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Offline VinceV1000

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Scotland trip
« on: Sep 08, 2019, 06:32 PM »
Hi all new to the versys club and have to say really enjoying the bike.

Im looking on planning a trip around scotland and wondering if anyone has any good routes around the highlands.

Places to go and places to stay would be great thanks.

Cheers

Vince

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #1 on: Sep 08, 2019, 07:14 PM »
nc 500 start at inverness

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #2 on: Sep 08, 2019, 09:30 PM »
+1

I mean, where to start. Put it this way, when you get north of Glasgow it keeps getting better and better to the point where you start thinking "if God made roads for bikers, these are they!". Seriously, if you're wondering whether to go or not, stop wondering and get going...although it is a bit weather dependent.

Roads that I absolutely loved are below;

A93, old Military Road from Glenshee to Braemar.
A87 from Invergarry to Shiel Bridge...epic!
The Old Military Road from Shiel Bridge to Glenelg, then take the turntable ferry to Khylerea on the Isle of Skye for bit of memorable boat action
The western coastal route from Ullapool up to Durness is an absolute belter.

I could go on but the gist is that you can't really go wrong. NC500 route is a bloody good start though.

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #3 on: Sep 09, 2019, 01:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by Gmw5161 [+]
nc 500 start at inverness

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Except, you need to start a lot further south at a place called Moffat. It's only right that you start at this little town that becomes a bit of a biking pilgrimage during the season. You can also pay your respects to the guy who invented TARMAC here  :028:
Try and stay at The Buccleuch Arms Hotel if you can. There very biker friendly and even have bike lockers in the car park!

Head towards Edinburgh on the A701 or A702.

From The beautiful city of Edinburgh, head across the bridge towards  Perth on the M90 if you want to get North faster or the A92 towards Dundee for the more interesting journey.

Then avoid the A9 which is the main trunk road North (no motorways this far north) and take the A93 / Old Military road instead, which takes you through Cairngorms National Park instead of around it to Braemar (stop at the castle) and Cock Bridge (yes that's a real place  :2: ) Then pick up the A9 for the final run up to Inverness and start the NC500.

Something like this: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Moffat/Inverness/@56.980346,-3.7325027,9z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!1m1!1s0x487d4ddafd1799d7:0x50d64f52cc01614!2m2!1d-3.440337!2d55.335208!3m4!1m2!1d-3.2537097!2d55.7662733!3s0x4887ea2de30c522d:0xa1a579917e4c7854!3m4!1m2!1d-2.9338107!2d56.4349222!3s0x48865b815eb29801:0xca0c46cc1b21583f!3m4!1m2!1d-3.3419087!2d57.0035971!3s0x4885e70c4bec60c9:0x118ce78627d9e300!1m5!1m1!1s0x488f715b2d17de2b:0x624309d12e3ec43d!2m2!1d-4.224721!2d57.477773!3e0?hl=en

I had this planned as the start of my NC500 trip earlier this year, unfortunately cancelled due to an accident but depending on when you're thinking of going, I'm planning to hopefully do this next year, if you fancy meeting up.

Either way, enjoy. As mentioned, avoid Glasgow like the plague and you can't go far wrong, enjoy!

Places to visit: There's Whisky Distilleries a plenty! Most offer visits of some kind but you could try the Royal Lochnagar distillery which is along the route I mentioned or you can look up 'The Famous Grouse Experience' for the main stream experience. put aside half a day for most tours and most will do you a 'Take Away' sample box as your riding REMEMBER there's a ZERO TOLERANCE on drink driving in Scotland now!!
The Summer is also Highland Games season, and villages come together all over Scotland at different times to compete all over the Highlands especially. Well worth looking up events near you and spending the day watching a local event, sharing a beer with the locals if you want a day off the bikes.

Apart from that theirs obviously John O'Groats, the most North Westerly point of the UK mainland. Smoo Caves and the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter railway) as well as plenty of castles of varying condition, all worth a look. There's plenty to see and do, Enjoy!!

And ride safe.

Oh and don't forget lots of pictures, for your ride report to post on here when you get back, or if you're fancy you can post on the go!!  :37:
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #4 on: Sep 09, 2019, 06:24 PM »
*Originally Posted by Shandy [+]
REMEMBER there's a ZERO TOLERANCE on drink driving in Scotland now!!

Interesting, when did this happen? Have you got a link?

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #5 on: Sep 09, 2019, 06:41 PM »
*Originally Posted by skatty [+]
Interesting, when did this happen? Have you got a link?
Not quite BUT HERE  :031:
The current limits are:

22 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath (the 'breath limit')
50 mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood (the 'blood limit')
67 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine (the 'urine limit')

This means that just one drink could put you over the legal limit for driving.

Richard    :001: 
         

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #6 on: Sep 10, 2019, 04:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by skatty [+]
Interesting, when did this happen? Have you got a link?

Am I wrong??

Sorry, I have been known to be wrong, often if you ask my wife  :008:

I thought Scotland introduced a 0% drink drive limit a year ago or so... :187:
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #7 on: Sep 10, 2019, 04:59 PM »
*Originally Posted by TowerMan [+]
Not quite BUT HERE  :031:

 :11:

I stand corrected, sorry guys
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #8 on: Sep 19, 2019, 02:42 PM »
Hi Vince
If you have time it is worth visiting the outer Hebrides. I'm just back from a 4-day trip to Harris & Lewis and there is very little traffic and some damn fine scenery. As for the inner Hebrides Skye is also great and Mull is pretty special too.
Cheers
Gavin