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Message posted by 2Barnesand1dog12/9/2014 at 7:21am
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We are planning a trip to the Outer Hebrides in 2015 and are planning to spend a few days on Barra and a few days on the Uists travelling beween the two on the Eriskay to Ardmhor ferry, but aren't sure about the road to and from the ferry on Eriskay. We will be towing a single axle 4 berth caravan with a Volvo v70. I, as a non driver think we will be fine but my husband (chauffeur) isn't so sure. We are aware that after you leave the A865 and join the B888 the road narrows but has anybody towed this route and have we any need to be worried?           

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Message posted by Jazzij12/9/2014 at 10:04am
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It may be worth asking the tourist board for advice. I did see caravans when I toured in a campervan, but all the roads are smaller than the main land and lots are single track with passing places. But there will be farm vehicles towing trailers and machinery.
Or have a look at google maps, street view for an idea.

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Message posted by Jazzij12/9/2014 at 10:16am
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Don't know if the link will work, but it does look like single track with passing places. People are very considerate and used to waiting in passing places and there is much less traffic that the mainland.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/ at 57.1404412,-7.3686185,3a,75y,154.71h,80.57t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sjzpBpoxjgH9CBDhz43X2Ng!2e0

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Message posted by 2Barnesand1dog12/9/2014 at 10:28am
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Thanks Jazzij,
we had a look on google maps and the road sections that appear to be narrow also appear to be very open with good visibility where as the poor visibility sections appear to be 2 lane wide.
we asked the question in the hope that somebody had travelled this route and could give us a experience opinion.
Thanks again for your reply.

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Message posted by robnixon12/9/2014 at 11:49am
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The roads are all single track, but with multiple passing places. However.., the roads are very quiet.

I wouldn't stop you from going. We just came back and I am already planning another trip in 2015 with a trailer.

No problem on ferries with the caravans either, although we didn't see many caravans in the Hebrides, probably due to the cost of the ferries.

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Message posted by Fiona W12/9/2014 at 12:54pm
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The cost would deter me somewhat - our 5.3m MH plus the two of us, going over to Barra and coming off at Lewis to reach Ullapool (whatever Hopscotch ticket that is from CalMac) will cost about 250. But you're missing out the mountainous part on this trip you're planning, and it'll cost less. (For our trip, we reckon we'll need 10-14 days, because one week was cutting it too fine - miss one ferry, and the whole timetable went belly up.) The key thing is to use the passing places to let folk behind overtake you (not just to negotiate vehicles coming from the other direction). The number of ferries on Mull that I've almost missed (I used to work over there) because of not being able to pass the pottering vehicle in front of me. Ended up having to blow the horn, I felt very rude.

Message posted by 2Barnesand1dog12/9/2014 at 3:49pm
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Hi Fiona, normally the cost would dissuade us but this is going to be our 10th anniversary present to ourselves, we are planning 2 weeks spending a day travelling up from home in Lancs to either Oban Or Fort William and then the following day sailing to either Castlebay or from Mallaig over to Skye for the ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy. We then intend to spend 5 days on Barra and 9 on the Uists (taking a day trip over to Lewis and Harris) before returning to Skye and taking a couple more days to travel back home.So either way we will be doing the ferry from Eriskay to Barra at least one way as the ferry from Castlebay to Lochboisdale (my husband's preferred route) is either very early in the morning or late at night. We both tend to like everything to be organised well in advance and have already booked the North Uist site for Sept 2015

Thanks to all who have replied       

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Message posted by LobeyDosser12/9/2014 at 6:29pm
Outfit:  1997 Bailey Ranger 470 4     Location:  Argyll Scotland
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We have towed a caravan all over the Outer Hebrides from The Butt of Lewis to Barra and all points in between.

You will have no problems what so ever. Just go and enjoy!!!

There are 5 Co-op type shops spread throughout the islands and these not only sell Co-op Branded foods but, unusually for the Co-op, they also sell locally produced foods, so food shopping is no problem.

Touring the Outer Hebrides is an experience not to be missed!

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