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Wurls

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Looking to break the drive up. Any recommendations for a night stopover? Was thinking Dumfries area??

GoneAnon

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36 months

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Dumfries is a way off the M6/M74 corridor.

It is also a lot less than half way, in driving time.

Whether you only want a bed for the night or want to go out for a meal and a drink you might be better pressing on to Glasgow or Perth.

Great Pretender

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98 months

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GoneAnon said:
Dumfries is a way off the M6/M74 corridor.

It is also a lot less than half way, in driving time.

Whether you only want a bed for the night or want to go out for a meal and a drink you might be better pressing on to Glasgow or Perth.
Agreed.

On day 1, take the M-way up to Glasgow and then spend the next day dealing with the minor roads.

Steve_F

492 posts

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Wouldn't stop over in Glasgow unless you're having a lazy start the next day, I'd head on up to Perth as the traffic early morning will be much better up there. You don't have to go into Glasgow heading that way so depending on times it might be a painful detour.

Could stop anywhere off the A9 after Glasgow and you'll have a much easier start the next day - Stirling might be a nice option, bit further on Pitlochry, if you fancy somewhere nice to have a wander round.

Actually the M8 being slow early morning might not be an issue if you're used to London!!

Wurls

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Thanks for the tips. I had a feeling you'd have me stopping further North.
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kmm

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64 months

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Stop off in falkirk, plenty of eating places and places to stay. If you decide on falkirk let me know and i can give you more info.

RDM

1,401 posts

91 months

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Are you going a9 or loch lomond / loch ness?

RS16i

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78 months

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Never mind which roads or where to stop,why on earth do you want to go to Groats? There's nothing there!hehe

I suppose the new chalets will be finished by now,i worked on them for a while at the start of the year,stayed in the Seaview hotel.Very nice if you're looking for somewhere to stop up there.


Wurls

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RS16i said:
Never mind which roads or where to stop,why on earth do you want to go to Groats? There's nothing there!hehe

I suppose the new chalets will be finished by now,i worked on them for a while at the start of the year,stayed in the Seaview hotel.Very nice if you're looking for somewhere to stop up there.
New Chalets, you've got it. Never been, thought it worth a look. I figured A9 was the route. Am I wrong / misguided?

kmm - Falkirk recommendations gladly accepted.



RDM

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91 months

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For speed, probably the A9, for the event, lomond/ ness.

RS16i

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78 months

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Wurls said:
New Chalets, you've got it. Never been, thought it worth a look. I figured A9 was the route. Am I wrong / misguided?

kmm - Falkirk recommendations gladly accepted.
They were looking nice when i saw them last,not been up since the job was finished though.

You can take your pick on how to get there,as said A9 for speed but there's lots of ways to get there if you have a few days to spend doing it.

Davie

1,223 posts

99 months

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Not sure what your travel plans are but I once did Edinburgh to John O Groats and back in a day and that was a hard slog! Just shy of 550 miles and not the quickest roads either. I also did it on a Sunday, miscalculated my fuel stops and then discovered life doesn't exist north of Inverness on a Sunday... cue a late drive back towards Wick, on fumes, in fog. One of the more stressful drives I've ever done!

320touring

582 posts

83 months

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Wurls said:
New Chalets, you've got it. Never been, thought it worth a look. I figured A9 was the route. Am I wrong / misguided?

kmm - Falkirk recommendations gladly accepted.
There's a good chance the a9 will eat your soul, long before you get to the north coast!

I'd advocate doing something like this for maintaining a reasonable speed (rather than just hooning on backroads)

M6/M74 to M73

M73 onto M80

M80 onto M9 (Stirling)

M9 onto A84

A84 to A85

A85 to A82

A82 to Inverness and join the A9 there

I've made a map here http://goo.gl/maps/Gt04y


Alternatively, you can go via Ullapool and hoon it on some awesome single track roads

Map here http://goo.gl/maps/bHl1a



For somewhere to stay, I'd recommend looking at Stirling or Perth (if going boring a9) or Killin/Ft William if you're out to play!


Also, If you fancy it, sure I can get a pass from the Mrs to come out for a run- depending when you're heading up etc... I've got a lot of time for these roads- love em! What you going to drive?




Edited by 320touring on Wednesday 10th October 12:31

chunkymonkey71

11,181 posts

82 months

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Smiths Hotel in Gretna?

sherman

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99 months

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I would suggest staying in South queensferry. Plenty of nice places to eat, stay and one of the best views in Scotland.
I wouldnt stayin Falkirk personally. There are plenty more nice places than there.

Wurls

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320touring said:
Wurls said:
New Chalets, you've got it. Never been, thought it worth a look. I figured A9 was the route. Am I wrong / misguided?

kmm - Falkirk recommendations gladly accepted.
There's a good chance the a9 will eat your soul, long before you get to the north coast!

I'd advocate doing something like this for maintaining a reasonable speed (rather than just hooning on backroads)

M6/M74 to M73

M73 onto M80

M80 onto M9 (Stirling)

M9 onto A84

A84 to A85

A85 to A82

A82 to Inverness and join the A9 there

I've made a map here http://goo.gl/maps/Gt04y


Alternatively, you can go via Ullapool and hoon it on some awesome single track roads

Map here http://goo.gl/maps/bHl1a



For somewhere to stay, I'd recommend looking at Stirling or Perth (if going boring a9) or Killin/Ft William if you're out to play!


Also, If you fancy it, sure I can get a pass from the Mrs to come out for a run- depending when you're heading up etc... I've got a lot of time for these roads- love em! What you going to drive?




Edited by 320touring on Wednesday 10th October 12:31
You are a gentleman, thank you.

I'll be in a TDV8 Range Rover with 3 kids, so unless I want the interior pebble dashing, hooning it won't be an option.

VetteG

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If you are doing the A9 be careful of your speed between Perth and Inverness, mobile speed cameras and unmarked police cars abound!
It can be very frustrating (especially) at this time of year if you get behind a queue of trucks or caravans since at lot of it is 2 lane highway between stretches of dual carriageway. Once you are north of Inverness its fine, a good driving road.

G

320touring

582 posts

83 months

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Wurls said:
You are a gentleman, thank you.

I'll be in a TDV8 Range Rover with 3 kids, so unless I want the interior pebble dashing, hooning it won't be an option.
No bother- the roads will still be fun in the RR- just be aware of bikers on the A Roads- they know them well!

and,a s stated, if going up the a9 from Perth to Inverness, stick at 60mph on the single carriage way bits- too many speed traps

clunkbox

160 posts

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VetteG said:
If you are doing the A9 be careful of your speed between Perth and Inverness, mobile speed cameras and unmarked police cars abound!
It can be very frustrating (especially) at this time of year if you get behind a queue of trucks or caravans since at lot of it is 2 lane highway between stretches of dual carriageway. Once you are north of Inverness its fine, a good driving road.

G
The A9 isn't THAT bad. I've been driving once every week or two for the past 5 years and despite doing the first few years of that trying to do 90mph everywhere I've never been caught (on that road). Eyes peeled for van's and a healthy mistrust of anything that looks remotely undercover* helps if you are doing high speeds. If you are doing 10 over you should be fine, and 65-70mph on the single carriageway + a keen eye for safe overtaking places will get you up the road as quick as doing 90 and being lazy about overtaking, at least during the day.

One caveat is don't follow other people into overtakes, as the road is full of goddamn idiots.

*There was a black Mondeo hatch with a funny bump on the roof pulling people over last winter. 


XDA

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Great Pretender said:
GoneAnon said:
Dumfries is a way off the M6/M74 corridor.

It is also a lot less than half way, in driving time.

Whether you only want a bed for the night or want to go out for a meal and a drink you might be better pressing on to Glasgow or Perth.
Agreed.

On day 1, take the M-way up to Glasgow and then spend the next day dealing with the minor roads.
I disagree guys.

Dumfries would be ideal as its only takes 20-30 mins from Dumfries to Moffat, where you rejoin the A74(M) at junction 15? Moffat to the edge of Glasgow takes about an hour, perhaps slightly more.

Failing that, stop off at Moffat or Abington as you'll be within 5 mins of the A74(M)?
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