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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 16-02-2011, 13:54
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We're planning on heading upto the north coast over Easter.

Never been apart from on ships passing through the Pentland Firth.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else though. It looks an awful long way. Probably very cold, yes cold and potentially wet, that's right, wet. No, you should all go somewhere else, definately......
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Originally Posted by greenasthegrass
We prefer the east coast . . . We also love St Andrews and have sat on lovely beach at Kings something have forgotten it's name now. Always very clean. . . . Greenie.
That'll be Kingsbarns - follow the brown sign along the lane and you will come to a gravelled car park (no height barriers) right by the beach and picnic area.

We spent a couple of hours today in the 'van in St Andrews down by the harbour at the East Sands, watching the surfers from the Uni. The West Sands has an unbelievably long grass parking and picnic area, free out of season, about 1 per day in season, right by the dunes and beach. Avoid the on-street parking in town since most spaces are at an angle to the road and hard to tuck in a motorhome - use the free car park at North Haugh which has plenty of spaces with overhangs, then walk into town via the shortcut path through the bus terminus. Finish the day by taking away a couple of fish suppers from Tail End in Market Street, to be eaten in the 'van whilst parked up in East Scores, overlooking the sea and the castle. Our idea of a perfect day!

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We live in Scotland, and would advise you to go up the West coast purely because the topography is much more interesting. You could do both, but you will find the driving much slower if you take on any single track roads, and the distances are considerable. From our home in the Central Belt of Scotland we reckon on 8 hours driving to get right up north. Beware of your road atlas which may have the far north on a different scale.

Loch Maree, Sutherland, the Applecross peninsular, Morar, bits of Skye - there is so much on the west coast. You might be best to do an East coast trip another time.

In the far north I would definitely just check that the sites are open - we have been caught out around Easter.
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Hi All

Last year we did 2 weeks in Scotland over Easter.

Arrived at Glenmore Forest Park on Sunday evening, woke up to 9'' of snow Monday morning.


A further 30'' fell over the next two days, a total of 39''.

A 2 night stay ended up being 5 nights, escaped with the help of a 4 X 4 and a tractor with a snow plough.

We would recommend the west coast, hit the coast at Ullapool and work your way south.

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Scotland for Easter

It would be the East Coast for me. We live in Fife so Perth, Pitlochry, St Andrews are all within an hours drive. There wont be many campers out so would think no need to book. Weather is usually drier on the East, but it will still be a bit chilly but hey ho give it a go. Hope you have a lovely stay.
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Lots of previous posts if you search but this recent one will save you a lot of time

Have a great time!
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We will be visiting Thurso over Easter. we go up there a couple of times a year and for variety we will probably head up to Stirling then cut across to Fort William and then head up the west coast through Ullapool and Durness and along the north coast.

While up there we may go out to the Orkneys. We will come back down the east coast following the A9. As far down as Inverness it is effectively a coast road.

Don't underestimate the distance involved. Thurso is as far from me here in Shropshire as is Luxembourg

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Originally Posted by dandywarhol
Unless you absolutely MUST see John O' Groats then save your nearing 7 a gallon of diesel and head down south on the A9 from Thurso.

Dunnet Bay (on the west side) is actually further north if you need to get to the northernmost parallel
That sounds just like Landsend , what a rip off Lizzard is far better.
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