Don't start counting chickens yet. I haven't heard back from the forstry people yet. I have also just realised a couple of the routes I planned include a lot of way marked mountian bike trail.
Midges..... I have camped in keilder, the trossachs and grizedale and if there are midges about it is hell. Even if they don't bite coz of SsS or deet they irritate like mad getting up your nose, in your eyes , in your food everybloodywhere!!!! Best if the campsite has a midge eater or 10 to keep the blighters down, or camp somewhere exposed so the wind keeps them down. Some on the coast would be ok too. I think the SYHA is the best option - if we can get enough of us to make it cheap.
I am in the area now and will have look round tomorrow for campsites and stuff.