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post #1 of 5 Old Aug 27th, 2012, 1:01 pm Thread Starter
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Well given we had tons of time to get up there, I set the cruise control on the K1200GT to 68mph on the motorway..... I'm not normally known for restraint but this time it resulted in 65mpg ....



I got 310 miles out of that tankfull

We stopped over at our usually stop in Glasgow, the Erskine Bridge Hotel, 27 for bed and breakfast, including use of the swimming pool and jacuzzi etc which is nice after a day in the saddle

Next day over towards Inveraray



and then up to the Corran Ferry



and a spot of lunch at the Ardgour Inn.

Then on the A861, gorgeous road, through Strontian which apparently gave its name to the element

Then up to Mallaig to get the ferry over to Skye through the endlessly gorgeous scenery and exquisite roads. My riding companion, Ian had to get fuel from a small village just off the main Mallaig road... 1.60 per litre .... that's about $11.50 per gallon ouch!!!!





Over Skye and its impressive bridge and through to Eilean Donan castle for the ubiquitous touristy photo.



From there onto the even quieter roads via Lochcarron to the start of the Applecross Pass.



It's a stunning place



With awesome views



but low cloud was an issue



Some midgies managed to get into my helmet vent while taking pics .... nasty little bastards



Then stopping over at the Applecross Inn for the night, and a gorgeous bowl of Mussels starter with a huge mixed seafood linguine main course washed down with a Chilean white ... yum!!! One of the waiteress's was from South Africa, turned out from not far from where I'd worked out there, small world I guess!



After a good nights kip and a HUGE breakfast the next morning it was on around the Wester Ross coastal trail. Again stunning views.... and had to wait for a couple of locals to clear the road



Looking back over to Applecross



Sadly I believe this is where the tragedy involving this weekends canoe drownings occured

Stopped at Lochkinewe at a little cafe mid morning for a fresh banana milk shake ... yum

Got into a crazy dice with a local in a Ford Focus ST after Poolewe, had a real hard job keeping him in sight ... at one point his car was on three wheels around a corner!!! I really should grow up.

He turned off and normal bimbling recommenced well until we turned on the Ullapool road, that's a fast road



Had fish and chips from the excellent Seaforth and sat on the front to eat them

Then back track to Loch Ness for the night at the gorgeous Loch Ness Inn. Excellent food although the breakfast was not as good as the Applecross Inn.

Next day stop to take a couple of pics of Urqhart Castle



The days riding was in glorious weather, down to Fort William, Oban and the A83 and back to Glasgow to the Erskine to over night before facing the challenging weather home today Awesome weekend!

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post #2 of 5 Old Sep 1st, 2012, 10:09 am
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Re: Scotland 2012

Nice post. Great pics.
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Re: Scotland 2012

I've got blood relatives in Scotland that to my knowledge no one from the US has ever visited. Sounds like a good excuse for a road trip to me! (and maybe some free overnight accommodations)

Great pictures, but what is all of that gray puffy stuff in the sky and shiny stuff all over the roads?

(I've spent a lot of time in Oswestry, Shropshire and got my British Airship rating while there and at Ross on Wye farther south.)


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Re: Scotland 2012

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I've got blood relatives in Scotland that to my knowledge no one from the US has ever visited. Sounds like a good excuse for a road trip to me! (and maybe some free overnight accommodations)

Great pictures, but what is all of that gray puffy stuff in the sky and shiny stuff all over the roads?

(I've spent a lot of time in Oswestry, Shropshire and got my British Airship rating while there and at Ross on Wye farther south.)
Oswestry is about 12 miles from me

The damp stuff is great, keeps most of the tourists off the roads and the scenery green

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Re: Scotland 2012

great pix! Got back from Scotland myself recently - did nearly the same route minus Skye. What a lovely country, my blood homeland. Thanks for reviving the memories!


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