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PostPosted: 21:57 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: What Scotland Might Look Like If It Was Sunny- pic heavy! Reply with quote

On Monday, I actually decided to believe what the weathermen were saying and booked a couple of B&Bs in Scotland, since my last day trip merely whetted my appetite for more.
First overnight was at Ardrishaig, Kintyre, but first priority was a loop down the Kintyre peninsula. Weather dry and mild, but a bit overcast, so pics not great on this first day.

Kintyre western shore:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7220_zpsmqfs3pyj.jpg

Looking across the sound to Jura:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7230_zpsuitf5wup.jpg

Cormorants:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7233_zpsgomfzhhp.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7235_zpsuhbu4qi5.jpg

Bottom of the loop, at Campbeltown harbour:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7238_zpsv7icwzaq.jpg

Davas (?) Island:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7245_zps2bsldyl7.jpg

All around the Kintyre coastline, you find these rock formations:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7270_zpss2yhidzm.jpg

Heading back up the eastern side, view of Arran across Kilbrannan Sound:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7301_zpszltwym7t.jpg

And on up to my B&B.

Day two, and the destination was Ullapool. Much of my route up I've already done this year, but on the last mini tour I missed a section of the coast road, from Kinlochewe and round through Gairloch, so I put that right this time.
First few shots are from on the way to Kinlochewe:

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http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7368_zpsdwbb1pjw.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7389_zpsxbi277u6.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7407_zpsckn4zgw7.jpg

Five Sisters of Kintail (I love this view!):

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7431_zpswbxne9jd.jpg

One highlight of the stretch to Loch Carron was obliterating a bunch of scooby-doos who were racing nose to tail Twisted Evil

And the next ones from Kinlochewe to Ullapool on the coastal route:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7468_zpskjuq0oqw.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7470_zpshuevmvom.jpg

A panorama of peaks just after Gairloch:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7484_zpspsomrihq.jpg

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http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7519_zpskmot8wkr.jpg

And at Ullapool yesterday evening:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7536_zpsnhvzj9qz.jpg

More to come, maybe tonight, maybe not. Currently at Thurso, heading for the Cairngorms tomorrow Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 22:12 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, that's what it might look like if it were sunny, what was it actually like? Wink



Very nice pics btw....
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PostPosted: 22:29 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today was the furthest north I've ever been, despite a number of tours I've done that have visited Scotland over the years. Like most people, I've seen photos of these remote mountain regions, but it's something else when you are riding mile after mile through it all. And be warned; if you're not interested in mountain scenery, might as well go elsewhere now!

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7557_zpsk91dno8f.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7565_zpsno82axbu.jpg

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http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7598_zpsf98qh9k3.jpg

As well as the larger lochs, there are many little tarns and lagoons on this stretch:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7619_zpsnm1qlbrh.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7624_zpsjoamzmyd.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7632_zpsd8rlk3gy.jpg

Photos of mountains on their own are all very well, but sometimes you need a sense of scale:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7655_zpsnscmdeds.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7660_zpsaapczbyw.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7661_zpsnjm9urhz.jpg

On occasion, you just catch a tantalising glimpse of a little glen as you whiz by. Sometimes worth going back for a better look:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7672_zpsc9xgadut.jpg

And so to the northern coast:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7680_zpsvh9tkpqy.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7685_zps2lk0ophv.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7690_zpsyz2sotkj.jpg

But now and again you turn inland for bit again:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7697_zpskhqkdmxx.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7699_zps0zhehped.jpg

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http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7718_zpsoano1fqy.jpg

I'd never been to the mainland's most northerly point, but now I can say I've Dunnet (coat?):

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7726_zpspuug6pmd.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7728_zpsqaynhb1o.jpg

And of course...well, you didn't think you'd get away with it this time did you? Laughing

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7732_zpsnfuptogd.jpg

Not going down the A9 from here tomorrow though; hopefully the planned route will be a bit more interesting. A bit of a back-track to Tongue, then south and, as said Cairngorms.
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PostPosted: 22:34 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

ScaredyCat wrote:
Right, that's what it might look like if it were sunny, what was it actually like? Wink



Dunno, couldn't see a feckin thing in all the rain Laughing
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PostPosted: 22:58 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely place, seems abandoned though. Is it a hostile place or why are there no signs of human habitation? Thinking
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PostPosted: 23:06 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was actually surprised at how many little communities and single houses there were dotted here and there. But also plenty of evidence of people having given up, boarded up, and buggered off elsewhere. No way to make a reliable living for most. Too remote, too cut off in the winter snows. Hard living up there, you have to have the right mentality, and most folks couldn't hack the isolation.
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PostPosted: 23:09 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
ScaredyCat wrote:
Right, that's what it might look like if it were sunny, what was it actually like? Wink



Dunno, couldn't see a feckin thing in all the rain Laughing



Laughing Haha, brilliant!



The Fazer looks spotless though Thinking


Was it really as uninhabited as it appears? I'm not a fan of urban. Love a bit of open space, silence except birds, running water and a breeze.
But that looks on another level of empty Smile

EDIT: You answered this. I'm too slow at typing.
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PostPosted: 23:10 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hard living up there, you have to have the right mentality, and most folks couldn't find the chippy.


Ride well Nick, and look I'm looking forward to more great photos soon. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 23:16 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howling Terror wrote:
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Hard living up there, you have to have the right mentality, and most folks couldn't find the chippy.


Lol! It's been a struggle to avoid fish and chips every day! I haven't struggled that hard to be honest Embarassed
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PostPosted: 23:21 - 06 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pigeon wrote:
silence except birds, running water and a breeze.


For a city boy like me, it's a new experience. I stopped on a couple of occasions in more sheltered spots, and just listened. Nothing. no birds, no breeze, no running water. ABSOLUTE silence.
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PostPosted: 00:08 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd happily live in those remote locations..



..provided they had, at least, an 80/20 internet connection.
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PostPosted: 04:45 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such beautiful pictures. Wub
Being a newbie, grandma rider, Iíve never ridden my YBR and thought 'I need more bike, moar powa.'
But seeing threads and pics like this make me wonder if maybe one day, Iíll get something a bit more grown up. Smile
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PostPosted: 07:34 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can do touring on small bikes Saraya. I saw what I think was a 125 loaded up with luggage at Kinlochewe (might've been a 250 - off-road style, and I'm not good with identifying those). Personally, I do like having the moar powah, especially for any motorway stretches (only done M74 from Carlisle to Glasgow on this tour), and just the relaxed effortlessness of a litre bike, but it's not entirely necessary.
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PostPosted: 09:34 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

You got the magic week when the sun was out, there's no salt on the road and ... most importantly... The midges are gone!

I was up around Kinlochrannoch/ Loch Awe at the weekend. Just about the best biking weekend of the year so far. Actually, second best, the best one was about a month ago when we got stuck behind a set of wind turbine blades on lo-loaders between Kyle and Sheil bridge then had the whole road free and clear once we got past them.

Small point of order on describing small bodies of still water. You get Tarns in England. If they are in Scotland, they're called a Lochan.
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You can do touring on small bikes Saraya.

True. Even if I'm a 125er for life, I guess I should give serious thought to getting a proper (though restricted) licence when the time comes. Being able to go on motorways might make the thought of going further afield a bit more doable. Smile

Though another year of BCF might have corrupted me a bit by then and have me looking at bigger bikes. Smile

Hope you manage to squeeze another tour in before the weather gets crappy. Your pics are always fab. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 10:53 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks ace pal. Scotland is truly beautiful.

I had the pleasure of living in Oban for some time in 2013/14 and the roads round there are made for bikes. I remember when I first rode through Glencoe valley thinking "I'm gonna blitz these bends like a beast", get there and rode at about 25mph gazing at it's beauty like a kid in a candy store.

It's a breathtaking country and I'm super jealous of your trip.

Keep the pics coming dude, they are fab. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Awesome, as ever! Cool
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I grew up on the West Coast but this year was my first run around the northern coastline. I can only Echo the OP's words and pictures, even coming from nearby, it's something very different!
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PostPosted: 15:37 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures. Its a stunning part of the world (when its not midge season)

Amazes me that so many people go all over the world but haven't seen half of Britain.

You've just made me want to go back - been years since I've been!
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PostPosted: 17:43 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
You got the magic week when the sun was out, there's no salt on the road and ... most importantly... The midges are gone!

I was up around Kinlochrannoch/ Loch Awe at the weekend. Just about the best biking weekend of the year so far. Actually, second best, the best one was about a month ago when we got stuck behind a set of wind turbine blades on lo-loaders between Kyle and Sheil bridge then had the whole road free and clear once we got past them.

Small point of order on describing small bodies of still water. You get Tarns in England. If they are in Scotland, they're called a Lochan.


Thanks for that Thumbs Up I do actually like to be corrected on these things. It's not like I'm going to get pronunciation of Scottish place names etc overnight, but every little I can learn, I try to absorb, wherever I go.

Had to stop just before Campbeltown for a few trucks loaded up with wind turbine blades, then at the port itself was the ship that had brought them in, still with a couple of blades on deck. Dutch ship IIRC.

Scotland had a few days of weather like this back in April this year. Locals in the far north informed me that this, and September/October fine weather is quite common. I'm fortunate in that I can watch the forecasts, and if it looks like we're going to get a settled period, I can book on spec. This'll probably be the last trip this year though. The wind on the north coast yesterday was quite biting, and I've felt the drop in temperature today too - needed to be well wrapped up.

I didn't do too well today. The route south I chose, although it had some nice bits of riding, wasn't so spectacular in the scenery department, so just a few photos.

Turning south at Tongue, this view meets you almost immediately:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7736_zps65eidq8r.jpg

You climb up onto high moorland, and it's all just pretty empty, no more spectacular mountains, just some lochs and small rivers:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7739_zpso8dnuxmz.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7741_zpsce4ek4hc.jpg

Went down through Lairg and Bonar Bridge, and made for Drumnadrochit, near which is Castle Urquhart. I must have some Scottish blood in me, as I couldn't bring myself to pay to look round it, especially when I saw it looked like they'd actually made an effort to block any views of it with carefully planted trees and judicious use of fencing. Not to be beaten though! :

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7746_zpskwtz8mls.jpg

Had a ball down the A82 from there to Fort Augustus as it was pretty traffic free mostly for a change. Then headed south over more hills:

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7748_zpsxosfhqgq.jpg

http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b550/nicknicklxs/DSCN7767_zpsw7hlyhmu.jpg

...and gradually found my way to the hotel I'm in now at Nethy Bridge, poised for some exploration around the Cairngorms tomorrow on the way home. I would've done some of that today, but was aching like buggery by the time I got here this afternoon - getting old Sad
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PostPosted: 20:12 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've holidayed in Scotland many times, I love it. Campbeltown was the last place I went to. Very, very jealous that you've got to ride around that beautiful land. Driving a Discovery (and a gay-A or KA as they're known) was fun, but on a bike... Jealous...

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PostPosted: 20:30 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
now at Nethy Bridge, poised for some exploration around the Cairngorms tomorrow on the way home.


You're in for a real treat tomorrow. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 20:46 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saraya wrote:
Iíve never ridden my YBR and thought 'I need more bike, moar powa.'
But seeing threads and pics like this make me wonder if maybe one day, Iíll get something a bit more grown up. Smile


I used to do 250 miles a day on my YBR(ish) 125 at weekends. Of course there are good points / bad points. It was slow and hills were an issue. Overtakes had to be planned / begun 1/2 mile before executed.....most were probably 50/50 (nothing changes Laughing )

But on the plus side, bike did it all on less than 1 tank of petrol. So fewer stops, didn't have to plan routes to involve petrol stations and the whole day cost £10 which meant many weekends doing it.
And a set of tyres were £70, so who cares about mileage.


http://i1329.photobucket.com/albums/w559/pigeon35/130811%20-%20Hengistbury%20Head/20130811_135049resized_zpsf40e4f9b.jpg

EDIT: But yeah, if you have the slightest inkling for a bit more power, go for it!!
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PostPosted: 20:50 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The days are shorter / colder now, but you do get some wonderful light effects!
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PostPosted: 20:51 - 07 Oct 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
chickenstrip wrote:
now at Nethy Bridge, poised for some exploration around the Cairngorms tomorrow on the way home.


You're in for a real treat tomorrow. Thumbs Up


Any recommended roads? I have a route in mind, including going to the end of one little dead-end lane (according to my map) near Aviemore, then turning around and looping around to the east and south, past Lochnagar (A939, and A93 to exit the region).
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