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    Sunny Tour of Scotland
    on: Jun 24, 2017, 07.31 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 07.31 pm
    As a bit of a treat to myself with the big 5-0 looming I arranged a solo tour of Scotland. I'd been a couple of times before, once up to Skye and more recently to Mull, with a view to heading up to the North coast. Unfortunately, by Fort William the rain came in, and wasn't forecast to go away for the next few days so me and my mate chickened out and headed home.

    This time, I thought I'll go alone so even if it's shocking weather I have no-one but myself to worry about. I  planned the route using a combination of Simon Weir's Biking Britain book and the Curves Scotland book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curves-Scotland-Number-Stefan-Bogner/dp/3667107196/ref=sr_1_1/261-8060262-2085405?ie=UTF8&qid=1498327293&sr=8-1&keywords=curves+Scotland

    Route was plotted into moto go loco and camp sites booked at strategic points along the way.

    The fateful day arrived. Bike was well loaded. Camping gear in 60 litre dry bag, clothes in one pannier, grub, stove etc. in the other and camera, waterproofs, clear visor, waterproof gloves, map, and other random stuff in top box.


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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #1 on: Jun 24, 2017, 08.07 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 08.07 pm
    I wanted to avoid Glasgow, Loch Lomond and the usual route to the highlands, so with this in mind my first stop was at North Rhinns near Stranraer. The campsite was great but as it was warm and still the Midges were out in force. I went out for a wander to escape them. This was the view from a nearby tower - Stranraer in the distance, and sunset from the campsite. :002:

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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #2 on: Jun 24, 2017, 08.09 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 08.09 pm
    This is gonna be good ...  :152:
    I see the ladies there to make sure you were really leaving !! :008:
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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #3 on: Jun 24, 2017, 08.14 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 08.14 pm
    As an aside I needed a way of charging my phone, bullet cam and intercom while away. I have the outlet under the seat so bought a portable hard drive cover off Amazon. this fits neatly under the seat and allows charging on the move. You can also charge when stopped as the outlet remains live with the ignition off. I was a bit cautious with this as I didn't fancy being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #4 on: Jun 24, 2017, 08.18 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 08.18 pm
    *Originally Posted by Martymouse [+]
    This is gonna be good ...  :152:
    I see the ladies there to make sure you were really leaving !! :008:

    Indeed - the flags being waved are out of frame, as are their grinning faces. :001:

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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #5 on: Jun 24, 2017, 08.28 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 08.28 pm
    The following day, was awake at stupid o'clock (possibly as early as 6!  :001:). The plan was to follow the road around the coast past Largs and get the ferry at Gourock. Here's a couple of shots from the ferry.  :002:


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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #6 on: Jun 24, 2017, 09.48 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 09.48 pm
    Great stuff Fatsam, i remember you talking about this in Anglesea, could hear the excitement in your voice then. Love it!  :047:


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    Re: Sunny Tour of Scotland
    Reply #7 on: Jun 24, 2017, 11.11 pm
    Jun 24, 2017, 11.11 pm
    Once over on the ferry rode up the side of Loch Eck which was fun - I took some video which I'll post in the other sub forum once I've edited it. I took the A815 then A83 towards Inverary then A819, A85 and A82 to Glencoe, very quick ferry across the bay to Corran, then onwards to my overnight stay at Sunart camping in Acharacle. Some great roads which unfortunately lead to Midgey central. If only it wasn't so hot and sunny.  :038: I've also got some video heading towards Glencoe, again needs editing then I'll post it. In meantime here's some pics.