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After a rainsoaked week in Cornwall last week I'm jumping on the La Garangeoire bandwagon.

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Redliquorice Fri 11-Jul-08 19:48:39

For next summer. But what is the best way for me to get there from Glasgow. Grateful for any advice from all you experienced Mnetters! Thanks!

giggly Fri 11-Jul-08 20:18:40

Have no idea but will be watching with greta interest as we are no doubt going to be soaked in Aviemore next week.

teslagirl Sat 12-Jul-08 15:06:51

Head due south- say Portsmouth to get the LD lines ferry to LE Havre, or Brittany Ferries to Caen (expensive!). Or fly into La Rochelle or Nantes and hire a car but of course you couldn't really fly with all your camping gear!
To plan the road journey try the website 'via Michelin'. Bear in mind France is a lot bigger than the UK!

Redliquorice Sat 12-Jul-08 19:31:38

Thanks for your help!

Leslaki Sun 13-Jul-08 20:10:13

We used to drive from Ayrshire to The vendee, Brittany and Biarritz - long drive but friends of mine are en route to tuscany as we speak - from Irvine!!! They ahve broken up their journey with a 3 night break in Switzerland. You could do the overnight ferry jaunt which is fanb (Portsmouth - St malo !!!) but it is very expensive. Or you could plan in overnight stops. Your drive to Dover will be the same as your drive to any southern port - depends on where you wnat to go on the other side. About 7 hours from calais to the Vendee.

2 years ago in St Jen de Monts we met an Irish family who flew into Nantes and hired a car. Said it was best thing ever and they manahed without the half ton of luggage we had. I'm flying with 2 DC's to a campsite in Italy thos year and I'm sure we'll be fine without the acr load of luggage. You can always buy what you need over there. Fly drive is a good option. Depends on how well your family travel.

Judd Sun 13-Jul-08 20:18:05

We flew from Manchester to Nantes this year (and last) and hired a car from the airport. Then 2 hours to La G. We managed fine with the luggage - took our own carseats for the children because they cost loads to hire. We stayed in a mobile though, not in a tent. And DH is the world's ponciest chef on holiday, so we were probably the only family who carefully packed their own rhubarb and loose leaf gelatine!

Waswondering Sun 13-Jul-08 20:24:17

Just back from Brittany with Eurocamp - drove from Aberdeen. A family was there who had done fly drive from Edinburgh to Rennes with a budget airline and had hired a car.

I don't know about online, but the paper Eurocamp brochure does "who flies where" with a table by region.


Redliquorice Sun 13-Jul-08 20:46:45

Thanks for all your help. Children managed the trip to Cornwall okay (DH didn't manage as well...he doesn't do selective deafness as well as me!), so I think they could manage ok. Just think it would be easier to drive hmm but I could be wrong. Now I just need to convince hubby that Mnetters are great at picking holiday destinations!!

WendyWeber Sun 13-Jul-08 20:53:08

For who flies where (budget airlines mostly) look at flightmapping - click on country then mouse over destinations & it will flash up nice red lines to show the routes - click on destination & you get details of airlines smile

WendyWeber Sun 13-Jul-08 20:55:16

NB for Nantes it's all Ryanair and their "additional" charges - baggage, overweight, check-in, credit card etc are much higher this year than last so factor that in...

Waswondering Sun 13-Jul-08 20:56:30

Driving from Scotland is ok, honest. And you can chuck loads in the car too.

But for us, it was the twin DVD player that saved the day! Couldn't have been without it. (Dc almost 5 and just 2.)

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