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Piet



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North Coast 500

Hi there
I’ve a simple question, can I drive the North Coast 500 with a caravan?
Maybe we want to do this in June whit a Elddis Avante on the hook.
I know I can’t do the complete route but..........
Have a nice weekend all.
Regards Piet

Post #540153 11th Jan 2020 9:43am
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Mikey



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I wouldn't advise it. Some pretty narrow roads, and if you meet another caravan coming the other way... Laughing

Id suggest finding a campsite, ditching the van, then explore with the car on its own Thumbs Up

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This 100%, some great caravan sites up there, wouldn’t advise towing all the way , plus you’ll have a much better time without it on the back. There’s a really nice site at Bunree, search on the caravan club website too. Also Arisaig has some fabulous sites too.

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Two of the sections are not really suitable for caravans, the Applecross loop from Kishorn to Shielding of Applecross, and the Drumbeg loop from Lochinver to Kylesku, they may even be signposted as such. The Torridon single track section is slightly easier as the sight lines are better, but single track roads with passing places involve the risk of having to reverse some distance to a passing place. There are some tight single track sections on the western side of the north coast too, roughly between Tongue and Durness. Only Range Rovers since 1988

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Piet



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Thank you for the advice gentlemen.
Apart from some parts its better to drive without the tintent.
Oke I’ve lot of experience, for example over the mores, but
its indeed more convenient to drive without.
Now I have to look for a nice ferry passage. First impression....
pfff about £800,- to Hull or Newcastle??? Man you can fly to
New York for that money.
Some campingsites to check, mr Tee, and check a few roads
named by CS.
But again, thanks for the advice gent’s

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Quote:
First impression....
pfff about £800,- to Hull or Newcastle??? Man you can fly to
New York for that money.


Not towing a caravan. Whistle Very Happy Very Happy

I did Hull to Zeebrugge overnight in 2017 and it was a good experience. Good luck with the trip. Thumbs Up John
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Piet



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Hi John,
Yes I look by P&O, but the caravan makes it so expensive, and we want
to go with it.
Depart from Rotterdam or Zeebrugge makes a difference of £150, but
from near Rotterdam I’ve to drive a lot more, and I’am on gas remenber.
Depart from IJmuiden is even more expensive.
So I’ll think I have to take a plane Very Happy
Piet

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mpirie



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I live on the NC500, and as has been mentioned before, many parts of the route are not suitable for caravans.

It's not your skills you need to be aware of, but the lack of skills that others show.

Many of the roads are single track with passing places......if you meet another rig coming the other way, then many of the pullouts are simply not big enough for a car and van, let alone those stuck behind you that need to pull over too.

One wheel off the metalled road will see you in a ditch, and no amount of 4 wheel drive will get you out.

I've seen many Landrovers that have been rolled due to visitors thinking they can drive on the verge.

If you must take a van, then stay south of Ullapool. Roads like Applecross (Bealach na Ba) are closed to long vehicles including caravans.

Mike

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Piet



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Hi Mike,
Thank you for your advice. Its clear to me, enjoy the drive and
the route but leave the van on the camping-site. So I wil look for a
few nice camping-sites and a affordable ferry crossing.
Have a nice weekend, Piet

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I’ve driven the Bealach na Ba in the dark, horizontal rain, blowing a gale in my FF and believe me, you wouldn’t want to have a caravan behind you, even if you were allowed.

Admittedly it was in November I was there but the wind would lift you and your caravan right off the road, so don’t be tempted to think it’s worth the risk Whistle Thumbs Up Got - 2008 TDV8 Vogue SE in Java black
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mpirie



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Agreed Alan, i've seen a few vans blown onto their sides too. There are a lot of exposed routes and if the wind picks up off the Atlantic, then high-siders will find themselves in the sh!t, both metaphorically and literally Big Cry

I took a friend of mine over the Bealach many years ago. He was on his Harley and I was two-up on my FJ.......we waited for him to appear out of the gloom, he arrived some 10 minutes after us, legs out and both brakes steaming from the descent, i'll never forget his face, nor will I let him forget how crap his Harley was! Rolling with laughter

Piet, there are a lot of nice campsites to leave the van, so i'd suggest parking the van up and enjoying the trip instead of worrying about your caravan.

Mike

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And not forgetting the wildlife! I came round a corner to be faced by a huge stag in the middle of the road, who didn’t seem interested in moving aside! Shocked Got - 2008 TDV8 Vogue SE in Java black
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mpirie



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Yeah, they seem to feel the need to challenge FFRR drivers. Rolling Eyes

Mike

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Piet



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Gentleman, thanks for al the advice.
Its clear, no caravan and a bull bar on the front.
Just kidding Very Happy Very Happy
I haven’t find a cheap ferry, but ah wel i’ve time up to June
Again thanks.

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Although it will add a couple hundred miles to your driving, have you considered Hook to Harwich as a ferry option?

https://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holla...-a-caravan

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