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Lettershaw Farm: Remote but Close to M74

This is ideally located to visit Leadhills and Wanlockhead, being on the B797 and also close to the M74 at Abington.

On this trip, we didn't stay here, but have used this site as a convenient overnight halt enroute to northern Scotland.

We have now stayed on this site twice, the first time on our way home from the Highlands, in 2007 and the second time was 2009, heading north for our holiday.It is situated in Lanarkshire, close to the small village of Abington, not far from the M74.

The site appears to have two parts, the ordinary site, which is a pleasant, flat field and the Camping Club CL, where only five units are allowed on. We stayed on the CL, which is more like the carpark for the proper site, but it is all hard surface and it has electric hook-ups. There are a couple of toilets and a pay shower.

Nicely situated in the middle of nowhere with a stream running down one side and open moorland views to enjoy. Unfortunately, both the occassions we stayed here we experienced wet and dreary weather.

The site is well positioned as a good stop of for us heading north, if we set off from home in the afternoon. Also good for a night halt on our homeward journey, after travelling all day.

The cost for us without electricity was £5.50 a night.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, Road Trip, Hiking and Walking
  • Written April 21, 2010
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Out in the Wilds...: Wild Camping

The land around Wanlockhead, in particular, the Mennock pass, belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch, who very decently allows wild camping. As of yet, we have not camped here but I have read numerous reports that it is popular with "the wrong type" who do nothing to enhance the area. Areas are often strewn with rubbish, including burnt out vehicles and boy racers apparently enjoy the run of the road. Do not let this put you off, it is a beautiful location, with Mennock Water following the road all the way to Wanlockhead. There are many level, grassy areas for camping, whether in tents or motorhomes but you will have to supply your own firewood, there being no trees around here.

We saw no sign of rubbish on our trip through and only the odd tent.

Please remember to respect the countryside, take all rubbish home and leave no trace that you have been there.

If you can get the weather, this must be beautiful on a hot summer's day, paddling in the stream and even panning for gold. You never know, you may go home richer than when you arrived!!!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Road Trip, Camping
  • Written April 9, 2010

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