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#1 Dagger Is Back

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:28 AM

Looking like I'm not going to get away with the family this year and thinking about clearing off on my own for some peace and quiet. I've always wanted to visit the more scenic places on the West Coast but never quite got round to it. Loch Lomond and Oban being about as far as I've got.

 

Looking for somewhere peaceful with good scenery, pleasant walks and those white sand beaches that I often see photos of.

 

So fellow JKBers where would you recommend?

 

Thanks in advance

 

 

 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:33 AM

Not quite the west coast per se, but Skye.

 

Just go to Skye.

 

You'll never want to go anywhere else again.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:35 AM

Not quite the west coast per se, but Skye.

 

Just go to Skye.

 

You'll never want to go anywhere else again.

 

The island that doesn't have one sandy beach?!  Only 'white' beach is Coral beach and it's a nightmare to walk on.

 

I'd go to Harris, Tiree or Coll.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:51 AM

Mull of Kintyre then Islay for the whisky.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:57 AM

Not quite the west coast per se, but Skye.

Just go to Skye.

You'll never want to go anywhere else again.


I've been a few times , never been in a rush to get back. Can't see what's great about it?

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:58 AM

Done the west coast last year for the first time. Stunning.

Hired a motor home and drove from Edinburgh to Ullapool on the Sat. Spent the night there then spent the rest of the week snaking back down the west coast. Absolutely brilliant holiday. Stopped off (in no particular order) in Skye, Mallaig, Fort William, Applecross (you MUST GO there, the road there is the highest road in the U.K., a stunning stunning drive) Lochcarron, Oban.

Honestly mate, you'll be blown away with the scenery there. I'd never done a camper van holiday before but I'll definitely do it again. The open road, go where you want, park up and camp where you want...cannie whack it :-)

I got a motor home from RoseIsle Campers in Whitecraig, just outside Dalkeith. Really really good, they've got a range of vans that'll suit any budget.

Enjoy!

Edit. Just had a quick YouTube search, here's the drive from Applecross (coming away from the village). There's loads of them on YouTube, it gives you an idea of the scenery around there, although to be fair none of the videos do it justice.

https://youtu.be/DKMcW0wkHEY

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:04 AM

Anywhere up past Ullapool, Lochinver way...beautiful.

 

Achmelvich Bay for example.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:07 AM

Ullapool or nearby is a good base with a car.

Long journey to get there but worth it.

Oban which you've been to is also centre for exploring. But since you've been can I recommend Port Appin to consider as a base.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:45 PM

******* love a bit of Ullapool!



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:52 PM

Tralee Bay Caravan Park.
It has lodges as well as caravans. Beautiful place.
Not far from Oban.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:07 PM

The island that doesn't have one sandy beach?! Only 'white' beach is Coral beach and it's a nightmare to walk on.

I'd go to Harris, Tiree or Coll.


Aye, no sandy beaches right enough...

http://www.theskyegu...n-brittle-beach

Not one there at all.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:19 PM

Arisaig has a lovely beach and the 'singing sands'

 

 

I'd recommend Ullapool way too



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

Aye, no sandy beaches right enough...

http://www.theskyegu...n-brittle-beach

Not one there at all.

 

Hahaha, well then, this is also this one .... https://www.google.c...!8i6656!6m1!1e1  It's a beach ... but nowhere near the white sandy beach the OP was after I imagine!

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:12 PM

Chuck a tent in the car and head up to Clachtoll just north of Ullapool, stunning scenery and the beach is not to shabby either right next to the campsite.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:24 PM

Looking like I'm not going to get away with the family this year and thinking about clearing off on my own for some peace and quiet. I've always wanted to visit the more scenic places on the West Coast but never quite got round to it. Loch Lomond and Oban being about as far as I've got.

 

Looking for somewhere peaceful with good scenery, pleasant walks and those white sand beaches that I often see photos of.

 

So fellow JKBers where would you recommend?

 

Thanks in advance

Arisaig to Ardnamuchan

 

https://www.walkhigh...namurchan.shtml

 

https://www.walkhigh...m/arisaig.shtml



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:41 PM

I realize me chiming in here might be kind of odd but I've been up the west coast three times in my life now, the last trip getting deep into the islands.

 

If you need a night or two away and don't want to drive, just take the train to the Arran ferry.  Absolutely lovely and compared to the rest of the west coast ridiculously easy to get to. The Brodick Bunkhouse was minimalistic but swanky design, and the location is quite central.

 

If you've got a week, it's entirely doable without a car to get to Mallaig and do the four small isles, Knoydart, and the Sleat peninsula of Skye just with ferries.  Eigg is amazing on so many levels.  Knoydart has phenomenal walking. The Armadale Castle museum on Sleat is the best museum in Scotland that I've been to outside the central belt.  Eilean Iarmain hotel is a fantastic setup with a good restaurant and a solid pub. I didn't make it to any of the other three small isles and I think Eigg is the star of the show, but many folks I talked to who'd done them all recommended them as well.

 

The outer Hebrides are famously hard to get to, and I wouldn't say there's loads to do out there, but the scenery is fantastic. I enjoyed the way-out-of-the-way feel of the hostel at Kershader as much as anywhere, even though the scenery, while lovely, couldn't hold a candle to places like Eigg or Lochinver.  North Harris, on the other hand, was the most incredible drive I went on.  Heavy, non-stop driving rain couldn't reduce it.  Just fabulous.

 

I've mentioned Lochinver and the rest of Assynt elsewhere here.  I didn't enjoy Clachtoll as much as graygo -- while I was supposed to stay two nights, the wind froze me the first night and then the midgies came out in the morning, I was out of food, and I needed to use the internet to solve a mobile data problem and I couldn't get a decent connection.  And the locals I ran into were particularly unpleasant.  I walked away from a night's camping fee and went to the An Cala bunkhouse in Lochinver and was happy as a clam. That almost certainly didn't give Clachtoll a fair shake and was just bad luck but there you are.  But Assynt is phenomenal.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:55 AM

We are going to Mull this year. Looking forward to it.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

Not quite the west coast per se, but Skye.

 

Just go to Skye.

 

You'll never want to go anywhere else again.

Depressing hovel. Skye is massively overrated.

 

Go camping in Glencoe.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

Anywhere up past Ullapool, Lochinver way...beautiful.

 

Achmelvich Bay for example.

 

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Looks a tad different when raining and windy though!



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:20 AM

The Crinan Canal from Lochgilphead to Crinan is lovely as is Crinan itself.

 

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

We are going to Mull this year. Looking forward to it.


My favourite place in Scotland. My aunt just sold her house there to move to ******* Birmingham.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

Applecross

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 09:35 PM

Applecross


It's got a red beach :D

#24 Seymour M Hersh

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 09:36 PM

Applecross

 

Built some really good quality houses until they went bust. 



#25 Sarah O

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:53 AM

Skye in the summer: hideous. Can't move for tourists.


Harris though. Best place on earth.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:58 AM

Harris is horrendous, longest weekend of my life spent in that hell hole.

Never again.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:03 AM

The scenery is superb, the beaches silver or golden and usually empty.

But.

I know people joke about midgies but if you are planning camping or walking they can ruin your holiday. On a still
evening in the West Highlands you simply cannot go out in the evening. No 'repellant' works, none of them. It's one of those hood things or 10 minutes of hell before you admit defeat and go back indoors.
A wee breeze though keeps them away.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:25 AM

Redpoint beach just before Gairloch, Arisaig as a poster above mentioned, take a left in Poolewe to get to cove beach aswell, stunning scenery on the route to all of these

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:09 PM

Arisaig pre or post midge!

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

Harris is horrendous, longest weekend of my life spent in that hell hole.

Never again.


There we go! Different strokes for different folks - what happened to you there?

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:41 PM

Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan is stunning. Further north the Torridon mountains will take your breath away and the road from there up to Ullapool has some fantastic views of both coast and mountain with some lovely beaches thrown in.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 02:35 PM

Some brilliant suggestions JKB. Thank you. Time for some further research and planning



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 04:29 PM

Harris is horrendous, longest weekend of my life spent in that hell hole.

Never again.


Ummmmmm. ....?

#34 Irufushi

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:19 PM

Ummmmmm. ....?


Just thought as places go that Harris was a fairly drab and depressing place.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:26 PM

Just thought as places go that Harris was a fairly drab and depressing place.


You obviously didn't go to the same places as I. It's a place that, for me, oozes beauty and charm. The scenery is incredible the people are very... Gaelic.

Class.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:35 PM

You obviously didn't go to the same places as I. It's a place that, for me, oozes beauty and charm. The scenery is incredible the people are very... Gaelic.

Class.


Landscape didn't do much for me, but as you rightly said, different strokes for different folks.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:32 PM

Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan is stunning. Further north the Torridon mountains will take your breath away and the road from there up to Ullapool has some fantastic views of both coast and mountain with some lovely beaches thrown in.

Agree with Sanna Bay



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 11:23 PM

Not sure if this will embed properly but here was a stretch of my drive on North Harris. The video doesn't do it justice, but it does give you a sense.

 

https://drive.google...RVJTY1BuS0FMWGM


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 03:13 AM

I have a soft spot for loch Lubnaig. The walks from there are quite the thing.



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:37 AM

2-Jim-McCulloch-Oldshoremore-Beach-Kinlo

Oldshoremore up at Kinlochberview is great.

 

And Farr Bay right up on the very top is good too.  Not as scenic as the West Coast, but still ruggedly beautiful

 

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

Arisaig has a lovely beach and the 'singing sands'



I'd recommend Ullapool way too


That's Morar but your point still stands ;) Also has the deepest lake/loch in the UK and the shortest river in the UK. All very nice.





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