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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:47 pm

I do feel rather left out here - where's mine?

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Post by Jaytee on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:50 pm

Yes agree the maps are much better. We get 'old gits' rate with the C&CC now as have been a member for so long so at last it is good value for money look here

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:50 pm

Nice new site in mid-wales but not opening till June and Derwentwater has had a major refurbishment following last year's storm damage. Can't afford any of them unless out of season. Will be using more temp hol sites and CL/CS's than ever before.

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Post by Jaytee on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:53 pm

Paulmold wrote:Nice new site in mid-wales but not opening till June and Derwentwater has had a major refurbishment following last year's storm damage. Can't afford any of them unless out of season. Will be using more temp hol sites and CL/CS's than ever before.

Yes, we only ever use CL's and S's unless nothing else (not even a pub carpark) is available.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:53 pm

Peter Brown wrote:I do feel rather left out here - where's mine?
I gave the postie a tin of shortbread , so I'm in her good books and get our mail earlier than last year.
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:54 pm

Jaytee wrote:Amazed how few sites there are in Scotland so_sad. As soon as you cross the border they seem to just disappear.
Not too bad bottom half but way up north there are not only very few club sites but very few CS's as well. No wonder lots wild camp, they haven't much choice.

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:55 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:
Peter Brown wrote:I do feel rather left out here - where's mine?
I gave the postie a tin of shortbread , so I'm in her good books and get our mail earlier than last year.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:56 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:
Peter Brown wrote:I do feel rather left out here - where's mine?
I gave the postie a tin of shortbread , so I'm in her good books and get our mail earlier than last year.
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Waiting for my Britstops, before we book anything up.
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Post by Askit on Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:06 pm

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Jaytee wrote:Amazed how few sites there are in Scotland so_sad. As soon as you cross the border they seem to just disappear.
Not too bad bottom half but way up north there are not only very few club sites but very few CS's as well. No wonder lots wild camp, they haven't much choice.

We got ours this morning as well, hope to get looking at it soon but it's been commandeered by SWMBO  winks

The lack of C&CC sites up here is a bone of contention for us, the CC has more but they tend to be further up north. We probably used more private sites than either of the club's sites last year.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:18 pm

Between to the two club site networks and the odd private site or CL, one should be able to find a reasonable route around the coast of Scotland.
My concern would be, going off grid in the Orkneys and finding an Élsan point, I'm looking for any reviews on sites on the Orkney islands.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:20 pm

Paulmold wrote:
burlingtonboaby wrote:
Peter Brown wrote:I do feel rather left out here - where's mine?
I gave the postie a tin of shortbread , so I'm in her good books and get our mail earlier than last year.
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:55 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:Between to the two club site networks and the odd private site or CL, one should be able to find a reasonable route around the coast of Scotland.
My concern would be, going off grid in the Orkneys and finding an Élsan point, I'm looking for any reviews on sites on the Orkney islands.
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Searchforsites has two independent sites listed with one review on each. It lists 3 CC Cl's but no reviews of any of them.

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Post by boxerman on Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:59 pm

Which two Paul? [being lazy] If they are the ones just on the outskirts of Stromness and Kirkwall, then we have used them both and they are both fine.

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Post by Paulmold on Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:25 pm

Yes , Point of Ness and Pickaquoy(?).

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Post by shargrea on Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:53 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:Between to the two club site networks and the odd private site or CL, one should be able to find a reasonable route around the coast of Scotland.
My concern would be, going off grid in the Orkneys and finding an Élsan point, I'm looking for any reviews on sites on the Orkney islands.
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We stayed at some great Orkney campsites last year. Very briefly ...
Wheems - Very organic. Access is up a steep narrow track - I wouldn't want to take anything much larger than a campervan up there.
Pickaquoy - Great facilities and very central - a good location for distilleries, ferries. It's right in the centre of town though, so not exactly wild or remote.
Stromness - Right on the seafront, so very picturesque, but can get a bit wild. The pleasant town of Stromness itself is a few minutes walk away and has pubs, cafes & a Coop.
There are also plenty of places to wildcamp - some of which are adjacent to a public toilet (I meant that in a good way as in 'facilities are available', rather than as a negative point smile!  ) See all the little parking places marked on the OS Landranger maps.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:31 pm

Thanks for that info Shargrea , have taken note of the sites you have  mentioned.
I'm checking on the ferry routes and prices, my Sigma is 6.28 mtrs, 
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:51 am

Paulmold wrote:
burlingtonboaby wrote:Between to the two club site networks and the odd private site or CL, one should be able to find a reasonable route around the coast of Scotland.
My concern would be, going off grid in the Orkneys and finding an Élsan point, I'm looking for any reviews on sites on the Orkney islands.
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Searchforsites has two independent sites listed with one review on each. It lists 3 CC Cl's but no reviews of any of them.
Had a good look on the web at the sites highlighted, food for thought,only problem , you carn't guarantee the weather, we had a good run of sunny weather last year along the Moray coast, so fingers crossed .
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Post by boxerman on Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:15 am

burlingtonboaby wrote:,only problem , you carn't guarantee the weather,
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If Its Orkney, it'll probably be windy. smile! Not trying to put you off mind! I love the place up!

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:29 am

boxerman wrote:
burlingtonboaby wrote:,only problem , you carn't guarantee the weather,
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If Its Orkney, it'll probably be windy. smile! Not trying to put you off mind! I love the place up!

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We are  used to the wind Frank, on Bute it was just a breeze, here in Bridlington its a draft., fancy going up the east coast again, via Stonie (visit the castle this time) stopping of at the usual sites and try out some of the Britstops maybe.
The wife seems keen on the Orkneys Islands, shes into stone circles and that stuff , I'm happy with a beach or a pool for a dook.
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Post by boxerman on Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:15 pm

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We are  used to the wind Frank, on Bute it was just a breeze, here in Bridlington its a draft., fancy going up the east coast again, via Stonie (visit the castle this time) stopping of at the usual sites and try out some of the Britstops maybe.
The wife seems keen on the Orkneys Islands, shes into stone circles and that stuff , I'm happy with a beach or a pool for a dook.
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Your wife will love Orkney then, it's an archaeologist's paradise up! We visited the Tomb of Eagles [amongst many other places of course] and before you go to the actual tomb, they have / had a presentation in the reception place where we were allowed, encouraged even, to handle the artefacts. Before that day, I had seen many stone tools in museums and thought 'its just a stone' but when you have one in your hand, you realise that it has been specially worked to fit in your hand a certain way, with finger grips etc.. and you realise that it is not 'just a stone' or a shard of flint, but a genuine tool. That visit opened my eyes and I'm really glad we went there.

Good pool at the Kirkwall sports centre and LOADS of beaches.

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Post by Peter Brown on Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:31 pm

My book has now arrived, I like the map and the layout of the book. They live in the van for use on the road when we don't have internet access.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:03 pm

Peter Brown wrote:My book has now arrived, I like the map and the layout of the book.  They live in the van for use on the road when we don't have internet access.
Problem is Peter, my wife doesn't throw out the out of date campsite books, I found CC site maps in Black and white , agree about the new layout , plenty of info.
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Post by Paulmold on Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:21 pm

Having spent the last few weeks planning a four week tour (end April into May) of Scotland and having the new book, I looked at costs of the club sites we may be stopping at. We leave home in low season, first weekend away is a bank holiday which is high season (no age concession) and the rest is mid-season (seems a bit early for that) so thank God for the age concession for sites like Rosemarkie where the mid season cost is over £31 per night before age discount. I don't wish to book way ahead as may wish to stay longer in some areas. With the current way the C&Cc charges I will have to pay the high end of their 'from and to'  prices.Certainly couldn't afford to go in high season where age concession doesn't apply. I shall be using quite a few CS/CL's instead now although even those are pretty scarce in the far north.

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Post by Askit on Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:49 pm

Just reading through the C&CC stuff, it's a bit disappointing how late in the season some of the sites open for business. Suppose March will be a bit quiet, given that few caravanners will not be out until April.

Something else that irks me (with both clubs) is how they name some sites after the nearest town, the Oban site for instance is 13 miles out of Oban scratch head That's a fairly long walk for the morning papers and a pint of milk  snigger

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Post by Paulmold on Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:58 pm

The CC used to name their sites by its actual name which gave no indication of where they were, so they changed two years ago to the nearest town name. I prefer the town name, so 'cant please all the people etc'.

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