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Message posted by scarletsfan on 29/1/2012 at 9:35pm
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Visited Scotland in 2009 and stayed in Killan, Fort William and Stirling. Want to go back this year and had planned going to the far north, but what with fuel the way it is plans will have to be revised.

I really want to visit Arran and Seal Shore is our intended site for that.

We are coming up from South Wales so will have an overnight close to The Lake District bofore heading towards another overnight near Ardrossan. Can anyone recommend a site close to here?

After 5 or 6 nights I intend to catch the ferry over to the Kintyre peninsular and have 5 nights there. Are the roads ok for towing? and again a recommendation for a site would be appreciated.

What are roads like for towing to go north to make our way back home without using the ferry?

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Don't know about the roads where you are going, but any decent atlas will show you which are single track; we avoid these when towing. There is a nice site which we have stayed on, Thomaston Farm near Maidens (near Culzean Castle which is well worth a visit). I think it's about 40 miles south of Ardrossan.

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I would also recommend thomasson farm, lovely site aout 40 mins drive. Dont be tempted to go to Sandylands in Saltcoats which is only 2 miles from Ardrossan.

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Nice CC site in Ayr. All the main roads are fine for towing, you have to be way north and remote to encounter a single track main road.

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Hi Scarletsfan,

We booked for Seal Shore in June.  Remember the ferries get booked up early so would recommend you getting organised.    For sites just off M6 motorway I would try Winderemere Caravan & Camping Club site or Low Wood at Sedgewick which is Caravan Club.    Alternatively if you want to drive further north before having stopover then I'm sure there a lots of sites Penrith way.    I notice some folks have recommended CC site in Ayr.   That's a good stop-off point between leaving the Lakes and heading to Ardrossan.  Ayr to Ardrossan with caravan would be less than an hour.   I'm orginally from Ayrshire so know the area well.  We plan to drive straight from our hometown to Ardrossan to catch the Arran ferry and same on return journey.  It's 240 miles so "do-able".



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Message posted by scarletsfan on 30/1/2012 at 1:33pm
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I have now just Google street viewed the A road that runs south along the Kintyre peninsular and it is single track.

Really liked the look of Carradale Bay Caravan Park but will now have to carefully reconsider because of roads.  May just opt to hop over for the day.



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Edit.... The route on the western shore, although less direct appears to be on a better road.

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Use the A83 when towing on the Mull of Kintyre. Do not tow on the B842.

St Meddans is a nice wee site in Troon town and there is a good fish & chip shop just along the road in easy walking distance.

I am surprised that if you are concerned about fuel costs, that you are considering crossing from Ardrossan. This is probably thee most expensive way of getting onto Arran.

If towing on Arran, stick to the coast roads.



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Message posted by scarletsfan on 30/1/2012 at 2:08pm
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Ok fuel costs and the huge distances involved in going to the far north.  We will be limited to 2 weeks this year.

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By my estimation it's 30 more expensive to cross from Ardrossan to balance against a 130 mile drive round to use the Lochranza ferry.

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Message posted by scarletsfan on 30/1/2012 at 2:26pm
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But thanks Lobey you post has made me reconsider my route.

I think we'll do an overnight in the lakes, 3 nights near Loch Lomond (site to be decided), 4 nights at Carradale bay, Ferry to Lochranza and 5 nights at Seal Shore, back to the mainland (Broderick to Ardrossan) then 2 overnights on the way back to South Wales.

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For those heading up the west coast of Scotland, there is a new link motorway on the south/west side of Glasgow, so follow the road signs for Greenock as far as the Erskine bridge (Toll Free!) and then cross the bridge for Loch Lomond and all points north.

If I was staying just one night on Loch Lomond, I would use Luss but if staying any longer then I would use Milorchy Bay.



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I would use Luss if going near loch lomond. Lovely site with direct access to the shore.

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Luss is okay but it is a bit near the main road which is used by a lot of heavy lorries taking fish to the markets south. I advise a set of earplugs for there.

Milarrochy Bay on the other side is much quieter and also right on the lochside.



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I preferred luss lobey tho think we didn't get a good pitch at millarochy bay and it was miserable when we went.

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  The roads round Carradale are single track with the one running south towards Campbeltown particularly poor ( I didn't like driving it in a car and I'm used to single track roads ). The road on the west side of Kintyre is good.



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