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Not the NC500

Post by JT » Sat May 26, 2018 6:51 am

Now then

Sat 19th May 2018
Set out fully loaded on my XJR from Northallerton, N.Yorks and rode up to Edinburgh via the A68



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where I stayed for 3 days in the most glorious sunshine and chilled with Carolyn while my XJR hid from site



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We had a ride to Saltire Motorcycles in Edinburgh and they had 4 lovely old bikes for sale



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Tues 22nd May

We headed to Oban to catch the ferry to Lochboisdale on South Uist where we would stay in the #Uiststormpods The weather was mild and perfect for riding cross country in Scotland. Fairly clear roads with no hold ups and made good time. Met a couple we know for some lunch before buying some food, wine and whisky for tonight.



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We were the only bike on the 15:15 ferry and we landed at 20:30. Literally 3 mins from the ferry and we were at our pod :D We met our hosts Graham and Catriona, unloaded the bike and ate our Paella with a lovely bottle of Chateauneuf de Pap outside on the decking 8) We lit a fire in the fire pit after eating and sat up till midnight drinking our Oban whisky, perfect. It was still light enough to take photos without a flash at 23:30, amazing



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Wed 23rd May

I was up early #forachange-not and went for a little wander down to the port


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and then went for a dip in the sea, which was bloody freezing I'm gonna tell ya, I didn't stay in long lol


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Carolyn and I then donned our walking shoes and went for a walk to Ben Kenneth



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After a couple of hours we were back at Lochboisdale and had second breakfast sat outside in the sun at the cafe/post office/shop.



We went back to our pod and went for a ride on the bike heading up and through Benbecula to North Uist. We stopped off at a smokehouse and enjoyed some smoked haddock for lunch sat on the edge of a loch



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We stopped at a war memorial and payed our respects to the islanders who had lost their lives in both wars


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Back in Lochboisdale we went for a refreshing pint at the hotel and booked a table for tonights evening meal
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There is a causeway with a very unusual sign on it


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Thurs 24th May

The sun shone on us yet again this morning for our ferry trip back to the main land and Mallaig



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and we were joined this time by Gerard on is GS from Glenshee


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We passed beautiful Skye on the way to Mallaig


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and arrived in Mallaig for 10:30

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A smart looking Manta was on the ferry too

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I stopped at Fort William for petrol and was about on fumes lol


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Next stop was Cluanie Inn fro lunch on our way to Ullapool


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this guy on a scooter pulled up and he was from Austria :shock:

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and we arrived in Ullapool by 4pm after a fantastic days riding some of the greatest open mountain roads you can imagine bereft of traffic 8)


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after sunset
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Fri 25th May

Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen, 'Up in the morning and out on the bike', well, use your imagination lol We headed north from Ullapool and had arranged to meet friends who were travelling in the opposite direction this week at Durness for a coffee. We had to stop and get some photo's of the spectacular scenery on the way


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and found this lovely cafe to have lunch in Durness where we met up with Keith and Julie

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more beautiful white sandy bays appeared all the way to John 'o' Groats where we were staying tonight


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The view from our hotel at John 'o' Groats


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There was evidence of spirited riding yesterday :bounce:


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Re: Not the NC500

Post by geran » Sat May 26, 2018 8:01 am

Hell of a ride out, great weather and accommodation to boot.
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Re: Not the NC500

Post by ewan » Sat May 26, 2018 9:18 am

well done john glad to hear your both having a great time :thumbs: certainly brought back some lovely memories looking at your photos john :applause1: glad to see they haven't put a fence around the post in john o'groats so they can charge people for photos like they have at lands end :upurs:
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Re: Not the NC500

Post by hairy » Sat May 26, 2018 11:39 am

Fantastic pics and write up John.... :thumbs:
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Re: Not the NC500

Post by JT » Sat May 26, 2018 8:08 pm

Cheers lads :thumbs:
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Re: Not the NC500

Post by harris » Sun May 27, 2018 12:03 pm

chilled or what, great stuff jt.

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Re: Not the NC500

Post by XJRoger » Sun May 27, 2018 12:24 pm

WOW, looks amazing, great photos, I'm trying to get Mrs Roger into doing some trips like this, she's a good pillion but we haven't really done any touring together

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Re: Not the NC500

Post by JT » Wed May 30, 2018 10:05 pm

Fri 25th May cont.............


We found a very good restaurant named Stacks in the craft courtyard that is a cafe during the day and turns into a restaurant at 6pm. The decor, food, service, beers, wine and whisky were all top notch and credit to the mother and daughter team who own and run it, definitely a place to visit if you venture up there. We had a walk along the coast to help the food go down in the cool windy breeze


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Sat 26th May

Breakfast bun in the Storehouse cafe next to the hotel and we set off in low cool cloud with a hint of mist in the air. We rode down the A99, straight through Wick not stopping to see if Wally the Walrus was sunbathing :lol: and around Bandbea we came across a line of cars queuing behind a wide load which had a convoy of vans and police with a police outrider at the front, about 300 yards infant slowing all traffic coming the other way and moving them over. I made my way to the front of the sue then safely got past the rear van, truck, front van, cop car then chased after the bike cop. We caught him just as we entered a load of twists with no traffic on either side of the road and we had a little play through the bends without me getting too close obviously but he enjoyed it as much as I did I reckon and when we came out of the solid white lined bends he moved over to the right lane ad waved me through, i gave him a thumbs up and on we rode, good fun.

We were ready for a break at Brora and parked on the pavement outside of a busy cafe on the main road for a coffee and hot cross bun



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As we finished our snack the bloody convoy came past again, bollox :lol: So when we caught them up again at Dornoch I did the same but the bike cop had shot off across the impressive semi circular bridge across the Dornoch Firth. He had stopped all traffic at the far end and we were now infront of the convoy and so rode across the bridge with not another sole on it. As we left the bridge the bike cop gave us another wave which was canny :wink:

We pushed on and the weather improved to sun and heat again as we stopped at Rosiesle to visit Carolyns Mam & Dad. We sat in the garden and told them about our holiday so far and left them, heading for our stop that night at Grantown-on-Spey. We had a great 30 mile ride of open roads with beautiful woods, forests and hills right into the heart of the town. We parked up and sat on the grass to eat a sarnie for lunch soaking up the now hot sun


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We found our B&B off the main street and what a find. This by far the best place we stayed overnight. The couple, Neil and Anne were superb and he's a petrol head :P He had some awesome toys in the drive and garage, one car was No. 9 of only 20 ever made and it has 253 miles on the clock and he keeps it in a air conditioned bag :shock: 8) but the welcome, decor, rooms, breakfast and introductory whisky tasting were all awesome. iff we go back we will definitely stop there again, theres no question.
We walked out to the Garth hotel on the main street which had a beer garden in the sun and stayed there for an hour and a half in the afternoon sun



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We met a young American couple and a French Canadian who were staying there too and had good chat while tasting whisky which helped break the ice, although I've never had a problem getting to know people :wink:


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That night we ate at No.7 Bistro in the towns high street and again we stick lucky. The food, service and wine were very good and well worth a visit if you get the chance.



Sun 27th May

We had a brilliant breakfast at The Spey and then sat in the rear garden with Neil and Anne drinking coffee and 'chewing the fat' in the again hot sun, we e=were so lucky with the weather all the time we were away it was fantastic. Goodbyes were said and we set off for Edinburgh over the Cairngorms which I was looking forward to riding again. The weather stayed with us and if anything got as hot as had been all week so the ride was all that much better for it. The roads were pretty much empty even though it was a Sunday and we had a great ride. The A939 was closed at Colnabaichin and we followed a fantastic diversion through even quieter roads. We came up behind a 'Gixxer thou' riding through Ballater and followed him out of the town then had a great little race to Braemar. I've got video footage and will get it loaded a little later. Pulling into Braemar we met Rob and Gail as previously mentioned and had a chat to them then grabbed some lunch. There was some nice bikes in Braemar


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The last leg of our trip round Scotland was a real blast over the hills and through the valleys, alongside rivers and through the middle of forests. As we arrived in Edinburgh there was low cloud over the bridges and it was decidedly cold. We had a walk out for some dinner and then crashed out for a good nights sleep.

Mon 28th May

I was up and away early and had a decent ride back to Yorkshire although the weather was poor with a bit of mist and low cloud almost all the way home. I'd covered 1285 miles from and back to home and the bike was fly encrusted because there had been no rain to wash them off on any day but it was worth it, the trip was fantastic and will live long in the memory


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Re: Not the NC500

Post by ewan » Thu May 31, 2018 12:32 am

stealing all those midges from scotland john :roll: should be ashamed of yourself :lol:
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Post by JT » Thu May 31, 2018 5:38 am

Not a single midge all week ewan, couldn't believe it, timed it to perfection, they're flies Mate ;-)
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Post by JT » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:49 am

Couple of videos of us on the run into Braemar chasing a Gixxer Thou :twisted:



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Post by ryan1983 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:46 am

Great write up and photos mate

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Post by JT » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:40 am

Cheers Ryan, glad you liked it. Wait till later this week and I put my TT weekend up :razz:
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Post by RFdemon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:24 pm

Cheers JT. That looks like fun and another good write up too.
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