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Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 08:24 AM
Welcome to Scotland

This is going to be a bit of a long, picture heavy road-trip post so be warned!

First a bit of history:
For me, the perfect road has gradients, swooping undulations, crests, bumps and corners of varying degrees and type aplenty. So when I first went to the ‘ring back in 2007 I thought I’d found driving heaven. It was the distillation of a perfect driving road, with low traffic and little worry of being nabbed by the police for excessive fun. As years passed, my free time reduced and driving on the UK roads became less and less enjoyable [especially down south] so I found that my on-road driving for fun pretty much stopped and my trackday and ring attendance grew.

Last year I joined a mate’s annual UK road trip [wales in 2014] and reminded myself that driving on UK roads for pleasure is still possible and actually a lot of fun too. Last weekend was this year’s trip to Scotland.

I’ve been to Scotland a few times before but only once specifically to drive. I think we got about as north as Lockerbie on that driving trip [it was a day trip including the NYorkshire moors] so our planned route up to the far North West was going to be a significant step on from that.

As the weekend approached I was keenly monitoring the weather. This is pretty normal, but I was even more conscious as I’d recently picked up a new set of wheels for the Elise with some A048 semi-slicks on to replace the now (finally) worn out AD08s. However, despite it being May, there snow forecast so I scrabbled around and sourced a set of new AD08R tyres to get fitted on the afternoon of my departure. This turned out to be a very good decision.

So onto the drive. Thursday was a bit of a dull grind. I picked up my mate Ben from St Albans and then continued the c200mile slog to my mum’s for an overnight stop. It feels like 90% of the M1 and M6 are currently 50 mph average speed cameras right now. Painful. Nowt much else to report.
Thursday eve – M6 slog to manc [c200miles]
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Easneye,+Ware,+Hertfordshire+SG12,+UK/St+Albans,+Hertfordshire,+UK/Plumbs+Fold,+Barnton,+Northwich+CW8+4HF,+UK/@52.547088,-2.4756743,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d89d877118f8 2d:0x260e1ca9dad4b7c1!2m2!1d0.0024342!2d51.8021967 !1m5!1m1!1s0x487638a0e793c909:0x71ec848046a64059!2 m2!1d-0.339436!2d51.752725!1m5!1m1!1s0x487af951725286d7: 0xce1bba754d78ef04!2m2!1d-2.5518984!2d53.2707026!3e0?hl=en

We woke Friday to some glorious sun, so I whipped the roof off and threw Ben the keys so he could get acclimatised to the Elise on the 45min drive to Charnock Richard services [nothing to do with me wanting to avoid another motorway drive, honest]. Here we met the rest of the Southern [non-Scottish] contingent – Jack – 997 GTS, James and Vic – Gen 1 996 GT3, Justin – 997 Carrera S, Matt B – Boxter S and Matt and Fraggers - Seat Cupra R I think. Off the motorway we headed for Ingleton and onto Hawes past the Ribble viaduct onto Middleton-Teeside for a spot of lunch, over to Alston and then headed back towards Gretna and the M74 to head to Glasgow. Except that we stayed on the B7076 which runs parallel for a significant proportion of this. We even managed to do a driveby on someone’s Gretna wedding….

Lunch stop in Middleton in Teeside https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-AfEFVpoKQfY/VUzQh2eBWwI/AAAAAAABQpo/obxt8fuZyzc/w239-h425-no/IMAG0132.jpg

The roads and the car were magnificent. I passengered for about ˝ and then drove the rest and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The weather held out for the most part and so I kept the roof off pretty much all day [above 40mph you don’t notice any rain]. My favourite part of the day was probably the B6277 on the run into Alston. Awesome bit of road.

Here’s Friday’s route on a map Charnock Richard Services to Glasgow [via the Dales]
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/53.6324159,-2.6916888/Travelodge+Hotel+-+Glasgow+Braehead,+Glasgow/@55.3302104,-3.4749043,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m69!4m68!1m60!3m4!1m2!1d-2.6262097!2d54.1277472!3s0x487c81447a9af1cf:0x6025 68e9e249c78e!3m4!1m2!1d-2.1998232!2d54.3580672!3s0x487c6bead6edc163:0xd394 69dc4657cb62!3m4!1m2!1d-2.1124966!2d54.6339549!3s0x487c37b4e1c9234b:0x1789 971744522e38!3m4!1m2!1d-2.9345596!2d54.9948067!3s0x487d11408706e2e9:0x39e1 66cb809b2ff6!3m4!1m2!1d-3.1939803!2d55.045635!3s0x487d392ebf58fb57:0x793e8 2f029978b80!3m4!1m2!1d-3.2277402!2d55.0571008!3s0x487d38e4a7318dc9:0x73c2 235aa0b18c86!3m4!1m2!1d-3.291022!2d55.0696332!3s0x487d382243bdb23b:0x8b1f8 c80b46f0af0!3m4!1m2!1d-3.3740959!2d55.1439757!3s0x487d49037f64bda3:0xf4ed f1fbf633cf86!3m4!1m2!1d-3.3920865!2d55.2256752!3s0x487d4e59b45fc6a1:0xe5fd f09f8735f572!3m4!1m2!1d-3.4103746!2d55.2988586!3s0x487d51a2bf279193:0x4241 f5737cb730a3!3m4!1m2!1d-3.5743026!2d55.4095056!3s0x4862aacc6087ca65:0xd349 a8814607242a!3m4!1m2!1d-3.7551291!2d55.5143023!3s0x48880384d0cebfff:0x3093 ab978394129a!1m5!1m1!1s0x48884f3e2704fb67:0x111ed9 a44dde523b!2m2!1d-4.37435!2d55.878986!3e0

Friday night we stayed at the Travelodge at the X-scape in Glasgow. We had dinner in X-scape at the “Bar-varia” fully decked out like a ski-resort with obligatory comedy posters.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b_naSB8wfkc/VU0fUwwiwJI/AAAAAAABQq8/0HUSqfT-TDA/w239-h425-no/IMAG0135.jpg


After food we waited up for Marty to arrive – 996 Turbo and then bedded down for a pretty decent night’s kip – especially considering it cost me Ł7.50. Bargain.

Saturday started cloudy https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OeXBFMVmXKw/VU2ctAwQHaI/AAAAAAABQrU/3UgGa-fs5HU/w756-h425-no/IMAG0136.jpg

But the forecast was good so it was roof off time again. In Glasgow we also picked up the 1st half of our Scottish contingent - Ross – Lotus Evora, Scott – R8 v10, Usmann - Scoda Fabia VRSD, Gordon, Gen 2 996 GT3, Chris & mate in an M6, Sandy – Fiesta ST, Al – Golf R, Mik - Holden Monaro.

Jesus it was cold to start with at 6.30 am but as we headed out towards Loch Lomond it was slightly chaotic with over 14 cars in convoy! Regardless, the R8 sounded EPIC as it came past on a down shift.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1GZq7XgJrWI/VU2jPe-LFdI/AAAAAAABQsM/XAFiphCp8As/w239-h425-no/IMAG0140.jpg

Traffic was poor, but slowly the scenery started to make up for it.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IG0_yINheZo/VVIrSNAJ6pI/AAAAAAABRJA/_mWqU3zbVSA/w756-h425-no/IMAG0144.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1RGRYahY74c/VVGatQEw1II/AAAAAAABRBE/j9_i62Qm1VI/w239-h425-no/IMAG0145.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nz_5aoaeriw/VU8BtnfspgI/AAAAAAABQzk/e03JpmJ3bxE/w239-h425-no/IMAG0150.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CdVx3zVhN50/VU8DagyHRMI/AAAAAAABQz0/5T62kI3ufWc/w756-h425-no/IMAG0152.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FCiTTcxCqKY/VU8D5PuSd6I/AAAAAAABQ0M/erX94NEKdTk/w756-h425-no/IMAG0156.jpg


Ben was starting to get more of a feel for the Elise and enjoying himself with it

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ExuwVS-xXiY/VVGa6S2zoCI/AAAAAAABRBQ/hsMWIQkl9Ww/w756-h425-no/IMAG0148.jpg

Our first proper stop was Gencoe. By this point the sun was out, the roads were opening up and the views were out of this world.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qfc3VezC9MY/VVGgisKpvQI/AAAAAAABRCw/DHgXHZxo6Gs/w756-h425-no/IMAG0169.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JFLnlYg0HbA/VVGjNJG8f5I/AAAAAAABRDs/pWPfxYUVjIg/w783-h185-no/IMAG0163-PANO.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fXgR80iY5E4/VVGfdunAPkI/AAAAAAABRCY/pIW5rfKegzc/w756-h425-no/IMAG0166.jpg

It was here I realise it was going to be a good weekend, a very good weekend indeed!

To be continued…..

ste
15-05-2015, 08:48 AM
Great so far, looking forward to the rest. Didn't actually realise you knew Ben. Small world.

Simon
15-05-2015, 08:57 AM
Subscribed :thumb:

Sim
15-05-2015, 09:01 AM
Sounds good so far, and the views are getting better!:thumb:


Quick tip, if you turn your phone through 90deg, you'll get much wider photos:wave:





https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b_naSB8wfkc/VU0fUwwiwJI/AAAAAAABQq8/0HUSqfT-TDA/w239-h425-no/IMAG0135.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1GZq7XgJrWI/VU2jPe-LFdI/AAAAAAABQsM/XAFiphCp8As/w239-h425-no/IMAG0140.jpg

To be continued…..

Dave B
15-05-2015, 09:18 AM
Good stuff.....oh and...ssshhh don't be telling the world just how good it gets the further North you venture. :thumb:

Kev_G
15-05-2015, 09:27 AM
Loch Lomond is where Kellys got family and I really want to Venture back up with the civic. Jamies local ground to.

Good read so far keep it coming

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 09:40 AM
Great so far, looking forward to the rest. Didn't actually realise you knew Ben. Small world.

Yeah we were chatting about it on the weekend funnily enough. Known him for about 5 yrs+ I think :thumb:


Sounds good so far, and the views are getting better!:thumb:


Quick tip, if you turn your phone through 90deg, you'll get much wider photos:wave:

****ing comedians :karl:


Good stuff.....oh and...ssshhh don't be telling the world just how good it gets the further North you venture. :thumb:

Ahh .... about that.... yeah bit more to come :whistle:

Dave B
15-05-2015, 10:26 AM
Mmm, wonder if he created thunder climbing Bealach na Ba :chin:

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 11:48 AM
Sooo...

From here on in the route became more and more spectacular. I jumped in to drive down the valley and wouldn’t like to comment on the speeds but suffice to say we were pressing on. Instead of taking the direct A82 all the way to Fort William we took a detour round Kinlockleven with a view to stop for breakfast when the climbing centre opened at 9am. Sadly 18 of us descending on mass meant it would have been lunch before we ate so we decided to press on to Fort William. The loop is a worth addition to any route up as the road is a proper roller-coaster around the loch. On our trip it was basing on glorious sunlight and there was a rather random stream of trials bikes coming the other way in the middle of some event.

After a less than glorious McDonalds in Fort William, we brimmed with Super again and headed North, out of civilisation and with ever decreasing traffic. We stopped near a place called Loch Garry [obviously]

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Uu5Yvmou6m0/VVGg8ddMPLI/AAAAAAABRDI/B4jKWYfF14Y/w784-h141-no/IMAG0171.jpg


The lotus was even remarkably clean for a change

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2G6Lt6W4w7I/VVGhCdaYlDI/AAAAAAABRDU/0s_4wN7PuKs/w756-h425-no/IMAG0173.jpg


Some sections from here to Dornie were frankly brilliant as it ducked, dived and the scenery changed from craggy rocks to woodland time and again. Not to mention that the road started to vary wildly in width [a theme of roads to come].

Dornie is the end point for many a tourist thanks to this pretty spectacular Eilean Donan castle

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Ew9P13G_4dw/VVIsqk1VsOI/AAAAAAABRJk/6o_7d3-Z73M/w756-h425-no/IMAG0176.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lycL4yvibDs/VU7NFJBTH5I/AAAAAAABQx8/tRp_Lkz029U/w784-h160-no/IMAG0180.jpg


Here we lost Ross in the Evora and Mik in the Monaro as they headed back to Glasgow [just out for the day trip]. We had also already managed to pick up two cracked windscreens [M6 and Golf R] thanks to the serious amount of dust and debris on the road. Heading north on the A87 we soon turned off onto the A890 at Auchtertyre and later left onto the A832 at Achnasheen.

It’s safe to say that as every mile passed the roads continued giving.
Although we forced a stop just South of Taagen – but I think you can agree it was worth it

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EOmXwgdBm6A/VVXXyaI4MUI/AAAAAAABRUU/BzPRyyRJ2P8/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9612.jpg


Unbelievably my only “complaint” about the roads so far [including that shot above] were that they were too fast / not as involving as I would like. For example that shot above may have “hypothetically” felt slow at 120mph. Bonkers. Hashtag firstworldproblems and all that.

That said, the locations certainly were providing the option for some more pretty epic shots [thanks to Martin Spain for these].

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-B8Wjk-nUTNM/VVXXxgsd9AI/AAAAAAABRUE/Onpxig3L1KQ/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9588.jpg


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-y0S5LXAb-Ww/VVXXwbkJNqI/AAAAAAABRT8/Zxem-JVt6M4/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9586.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-FHJTTKw6FL0/VVXXyc4okXI/AAAAAAABRUM/CGGI0Kk3YZM/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9615.jpg


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8ey_6HXANEQ/VVXXzUN2p2I/AAAAAAABRUg/uTHRGA9lRFI/w637-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9622.jpg


Soon after Taagen we split left onto a single track to a remote location called Badacro to grab a cracking lunch at the Badacro inn [http://www.badachroinn.com/]

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HW2K7p2suSk/VVItZqbejmI/AAAAAAABRKU/PItUtn_uWVU/w756-h425-no/IMAG0196.jpg


The group:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Wfx9QZ9o7Hs/VVQZ_qEeYXI/AAAAAAABRR4/ezmdW3halTQ/w650-h425-no/DSC_0306.JPG

More beautiful shots:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-b77wlclmjCE/VVXX0EqvTYI/AAAAAAABRUc/ddp93enA4kI/w637-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9624.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fS_cGXKVvFA/VVXX3a9gp_I/AAAAAAABRVQ/xiJWhigBwXg/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9657.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6_CL6Wlgpuw/VVXX3aYJ1zI/AAAAAAABRVI/2wGeaqQ9RcA/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9661.jpg


More to come….

Neil Mac
15-05-2015, 12:02 PM
That all looks pretty rubbish...

No, not really :veryhappy:

Floyd
15-05-2015, 12:26 PM
Fabulous :thumb:

Dave B
15-05-2015, 12:44 PM
and there was a rather random stream of trials bikes coming the other way in the middle of some event.

:lol:

Only this....
http://www.ssdt.org/

Screacher
15-05-2015, 01:11 PM
Hmmm. Son visiting places father spent many a holiday in - sadly before father could drive and granny was very frightened! Spent 2 weeks in Badachro.

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 01:21 PM
2 wks in Badacro? Wow what the hell did you do?! :lol:

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 01:23 PM
:lol:

Only this....
http://www.ssdt.org/

Yeah saw the works team trucks in Fort William so figured it was a big deal. Thanks for sharing the link :thumb:

Chris D
15-05-2015, 01:34 PM
I've just had a week in Kinlochleven driving back and forth along those roads to Fort William.

Sadly, I didnt have the Megane, we had a works KIA Cee'd estate. The roads are mega but with a gps fitted we would have been spanked by MT here if we went anything over 40 mph on those roads :angry:

Lovely place isnt it. I'm back there for two weeks end of June.

Floyd
15-05-2015, 01:38 PM
2 wks in Badacro? Wow what the hell did you do?! :lol:

How old are you?

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 01:49 PM
After lunch we headed back down the singletrack and back onto the A832 to Gairloch. I’d been in a Pork sandwich for most of the morning - following Jack in the GTS with Justin in the C2S behind [and the unbelievably rapid Gold R behind that - what an epic bargain of a car!]. However, Justin seemed to be burning through Kuwait’s monthly fuel output on each leg so he and a few others stopped for fuel. Jack and I decided to sod it and press on alone. What followed from here all the way to Ullapool and then on to Kylesku [once we’d refuelled and let the others catch up] is probably the single best drive of my life!

The road is beyond epic and funnily enough I don’t have any photos of it whatsoever. But it was the perfect combination of incredibly involving roads [great elevation change, mid corner bumps, off camber corners, dips, crests, flat out straights, everything], specular scenery, unbelievable weather and a perfectly matched couple of cars/convoy to share it with. I cannot recommend it enough. If you’ve never been there go. Now.
Here’s one of Marty’s from that stretch I think – no road just scenery.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-IBlputNQJdQ/VVXX4YqZgoI/AAAAAAABRVM/4jDj4-GMOFs/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9668.jpg

It’s also worth a quick mention of the AD08R tyres I’d upgraded to. I’d previously thought that the AD08s were a great all-round tyre, for road, track and in all weathers. Yes, on track my car is probably too over powered for them but I thought them a good balance. However the R is a step above. On this stretch of road they were something else [as they were later over the weekend in standing water and damp conditions], unbelievable on the brakes, brilliantly grippy and progressive in the corners yet contrary to tyres on some other cars showed very little wear after the weekend of hoonage.

At the end of this stretch was a small place called Kylesku and our hotel for the night. If you’ve never been here look it up, there’s a pretty cool bridge which again afforded some ace pics.

The bridge –
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J6f17QUwypo/VVCq7dJAHXI/AAAAAAABQ8I/I5CHQJbvxnY/w686-h386-no/IMAG0202.jpg

Another few gratuitous group shots
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-zm-OgbPV0Mg/VVXX5ty98NI/AAAAAAABRVY/iO0GQ0m8uIw/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9680.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VyeayGw5qHs/VVXXr3wx1CI/AAAAAAABRTI/KerS7Y0bWA8/w638-h425-no/Kylesku%2B2.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bEsAdudDd-A/VVXXsFbouuI/AAAAAAABRTM/gWD9M8gzB10/w686-h397-no/Kylesku%2Bbridge.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Vqp6h2U9SwM/VVXX7a_M4PI/AAAAAAABRVw/jumEmOinjoo/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9700.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--rZylI6kn5s/VVIuMv-2GEI/AAAAAAABRK4/hsAawutePBo/w686-h386-no/IMAG0200.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2WN0eKXDsuw/VVXYCcTs56I/AAAAAAABRWw/rXlEx07Rb4s/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9775.jpg

Elise was starting to look very battle scarred
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JMhNBBgi2Y_lrsJj-kqZAkXEDisTQWDzgBVnOrUyKAzu=w328-h425-no

The epic Golf R – seriously quick car
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-A63okGdTXiI/VVItmZWpMaI/AAAAAAABRKg/L-C4n-AuqFA/w686-h386-no/IMAG0197.jpg

For reference – here is where it is

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tTaoGQUmWP0/VU6vaanFFHI/AAAAAAABQwc/zedKZQKpSbQ/w239-h425-no/Screenshot_2015-05-09-21-03-25.png

Below is the full route of the day - Glasgow to Kylesku c 350miles of utter magnificence.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Kylesku/Travelodge+Hotel+-+Glasgow+Braehead,+Glasgow/@58.0601585,-4.8397353,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m39!4m38!1m30!1m1!1s0x488fd519f51e2 fa1:0x36d2187104fb6631!2m2!1d-5.01869!2d58.255856!3m4!1m2!1d-5.7104328!2d57.6924336!3s0x488e7aa1c6455599:0x4c4b cf0a00641581!3m4!1m2!1d-5.7237814!2d57.6982076!3s0x488e707643913b75:0xbc6a 0f41eec134c4!3m4!1m2!1d-5.2426903!2d57.5035925!3s0x488ef641c8a7b4ff:0xcce5 c8b34539194e!3m4!1m2!1d-5.0120465!2d56.7143632!3s0x48893199d9da4e3d:0xaf92 e625ddd17fe0!3m4!1m2!1d-4.7130848!2d56.4584075!3s0x48891f92d178b235:0xd203 0aa1290ba55!1m5!1m1!1s0x48884f3e2704fb67:0x111ed9a 44dde523b!2m2!1d-4.37435!2d55.878986!3e0

This was the ˝ way point of the trip what on earth could the rest of it hold?

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 01:51 PM
I've just had a week in Kinlochleven driving back and forth along those roads to Fort William.

Sadly, I didnt have the Megane, we had a works KIA Cee'd estate. The roads are mega but with a gps fitted we would have been spanked by MT here if we went anything over 40 mph on those roads :angry:

Lovely place isnt it. I'm back there for two weeks end of June.

I saw your MTB pics - I'm envious that you got to ride up there :lol:


How old are you?

Ha! Not that old.

Neil Mac
15-05-2015, 01:59 PM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2WN0eKXDsuw/VVXYCcTs56I/AAAAAAABRWw/rXlEx07Rb4s/w638-h425-no/highland-hoon-2015-9775.jpg


Fantastic photos, by the way, although I wouldn't fancy reversing the R8 back up that slipway! :shock:

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 02:21 PM
Most of the great ones were taken by Marty. He's pretty damn good.

Screacher
15-05-2015, 03:44 PM
2 wks in Badacro? Wow what the hell did you do?! :lol:

Used it as a base! We did much if the West Coast from there IIRC - Torridon, Oban (plus ferry to Mull) etc. We also stayted at Kinlochleven for 2 weeks on a different holiday. None of tthe fancy foreign places you went to!

Dave B
15-05-2015, 03:55 PM
Fabulous roads as you get further North. Some of what look to be 'main roads' on the map are in fact single track with passing places, great on a GS but not in a car.
Drums fingers on kitchen table awaiting the next part......

N/B
15-05-2015, 04:32 PM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bEsAdudDd-A/VVXXsFbouuI/AAAAAAABRTM/gWD9M8gzB10/w686-h397-no/Kylesku%2Bbridge.JPG
No wonder you're getting cracked windscreens :whistle:

Great report. If you've posted this on more than two forums with all those map links though, shame on you! :karl:
The best secrets are well-kept :wink:

Dave B
15-05-2015, 04:51 PM
Great report. If you've posted this on more than two forums with all those map links though, shame on you!
The best secrets are well-kept

Luckily most will baulk at driving more miles than to head south and hit the Alps so we shouldn't have too many shandy drinking southerners heading North....hopefully. :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
15-05-2015, 07:52 PM
Great report and great images chap :thumb:

Chris D
15-05-2015, 08:04 PM
I saw your MTB pics - I'm envious that you got to ride up there :lol:


Second time I've done it. 7 runs logged now. 4 from Wednesday. Despite the gondola uplift it's bloody hard work, but it's feckin mega. You need to do it.

Jim Cameron
15-05-2015, 08:09 PM
Looks ace. When we did Lands End - John O'Groats the best roads were reserved for the last quarter.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z305/SpinInstructor/249B1BBE-3D22-41BD-8CB5-C0878C12389E-5162-0000048181D351DA_zps7d4147e3.jpg (http://s188.photobucket.com/user/SpinInstructor/media/249B1BBE-3D22-41BD-8CB5-C0878C12389E-5162-0000048181D351DA_zps7d4147e3.jpg.html)

Please don't choose my wife's birthday weekend next year. Have already given Jack grief :lol:

-Jamie-
15-05-2015, 10:20 PM
Excellent write up Peach! I might of heard you lot leaving Tyndrum one day :thumb:


Those roads are mega, Im lucky enough that i get to head all the way up north several times a year. Tyndrum>Glencoe>Kinlochleven Loop is my "test" route. Awesome.

Peach-uk
15-05-2015, 10:58 PM
No wonder you're getting cracked windscreens :whistle:

Great report. If you've posted this on more than two forums with all those map links though, shame on you! :karl:
The best secrets are well-kept :wink:

Haha. You'll be pleased to know this is the only place I've posted it...apart from Twitter..... As Dave says, I've heard a hundred times that Scotland is ace yet never made it in 20 years of driving before know, so whilst I recognise my immense influence I reckon it's OK :)


..........
Please don't choose my wife's birthday weekend next year. Have already given Jack grief :lol:

:lol: excuses, excuses you're very persuasive when you try. You mustn't have been trying hard enough...



Excellent write up Peach! I might of heard you lot leaving Tyndrum one day :thumb:


Those roads are mega, Im lucky enough that i get to head all the way up north several times a year. Tyndrum>Glencoe>Kinlochleven Loop is my "test" route. Awesome.

Cheers. Hugely envious of you. If you were in Tyndrum as we came through you would have heard us —me especially :)

Nige
15-05-2015, 11:58 PM
I`m really enjoying reading this :veryhappy:

Ian H
16-05-2015, 12:02 AM
Great trip Al :thumb:

Love Scotland!

Be great to take the mx5 up for a similar experience..... N/L road trip :whistle:

Jim Cameron
16-05-2015, 05:06 AM
:lol: excuses, excuses you're very persuasive when you try. You mustn't have been trying hard enough...

Persuasive, yes. Suicidal, no! :lol:

Peach-uk
18-05-2015, 10:58 AM
Persuasive, yes. Suicidal, no! :lol:

haha - yes good point

Peach-uk
18-05-2015, 10:58 AM
Right – quick further update in between work …..

Given we were in Scotland, it was only a matter of time before we saw some rain. I debated braving the conditions and taking the roof off, but a step outside soon changed my views.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vzic_eVWnGk/VVHCOY2GllI/AAAAAAABRE4/E6doyFAPYJA/w686-h386-no/IMAG0213.jpg

Only including this shot as I like the car/water interface sign
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yi8JBMl9tfU/VVHCQF5gFkI/AAAAAAABRFA/zNqyg1XDAi0/w686-h386-no/IMAG0214.jpg

As many will know, the Elise is a lively car in the dry. In the wet it can become downright scary, so I started the day feeling my way around the conditions. Fortunately, so did the rest of the group so it was a less banzai start than the end of Saturday.

From Kylesku we continued North up the A894 to the ominous sounding Badcall. Unsurprisingly, the roads and the views continued to be magnificent. However, what was surprising was the level of grip available on the damp roads. It was significantly higher than any of the roads I normally drive and felt like every corner was surfaced with that anti-slip stuff you find on roundabouts! I put it down to being a combination of the excellent AD08R tyres and extra grippy road material as everyone was impressed at how much grip was available.

Despite the weather, we decided to pop to the beach at Balnakeil
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V6lO3vfdsyY/VVDGnAnCQII/AAAAAAABQ94/fDo8yoOl3ac/w686-h386-no/IMAG0218.jpg

From here it was pretty much all singletrack [from memory], but unlike anywhere else I’ve been to this was rarely a problem. Firstly because there’s next to blooming no-one up there, secondly with a stream of 10+ cars bearing down when you do come across someone most people noticed us coming pretty quickly and finally the locals are really really very good at letting you pass so you rarely find yourself stuck for long.

We passed a place called Cape Wraith and headed up to Tongue where we stopped for coffee and then promptly caused a road block at the local fuel garage which is open for 1hr on a Sunday [!!!!]

Weather was pretty foul but the view from the veranda was still lovely
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0DgYX6LsJMU/VU9xzNbwZ0I/AAAAAAABQ08/nc2qW-Kfzck/w686-h155-no/IMAG0220.jpg

Out of Tongue we took the A836 to loop back to Lairg. I have no idea how this is an A road as it is barely more than a car width for about 30 mins of serious hooning. But what an awesome stretch of road it is. I followed the Fiesta ST for the first 10 mins or so as it dipped, jumped and skittered across what felt like our own little tarmac rally stage. Scott then pulled in and let me lead for the remainder of the route. It was a total blast – just the type of driving I love - and despite the pretty stiff set up, the Elise took it in its stride.

I didn’t stop for snaps, but Martin captured this awesome shot:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7ecNto-ID5o/VVXYDX1630I/AAAAAAABRW4/v8KTWTNStC8/w609-h406-no/highland-hoon-2015-9789.jpg

At the end of the road it widened to a full two lanes [!] where I stopped for the rest to catch up. After waiting around for 30 mins or so, everyone finally caught up whereupon we realised two of our group had been waiting ahead of us about 2 miles further down the road!
As is often the case plenty of people on the trip had seen (and heard…) the Elise and wanted a ride. This time into my pax seat popped Chris [23 yr old driver of his step dad’s M6….] whilst his mate piloted the M6 behind. It just so happened that this new, wide, straight bit of road was quite handy for impromptu rolling drag race. 0-100 there was very little in it but over this the M6 pretty much monstered the Elise. However, the road turned twisty ahead and I was able to show Chris more of the car in its element. I was pretty pleased with the straight line pace of the little canoe [especially two up] and he got out at the end with a massive smile again not quite sure what had just happened to his insides and ears over the last 2 miles.

Bit more to come later

Kev_G
18-05-2015, 11:30 AM
amazing read. Friend of mine spotted you the other day also near Jamies area :lol:

BenB__7
18-05-2015, 12:48 PM
Did we really do that last weekend?

Marty
18-05-2015, 03:26 PM
Yes, we did. Cannot wait for next year's trip.

I was a bit more circumspect in the Turbo than most of the contingent. I think I have less tolerance for risk than the rest, and I need quite a bit of instruction on how to get the best from my car in the bends. However, if you need someone to stomp on the throttle in a straight line on those roads Al complained were too easy, I'm your man.

Incredible roads and scenery - I was always last to arrive for the aforementioned reasons (I'm slow) but also because I couldn't help but stop at least three or four times to just take in the amazing views. Great weekend.

My trip home was slightly ruined by a truck driving into the side of me, mind you.

BCA
18-05-2015, 03:44 PM
Sorry to hear that Marty, I hope there were no injuries?/ and it was a well insured truck?

Dave B
18-05-2015, 03:46 PM
Incredible roads and scenery - I was always last to arrive for the aforementioned reasons (I'm slow) but also because I couldn't help but stop at least three or four times to just take in the amazing views. Great weekend.



Exactly my stance a few years ago, one time I had stopped at the top of a windy descent on a single track road to watch a Golden Eagle and a small herd of deer and when I eventually caught up with the small group I was riding with they seemed a bit nonplussed at it. :wink:


My trip home was slightly ruined by a truck driving into the side of me, mind you.

It'll fix, not hurt = good

Marty
18-05-2015, 04:04 PM
Sorry to hear that Marty, I hope there were no injuries?/ and it was a well insured truck?

No injuries, thankfully. It happened on the stretch of the M1 near Northampton where they're doing f**k all for 25 miles...ahem, I mean improving the central reservation. So, narrow lanes, 50mph average cameras and no hard shoulder. I was in the middle lane, and a foreign (and therefore LHD) truck wandered out of the inside lane and into me. I was too shocked to get his numberplate, and there was too much traffic around to get in front of him and get him to stop. I genuinely think he had no idea he'd hit me. I ended up stopping at the next junction to check the car over, by which point the offending truck was long gone.

No major harm, just cosmetic - nearside rear wheel needs a refurb (again, having been done only the week before), dent needs pulling out in the rear arch and the rear bumper and much of the left-hand side of the car needs a respray.

Peach-uk
18-05-2015, 06:53 PM
Exactly my stance a few years ago, one time I had stopped at the top of a windy descent on a single track road to watch a Golden Eagle and a small herd of deer and when I eventually caught up with the small group I was riding with they seemed a bit nonplussed at it. :wink:



I certainly don't begrudge anyone stopping to take a look up there. I was blown away by it all. It's just that I was also blown away by the roads so found it quite hard to stop.:wink:

Peach-uk
19-05-2015, 08:20 PM
Christ, I’d forgotten how long these road trip reports can take… anyway, nearly there. From Lairg we did a short u-turn back out of the village/town and left on the A838 towards Laxford Bridge [just North of Kylesku]. This allowed us to get back on the dream road [A837] from Kylesku to Ledbeg/Ledmore and then onto the A835 to Ullapool.

Sadly by this point the weather really did take a turn for the worse. There were rivers running across the road in places and serious amounts of standing water meaning progress slowed. We still managed to have plenty of fun but it wasn’t a patch on the route up in the dry.

We continued on the A835 for what seemed like an eternity before taking a right onto the A832 at the falls of Mesach onto the quite bonkers A832. From here on in to Applecross the road was extremely narrow, twisty and in places very steep that practically clinged to the cliff edge in places. At this point the weather was SO Scottish even the sheep were huddled against the cliff sides to shelter from the rain.

Although tired I was happy to follow at a decent pace soaking up the views and being consistently amazed at the grip I was getting even in conditions that would have had Noah sweating. That said as we passed through Poolewe and turned right onto the A895 at Kinlochewe and the sign read 38miles to go it was the only time on the trip that I wished I was no longer in the car.

That said, 45-50 mins later the sights of the Applecross in greeted us across the bay and soon it was time for another beer, or two and some fine fine food.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Qlm6rVB09OPFUdTOOyEWErkRkg_Fj09YOJLtDnsZY_hA=w440-h782-no

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PPmMDHA72r0/VVHCcloebpI/AAAAAAABRGg/Kebtx23g5tI/w724-h407-no/IMAG0227.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1hWja6Uu-Ow/VVHCgHADIwI/AAAAAAABRG4/Ob9YvrkRuM8/w1392-h783-no/IMAG0231.jpg


Outside the views over to the Isle of Skye weren’t bad either

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SJPruwfrc9E/VU-c9M1r9JI/AAAAAAABQ2Q/T1vZDOlYSLg/w1392-h783-no/IMAG0221.jpg


That said, I noticed I had also fallen foul of the seriously heavy amount of stones on the roads. Firstly a large crack had appeared in the windscreen [plus another 5 chips!!]

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hhS8NH2dCEs/VU-eLuaUarI/AAAAAAABQ2o/4qucSIwH8GQ/w1392-h783-no/IMAG0224.jpg


and it would appear that the front [and sides] of the canoe had taken a serious stone blasting:

Before:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EcLWSX4W_NQ/VUeggDhKdZI/AAAAAAABQl8/5t79hR5ytes/w440-h782-no/IMAG0119.jpg


After:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BKMHwGldbQE/VU-nmiDQ4mI/AAAAAAABQ3c/sX9O5yGz02U/w440-h782-no/IMAG0230.jpg


Being the last night I decided to make my way through a few more of this chart than I had been doing the nights before and boy was it nice [sorry for crap pic but you get the idea].

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-drBrN3ffNUg/VVIvff-lebI/AAAAAAABRMA/mkUBMm8jWnw/w440-h782-no/IMAG0245.jpg


It was here that we also met up with Clarke, his dad and mate [from Aberdeen] in their rather cheap and crappy convoy too
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4HXnUbq8fNs/VVIvDUth88I/AAAAAAABRL0/-t5V2XbRq6k/w1392-h783-no/IMAG0244.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SK6BPeGN-hA/VVIuswLLcYI/AAAAAAABRLc/R1fJj2yy-TM/w440-h782-no/IMAG0242.jpg



Much chat was had and despite the weather not a single one of us regretted the epic trip and everyone pretty much agreed there and then to do it all over again next year.

Here’s the Sunday trip from Kylesku to Applecross: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Kylesku+Hotel,+Drumbeg,+Lairg,+Highland+IV27+4HW,+ United+Kingdom/Applecross/@58.3216265,-4.1054482,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m34!4m33!1m25!1m1!1s0x488fd5358ce68 479:0x4a50c921cf24f920!2m2!1d-5.018046!2d58.257065!3m4!1m2!1d-4.393983!2d58.4634491!3s0x48901a1ca48d3b7b:0x9b9b1 a66e2c036a!3m4!1m2!1d-4.9652441!2d58.3474556!3s0x48902b9edd2950ef:0x8600 ae49f6298281!3m4!1m2!1d-5.4612239!2d57.8502807!3s0x488e6a83fe148cf1:0x83ad 5ddfaf15a42d!3m4!1m2!1d-5.8497908!2d57.5383341!3s0x488e7fb3ac16b819:0xb5ce 242dfe831852!1m5!1m1!1s0x488e810ba82c3f4d:0x9e1276 b3016162ed!2m2!1d-5.809727!2d57.4319012!3e0


Awaking Monday, the feeling was a bit bitter sweet. There was over 600 miles to do and it was still lashing down.

The daunting task ahead
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-N160iChStJ0/VVuUwmziygI/AAAAAAABRbI/y2vntuIDyPY/w661-h770-no/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-05-19%2Bat%2B20.51.53.png


Nevertheless, a good chunk of that was on some pretty epic roads so despite the rain [and 3rd gear opposite lock moments overtaking a lorry] so as I say there were highs and lows.

We started going over the beautiful Applecross pass [as seen on for the love of cars this week…] and then off onto the A896 and the A890 onto Strathcarron

Applecross pass
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HxoB1TzjqzI/VVIvxafmDpI/AAAAAAABRMY/vE_bh2Y9c5c/w1392-h783-no/IMAG0248.jpg


After this we had thunder, hail and then later in the day utterly glorious sunshine. A classic British May’s day….

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yWVuHqPA5pk/VVCqjldHGXI/AAAAAAABQ7A/mtvUVAyRsVo/w440-h782-no/IMAG0255.jpg


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-KuJHGu8WZ-o/VVIwM-atCfI/AAAAAAABRNA/2CzGourOMY0/w1179-h663-no/IMAG0252.jpg


Video https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/yourphotos?pid=6148037090525695218&oid=113310551118569158768

The traffic was tosh for a lot of it [especially as we got onto the A82] but there were still plenty of passing opportunities and Ben [who did a lot of the driving on the way back] was now much more used to piloting the Elise.

Around Loch Lomond the sun came out and we started the LONG motorway and A road slog back. It was pretty uneventful, although I was amazed how fresh I felt at the end of it. I had headphones and ear defenders on for a chunk of it [!] so as to mitigate the noise, but I had no back or body aches, which is not at all what I expected!

Soon enough - well OK about 11 hours later I dropped Ben off and was home, the Elise back - slightly worse for wear, but essentially safe and sound :)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-oIoGa_MOE2E/VVuYe_Oq51I/AAAAAAABRb8/3Ckvse3gOSY/w724-h543-no/17645222309_c068553207_o.jpg


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-GRPqKUSfamc/VVEJgq3vj2I/AAAAAAABQ-U/n2MLy7C7cRo/w465-h827-no/IMAG0260.jpg



Here’s the route we took on the last day for completeness: - Monday Applecross to Hertfordshire [623 miles]

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Applecross,+Highland,+UK/St+Albans,+Hertfordshire,+UK/Easneye,+Ware,+Hertfordshire+SG12,+UK/@52.8483001,-0.9916197,9z/data=!4m30!4m29!1m15!1m1!1s0x488e810ba82c3f4d:0x9e 1276b3016162ed!2m2!1d-5.809727!2d57.4319012!3m4!1m2!1d-5.3400828!2d57.1653521!3s0x488ebfe233efe273:0xb96f 174448f6b327!3m4!1m2!1d-1.6161328!2d54.5059765!3s0x487e9ea18f3430f7:0x76a7 aa68c7abfef!1m5!1m1!1s0x487638a0e793c909:0x71ec848 046a64059!2m2!1d-0.339436!2d51.752725!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d89d877118f82d: 0x260e1ca9dad4b7c1!2m2!1d0.0024342!2d51.8021967!3e 0?hl=en

Screacher
19-05-2015, 09:13 PM
Epic trip. Enjoyed that. Rattle can time (and no, I'm not volunteering to do it when I'm down next week!)

Were the other cars as badly gravel-rashed?

Uncle Benz
19-05-2015, 09:17 PM
That little car could certainly do with a lick of paint. :-)

Lovely report. Wouldn't mind a bit of that trip myself

rich196
19-05-2015, 09:29 PM
That little car could certainly do with a lick of paint. :-)

Lovely report. Wouldn't mind a bit of that trip myself

Second UB on that, looked like you covered some pretty awesome roads!

Peach-uk
19-05-2015, 09:30 PM
Yeah, most cars got a dose of gravel rash in some way or another. I probably came off worst, but then I did glue myself to Jack's bumper for the best part of 4 days.

UB - yep, needs a date to go back to see you for some tlc I feel.

I'll definitely do a similar trip again next year and urge anyone that hasn't been to go sometime. Completely breathtaking :thumb:

-Jamie-
19-05-2015, 09:57 PM
I think a NL group trip is in order :whistle:


Was that Clark of Polished Bliss fame? His 996 is stunning. Only 1 or 9 in Cobalt Blue as well IIRC

ste
19-05-2015, 09:59 PM
Sign me up.

Partly why I'm glad mine's silver, the rash shows a bit less. Had considered plans to paint it but seems pointless, Elises really seem to get a ridonculous blasting.

I'm also going through a set of headlight covers per trackday.

Peach-uk
20-05-2015, 05:33 AM
I think a NL group trip is in order :whistle:


Was that Clark of Polished Bliss fame? His 996 is stunning. Only 1 or 9 in Cobalt Blue as well IIRC

Yeah that's him


Sign me up.

Partly why I'm glad mine's silver, the rash shows a bit less. Had considered plans to paint it but seems pointless, Elises really seem to get a ridonculous blasting.

I'm also going through a set of headlight covers per trackday.

I've never seriously considered a respray before, but it's so bad I feel I should do something.

Neil Mac
20-05-2015, 07:15 AM
Excellent stuff. I think I need to go to there too.

Stace
20-05-2015, 08:02 AM
Looks great :thumb: Although I consider three cars enough for a convoy of this type :lol:

ciaranthemurph
20-05-2015, 08:12 AM
I was a couple of hours behind you travelling the A82 on the Friday (heading from Glasgow to Inverness to help my mum move house). It's a much more interesting road than the now speed camera infested A9.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s299/ciaranthemurph/e36%20Touring/IMG_3611.jpg (http://s155.photobucket.com/user/ciaranthemurph/media/e36%20Touring/IMG_3611.jpg.html)

I was brought up in Plockton, so recognise plenty of the names of the places that you passed by and visited. Really need to take an extended run back up the road at some point soon.

Great report.

Peach-uk
20-05-2015, 08:23 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. Last few photos lifted from Ben's Flikr :wave: in case you weren't aware of how spectacular it is up there....

Big Skies
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mJr7PQBAPPY/VVuYy8uwupI/AAAAAAABRdU/wAznpghxb9Q/w686-h344-no/17831719771_e6507e3b16_o.jpg

Narrow road convoy
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tt1s5Pmu87E/VVuYqsQvS8I/AAAAAAABRcU/nDif0h-63xw/w541-h406-no/17831286955_759748cae3_o.jpg

Busy....
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YzTF5zAX5Pw/VVuY3UXM9QI/AAAAAAABRcs/ufTCtA3I4WU/w541-h406-no/17831830821_dc8e6724de_o.jpg

Ullapool
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8_mOpbS1cq4/VVuY2PWwBWI/AAAAAAABRck/juI3nLWL7Uk/w685-h232-no/17831375665_eafb445820_o.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-1pbNXs7f3IY/VVuYoJluh7I/AAAAAAABRcE/UKuNEwC3bLY/w541-h406-no/17828557932_e80ffa7416_o.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NEYk4wREFUc/VVuY9f_pdjI/AAAAAAABRc0/yhemfNEJR-0/w685-h217-no/17831855111_ea94f984d7_o.jpg

PawnSacrifice
20-05-2015, 09:27 AM
Great weekend. Great thread :thumb:

Thoroughly enjoyed it, despite filtering to the back of the pack each time - usually trying to get out of the Golf R's way!

Slight variation of the route for me (I got a bit lost) and went along Loch Ness after Fort William - fantastic run that was, sweeping twisty road with the occasional car/camper/bus to overtake. Thankfully Marty had taken this route too and had sat nav. A most bizarre bit of timing - about an hour after leaving the others, who took a different road entirely, we rejoined the group having arrived at a roundabout at the exact same time, from different directions.

A couple random shots.

From the bridge...
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af149/PawnSacrifice911/5f1b75dd-e245-41c6-841a-cc2efb4339dc_zpsewmjcc5d.jpg

996 GT3, which looks fantastic in red (really, Al!), and the Boxster; so I could get a pax in the former Ben was kind enough to take the latter on a couple of stints...
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af149/PawnSacrifice911/082dca80-e10f-44de-94f3-67b7cb6c8416_zpsyeytf3zh.jpg

Despite my sedate pace over the weekend, I found that I did a few more overtakes than usual on my next commute! There is a definite period of adjustment after a weekend in Scotland.

snooky
20-05-2015, 10:27 AM
Inspirational thread!

I love a good road trip, its a shame Scotand is so bloody far from the south coast, but it looks like it'd be worth the effort!

:thumb:

Floyd
20-05-2015, 12:24 PM
I'd love to do something like this.

chilled
20-05-2015, 12:50 PM
If you've never done the highlands, then you absolutely must. The scenery, the roads, the pubs, all amazing. I need to get back up there soon.

Peach-uk
20-05-2015, 09:17 PM
Last few thoughts that I didn't manage to fit in previously:


The fiesta ST is a brilliant point to point car on bumpy singletrack roads. In fact on any road. I came away mighty impressed
I was even more impressed by the pace of the Golf R. Not much in it between it and my Hondelise or a 997 carerra. Wow, that thing has pace [it's the DSG box that really helped I think]
Sticking Miltek exhaust on one makes it sound proper
You never bore of the scenery. Even if I am now boring everyone else I speak to about it
The same goes for the epic food
Leeds has never seemed so close. I even considered nipping up to my dad's in Newcastle for lunch whilst on the way back - Doing a 1750 mile roadtrip and over 600miles in a day your perspective on the country shrinks a bit
The north is further north than I thought. Glasgow is practically in the midlands.
Seeing the number of loons on pushbikes in dire conditions also put perspective on anyone that walks/rides lejog/jogle - they deserve respect
Porsches really are made for epic road trips like this
Audi R8 V10s are a handful once the tyres wear out
some Scottish really do hate the English. We asked if there was a toilet at a garage in Ullapool to be directed 1/2 a mile down the road. On the way back through we found out there was one in the ****ing garage.....:lol:
There were fewer wild animals roaming about than I expected, but I did see a town deer keeping the verge trim not to mention many a hairy cow [no reference to local women].
The Scottish do wear shorts whatever the weather and also insist on drinking Iron bru. Fact.

Nige
20-05-2015, 10:28 PM
Read every word. Superb. :veryhappy:

findlay
21-05-2015, 06:22 AM
You made the best of it, Al. Some really great roads were ticked off, some I'll need to make a point of detouring sometime to try for myself, most of them have been driven in something (just not as cool as the fleet you were with). It's not very often that you get such a decent view of Skye from Applecross! :lol:

ciaranthemurph
21-05-2015, 10:59 AM
The Scottish do wear shorts whatever the weather and also insist on drinking Iron bru. Fact.

Correct:

Aiguille du midi 2010:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s299/ciaranthemurph/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg (http://s155.photobucket.com/user/ciaranthemurph/media/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg.html)

A woman in the lift down from the Cafe at the top remarked "I might have known it was a bloody Jock in the shorts.".

Diamond Hell
21-05-2015, 01:57 PM
Great read - I've spent some time hacking around southern Scotland a few years back, but didn't ever have the time to head oop proper norf. Might need to remedy that, with Mrs Hell in the Golf before very long. :thumb:

Peach-uk
21-05-2015, 06:25 PM
Correct:

Aiguille du midi 2010:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s299/ciaranthemurph/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg (http://s155.photobucket.com/user/ciaranthemurph/media/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg.html)

A woman in the lift down from the Cafe at the top remarked "I might have known it was a bloody Jock in the shorts.".

Your Irn Bru is just out of shot yeah?

Peach-uk
31-10-2015, 03:37 PM
Minor thread resurrection.... The Evo guys used much of this route for this year's Evo car of the year. It's out now [or at least imminently] and really does show the scenery in all its glory.

Not to mention there are some rather tasty motors in their convoy too. Oh and a certain major blag makes an appearance or two..... :lol:

The timing is superb as my lot are just discussing sorting next year's trip :)

Peach-uk
04-12-2015, 10:23 PM
Cross posting this here for posterity


This is truly magnificent! Can't wait to get back - https://youtu.be/ZUhKhQP4PBo

Jim Cameron
05-12-2015, 07:44 AM
The Ullapool garage woman is famous for being a cow, btw.

Peach-uk
05-12-2015, 07:56 AM
Wonder what makes people like that tick? Must lead a pretty sad life. Makes me laugh looking back though.

Dave B
05-12-2015, 08:55 AM
Hopefully the top of Jockland is too far for most of the wannabes who would no doubt end up as part of the scenery and not be found for some time.

northernjim
05-12-2015, 01:49 PM
Correct:

Aiguille du midi 2010:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s299/ciaranthemurph/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg (http://s155.photobucket.com/user/ciaranthemurph/media/Roadtrip%20June%202010/DSC_0940.jpg.html)

A woman in the lift down from the Cafe at the top remarked "I might have known it was a bloody Jock in the shorts.".


If you'd gone down the aręte in those shorts then maybe this would be a worthy 'jocks in shorts' pic :lol::thumb:

Water Boy
07-12-2015, 08:06 AM
Would love to come across one day and do something similar.

ste
07-12-2015, 08:15 AM
The timing is superb as my lot are just discussing sorting next year's trip :)


:whistle:

Darren Langeveld
07-12-2015, 09:00 AM
Great report Al :thumb:

Stu
10-12-2015, 11:04 AM
Brilliant report, really enjoyed it :thumb:

Peach-uk
22-04-2016, 11:37 PM
Take 2? T - minus 1 month:thumb:

Steve C
23-04-2016, 02:46 PM
Sounds like a great trip last time. Funnily enough I was talking last week with a few mates about a similar trip, partly inspired by the recent Evo video.

Peach-uk
24-04-2016, 08:34 AM
I cannot recommend it enough. Can't wait to be back there! :thumb:

Steve C
24-04-2016, 01:01 PM
Are there any top tips, must do's or must avoids?

I guess avoiding the school holidays would be a good start?

Peach-uk
25-04-2016, 06:01 AM
I'm no expert but avoid the summer for the midges and tourists. Must do any of the loop above!

That said, I probably won't do Applecross this time as whilst it's lovely the road isn't a driving road and it's a PITA to get to. Definitely has to be done once though.

Steve C
04-07-2016, 10:01 AM
How was the trip this year?

Can you recommend any B&Bs on the route? There's about 10 of us going on 2nd Oct.

Peach-uk
04-07-2016, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the reminder - I really need to write it up!

It was magnificent again.

In terms of places to stay I would suggest:

The Applecross inn - http://www.applecross.uk.com/inn/ [Applecross is worth a trip if you haven't been to go over the pass]
Didn't do Applecross this year so stayed at The Torridon hotel which was great https://www.thetorridon.com/)
We always stay at http://www.kyleskuhotel.co.uk/

:)

findlay
13-07-2016, 06:34 AM
Just home from a trip across to Plockton (not too far from Applecross) to see my folks. Spotted a few NC500ers on the road. Transit held its own. The section from Garve to Strathcarron is just stunning.

From Plockton looking towards Strathcarron up Loch Carron.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnB4Y2tXYAAif0y.jpg:large

Steve C
13-07-2016, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the reminder - I really need to write it up!

It was magnificent again.

In terms of places to stay I would suggest:

The Applecross inn - http://www.applecross.uk.com/inn/ [Applecross is worth a trip if you haven't been to go over the pass]
Didn't do Applecross this year so stayed at The Torridon hotel which was great https://www.thetorridon.com/)
We always stay at http://www.kyleskuhotel.co.uk/

:)

Sorry, I originally missed your reply. But we had earmarked the Kylesku hotel in any case. :thumb:

We're having to do as much as we can in 2 days; do you think this route (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Inverness,+Highland/John+o'+Groats/Durness/Applecross/Oban,+Argyll+and+Bute,+UK/@57.4795618,-5.0657906,8z/data=!4m42!4m41!1m5!1m1!1s0x488f715b2d17de2b:0x624 309d12e3ec43d!2m2!1d-4.224721!2d57.477773!1m5!1m1!1s0x489adf22b8be52c3: 0x86f8db37f5b5c574!2m2!1d-3.0688997!2d58.6373368!1m10!1m1!1s0x4890395fe0758c dd:0x6e45ef344b056e4a!2m2!1d-4.7468816!2d58.5685565!3m4!1m2!1d-5.5757529!2d57.7938643!3s0x488e6c00dceeaff1:0xef79 3595a7890b66!1m10!1m1!1s0x488e810ba82c3f4d:0x9e127 6b3016162ed!2m2!1d-5.809727!2d57.4319012!3m4!1m2!1d-5.8445915!2d57.2211799!3s0x488c20b06daf1f79:0x9a4a 3be7c0380e1d!1m5!1m1!1s0x488941d0d2ddf1c1:0x83dd4a ff818fc237!2m2!1d-5.471047!2d56.415157!3e0) is feasible over 2 days with an overnight in the Kylesku hotel?

findlay
13-07-2016, 11:04 AM
Holy crap, you're ambitious! :lol:

Mallaig ferry crossing, plus a to/from Bealach na Ba? Wowsers!

I'm assuming you have no plans to stop anywhere other than for fuel/sandwich? There's NO time in that for stopping to admire the scenery or to take in some of the tourist attractions.

And I'd not bother with the Mallaig ferry. You want the Kylerhea ferry. But yes, that's a feck load of driving. Possible, but all you're doing is attacking tarmac for 2 days.

Joel
13-07-2016, 11:28 AM
From Plockton looking towards Strathcarron up Loch Carron.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnB4Y2tXYAAif0y.jpg:large
That's very pretty. I'm surprised the water is so still when you'd expect it to be rushing from left to right down that slope.

Steve C
13-07-2016, 11:51 AM
Holy crap, you're ambitious! :lol:

Mallaig ferry crossing, plus a to/from Bealach na Ba? Wowsers!

I'm assuming you have no plans to stop anywhere other than for fuel/sandwich? There's NO time in that for stopping to admire the scenery or to take in some of the tourist attractions.

And I'd not bother with the Mallaig ferry. You want the Kylerhea ferry. But yes, that's a feck load of driving. Possible, but all you're doing is attacking tarmac for 2 days.

Mmm...okay. We could sack off the Isle of Skye and/or finish the day at Fort William rather than Oban? I was estimating 6 hrs of driving per day, 1 hr for lunch and 1 hr for photos?
Open to suggestions!

Peach-uk
13-07-2016, 12:53 PM
What he said. You can do it - it will be full on.

Not that this is a bad thing, when we're up there we pretty much don't hang around at any spot too long. But think you may want to give yourself a little more leeway.

For example, I'm personally not sure what that short venture onto Skye is going to give you - Skye is wort the trip but you probably want to spend a bit more than you're planning and the boats will slow you down ;)

Edit Also worth thinking about going to Lairg and then Tongue instead of the A9 up the East. More fun and shorter.

Steve C
13-07-2016, 01:14 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. Here is our new revised route (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Inverness,+Highland/John+o'+Groats/Durness/Applecross/Fort+William,+UK/@56.9472861,-5.0850905,10.5z/data=!4m37!4m36!1m5!1m1!1s0x488f715b2d17de2b:0x624 309d12e3ec43d!2m2!1d-4.224721!2d57.477773!1m5!1m1!1s0x489adf22b8be52c3: 0x86f8db37f5b5c574!2m2!1d-3.0688997!2d58.6373368!1m10!1m1!1s0x4890395fe0758c dd:0x6e45ef344b056e4a!2m2!1d-4.7468816!2d58.5685565!3m4!1m2!1d-5.5757529!2d57.7938643!3s0x488e6c00dceeaff1:0xef79 3595a7890b66!1m5!1m1!1s0x488e810ba82c3f4d:0x9e1276 b3016162ed!2m2!1d-5.809727!2d57.4319012!1m5!1m1!1s0x48893323371c031b :0xcda03ee308544821!2m2!1d-5.105218!2d56.819817!3e0) without Skye and 2 hrs shorter. We're keeping JOG in just because if we're going all that way we may as well...go all that way.

Peach-uk
13-07-2016, 07:11 PM
Yeah, guess so - never done it myself yet....!

Next time :lol:

Dave B
14-07-2016, 12:05 PM
One must visit place en route....tea rooms at the Castle of Mey. Epic cakes. :thumb: great views across to Orkney and the Queen Mums fave castle to boot.