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Chris D
23-01-2011, 09:35 PM
What could have possibly.................




Thankfully, it didn't :D

I can't remember who it was, but thanks for recommending this route.

Today, as generous as I am, I threw the key fob at Mike and stuck the two boys in the back before taking my place in the passenger seat. GULP!

Leuchars to Dundee, onto Perth and then North into the Cairngorn National Park...

Beautiful countryside, really outstanding

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Fantastic rolling and twisting roads

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Solo at the wheel. Just check out that look of concentration :D .

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Dirty clutter

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The lifts were still open and people were skiing and boarding here

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Just after Balmoral we stopped at some pub for a quick Coke.

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After which, I took the wheel heading onto Stonehaven then back down to Dundee thinking that the rest of the journey wouldn't be as exciting.

How wrong was I. Pretty much 30 miles of twisting and undulating B roads followed. This particular part was like a 10 mile tarmac rally stage. Feckin awesome!

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Finally, the bluff shot. Solo can explain ;)

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I'm sure Mike will be along to add comment too ;)

I'm doing this route again. 4 hours of pure driving pleasure!!

pye21
23-01-2011, 09:42 PM
Nice, a Scottish road trip is in my plans for this year :thumb:

Chris D
23-01-2011, 09:49 PM
Originally posted by pye21@Jan 23 2011, 10:42 PM
Nice, a Scottish road trip is in my plans for this year :thumb:
Highly recommended, Ian.

You are welcome to stop by at mine mate, provided I'm here of course.

I could even arrange Mess accommodation for a bit of a Northloop shin-dig too actually :drink:

CaptSolo
23-01-2011, 10:06 PM
The trip was utterly brilliant. And big :thumb: to Chris for letting me pilot the Megane, although I took it easy, as it was a bit slippy out, and I didn't want to rearrange the front end of the Megane.

But even at 50%, it was still a brilliant drive.

As for the Bluff...

My step-father, who raised me since I was 1 year old is Irish. The entire side of the family loves whiskey, so I wanted to get some real Scottish whiskey from the Distillery, so said I would load up the back of the Pug with some.

Every place we went was closed... so after wandering through the village of Fettercairn, and annoying the locals with massive pops and bangs, we found that the local store sold it. So we posed in front of the (closed) distillery in the hopes we can say, "Yes, we specifically went to the FAMOUS distillery and picked this out exclusively for you"

When in reality, it was "We couldn't find one open, and this shop is one step above our Plan B of Tescos in Dundee".

Rory
23-01-2011, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by CaptSolo@Jan 23 2011, 11:06 PM
My step-father, who raised me since I was 1 year old is Irish.
Ah, that explains a lot. ;) :D

Nice report, those roads look really great...
as does Mike's concentration at the wheel. :thumb:

CaptSolo
23-01-2011, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by Rory@Jan 23 2011, 11:44 PM
Ah, that explains a lot. ;) :D
born a New Mexican

German ethnicity

raised by Irish

secretly British

:whistle:

Kev_G
23-01-2011, 11:26 PM
you can see the bubble now .........

"does this increase my sex appeal?"

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_1137.jpg

:whistle:

Nige
24-01-2011, 12:28 AM
Sounds like an enjoyable day was had by all :thumb:

Dave B
24-01-2011, 06:10 AM
Ian, you won't be disappointed with the roads/scenery. It is truly epic...but sshhh. Let all the plebs drive South to the Stelvio and the like. Leave Scotland quiet. :thumb:
An NL overnighter at Leuchers... :whistle: :thumb:

Floyd
24-01-2011, 06:55 AM
Sounds good :thumb:

Matty
24-01-2011, 07:02 AM
Guess Mikes driving was too boring for some people... (back seat)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_1137.jpg

Screacher
24-01-2011, 07:38 AM
Whiskey is Irish. Whisky isn't.

:drink:

Simon
24-01-2011, 07:46 AM
Sounds like a fun little road trip :thumb:

CaptSolo
24-01-2011, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by Dave Boulder@Jan 24 2011, 07:10 AM
Ian, you won't be disappointed with the roads/scenery. It is truly epic...but sshhh. Let all the plebs drive South to the Stelvio and the like. Leave Scotland quiet. :thumb:
An NL overnighter at Leuchers... :whistle: :thumb:
No kidding. Stelvio was crap for driving as it was incredibly crowded both times I went. The other Italian/Swiss passes were ok, but were just chock full of slow, gawking tourists. Understandable given the scenery, but if you want to drive them, get ready to creep along....

...Scotland was far, far, far better. And you don't have to deal with Italians.

Screacher
24-01-2011, 07:53 AM
How was the haggis etc on Saturday?

Tim
24-01-2011, 08:02 AM
nah .. can pull birds wi'tractor :lol:

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Uncanny!

Armour
24-01-2011, 09:41 AM
Looks like a nice day out :thumb:

Scotland is awesome :veryhappy:

findlay
24-01-2011, 12:56 PM
Glad you enjoyed the suggested Route lads!

See what I mean about the cameras? :D

If I knew you were actually going to cross to Deeside I'd have come and met you and led you over the Cairn o' Mount to Fettercairn. You'd have been 20mins from my house at one point...

Was it not Clarkson that described Scotland as "Britain's biggest racetrack"?

Chris D
24-01-2011, 05:15 PM
A couple of video clips taken on my phone.

This was just after the Glenshee Ski place. I'd just realised I had video on the phone. Shame I didn't realise 10 mins earlier, this bit was typically straight :rolleyes:............

Solo driving ('http://vimeo.com/19106734')

A section of B road between Balmoral area and Stonehaven. The sound isn't perfect but the giggling was Mike due to the exhuast popping and farting :rolleyes: :D

Chris driving ('http://vimeo.com/19105795')

Gary Kinghorn
24-01-2011, 06:23 PM
Some nice pics there Chris, looks like a fun time :thumb:

Screacher
24-01-2011, 06:31 PM
Originally posted by findlay@Jan 24 2011, 01:56 PM
Glad you enjoyed the suggested Route lads!

See what I mean about the cameras? :D

If I knew you were actually going to cross to Deeside I'd have come and met you and led you over the Cairn o' Mount to Fettercairn. You'd have been 20mins from my house at one point...

Was it not Clarkson that described Scotland as "Britain's biggest racetrack"?
Can't they just make it all into a one-way toll road? :whistle: