During my recent cycle tour of Scotland, all the hostels were full on the west coast so I ended up cycling 70 miles from Durness to Rogart near the east coast. My bed for the night? - a railway carriage. Comfortable, cosy and a friendly welcome - highly recommended!
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The hostel is alongside the station so it's very convenient for sustainable travel.
To get off the train here you have to warn the guard in advance, to get on you stick your hand out - it's a request stop! *
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you might end up sleeping in this cute little carriage as some touring motor cylists did. *
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or in these 1st class corridor carriages
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one compartment had been turned into a kitchen
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ont thing the kitchen lacked was an oven - and I had bought myself a pizza at the nearby shop for my tea.
When I explained my quandary to Kate, the hostel owner, she kindly took it away, used her own oven and brought it back to me 15 minutes later piping hot. *
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after cooking you food, you slip into the next door compartment to the eating area.
When being shown around we were shown the swithes below the counter here so that we could put on the heating in the different compartments as required.
On the counter while I was there was a copy of the Scottish Sun with a story of an amazing escape for passengers and crew from a train crash on the West Highland line to Oban which I've used on other visits to Scotland
For the story click here *
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along the corridor one way was the lounge
small hostels like this encourage conversation and I ended up in the nearby pub with some of the other hostellers. One was a cyclist enroute from Land's End to John O'Groats - I met many such cyclists during my cycle tour, some going in the opposite direction
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in the other direction were the bedrooms, each compartment fitting a double bunk.
In most hostels I was in a dormitory with other travellers and most with many rooms fill up each dormitory in turn rather than let you spread out (less cleaning for them). Here though, with it not being too busy, she kindly put us in different compartments so no one had to go in the dreaded top bunk! *
Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901
For photos click here
Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland:
Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons
Base For more info click here
Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith
Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful
protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe
demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill
- for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the
American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the
continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of
'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence
FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of
this American base on UK land.For more info click here
2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere or contact email@example.com
Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here
3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact firstname.lastname@example.org
last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534
First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578 email@example.com
'Skipton - East Lancashire Rail Action Parnership'
Protect Babies of the World
for more information on the Baby Milk Action campaign click here
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