Yes, in the past this has never been a ‘turn up at X campsite and climb at Y and Z crags’. For the past few years the meet has always followed the weather, but the main aim has always been to do stuff on the Black Cuillin, as that is what the people going wanted to do most.
Given the distances involved, and the overlapping times that different people could go, and different aims and ambitions, there has always been a wandering basis to the meet with stops for climbing in the Lakes, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and assorted west Highland crags and mountains as weather and time have made sensible, and to accommodate pick up/drop offs from stations or airports. We have usually tried to travel from place to place during crap weather, but always ended up by the Cuillin for a few days, doing other crags on the way there/back.
Adrian Trendall said Slig camping was shut again, but will check again. Personally I have always found Glen B camping a lot less midgey than Slig, there is a sea breeze most evenings blowing in off the bay. The bay is a lush swim spot, there is a shop for coffee beer and basics and it is idyllically quiet. Yes, you are out at the end of the road, but if the weather is set fair then there is no better place to be, and the lack of heavy traffic noise is a bonus. If you want mobile signal you just go up the hill a bit. Staying at the Slig you have a decent commute to anything other than the northern end of Cuillin, so we’ve always visited those crags on way to/from staying at GB. I guess at the Slig you have an exorbitant bar and food in a noisy overcrowded hanger full of tourists?
Headnets are a no brainer wherever you are. With a light breeze they are not an issue, but if the wind drops a lengthy belay is maddening, so does influence route/venue choice. Smidge is recommended as a deterrent. We’ve usually managed to cook and chill outside after climbing, but some places are hellish to stay. Generally most years there is a settled spell of fine High pressure which gives excellent dry weather, the key is making sure weather and trip coincide! We’ve always* had some good spells, although expect some dreich days.
*I think three years ago we pulled the meet as the forecast was just universally dismal, but that is only time has been so bad in ten years.
We have parked up in laybys and camped on previous trips, but there has been a massive increase in ‘dirty camping’ in last two years and I’d not recommend it for groups of more than a van or two or for more than a night on a total leave no trace basis, it is really impacting on the locals and the environment. Shit everywhere
Generally we’ve stocked up on food for a few days at a time and had fine dining, especially on bivvies. There are good supermarkets along the main routes we might take. It’s worth thinking about fuel as can be long way apart. Morrisons in FW is cheap.