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mhh

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Aussie here visiting London in October - without the family for a change. Apart from catching the Eurostar to Paris for the Motorshow, I want to rent something quick from Avis (Porsche Turbo or Gallardo probably) and drive to Scotland and back on the most interesting roads I can find. I've got about a week. A couple of mates might join me for part of the trip (in their own rentals) but their plans might fall through. I know North Wales has some good roads and Scotland too (I was last there in the '80's in a cheap Vauxhall) but I'd love to see a Google map of a suggested 5-7 day route if anyone cares to share their thoughts. Being solo, I'm happy to spend most of the day in the saddle so I can cover as much ground as possible.

johnnyreggae

1,384 posts

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Look up 'evo triangle' - there's also a section somewhere here about great driving routes = called 'roads' ?

Mosi

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101 months

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About 25 of us are doing the Evo Triangle soon if you fancy it & a night out in Manchester afterwards

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Gouki

231 posts

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I have done the evo triangle, and compared to roads in Europe it may leave you a bit underwhelmed. It can be easily understood why reviewers use the triangle since each side is a completely different type of road, there are also IIRC no junctions within each road.

The triangle is very small, so I hope some folk come on here and suggest additional routes.

colincolin

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Girvan Barr Village. Or, Girvan to Newton Stewart.
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jackal

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Get to glasgow then head up the West coast toward Glencoe and then onto Skye ... Job done.

jackal

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Gouki said:
I have done the evo triangle, and compared to roads in Europe it may leave you a bit underwhelmed. It can be easily understood why reviewers use the triangle since each side is a completely different type of road, there are also IIRC no junctions within each road.

The triangle is very small, so I hope some folk come on here and suggest additional routes.
+1

Just come back from the black forest/swiss passes/jura mountains etc. and the evo triangle is pretty pathetic by comparison, not even in the same planet.

Scousefella

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From London use the A10 until you reach Buntingford then take the A507 to Baldock - only a short stretch tbh but a great little squirt.

After the village of Cottered you have a very nice straight with a deceptive humpback moment, if you catch it a little quickly you can catch some Air for a split second.

Mart-1

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Mosi said:
About 25 of us are doing the Evo Triangle soon if you fancy it & a night out in Manchester afterwards

Email me
Keep your eyes peeled if you plan on 'pressing on' in that area

Our group went to the Evo triangle last year. It was very windy that day thankfully - after we drove the triangle we stumbled across a great karting circuit nearby and had a couple of sessions. Eddie, the owner, told us that most days the police have their helicopter up looking for speeders, and go to great lengths to catch people

We did pass a well placed camera van en route but were all within the limit, however earlier this year we went back to the same karting track and 3 of our group were done by a police camera van near Llangollen

The kart track is here if of interest - you can just turn up without booking but it's worth checking as they hold some national races there: http://www.gygkarting.co.uk/

TomN94

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44 months

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Anywhere north of Inverness, or on the way to Skye really, they are the best roads I have experienced since living up here.

andrew

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TomN94 said:
Anywhere north of Inverness, or on the way to Skye really...
+1

toppstuff

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If I was the OP and coming to Europe , solo, for a driving experience, I would not come to the UK.

I would go to Italy.

Sunshine, quiet roads, gorgeous cities, great food, appreciative people who love to see a nice car rather than instantly hate you, and even the police can be quite accommodating.

Start in the south, head north, take in a few mountain passes. Job done.

mhh

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toppstuff said:
If I was the OP and coming to Europe , solo, for a driving experience, I would not come to the UK.

I would go to Italy.

Sunshine, quiet roads, gorgeous cities, great food, appreciative people who love to see a nice car rather than instantly hate you, and even the police can be quite accommodating.

Start in the south, head north, take in a few mountain passes. Job done.
I spent a fortnight in northern Italy, Switzerland and Germany last year and loved it. I didn't realise until afterwards that Avis expressly forbid taking their 911 into Italy. redface I'd rather not push my luck again so soon. Plus, I'd like to see Scotland again. smile

70proof

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41 months

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b660 whilst you are heading north...
the snake pass in the peak district...

Mosi

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101 months

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If you really want an adventure, drive to Liverpool - get the ferry to the Isle of Man (2 hrs'ish), then get on the mountain road between Ramsay & Douglas....EPIC road (part of famous TT course) with NO SPEED LIMITS !!

Overtaking coppers at 120mph legally on a single lane road on the side of a mountain - you cant do that anywhere else!


andrew

7,059 posts

78 months

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you should also just once try the m1 and m25 on a monday morning : afterwards any road will feel like the empty alpine pass of your dreams biggrin

blugnu

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I've put together a route for you. Get the sleeper from London to Glasgow, hire a car, drive this, get the sleeper back.

If you don't enjoy this, you don't enjoy driving or scenery. smile

Have fun - let us know where you get to.

EDIT - seem to have developed a habit of using too when I mean to, which is annoying.

JazzyO

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If anyone is ever on the west coast of Scotland: the road from Fort William to Mallaig. Drove it in my 365BB, will remember it till I die. Best thing is, you need to drive it back too (unless you take a ferry to the end of the world).


Onno

mhh

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Thanks everyone - some great suggestions here. smile

andrew

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JazzyO said:
If anyone is ever on the west coast of Scotland: the road from Fort William to Mallaig. Drove it in my 365BB, will remember it till I die. Best thing is, you need to drive it back too (unless you take a ferry to the end of the world).


Onno
agreed
do not loop back on the a861 unless you have many hours spare and enjoy single track roads !
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