns.  Will this continue if folk abuse the privilege?

"Abuse the privilege"  Are you talking about travelers taking over the area or just too many folks visiting an area but contributing to the local economy?  confused3

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Post by Askit on Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:53 pm

dandywarhol wrote:
Askit wrote:I'm not into wild camping but can see the attraction in it for others. Having said that, I'm not sure if anyone would call it wild camping when folk are using the main car park in the centre of a town to do it. On a recent trip we saw vans parked overnight in the main car parks in both Peebles and Jedburgh. In the former it was just a couple but it was in double figures in the latter.  The local authority are encouraging motorhomers to come and visit the area with free parking, close to the towns.  Will this continue if folk abuse the privilege?

"Abuse the privilege"  Are you talking about travelers taking over the area or just too many folks visiting an area but contributing to the local economy?  confused3

I think overnight parking in town centre car parks, when requested not to (as attached), is abusing the privilege of free and unhindered parking being afforded to motorhomers.  Whether they were contributing to the local economy or not is beyond me.

http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/1265/parking_and_car_parks/1311/motorhome_parking


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Post by dandywarhol on Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:26 pm

Yep, fair 'nuf. I'm afraid it's the old story that if people were reasonable then there would not be any need for rules and laws - unfortunately it's the selfish ones that cause the upset. You only have to go to any beauty spot in the country and you see the debris left behind. What I find incredulous are the  censored! who think they are doing right by leaving all their  censored! in bin bags by the roadside! Who do they think is going to pick it up after them? If they can bring their stuff with them then the least they can do is take it back home with them PLUS anything the last selfish  censored! left behind them...............

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Post by frederic on Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:56 pm

hugegrins
Further to the Wickermans legs would you believe it someone nicked the stumps that were left in the ground!!
This happened some time ago though so would be nice if you could find the pic and perhaps post it on here?
 Ref. Thursday, 23 November 2006, 15:44 GMT see BBC News
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Post by dandywarhol on Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:05 pm

We stayed at Solway View about 5 miles from Kirkcudbright last weekend - great site, plenty space and wonderful views across the bay and the Solway Firth

http://www.solwayviewholidays.co.uk/

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Post by Askit on Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:09 pm

frederic wrote:hugegrins
Further to the Wickermans legs would you believe it someone nicked the stumps that were left in the ground!!
This happened some time ago though so would be nice if you could find the pic and perhaps post it on here?
 Ref. Thursday, 23 November 2006, 15:44 GMT see BBC News
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 Apologies again, hunted high and but can't find the photo. I did find the one of the dead tree they buried in concrete on the coastline especially for the film but not the one of the legs shrugg  I've probably put it somewhere safe scratch head
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Post by Askit on Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:49 pm

frederic wrote:Try this for Wickerman Legs
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/6176828.stm
 Really wish I could find that photo.  The last time we were there was the early 80s and the legs were complete and about 10ft tall.
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