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30 Oct 15 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Glenforsa from Oban on Monday 12th October and return outbound to Blackpool. I have been before a few times but not for a while. The airfield has been taken over by the Glenforsa Hotel (who used to own/run it many years ago I believe). The grass runway is only about half its original width but is still plenty wide and long enough with a decent surface. A/G may be manned or not, (on my visit, a departing pilot provided initial information and then the A/G operator came out to meet me and provide airfield information).

The hotel is lovely and has a great bar where I had lunch looking out along the Sound of Mull. The pictures say it all, but Glenforsa really is one of the most scenic airfields in Britain and the ability to park outside the hotel is pretty unusual in a fixed wing aircraft. My visit coincided with the last day the hotel was to be open before Easter next year, but I highly recommend a visit to Glenforsa for anyone who has not yet been. The hotel is run by Brendan and Allison, a couple who are both pilots and who used to manage Intrepid Aviation’s warbirds, so lots of interesting pictures all around the hotel. Very highly recommended.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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28 Sep 10 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Re-visited Glenforsa Airfield on Saturday 25th, staying overnight at the Glenforsa Hotel and returning to Blackpool on the Sunday. I’ve been to Glenforsa before and it equals Oban for possibly the most spectacular views from a UK airfield. The strip itself is one of the smoothest and best drained grass strips you could visit. Brendon and Alison at the Glenforsa Hotel were very helpful – B&B for ourselves and the dogs, great food, great malts (and wine) and with on-line notams and weather available. The scenery was just thrown in for free. It was just one of those weekends – visibility was better than 60km – from the Solway Firth, we could already see Ailsa Craig, Aran and the Mull of Kintyre. David Howitt was ever friendly and helpful and provided us with a hire car for the weekend. Just bear in mind that although well surfaced, the roads are mostly single track with passing places and Mull is a BIG island.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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25 Aug 08 - Richard Piper - alton
As part of our Round Britain trip, we overnighted at Glenforsa after leaving Dundee and refueling at Wick. David Howitt was very helpful in planning the trip and checking weather. The strip was in very good condition despite all the rain in recent weeks. David did advise that more than 10 kts from the South can make it very tricky and to watch out for the growing Geese community.

It is a delight to stay at the Glenforsa Inn by the stip, Brendon and Allison will make you very welcome and sitting with one of the many Malts available looking at the view over the strip up the Sound of Mull and the surrounding hills in magical. Their is a PC available to flight plan.

Fuel can be got at Oban but book it well in advance to ensure no delays.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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16 Jul 08 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Glenforsa on 7 July to stay overnight at the adjacent Glenforsa Hotel. The 730 metre grass strip has to be one of the smoothest and best-drained grass strips I have ever been to. The location is amazing - right on the north coast of Mull with the Sound of Mull on one side and mountains on the other. The hotel was right next to the strip and can be highly recommended for good food, accommodation and friendliness. The owners are both experienced pilots too and much flying memorabilia is all around the hotel. Pre-flight briefing was available on-line at the hotel as well! PPR was obtained from Oban (and we paid the landing fees there too). No fuel, but at a 10 minute flight to Oban, this was not an issue. At the time of year we went, we were able to walk the airstrip at 11.30 pm in pretty much daylight - very unusual for those of us from further south. Can't believe that this is the first review, but why don't you go too and add another - this has to be one of the best small airfields in Scotland.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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