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PostPosted: 21:36 - 11 May 2016    Post subject: A Few Days in Scotland - picture heavy Reply with quote

I did a couple of day trips up there recently, which only whetted my appetite for more, so on spotting a good weather forecast for a few days, I quickly booked three B&Bs, not too far apart, to make the most of it. As well as revisiting some places I've been before, albeit some years ago now, I had a couple more on the tick list to explore for the first time.

So, on Sunday, my route was:

Day 1

I had planned all along to do Glen Douglas over to Loch Long, but for some reason, I completely forgot about the turn off and blasted all the way along Loch Lomond before realising Doh!
But that's ok, no bad thing to have to do that bit twice! So turned back and got back on the planned route.

Unfortunately, although warm and dry, it was very hazy, so shots for this day are far from perfect.
The Cobbler and The Saddle from Glen Douglas:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3034_zps1fozx9lg.jpg

Glen Douglas being one of those gnarly little mountain routes. Down by Loch Long, The Cobbler has to be one of the most peculiar looking mountains anywhere:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3049_zpslroxzozo.jpg

Then up to the Rest and be Thankful for a cuppa stop:

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and on to Inverary on Loch Fyne:

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Inverary Castle:

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The road down by Loch Fyne to Lochgilphead is a corker; a good taster of things to come.
Then it was up by Loch Awe to try to get better shots than I already had of Ben Cruachan from that side. But the haziness and general light conditions weren't on my side, so will have to try again sometime:

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This is a road you only do for the scenery. A proper little goat track with a totally fecked surface. Last time I did it, I almost got splatted on the front of a big lorry carrying a massive pile of logs, causing me to almost produce a bit of a log of my own. You daren't brake too hard on a road like this for fear of losing it on all the loose gravel and shit, so fortunately he managed to do enough braking for both of us. No repeats this time, thankfully.

At the north end of the loch is Kilchurn Castle:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3142_zpsqqmd3xlb.jpg

And then took another wrong turn and ended up back at Inverary, so had to turn around and retrace my steps again! Evil or Very Mad Getting late by this time too, but stuck to my guns and did another feckin goat track along Glen Orchy. This one I wouldn't bother with for the road or the scenery Rolling Eyes Still, ticked off the list.
And that brings you out at Bridge of Orchy and so up through Glen Coe, which I won't bore you with again, to Fort William and the first overnight stop. I think it was 352 miles covered on this day.

I'll do this in a couple of instalments as it takes so feckin long on photobucket. The pics improve somewhat I think with clearer conditions on the next two days.
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PostPosted: 22:14 - 11 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should be locked up for blatantly whoring these spectacular places and images of quiet awesome wet dream biking roads in our faces though! Laughing

Some of us have spent all day down holes and working on dusty slimy wet muddy building sites, next to noisy plant machinery, and cutting pipes and slabs while getting covered in crap. Neutral
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PostPosted: 22:22 - 11 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevo as b4 wrote:
I think you should be locked up for blatantly whoring these spectacular places and images of quiet awesome wet dream biking roads in our faces though! Laughing

Some of us have spent all day down holes and working on dusty slimy wet muddy building sites, next to noisy plant machinery, and cutting pipes and slabs while getting covered in crap. Neutral


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PostPosted: 09:41 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

After settling in at the hotel, had a quick stroll around Fort William, fish and chips, and a walk along the promenade of Loch Linnhe:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3173_zpsngbsivaq.jpg

Where I did see my first Otter in the wild, which surprised me, as the Fort William side of the loch is not the wildest place imaginable, being right next to the main road.

Monday morning and I would be exploring the Sunart and Moidart regions, new to me. The route:

Day 2, Morning Ride

A blast along Loch Eil, before turning off the main route (which goes to Mallaig), and down the other side of Eil, on a beautiful, warm, still morning:

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The lofty summit of Ben Nevis:

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On the opposite side of Loch Linnhe to FW, you come to a beautiful spot, Invercaddle Bay. Silent, peaceful, the views from the bridge there across to FW and Ben Nevis are fantastic. If I was going to see wildlife anywhere, I would have expected it to be here:

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Looking along the length of Loch Linnhe:

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Then I turned across the peninsular to Loch Sunart:

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and a climb up around Moidart:

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Down again to the Sound of Arisaig. I'm guessing this view across the sound is of the isles of Rum and Eigg:

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Onwards brings you back onto the main road, and back to FW to complete the loop through Glen Finnan:

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The Sunart/Moidart route is a real mix as far as the road itself is concerned. Some parts are of the goat track variety, although never as bad as the Glen Orchy road of the day before, some are great bits of tarmac that wind up, down and around, and some stretches are kind of in between the two. A really enjoyable loop to do.
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PostPosted: 12:39 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was up there the weekend before last - Day 1 Preston to Ayr via western lakes, Day 2 Ayr to Fort William along the coast via Lochgilphead and Oban, Day 3 Fort W. to Inverness via Apple Cross Pass and Ullapool, Day 4 Inverness to Stirling over the Cairngorms via Tomintoul and Braemar.

Unfortunately the weather was somewhat hit n miss so photo's were a bit disappointing , although the vids on the nicer days suggest there was plenty of nice tarmac up there - not for public consumption tho lol Laughing
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PostPosted: 13:06 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up in Oban, commuted weekly to Glasgow for uni for 5 years and now I live in Aberdeen and am back and forth regulary and I guess you become desensitised to what you're used to, but seeing those pictures, from your point of view really brings home how stunning the familiar is!
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PostPosted: 13:26 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Re: A Few Days in Scotland - picture heavy Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
Getting late by this time too, but stuck to my guns and did another feckin goat track along Glen Orchy. This one I wouldn't bother with for the road or the scenery Rolling Eyes Still, ticked off the list.
And that brings you out at Bridge of Orchy


Is that the track down past the White Hotel place, and follows alongside the River Orchy track?

I've been down there, looks a great spot for wild camping!
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PostPosted: 13:26 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

B5234FT wrote:
I grew up in Oban, commuted weekly to Glasgow for uni for 5 years and now I live in Aberdeen and am back and forth regulary and I guess you become desensitised to what you're used to, but seeing those pictures, from your point of view really brings home how stunning the familiar is!


I've been up this way a couple of times before, but it's always a pleasure to do it again, though I try to look at one or two places I haven't been before each time. As far as photography goes, there are guys on this forum who are much better at it than I am, but I still enjoy it, and mountainous regions look different every time with the changing light. And it's very different when you're on holiday, and just doing it for the pure pleasure. Bit of sunshine helps too!

Hopefully, this might give others thinking of heading up a few ideas of where to go Smile

Day 2, Afternoon Ride

So now I headed for the Isle of Skye, very much unfinished business for me as I never had time on my two previous trips to get far on the island.

Pics from the route up from Fort William:

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Glen Shiel:

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Stopped at Shiel Bridge for refreshments, the Five Sisters of Kintail in the background (well, two of them anyway)

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A campsite, shop and fuel all available here. And ice cream! Very Happy And by God, did I need one by now!

Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich:

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Twas very busy, not like last time I came up on a beautiful late summer's evening, when the tide was in, the light was a rich gold, and no one about:

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Approaching Kyle of Loch Alsh and the Skye Bridge. Not a great shot, but was getting tired and hungry by this time:

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The B&B at Kyleakin wasn't great. Had a converted loft room which was like an oven, and the small window couldn't be opened for ventilation, so after a freshen up, I went for a bite to eat and then buggered off out on the bike for the evening.
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PostPosted: 13:30 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Re: A Few Days in Scotland - picture heavy Reply with quote

Moo. wrote:
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Getting late by this time too, but stuck to my guns and did another feckin goat track along Glen Orchy. This one I wouldn't bother with for the road or the scenery Rolling Eyes Still, ticked off the list.
And that brings you out at Bridge of Orchy


Is that the track down past the White Hotel place, and follows alongside the River Orchy track?

I've been down there, looks a great spot for wild camping!


That's it. I was thinking as I went along it would be ideal for wild camping (given immunity to midgies - was a bit too early in the season for them just now apparently though). There were a few people here and there along the river with tents or camper vans, settled in for the night.
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PostPosted: 14:17 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool pictures!
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PostPosted: 14:33 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a couple of comments. The road from Mallaig through Glen Finnan was a definite "best of" for the trip Twisted Evil

Several times on this trip I got to thinking how good the Fazer is Very Happy It just handles everything in it's stride, from gravelly goat tracks to fast sweeping A roads, carrying luggage (although I wasn't very heavily loaded on this occasion) and leaving me feeling ready for more on each new day.
I love my Fazer Wub Laughing
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PostPosted: 14:35 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

grr666 wrote:
Cool pictures!


Thank you! But you really can't go wrong with this scenery in the sunshine Smile
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PostPosted: 14:50 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Year before last I did an 8day scottish roadtrip in the wifes car (long story) and vowed to return with a bike next time. Trouble is wifey won't tour in the traditional sense, so next time I'll take the van with the bike in the back. Mind you the roads where I am now in Croatia look great for biking too. Almost hired one here but the weather has dramatically deteriorated in the last couple of days. Ended up with a Suzuki splash to pootle about in instead...
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PostPosted: 17:48 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the evening ride on arrival on Skye was a simple there-and-back trip:

Day 2, Evening Ride

Another rough little mountain route, up and down and around, but some good views. Best of all was the view at the end of the road of the Black Cuillin:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3401_zpsasp87h9g.jpg

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On day 3, I really had a bit too much planned. I was going to do a large circuit of Skye, but stopping constantly for the views really ate into the time available. Ullapool was the destination for that evening, via the Applecross coastal route, Torridon etc. So I had to cut the Skye route short a bit (so it's still unfinished business Rolling Eyes Oh well, good excuse to go again sometime!). So I just did this, on recommendation from a local:

Day 3, Morning Ride

The first bit takes you on the main road to views of the Red Cuillin and Sgurr nan Gillean:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3427_zps8smiwy4n.jpg

This was the furthest I got last time I was up this way, but discovered this time that a short walk from the road takes you to some picturesque waterfalls:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3428_zpsa3pekvmo.jpg

Oh, almost forgot; also did a quick detour down to Glen Brittle for further views of the Black Cuillin ridge, but was looking into the sun for the shots, so didn't come out great:

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And on up through Portree to Staffin:

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Old Man of Storr:

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And turned off to climb up to Quiriang:

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By this time I really needed to push on if I was to do Applecross before Ullapool where I had the last hotel booking of the trip, so I massacred many, many kittens heading back for the Skye bridge! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 18:07 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like the Hinkley mythical magic bubble has burst for you too now then? Laughing

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PostPosted: 18:20 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not at all. The Striple is a hoot, but it's no good for me for long trips. Too many aches and pains! The Fazer is a comfortable mile muncher, and I always knew I would prefer it for touring. Striple for local tearing it up.
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So now it was gone 2pm, and I still had many miles to cover , and not on fast roads.

Day 3, Afternoon Ride


I had wanted to go via Gairloch, but just didn't have time to do that much of the coastal road, so cut it a bit short by heading for Achnasheen and the main road up to Ullapool.

Five Sisters from the climb to above Loch Carron:

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And the climb up on the way to Applecross was every bit as stunning as promised:

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http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN3545_zpsslmi5bwn.jpg

Part of the view from the top:

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And on to Torridon; Liathach - "The Grey One":

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Beinn Alligin:

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Due to the lateness, this road seemed to go on forever before I finally got to something a bit more open where I could make good time, but all came good. The hotel at Ullapool, with it's long, winding corridors, reminded me of The Overlook from Stephen King's "The Shining" Laughing

And whilst in Ullapool, I bumped into a member of the Fazer Owners Forum, and we had a good natter. Small world an' all that!

Next day, it was to have been a run down via the Cairngorms, but although starting in clear, warm sunshine, as I got near to Inverness, it got colder and cloudier, so decided to cut it short(ish) once again and blatted along Loch Ness, back down to Fort William and home - was back to sunshine towards the west too.

I have many, many more photos of spectacular scenery, but you've probably got mountain pic burn out by now. You want more? No, I thought probably not Laughing

Total mileage for the 4 days was 1220. Now got to replace the tyres again ready for Europe at the end of the month Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 23:03 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just how big is your kickback from Scotlandís tourist board?

If you wanted to, you could start your own business around this. You've got great pictures to advertise. Join a few more dots and you could run your own bike trip company for part of the year.

£60 + 85 minute flight from Gatwick = Glasgow.
Bike Hire?
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Profit...

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PostPosted: 23:46 - 12 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning scenery, would love to do a trip like that this summer.
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Hoping to visit southern scotland this summer with some mates on 125's, should be around a 5 hour ish ride with few stops
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PostPosted: 15:55 - 13 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BrownTrousers
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PostPosted: 16:21 - 13 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool photos, makes me jealous to be stuck in work but also even more looking forward to my week off in September, which is earmarked for taking the bike on it's first long trip, to Scotchland! Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 19:36 - 15 May 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos Thumbs Up.
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