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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.
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 !!!
there is the bothy essan nearby just be careful of the trains
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 .
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
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.
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:
Tel/fax:01687470404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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!