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I'll be in the immediate area of Rannoch Station on Monday 11 May.
Any recommendations for a good-ish wild camp spot nearby. ( The hotel made some suggestions,but
first hand experience would be welcome. )
I'm thinking of a meal at the Moor of Rannoch - expensive but looks inviting. Anyone had a meal there? I feel like treating myself.
Has anyone sent a resupply parcel to Moor of Rannoch? They seem very friendly, but I don't want
to phone them again until my plans are a bit firmer.
Anyone stayed at the hotel?
There is a cracking little sandy beach on the narrow strip of land between Dubh Lochan and Loch Laidon. Take a look at https://tinyurl.com/vcjch7k
Indeed. An alternative is to camp by Loch Eigheach, east of Rannoch Station (a couple of miles east of the tearooms to help you burn off a few of the calories you took on board).
Yes Gordon, I've stayed at the hotel twice as a big treat/refresher after 4 days walking and camping, both times a friend joined me. Wonderful comfort and welcome, and we all enjoyed the food. Only problem is it's hard to move on from the comfort next day - would be great to be snowed in there for a few days! Yes, on the expensive side, but for me on the challenge it's swings and roundabouts, many nights are free and others you pay for. It's fun to stay somewhere I wouldn't normally.
We didn’t do the Challenge this year but did an east to west crossing from Perth to Fort William in May. We stayed at the Moor of Rannoch Hotel for one night. It’s excellent and the food is exceptional. It’s not cheap but you get what you pay for. The owners are extremely friendly. I’d definitely stay there again as a special treat.
After we’d left the Moor of Rannoch we headed off towards the Kingshouse across Rannoch Moor. There looked to be a couple of shelters near to the loch mentioned above not that far out of Rannoch Station
I stayed there on my first challenge in 2011 and as it was my first stop indoors after 3 nights camped out in heavy rain I found it very welcome. Bath was excellent, food was great and the lady did a bit of washing for me. As I left in the morning I saw a hen harrier quartering the moor opposite.Now theres a bonus if ever there was one.
Thank you all for your replies.
Wild camping and a meal was my original plan. The spots by the Lochan look good - thank you for the video.
The comments on the Moor of Rannoch - how good etc have made me think again.
This is my 10th .............. and I have now emailed them to ask whether they will do me a reduced rate for single occupancy - as they did for the 2019 season. ( They are closed until February - not sure if they will get the request.) :thinking_face:
Expensive, but ............ it is my tenth. :wink:
I may have booked a room. :grinning:
Well done! You only ever have one 10th crossing! Make it memorable. Enjoy it all.
Thanks Annie......and to the others for the recommendations. I'm really looking forward to a special night there.
Another well done on reaching your tenth. I remember meeting on your first somewhere close to Alltbeithe, when you slowed down to our pace for a while to discuss among other things pack sizes! Have also stayed a few times the the Moor of Rannoch and as others, have found it a wonderful almost surreal experience given its location.. One time in the company of Tim and Bob Small from New York we spent an enjoyable evening sampling the selection of malts as the rain rattled the windows. It’s a classy refuge especially in wild weather. Good luck.
Hi Des, great to hear from you.
I remember so well our first meeting near Alltbeithe and our walking together with Eddie for a couple of days of enjoyable conversation. That walk from Cougie in to Fort Augustus was epic - we ended up arriving there well after 2230! I had my evening meal for breakfast the next morning!
I remember my first Challenge - on a day by day basis - better than many of the days on my subsequent Challenges.
And now, my tenth.
I couldn't resist the idea of staying at the Moor of Rannoch. It does sound so very special.
I'll have had three days camping by time I reach there. I have my fingers crossed for good weather as my route is a high one.
Hope to meet up with you again at some time.