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Subject Topic: Knoydart, 22nd to 26th May 2014
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Message posted by thebiz on 15/10/2013 at 8:20am
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Well.....at last a date's been set for the Knoydart meet. Thursday 22nd May till Monday 26th May, of course anyone can arrange dates which suit themselves round those dates, but that's when most of us will be going.....so now that we have a date, I've started a new thread with some information.

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4 for tent and 3 for each extra person, per night
Campsite is about a 20 minute walk from the pier. Very basic facilities, no showers,no hot water, cold water straight from the hill and a compost toilet.....there's a small grass roofed hut for shelter. It's a rough field at the head of the loch and pretty exposed.

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20 return.....it's a small ferry which holds about 12 passengers. Luggage has to be carried down some stone steps at Mallaig onto the boat where it's put on a wooden palate and covered with a tarpaulin (probably best to wrap bedding etc in something waterproof). Lifting everything down the steps and onto the ferry may be awkward but the crew ( all 2 of them) will help.
It's possible to drive car close to the pier, unload, then park car, I'm sure we can arrange for one person to stay with luggage while we move cars about. At Inverie we can make as many trips as we need to the campsite, leaving any remaining luggage at the pier head where it'll be perfectly safe..well perhaps not the carry out !! I have enquired about a baggage service to carry everything to the campsite but unfortunately that's not available.
Its up to each of us to decide which ferry we want to take and book, I'm thinking about taking my cycle, so I'll mention that when I phone to give them some idea of how much luggage I'll have.

Provisions
I emailed Tommy the ranger to find out what was available on the peninsula and really there's not very much. The local shop has fresh milk and frozen rolls and bacon but not much more. I wonder if its worth phoning the shop nearer the time to see exactly what they have and if we could even order anything in advance.......at the moment I think we have to expect to take everything with us. Just as well there's a good pub......

Fire wood
Tommy says wood is usually plentiful on the beach, but if its not, we have to tell him and he'll sort something out

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Bowies are in all 4 of us , time to prove we can do camping very very basically!!!

Will watch the thread and see who's taking what etc

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A wee stroll or paddle for my birthday on the 23rd hmmmm

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Quote: Originally posted by robnchar on 15/10/2013A wee stroll or paddle for my birthday on the 23rd hmmmm



You'd be most welcome.......I'm sure we'd have a glass of something warming for you arriving

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I'll have a word with my team leader next week and see if I can sort something out for those dates next year....

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I've put in for annual leave for those dates......almost a guarantee that I'll be rostered for that weekend    Luckily my colleagues are easily bribed with sweeties and will swap shifts

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I have just checked the website, you can take your cycle, the biz.

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Managed to get a hold of next years shift Pattern (If our shifts stay the same) Down for working 23rd...24th...25th...Going to put on my best Jelboy smile and ask politely for them off next year...Only problem is we are not supposed to ask for any hols for next year until April....But I know some folk who book holidays well in advance of that...

Will let you know how I get on...Might have to change them again if we go to a different shift rota next year...

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Use that Jelboy charm and I'm sure you'll be fine........doesn't matter where you work, .bosses assume you have no life. Imagine wanting holidays when it suits you !!!

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Straight in the office at work last night to request those 3 days....Too far in advance to grant me them...But my name and date of request Has been Penciled in to the TL's diary...No one has requested them as such so I have dibs on them when the time comes to request them...Best he could do....

Consider me as going from the Thursday to Monday....

Strong possibility that we could be on the 3 shift system by that time next year....And might not need 3 days holiday...But if I am knocked back for any of them...I think I will do what I have not done in years...Throw a sickie....No way am I missing this meet through being messed around at work....

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You'd hope as you're first in for them, it would be a done deal, but I know how these things go . My cousins getting married in Manchester on Easter weekend, cos its a weekend and the Monday and Friday are public holidays , I had my leave request slip handed back to me.....seems I cant request that weekend off .....but like you......I WILL be going to the wedding

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Ok, that's the date pencilled into our diary!! Consider noname and myself joining in on the shenanigans, I'm sure there will be plenty!!

I think this camp will be a bit of a challenge but really looking forward to it! Think we will be on a liquid diet only!! No space for food!!

Jelboy, I like your determination

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Thank God theres bacon in the shop,I love the smell of bacon on a campsite.Will probably be half dead from long trip so liquid diet sounds good too.

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Good stuff Krazy and Noname, I think we'll have a ball.
The only solids we really need to take are a couple of packets of Rennies

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Bacon and beer sounds good to me!

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Months away yet....And I'm mulling over what to take...Liking The Biz's idea of a push bike (If we can get them on the ferry)...I have one here with side Panniers...Might be an idea to take it for getting to the campsite from the ferry which I understand is a 20-30 mins walk???

Be good for getting to the pub of an evening too.....

Whatever....I bought this bike for camping trips...Never been away in it yet....

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