Hi Chaps, been searching through the posts on Arran, some going back quite a way, but still got some questions. I'd really appreciate your wisdom.
I am going for the week 7th to 11th Jan 2013. Why? Well I have some leave, a bit of cash and I just fancied it. We have a roe syndicate out near Stranraer which is tough going and I thought a change of scenery would be nice. Still tough, but different.
Ferry. Seems very pricey for a short hop I have to say. Around £70 for a car and driver. Are there any dodges here for cheaper fares? I don't mean fare dodging. Just booking tips.
Which ferry times work the best? Arrival isn't really a problem as I shall go the day before, or even the Saturday if I end up with a full week of accommodation.
Where is best to stay? By this I really mean area rather than which hotel etc.
Will I get away with a standard family car in terms of getting around for the stalking. I'd rather not drag my monster 4x4 all the way up there.
Is renting a cottage the best option? Been looking at rooms and they seem ridiculously expensive where as a cottage looks like around £200 to £250. Much more than that and I'll camp! And trust me, I would. I'd rather self cater if I am honest.
Is anyone else going that week - if you fancy sharing at all, I'd be happy to work something out.
Any other gems then please do chip in. I have read about expectations, deer numbers etc, for me stalking about the experience of the whole trip. I have had plenty of experience in the disappointment category.
I did speak to BASC before booking and they said they were pretty sure that this very unfortunate business with the poor chap recently should have been dealt with and the stalking would be open. There should have been little disturbance in the weeks leading up to the booking, but who knows what the weather will be doing. I have a poncho, so it can do what it likes really.
Thanks in advance