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Old 10-04-2007, 09:03 AM   #1
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Roads and Ruins; 3 days riding Scotland.

Every ride starts with an idea, and this one was quite basic. My friend Darren, whom I have known since childhood (in fact our fathers were friends before they met our respective mothers), is studying in St. Andrews Scotland. While I was mulling over visiting Darren and his family I had obvious insperation....I should rent a bike over there. Thanks to some of the inmates here, I found Cupar Motorcycles in, of all places Cupar. It was only 10 miles from St Andrews. Perfect.

Gordon and his staff treated me wonderfully and very much reinforced the hospitality of the Scots. I rented a wee strom, and it came with a top box. Perfect.



Having never ridden on the left side of the road I was a touch nervous, but in short order I adjusted. I headed north, and after getting a bit turned around in Dundee, a quick bite in Montrose, I continued toward Stonehaven for a visit to Dunottar Castle.




After traversing the steep approach (both up and down 100 or so feet), gaining the main gate covered by scatter shot and cannon loops, turning a 90 degree bend in the entry you are met by more shot holes.



The backside of the castle is even more formidable, being naturally protected by cliffs and pounding surf.



This naturally protected location or Dunottar lead the Scots to hide the Honours here during one of Cromwell's campaigns to subdue the Scots.

There are lots of really old (by North American standards) thingd to see in Scotland.



Some other views of Dunottar.

The Chapel;









The Warden's Quarters



The Stores



Even the washroom has an especially nice veiw...



From Stonehaven, I headed northwest to visit the Caringorms and follow the Spey. Some views along the way.













approaching Lecht Pass



The heather was just finishing in mid September, but some could still be found



Cutting the corner to the A95 that follows the Spey











I finished the day at a B&B in Elgin. I was very cold. Thought the pass I rode though sleet, and it had been raining on and off all day. Between Dufftown and Elgin it snowed and poured in a thunderstorm. Luckily the smart lads at Cupar Motorcycles had fitted heated grips...a life saver!

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Old 10-04-2007, 09:09 AM   #2
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Great report!

What were the costs involved in renting the bike? Insurance, Petro, Lodging, wine and women?
This just might be a perfect father/son trip for me.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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My god, that's some beautiful country!

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Old 10-04-2007, 09:19 AM   #4
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Here is the web page where I hired the bike from, with costs.

http://www.cupar.co.uk/bikehire.htm

the also have a shop in Perth that deals Kawasaki

http://www.perthmcs.com/bikehire.htm

The rental includes insurance (less a deductable, called excess in the even of a claim), so it is comparable, maybe even cheaper, than renting a bike in Canada.

Fuel is about $2 US a liter

B&B are 25 to 45 pounds per person per night away from major centers. Food pubs and resturants is 1.5 to 2 time the cost in north america, alchol is about par.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:15 AM   #5
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Looks great!! Nice roads.. and pics, thanks for posting
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:01 AM   #6
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Day 2

After a huge breakfast, I headed off to find the ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Fortunately a wrong turn sent me in the direction of Lossiemouth. Lossiemouth is a quaint fishing town. Notice that I didn't say quiet. There is an RAF base there, and another two or three close by.











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Old 10-04-2007, 11:44 AM   #7
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I just love pictures of the British Isles! But when I look at pictures like the road to Lecht Pass I keep hearing "Stay off the moors" in my mind!
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:29 AM   #8
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[quote=dwayne]After a huge breakfast, I headed off to find the ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Fortunately a wrong turn sent me in the direction of Lossiemouth. Lossiemouth is a quaint fishing town. Notice that I didn't say quiet. There is an RAF base there, and another two or three close by.





Fantastic pics!! I spent 12 years working at RAF Lossiemouth and you've just taken me right back. I used to love hooning around the same roads you've just explored. There's a flat just to the left of the The Clifton bar where i used to stay, very convenient my head hurts thinking about it. Happy days
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:07 PM   #9
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Very cool trip.

Amazing how North American history seems just a tad too fresh in comparison. I'm ready to go. Thanks for the write up.

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Old 11-08-2007, 03:52 PM   #10
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Thanks Dwayne for sharing your pics and experiences! Can't wait to see it myself! I want to do it on a bike so the rental tips were helpful!
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Splendid photography Dwayne!! That brought back vivid memories of my youth going to school in Aberdeen and Stonehaven. I walked up those steps to Dunnottar many times in school uniform and a football under my arm. '71-'72

Ill join you for a ride this summer. (and a pint or two)
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:46 AM   #12
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Excellent photography. Guys like you and Frogwell give me a standard to shoot for Scotland is on the vacation list. A couple years out though.
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Wow, so beautiful. I might have to add Scotland to my bucket list.
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