700 miles of wet Scotland – Motorcycle Tour 2015

iansmallEvery year I organise a 3 day tour of Scotland for my friends who either ride motorbikes or have funky cars.

This year was no different and although we fell foul to the weather (including hailstones) it was another trip to remember.

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Day 1

Perth | Glen Coe | Fort William | Loch Ness | Dingwall | Tongue

The first 50 miles or so were dry and sunny and it was a promising start to the weekend. Glen Coe was stunning as always and passing Glen Etive is always a joy.

Unfortunately the heavens started to leak as we arrived in Fort William and this set the tone for the rest of the journey. Loch Ness was a washout and it wasn’t until the last 4 miles of the day’s travelling that we started to see the sun again.

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Crossing bridges on the way to Fort William
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Tongue Hostel – highly recommended!
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A glimmer of sunlight – one of the few!
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Sun rays bursting down over Tongue
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Stunning views, everywhere!
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Lou promised me she could “SHOO” the clouds away. She lied!

Day 2

Tongue | Durness | Ullapool | Skye

Another wet start (boooooo) and we found ourselves up in the hills around Durness in amongst a “fun run” which was anything but! The skies had brought hailstones in their masses which had reduced one poor fun-runner to tears as she was being pelted so hard by them. We’d normally do the entire West Coast route via Gairloch and Applecross, but the weather was simply terrible and  the call was made to head the more direct route to Skye (after a huge brunch).

HUGE brunch in Ullapool
HUGE brunch in Ullapool
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One of the few patches of glorious sunshine!
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Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye (Pronounced “Ky-lachan” as I was informed by a drunk local)
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A group shot while we had the chance
The little sun we got was always greatly received
The little sun we got was always greatly received
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Quick stop to fix the Bluetooth comms

Day 3

Skye | Spean Bridge | Glen Coe | Perth

Guess what? A wet start from Skye and by the time we got to Spean Bridge even my Gore-tex gloves had given up. From that point on the sun was pretty determined to shine and we only had one more soaking after Glen Coe to deal with before we arrived home in Perth pretty dry.

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Riding through Glen Coe
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Giving it big leans
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More Glen Coe action
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The rain stopped and provided some stunning scenery (and tourists)
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Eilean Donan Castle (as if I needed to tell you that)
The hills of Glen Coe
The hills of Glen Coe

 

Can’t wait until next year’s tour now, although I doubt I’ll be organising it for May…

And finally, here is a video produced by another Ian who was on the trip too – enjoy!

 

 

10 comment(s)

That’s a tidy wee write up, definitely not enough mentioned as to how wet it was, and windy! Absolutely cracking weekend though. Can’t wait for the next one.

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