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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA View Post
    I was bought a book for Christmas "Scotland The Best" by Peter Irvine 12th edition 2016 lots of good information where to eat places to visit.....etc etc only just getting into it but seems good information.

    I intend to tour Scotland this year on the bike with my Brother and Cousin, then later in the year in the Cobra with my better half
    Just ordered a copy

    Thank you

  2. #22
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    Hi Neil,
    Will throw my initial thoughts in. If you'require starting galashiels look to come over the border at carters bar. Heading in galashiels direction you could stop of at the Jim Clark room in duns. From there I would travel along the roads of the tweed valley which is lovely taking you westward into Lanarkshire where you could travel up the Clyde Valley toward new lanark which is worth a visit. From here you could head north west over Erskine bridge up a82 mentioned before, this takes you up the side of Loch lomond and go up through fort william (Ben nevis) you can stop off at the commando memorial at spean bridge. You could pop over to Glenfinnan while going up this way all the way up to Arisaig/Mallaig. You need to travel through glencoe in the cobra while going North up this way. Heading up the side of Loch Ness toward Inverness you could turn off and go over to Skype. I did a car rally in the cobra started Inverness over to Skye via Applecross and the Bealach na ba (pass of the cattle) great event as the weather was brilliant going around Skye and over all the passes. Oops forgot about the dukes pass which kind of accessible from this route a bit earlier aberfoyle/Callander way- you can take in the three lochs in this area. Heading back toward Inverness you could go up to Ullapool which just haven't done yet but I think Jeremy Clarkson drove a new mustang toward and it looked fab. You might as well go to John of groats and stay in Thurso. You can see the Orkneys from here and get pics under the sign. Travel back down the east coast which is a lovely coastal run on a good day. Heading back toward Inverness there loads of lovely places to see such as Strathpeffer. Heading south from Inverness on a9 you could take in aviemore, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry down to Perth. Across to St Andrews from here maybe? You could then head towards Edinburgh and pick up the a71 and head towards Ayrshire where you could head down the coast past culzean castle and then switch over to go throughome the Galloway forrest toward the mull of galloway and then rest and head home from there. How long did you say two weeks? Heehee.
    Regards john

  3. #23
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    Hi John,

    Thank you this is great, I will start plotting out a route.

    Many thanks for all the advise on this thread.

    Cheers Neil

  4. #24
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    Oops. I was typing this in last night on the tablet and the predictive text seems to have taken over in places. Skype should be Skye! The A71 was mentioned because it is a great driving road(In the top 10 on the worlds greatest driving roads website believe it or not). It certainly used to be when I used it for hammering about - haven't been on it for some time. Forgot to say when approaching the Skye bridge you can stop off at Eilean Donan castle. Also when coming down the east coast from John O'Groats you could stop off at Arbroath for some smokies. Hope you can make out what I've meant in the rest of my post. Cant edit it now.
    John.


    [QUOTE=cobrascim;558346]Hi Neil,
    Will throw my initial thoughts in. If you'require starting galashiels look to come over the border at carters bar. Heading in galashiels direction you could stop of at the Jim Clark room in duns. From there I would travel along the roads of the tweed valley which is lovely taking you westward into Lanarkshire where you could travel up the Clyde Valley toward new lanark which is worth a visit. From here you could head north west over Erskine bridge up a82 mentioned before, this takes you up the side of Loch lomond and go up through fort william (Ben nevis) you can stop off at the commando memorial at spean bridge. You could pop over to Glenfinnan while going up this way all the way up to Arisaig/Mallaig. You need to travel through glencoe in the cobra while going North up this way. Heading up the side of Loch Ness toward Inverness you could turn off and go over to Skype. I did a car rally in the cobra started Inverness over to Skye via Applecross and the Bealach na ba (pass of the cattle) great event as the weather was brilliant going around Skye and over all the passes. Oops forgot about the dukes pass which kind of accessible from this route a bit earlier aberfoyle/Callander way
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  5. #25
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    I am thinking of a tour of Scotland. this is my planned route, leave preston and follow A6 to Carlisle, A7 towards Gretna, A75 towards stranraer, A751/A77 towards Prestwick, A78 towards larg/Greenock, A8 towards Erskine, A898 towards old Kilpatrick, A82 towards fort William, A82/A96 towards elgin, A96 towards Aberdeen, A90/A93 towards Arbroath, A92/A930 towards Dundee, A92 towards Dunfermline, M90/A90 towards queensferry, A90/A902/A199/A1 towards Newcastle, A69 back towards Carlisle and onto A6 back to preston. I plan to do the trip over a 5 day period staying in BB/hotels along the way.

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    If I were you, I would take the A93 from Aberdeen along Royal Deeside to Braemar then Glenshee (The highest public road in the UK) to Blairgowrie and Perth. Failing that from Aberdeen take the A93 to Banchory and then take the B974 south over the Cairn o' Mount to Fettercairn and Edzell then the A933 to Arbroath. This avoids the A90 with it's speed cameras and HGVs.

    South of Edinburgh I would avoid the A1 for the same reason. Take the A68 through the Borders to Corbridge and then take the A69.
    Last edited by Clive; 04-04-17 at 11:57 PM.
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  7. #27
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    Hi bw41059,

    Your last statement,, I plan to stay in BB/hotels along the way.
    We planned route and booked accomadation first week of Feb for May holiday and in some areas struggled.... It's booked up a long time in advance.

    Neil
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    thanks for that guys. I may alter my route and come down A9 from inverness to perth
    graham

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    Quote Originally Posted by bw41059 View Post
    I am thinking of a tour of Scotland. this is my planned route, leave preston and follow A6 to Carlisle, A7 towards Gretna, A75 towards stranraer, A751/A77 towards Prestwick, A78 towards larg/Greenock, A8 towards Erskine, A898 towards old Kilpatrick, A82 towards fort William, A82/A96 towards elgin, A96 towards Aberdeen, A90/A93 towards Arbroath, A92/A930 towards Dundee, A92 towards Dunfermline, M90/A90 towards queensferry, A90/A902/A199/A1 towards Newcastle, A69 back towards Carlisle and onto A6 back to preston. I plan to do the trip over a 5 day period staying in BB/hotels along the way.
    If you have the time then turning left at Glengarry onto the Skye road is a great route too, right the way up to Eilean Donan Castle with a stop for lunch in Plockton. you can always head back across via A890 much improved road these days. You do miss the route along the lochs though.
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    I want to do this at some point - http://www.northcoast500.com/

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