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  1. On a similar ferry topic, there is discussion of the advantage of ITX fares. Are these only available if your return route is the same as your outbound. We are contemplating outbound Newhaven - Dieppe with a return from Caen to Portsmouth. This is to do with timing and visits to relatives before and after the continental holiday.
  2. If you do a search on the Holidays Abroad forum, you will find that this topic has been discussed ad infinitum
  3. To clarify: ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization and is not a Visa. It is used by the USA to control access of those entitled to enter under the Visa Waiver scheme - that is the majority of us who have UK passports.
  4. We went to Italy for May and most of June this year. We took the Newcastle - Amsterdam ferry. We routed Ijmuiden to Arnhem then A3 almost to Munich before going Garmish Partinkirken then over the Brenner Pass. The first day we drove to Wertheim am Main where there is a super night halt just off the A3 with a cheap fuel station as a bonus and no Tolls. The second night was at Mittenwald, the site is just beside the road. Day 3 was straight past Innsbruck and over the Brenner Pass and we were enjoying a cup of tea at the site in Fusina looking across the lagoon to Venice by 3 in the afternoon having deliberately taken the scenic route via Cortina d'Ampezzo as a break from motorway driving. Having wandered around Italy for a few weeks, we returned from a small lake in the Dolomites over the Brenner then almost the reverse of our outward route but stopping at Augsburg (site just off the autobahn by the airport) and Wertheim am Main. The roadworks on the A3 seem to have been completed and apart from an hours pause following an accident on our return journey, we cruised at about 55 mph indicated averaging 48 mph overall on both journeys. I think that this is the quickest and cheapest way to reach the Italian Lakes although you do have to pay to use the Brenner Pass and also the Autostradas on the Italian side. We picked our night stops as the closest to the route and also they were ACSI. Only you can decide whether you want to spend 2 and 1/2 days of solid motorway driving in each direction to get to the Italian Lakes. They were crowded in June and Italian pitches are small so it feels much more cramped when crowded than in France for example
  5. I have never stopped overnight on the roads near Glasgow but from memory there are a couple of service areas well clear of the M74 on the old road but you may be hit by the 'more than 2 hour stay' rule which makes it a non-starter or non-stopper. I live in NE Scotland on the Moray Firth and I think that you are planning to go too far, especially with a 3 year old, if you aim to stay at Durness during your 2 weeks. Whilst the scenery is good, the miles from Ullapool and whatever return route you took would mean that you would be spending a significant percentage of time in the car. My suggestion would be to go to Arisaig as you propose and then for the next nights go as far as Gairloch and stay in the site there that is in the dunes - Sands Caravan Site - where you pick your pitch in amongst the dunes. You will have lovely sandy beaches at both places which should make for an enjoyable holiday for the 3 year old and that means relaxation for you. I speak from experience as a Granda to 2 three year olds whom the fresh air and digging on the beach tire out giving peaceful evenings. Going further North will just be extra hours strapped in a seat. From Arisaig going North, the easiest way is to take the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, go up the eastern coast of Skye and cross the bridge back onto the mainland - an easy tow. The ferry obviously costs but it saves lots of road miles and adds to the interest. I would then route further north up Loch Carron, which has a couple of narrowish stretches but is the road I tow to Skye. This route will give you spectacular scenery. From Gairloch, you could depart going North but then curve back eastwards to join the A9 at Inverness for a smooth journey South with stunning scenery and all an easy tow. The weather could be good in early April and definitely no midges but be prepared for winds and rain. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if the West Coast is wet, the East Coast is frequently dry and it is easy to cut across. There are some very good sites along the Moray Coast with great opportunities to see wild life with dolphins a particular favourite and also super beaches By the way, Scottish schools take Easter holidays for the first 2 weeks of April, whatever the date of Easter so with the Easter dates being about the 12th April in 2019, your second week will not clash. Any more questions, just ask.
  6. catuno: I think that you must be confused. I towed from Mittenwald to Innsbruck at the end of April this year and came back that way in June going to and from Italy via the Brenner Pass. I never saw any signs saying that caravans were banned and with my Toyota Estate 2.2 D towing a Burstner caravan around 1350 kg, I had absolutely no problem. Yes it is a hairpin descent going towards Innsbruck and I dropped down a gear and it was fine and the car towed easily back up. The road surface is excellent, the corners are nicely balanced and the hairpins are not at all tight. I think there has been major improvements in recent years and the discussion above is 9 years old. Where is the coast that you mention as this is hundreds of miles inland? This is an old topic. I asked about this route on the forum before I went and received assurances that it was OK and my subsequent experience showed that it was. There are videos on UTube showing the road from motorhomers.
  7. Thanks. Drove it in beautiful sunshine last week with lots of snow on the mountains. Steep descent with long hairpin bends but absolutely no problem. We we were over Brenner Pass within 1 hour of leaving ACSI Card site in Mittenwald.
  8. Ian, Thank you for that. Noted for future reference. Being so relatively close to Paris, did it become crowded at a weekend?
  9. The only problem with those routes is forcing yourself to concentrate on the road rather than the absolutely stunning scenery. You will see what I mean when you drive them. That said, they are both comfortable tows but with lots of bends in some stretches.
  10. Thanks everybody for the helpful replies. I had already done the Via Michelin part which seemed OK but I preferred first hand experience rather than a computer programme's route approval. David (Klyne)'s suggestion proved to have the solution as some helpful motorhomer had videoed his descent and put it on Youtube. The steep section looks ok with lots of warnings and run offs but we have experienced that in other places and I am comfortable with my car and caravan. It does however demonstrate the difference between towing and solo as I know that I have driven the road several times solo in the late 80s without ever thinking that there could be a problem - even with the passage of all those years, I still remember roads that have been challenging.
  11. We are travelling to Italy at the end of April and the route I am looking at takes me via Mittenwald and Innsbruck then over the Brenner Pass. It is about 30 years since I drove this route and I was solo at the time and cannot remember how easy a tow the section from Mittenwald via Seefeld to Innsbruck would be on the 177. I have just read a comment in the CMC Touring Europe book on one of the sites in Mittenwald that we plan to use that the road has only just been opened to caravans. Could anyone who has towed that way comment please.
  12. If you use the Newcastle - Amsterdam DFDS ferry before the end of April, you will find that the caravan goes free on a Sunday and Monday nights. This makes it a relative cheap crossing but much more expensive when you return later.
  13. We were there a couple of seasons ago. The site had just been taken over by new owners and had undoubtedly had a lot of effort put into improving it. It is along the shore with many of the pitches actually shore side. You are looking West towards Inverness so the sunsets can be special. You can easily walk along to Chanonry Point which is the best place to spot the Moray Firth dolphins. From our experience, just before high tide, particularly if there are small ships coming in is the best time for a display. You can make it a circular walk by coming back along the eastern side of the Point as far as the other camp site and then cutting back across. We are not dog owners but it seemed like good beaches and lots of room for them. There is a reasonable selection of shops in Fortrose. Cromarty is worth visiting with a good walk up onto the headland (The Sutors) that gives views over both the Cromarty and Moray Firth. From the headland you can see all the rigs being serviced in the Cromarty Firth and the Cruise Ships visiting Invergordon - worth checking the visit schedules on line.
  14. If you look 6 topics down the page, you will find this already being discussed under Sites near Silverstone.
  15. LTC. You mentioned that you plan to go to Arisaig. I recommend that you book whichever site that you hope to use. The area has become incredibly popular in the past couple of years with all the sites full. Our friends who live there warned us not to come down without booking as we had done in the past. Mentioning weather, we had the most glorious week at Oban in May this year but have gone home early from Arisaig on three occasions when the rain was arriving horizontally and forecast to continue to do so. It is purely a matter of luck as on one of those visits, we had ealier taken the ferry to Eigg for the 3 hours or so that you can spend there and came back sunburnt.
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