With so many groups coming to Faslane over such a long period we are all going to have to think very creatively about accommodation.
People who are not travelling too far could come straight to Faslane on their first day and could go home after they have finished on their second day - flexible transport arrangements will allow people to leave as they are released by the police (if arrests are made!)
Other groups might have a mixed approach to accommodation. For instance most of the group could travel overnight to arrive at Faslane but a small group who know that they can't manage this could arrive the day before and stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Helensburgh.
There are not many options for groups of 100 plus supporters to stay together near to Faslane due to the local sensitivities. However the Youth Hostel and camp sites are a possibility.
There are a number of Church halls in Glasgow which have been used for Big Blockades and we are contacting these but we will have to keep them for groups who have got really stuck or international groups.
On May 15th Scotland's churches launched a joint petition urging the UK Government not to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system. Leaders of The Church of Scotland, the Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church signed the petition. If anyone in your group has relatives or friends in the Glasgow area they could try and connect with a local church. From this you might find accommodation and other support as well as some more blockaders. This personal contact will work better than anything we can do.
We have compiled below some useful information that may be of help.
Scottish Youth Hostels Association
There are usually lots of regulations in SYHA Youth Hostels including a curfew. CENTRAL BOOKINGS: 0870-155-3255.
Deposit (20% of full fee) required 4 weeks from date of booking. Full payment 6 weeks before date of arrival
Dates & Prices: see website or phone the number above
Address: 8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY Hostel Tel: 0870 004 1119
Map Reference: O.S.64 (GR 575662).
Total beds 148 Open all year.
Loch Lomond YHA (At Balloch)
Balloch Central train station is 2 miles from the Youth Hostel. Also possible to cycle there safely.
Loch Lomond YHA (Balloch) O.S. map ref: O.S.56 (GR 368834).
Total 153 beds. Open until October 28th. After that you can book the whole hostel for £1500 a night until it reopens at the end of February. This hostel often gets fully booked especially in the summer.
Glasgow Euro Hostel
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4NR.
It is open all year and has 364 beds. The more people you share with the cheaper it is. For a 14 bed dorm it is £14 per person per night. Reception is open 24hrs. You can book on-line or phone 0141 222 2828.
26 Hillhead St, Glasgow, G12 8PY.
Telephone: 0141 581 4481.
Fax: 0141 581 6258.
Or to find other cheap Glasgow hostels see www.hostelscentral.com/city-193.html
Camping & Caravans
Luss Camping and Caravaning Club Site
Faslane 8 miles (non-members tents welcome), Luss, Loch Lomond, Alexandria, Scotland G83 8NT. Tel: 01436 860658. No calls after 8pm please. Closes Oct 30th to March 30th
Lagganbeg Camping and Caravan Park
Gartocharn, Loch Lomond, Argyll, G83 8NQ. Tel: 01389 830281.Open all year except February.
Lomond Wood Holiday Park
Lomond Woods Holiday Park
Tel: 01389 755000
Other Camping Options
Peaton Wood near to Coulport, where Trident Ploughshares have their camp has camping space. The landowner is only allowed to have camping there for 28 days a year so there are 14 days left in 2006. Please get in touch if you want to camp there and we will see if there are days left and liaise with the landowner.
Faslane Peace Camp is about a mile from the North (main) gate, a few hundred yards from the South (back) gate. The Peace Camp are setting aside a caravan and a bus for Faslane 365 to use. This will allow people to get a break a few at a time. It will be a warm, dry space where hot drinks can be made. There will also be access to a phone. They do not have the facilities to put up 100+ people night after night. The camp is always under threat of eviction and with local elections coming in May 2007 we have to be careful not to cause friction with their neighbours.
Bed and Breakfasts
More information is available from:
Helensburgh Tourist information Office. 08707 200 615 Open Easter to October
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Gateway Centre 08707 200 631 Open all year