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summer week in the highlands

Post by clarkey » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:05 pm

i think a summer week in scotland would be good camping out and i herd theres no limits to where you can drive you can make your own tracks or map out differnt points like locks, mountains, rivers, forests, and drive point to point and stay in a differnt place each night. ;)

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by kev » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:10 pm

You just got to get the right week in the Highlands, summer only lasts two weeks up there.

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by LeJap » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:27 pm

I didn't think you could drive 'anywhere' without permission from the land owners? be really good to do though :)
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Post by maadmaan10 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:49 pm

Hey Darryn - if you go off road in the Highlands or indeed most of Scotland - you will get yourself into serious problems!
There are not really any green lanes and everywhere you go you need landowners permission.
There are quite a few pay & play sites.
But don't be put off- the wife and I were up there this year and it was fantastic - :gr8: well worth the trip(and the petrol!)- make sure you have a jerry can as petrol stations in the Highlands can be quite a distance. I'm sure some of our Scottish members will be along soon to put you in the picture though....


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summer week in the highlands

Post by gswalton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:19 pm

An old post but I think there's some confusion.

In Scotland there is no such law as trespassing, in England it's a civil mater but in scotland does not exist, there is also a very famous lane called Corrieyairack pass from st Augustus going north

This is a military road from 1730 (if my memory is correct) and about 8 miles long, it's not straightforward, stone track reaching about 2500ft

I'm out at the moment so this is from memory but just spoke to a friend who was in the police force in the highlands for a number off year as well as England and then burmuda, jammy bugger




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Post by gswalton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:32 pm

back home now,

found this which may be of interest

http://www.highland.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres ... ckPass.pdf

O and I just looked on MM and it goes south (not North as I first said) from Fort Augustus to Laggan marked "General Wades military route"

theres a few others too up there but not sure what there like

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by clarkey » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:07 am

as there is no trespassing law does that mean you can drive any where sensibly of corse :|

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Post by Red Oktober » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:24 pm

think you need the landowners permission
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Post by gswalton » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:32 pm

It seem its been updated and I was wrong, it seems that tresspasing does exist but only in certain places and not the same as England and Wales,

its quite complicated,

The legislation that established trespass as an offence has been amended by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which establishes universal access rights to most land and inland water. People only have these rights if they exercise them responsibly by respecting people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland’s environment. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising access rights and of those managing land and water and sets out a number of exceptions where the land access right doesn’t apply:

Houses and gardens, and non-residential buildings and associated land;
Land in which crops are growing;
Land next to a school and used by the school;
Sports or playing fields when these are in use and where the exercise of access rights would interfere with such use;
Land developed and in use for recreation and where the exercise of access rights would interfere with such use;
Golf courses (but you can cross a golf course provided you don’t interfere with any games of golf);
Places like airfields, railways, telecommunication sites, military bases and installations, working quarries and construction sites; and
Visitor attractions or other places which charge for entry.

Whilst most of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 does not apply in Scotland, the sections concerned with trespass and several others DO apply.

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by gswalton » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:01 pm

you may want to contact these people - http://www.scotgrc.co.uk/

I saw some photos of a recent trip they done, looks good.
they may have a trip when your up there, email details on there website

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by Ecoman » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:44 am

Although there is no tresspass laws you can still be prosecuted for damage caused whilst on the land. Many of the areas of the highlands are national park, of specific scientific interest or owned by the forrestry. You cannot just drive accross this land and expect nobody to say anything. If you plan on doing a route then its best to get the land owners permission in writing first.

Don't bother trying to do the Corrieyairack Pass either as it has been closed for some time to 4x4s. Its only used now for the electricity board (to maintain a power line running along its length) and farmers tending cattle.

Don't be disheartened though as there are plenty of companys offering "highland expeditions" and "pay and play".
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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by ratrace » Mon May 07, 2012 9:31 am

Can't our club talk to the club in Scotland and do a deal with a trip for us and we help out with a trip for them. Does not hurt to ask

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Post by LeJap » Mon May 07, 2012 1:06 pm

ratrace wrote:Can't our club talk to the club in Scotland and do a deal with a trip for us and we help out with a trip for them. Does not hurt to ask

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by ratrace » Mon May 07, 2012 1:46 pm

hope it works, they can only say yes or no

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Re: summer week in the highlands

Post by LeJap » Mon May 07, 2012 5:02 pm

They say yes!

Most of the routes are on tarmac or rough track and are used to get to hydro-electric dams. Very few have any green or brown stuff to give fun. Most have quite superb scenery though.

It's only going to be a day I think but could be combined with something else?
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