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Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

I was number 27.

Just booked the plane.
But Lochailort inn seems close to full now, only 85L room left, and the Bryden B&B seems to be no more :

I am tempted to follow the path to Mullochbuie and stop when i find a suitable spot.

Hope to see you Gordon, if have seen your seafood photos at Laggan locks, so i plan to eat there the 13th.

Bill was right it took 6 months for my feet to recover from the blisters, the fallen toe nails, and the infection, ill be more careful with them this year i planned as little road walk as i could.

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

Two suggestions.
When I last started from Lochailort I walked around the corner from the hotel on the A861, hopped over a fence and camped on the small piece of grass.
Or you could stay in Fort William Thursday night (assuming a Friday start) and catch a bus or train arriving at Lochailort by 9:45.

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

I was thinking of camping near the seaside for some early morning photos if the weather is better than last year, but a night in Fort William with a few/lot of beers at the Grog and Gruel is very tempting !!!

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

there is the bothy essan nearby just be careful of the trains

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

Hi Frederic , Good to see that you have made it onto the Challenge . All the Hotels i have found to be very helpfull with their patches of grass ,especially if you plan to eat or have a beer there . Just ask them, Fort Bill is a bit distant for a lot of beers. I stayed at a BB there 3k up the road (from the Lochailort hotel) where the track starts for Loch Beoraid .

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

The local Policeman's wife used to do BB at Arieniskill NM786832.
or pitch nearby and have a breakfast instead. I've lost their number.
Track at the back goes over to Beoraid. Cheers.GWUY

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

Last August I managed to pitch my tent on the shore somewhere in Grid square 7480. It wasn't brilliant but it did for the night. Camping spots around there are a bit sparse. Good luck.

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

Hi Frederic,

In your message you indicate that the Bryden B & B seems to be no more, which immediately saddened me, for I have fond memories of staying at this B & B with Bill Howden prior to the start of Challenge 07.

So I phoned John Bryden and whilst he is no longer listed as a B & B he occasionally accommodates visitors to the Lochailort area.

I explained your difficulty in finding somewhere to stay and he immediately offered to provide a bed and breakfast at his home and drop you of at the Lochailort Inn to sign out.

I provided him with your first name and If you have not already sorted out alternative accommodation, you can contact him at:

PH38 4LZ
Tel/fax:01687470404 or john@brydenenterprises.co.uk

Since my visit in 07, his daughter Kirsty was sadly killed in a road traffic accident see www.kirstyskids.org and he would be seeking a donation to this charity for board/lodging.

P.S. I posted a message on this board (its currently on page 98) on 2 Jan 2012 concerning John Bryden and the help and assistance he provided to me.

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

Thanks much for the help ! ill contact them by mail.
When i was searching about their B&B i found the sad report about their daughter.

Re: Where to camp nearby Lochailort ?

There is an excellent camp spot beside the river at NM769823, nice flat grass, lots of room, plenty of water. Have used this twice - first time knocked on the nearest door and asked permission (no problem), 2nd time no answer so camped anyway. On each occasion there were 4 or 5 tents. You can still have a brekkie at the hotel in the morning!