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Old 05-08-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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Scotland - Trip Around

Hi,
I'm thinking about touring around Scotland.
I'm looking for some info about places worth to see or roads worth to ride through.
I plan to start in Glasgow and go to Isle of Skye, next along the west coast to John O'Groats and back to Glasgow. I want to visit friends in Aberdeen on the way back.
I drown some map so any suggestions welcome.
I have already found place called Applecross which might be worth to visit.

Please see my plan:
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms...157317,7.13562

Don't worry about marks on the map - this is only for route creating.
Also I'm looking for any cheap campsites.
My lady will be going on the road bike so offroad touring is not an option.

UPDATE: I will be going from Glasgow to Aberdeen and next to John O'Groats and next around west coast the same plan but opposite direction...

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Old 05-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #2
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I can recommend this place http://www.redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk/
also this pub is a ten min walk http://www.clachaig.com/

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Can also recommend the Clachaig. Great beer and atmosphere.

If you are camping in Glencoe, be prepared for the midges. Spend a night in the car there (after giving up on pitching the tent - due to the clouds of the little buggers attacking us) and they even found their way through the car air vents!!!

It's not so bad if there is a breeze as they can't fly.

Ullapool, and north of there, is a nice area too. Can't go wrong with the west coast if you get the weather.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Can also recommend the Clachaig. Great beer and atmosphere.

If you are camping in Glencoe, be prepared for the midges. Spend a night in the car there (after giving up on pitching the tent - due to the clouds of the little buggers attacking us) and they even found their way through the car air vents!!!

It's not so bad if there is a breeze as they can't fly.

Ullapool, and north of there, is a nice area too. Can't go wrong with the west coast if you get the weather.
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+1 on the fucking midges - bend over to hammer in a peg and they're up your nose quicker than a ..umm...nasal stalker. If you can get it, Avon's Skin So Soft is the best - it's a barrier cream, stops the fuckers dead in their tracks.

If you're thinking of "climbing" Ben Nevis, and you're not prepared, you'd do well to allow 2 days - that's 1 to go up and down (assuming you walk it both ways) and 1 to recover - it's well worth it though.

Otherwise I'd just bimble around - head north as per your plan to John O'Groats and then west and south, stay off the major roads, you'll have a hell of a time and if you get to the Mull of Kintyre try not to kill my parents :p
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #5
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Bring decent wetgear !, I got rained on alot on my trips there (all high summer), Thurso near John O'Groats is a rough port town, with rougher people. Some great landscapes but alot of the more rural roads had pea-gravel for miles, it killed the paint job on my bike (this was 10yrs ago so YRMV).
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:54 AM   #6
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+1 on the fucking midges - bend over to hammer in a peg and they're up your nose quicker than a ..umm...nasal stalker.
Ha ha, just spat out my tea laughing Very true though!
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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I was up that way last weekend. The A816 south of Oban was a huge amount of fun.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:28 AM   #8
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The Hebrides are worth a look, plenty of ferry choices.
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+1 on the fucking midges - bend over to hammer in a peg and they're up your nose quicker than a ..umm...nasal stalker.
And your nose is not the only orifice, especially if you're bending over. I don't know how the locals put up with em. You got to stick to the coast at sunset and pray for a breeze, otherwise you're a goner.

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:09 AM   #10
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Its coming back to me, my memory is not shot afterall. If you are into engineering, the locks on the Caledonian Canal at Fort William, Fort Augustus and Inverness are worth a gander, as is the Falkirk Wheel.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #11
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Marcing.

shoot me an email.

We did a Trip around the UK in 09.....I can certainly steer you to some good places to stay/Eat and roads.

I'd like to go back and just do Scotland in the future......LOVED it there.

Must Stay: Bridge Inn in Helmsdale
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #12
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Take a look at my RR.

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Old 05-19-2013, 04:25 AM   #13
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I'd definitely have a look at Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven which is just a few miles off your route.

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:00 AM   #14
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I'd definitely have a look at Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven which is just a few miles off your route.

WOW !!!!
fabulous :) and it is on my route to Aberdeen :)
Is there a direct path/route to get on the bike ? or only on foot ?
I decided that I will start from Glasgow area and going straight to Aberdeen to visit my friends over here. and from there (next day) I will start the proper route to John O'Groats and next along the west coast as you could see on my map on the first post.

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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I think You could also go to Falkirk:
http://www.google.pl/imgres?imgurl=h...QEwCQ&dur=1683
Edinburg's castle :
http://www.google.pl/imgres?imgurl=h...9QEwAg&dur=818
Eilean Donan castle:
http://www.google.pl/imgres?imgurl=h...9QEwBA&dur=809
and St. Andrews is very preaty
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