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On the A761 onto the B788 Auchmountain road to Greenock in Scotland there is a small road of this called the Dougliehill road.As you turn into this road
there is a small road on left leading to a water works and gate.No sign at gate just me saying DO NOT
WILD CAMP AT THIS SPOT I did on Tesday night 26 May 2009 four days into a five week holiday an got a large stone through my windscreen at 03.30 in the morning . AS i have a Rapido A Class i had to return back home to N Ireland and order up a new windscreen from the dealer it takes about three weeks for it to come from France. On top of that i have lost the boat fare £250 + £70 excess for the windscreen this was only my fifth time in 18 years so wild camping does not pay and i will never do it again.
 

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Was not a fan but did it for first time last night was a bit apprehensive but it was ok - along with 2 others that did it. I can't stand the thought of the bang on the door at 6am. Won't be doing it that often but we were late in finding somewhere and couldn't actually find the site which turned out to be another 6 inches down the road.

So sorry to hear of your hard luck and what nasty people would do that?

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Am I missing the point here
You see a large sign that says Do not wild camp, ignore it then wonder why the locals took revenge
The fact they took the time to place the sign there indicated their frustration of Wild / illegal campers
was this small road a Private small road
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Sorry to hear that, but the three times we've been to Scotland (for a total of 30 days, we wildcamped for 25 of those nights without a problem. I love the freedom, the isolation etc. Yes we use sites also but it would do my head in to use them exclusively.

We also wildcamp in Wales and England without any problem.

It just seems that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time unfortunately.

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Fatalhud said:
Am I missing the point here
You see a large sign that says Do not wild camp, ignore it then wonder why the locals took revenge
The fact they took the time to place the sign there indicated their frustration of Wild / illegal campers
was this small road a Private small road
Alan H
I live in manchester and have had locals throw bottles at the van just driving down the road ,i recon its jealousy the old lets run a screwdriver down the side of this syndrome(me and half a dozen others had that done outside the house )
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Fatalhud said:
Am I missing the point here
You see a large sign that says Do not wild camp, ignore it then wonder why the locals took revenge
The fact they took the time to place the sign there indicated their frustration of Wild / illegal campers
was this small road a Private small road
Alan H
Maybe? Don't think he means there was a sign, just saying to us (don't park here.) :?
 

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How awful for you and I am sorry you suffered such damage to your vehicle not to mention having to return home before your hol was over and all the extra expense too. :cry:

Not wishing to rub salt in the wounds though David but if you ignored the warning sign that had been posted at that spot then maybe that was where you made your BIG MISTAKE! 8O Obviously, whoever put the notice up has decided to take matters into their own hands if wildcampers should choose to ignore it! It is my guess that whoever owns that land is the one who threw the stone through your windscreen but as you had no witnesses and no proof I suspect you wouldnt have a cat in hells chance of proving it.

Sorry to hear that this experience has put you off wildcamping though Dave as wildcamping, if executed with respect, care and consideration is great fun and offers so much more freedom, excitement and adventure that any campsite ever could. Of course we do stay on campsites a great deal of the time and I am certainly not knocking them - but it is inspiring to know that when we feel like being totally free and away from the world then we can be! :D

I hope you get your MH back soon.

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DAVID32 said:
On the A761 onto the B788 Auchmountain road to Greenock in Scotland there is a small road of this called the Dougliehill road.As you turn into this road
there is a small road on left leading to a water works and gate DO NOT
WILD CAMP AT THIS SPOT I did on Tesday night 26 May 2009 four days into a five week holiday an got a large stone through my windscreen at 03.30 in the morning . AS i have a Rapido A Class i had to return back home to N Ireland and order up a new windscreen from the dealer it takes about three weeks for it to come from France. On top of that i have lost the boat fare £250 + £70 excess for the windscreen this was only my fifth time in 18 years so wild camping does not pay and i will never do it again.
David,

While I sympathise with you I can't understand why you read then ignored a clear instruction and now feel harshly done by. You even wrote DO NOT WILD CAMP AT THIS SPOT in upper case! Would you have moved on had the sign continued.... OR WE WILL STONE YOUR WINDOW?

Shane.....
 

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Simplelife said:
DAVID32 said:
On the A761 onto the B788 Auchmountain road to Greenock in Scotland there is a small road of this called the Dougliehill road.As you turn into this road
there is a small road on left leading to a water works and gate DO NOT
WILD CAMP AT THIS SPOT I did on Tesday night 26 May 2009 four days into a five week holiday an got a large stone through my windscreen at 03.30 in the morning . AS i have a Rapido A Class i had to return back home to N Ireland and order up a new windscreen from the dealer it takes about three weeks for it to come from France. On top of that i have lost the boat fare £250 + £70 excess for the windscreen this was only my fifth time in 18 years so wild camping does not pay and i will never do it again.
David,

While I sympathise with you I can't understand why you read then ignored a clear instruction and now feel harshly done by. You even wrote DO NOT WILD CAMP AT THIS SPOT in upper case! Would you have moved on had the sign continued.... OR WE WILL STONE YOUR WINDOW?

Shane.....
I say again, don't think he says there was a sign. He's merely warning others of the danger. Could be wrong but!
 

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I know this spot. There is no sign. I have worked on the water treatment works there and it is very close to some very, very rough estates. There are frequently burnt out cars there. Definitely not a good place to think about using.
 

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thanks for the warning .i very rarely use the same place twice in a row.i must admit i think it is getting harder to wild camp.
sorry to hear about your m/home .and wish you all the best
 

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I have just re-read his post after reading some of the replies and I must confess that now I have re-read it I now tend to agree that some of us (myself included) have misread what David has written! :oops: I think because he missed out the full stop at the end of the sentence before he wrote "DO NOT WILDCAMP AT THIS SPOT" this has thrown some of us and caused us to jump to the conclusion that this was written on the gate!!!!

Sorry David ......... please accept my apologies? :oops:

Sue
 
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