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Old 04-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #16
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Beautiful trip. I spent a month on Eigg Island in 1962 and never saw that much blue sky!
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:22 PM   #17
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Some of those places look familiar....


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Old 04-29-2013, 05:20 PM   #18
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Oh man, I love that part of the world. Me and a friend did 3 weeks in the UK, mostly in the North, but this was in Wales. Can't wait to go back.

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:03 PM   #19
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Great pics + report.



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Old 04-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #20
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Fantastic pictures. After going to the Isle of Man and seeing England other than London and the M20 to Dover, I've come to the conclusion that the British Isles and Europe is my new dream ride.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #21
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Loved the photos and the report - thank you from Missoula, Montana! You've a way with fun photos and words. :) Have covered some of those bases while in pursuit of Munros and other adventures. Hoping to revisit and expand to some of the areas you've shared via two wheels instead of four. Brilliant!

Next stop for you . . . Montana's back roads! You'll find some beauty in common with Northern England and Scotland . . .
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:36 PM   #22
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Oh, god, you're killing me. First, I thought "Oh, maybe he'll get north of Edinburgh." Never did I hope to see the Outer Hebrides and Shetland, not to mention all the other Highland locales you tagged. The single malts and Inverness bookstore were really nice additions. And you stayed in hostels! Nothing beats the SYHA for some un-freaking-believable hostels. Those rustic hostels in the Outer Hebrides are some of the most memorable places I've spent a night in my 46 years. I remember staying in the Lerwick hostel, nursing a hangover and watching the locals lawn bowling in the park across the street 23 years ago.

Thank you for the nice pics and bringing to mind a lot of fond memories.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:57 PM   #23
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Thank you all for the kind words.

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I remember staying in the Lerwick hostel, nursing a hangover and watching the locals lawn bowling in the park across the street 23 years ago.
No locals at 5am, just a hangover.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:21 PM   #24
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great photos on and off the bike...can you include some idea of the price of the hostels and some of those short ferry rides
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #25
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great photos on and off the bike...can you include some idea of the price of the hostels and some of those short ferry rides
Hostels are between £13 - £20 a night, and the four ferries in the Shetlands cost a total of £10.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #26
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Day 16: Exploring south of Lerwick and getting the ferry to the Mainland










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Old 05-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #27
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Day 17:


Arriving at Aberdeen and wanting to see a little of the Eastern side before heading down to Stirling via Aviemore, Balmoral, Braemar, Dundee, St Andrews and Perth.












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Old 05-01-2013, 05:19 PM   #28
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The pics from Lockgolhead look like the place where Hamish McBeth was filmed (BBC series with Robert Carlyle).
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #29
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Martin, thanks much for sharing. I'm writing this from a motel room in Pratt, Kansas, waiting for 3 inches of snow to blow through...springtime in the Midwest. Really enjoying your gusto cause later this month will pick up my 'other' Transalp in Cork, Ireland, and will be exploring many of the spots you've just enjoyed.

Is there a website you use for hostel chasing?

Again, thanks,

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:38 PM   #30
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Great pictures!

This is a great report and the pictures are amazing. Did you take them all with your GoPro? You had a pretty wide angle lens. I have spent a little time in England but never made it further north than Edinburgh. I guess I need to go back! Thank you for sharing!
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