NC500 (north coast road)

NC500 (north coast road)

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GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Friday 11th June
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UmpaLoompa said:
GetCarter said:
In case anyone is coming tomorrow, 175 bikes will be on the road for about 6 hours, starting in Shieldaig, heading north at about 6 a.m. (Celtman Triathlon).
Mate of mine is doing this. Apparently 40mph cross winds today making pre-race recce on the bike tricky. And that's if the jellyfish don't get you first...
Could you tell him/her from me, they are a complete nutter. This is not the right way to spend 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning!




Edited by GetCarter on Friday 11th June 17:42

Drive Blind

4,037 posts

144 months

Monday 14th June
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wink


GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Monday 14th June
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Drive Blind said:
;)

This where, in 1994, I ordered potatoes with cheese and veg, and got potatoes with cheese and chips.

I knew then I had to live here.

GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Tuesday 15th June
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f1_dragon

287 posts

191 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Heading up to Fort William tomorrow, and then covering West and North West sections Thursday and Friday - can’t wait!
Fingers crossed for good weather and fairly open roads.
Thurs
Fort Willliam - Applecross - Gairloch - Arrina - Ullapool - Lochinver
Fri
Lochinver - Unapool - Tongue - Lairg - Glencoe

Any tips much appreciated!

driving

GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Tuesday 15th June
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f1_dragon said:
Heading up to Fort William tomorrow, and then covering West and North West sections Thursday and Friday - can’t wait!
Fingers crossed for good weather and fairly open roads.
Thurs
Fort Willliam - Applecross - Gairloch - Arrina - Ullapool - Lochinver
Fri
Lochinver - Unapool - Tongue - Lairg - Glencoe

Any tips much appreciated!

driving
If you want a really pretty route, Ullapool to Lochinver go via Inverkirkaig - You'll use most of the other road the next morning on your way to Unapool

This is the road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRsfrcPAJdQ

If you're staying in Inverlodge in Lochinver.. ask for room 11 (it has access to the gardens).

It probably won't affect you but the road here (Applecross to Shieldaig) is closed through the night. Open 6 a.m.

You in the Porker? I'll look out for you.


Edited by GetCarter on Tuesday 15th June 08:13

jet_noise

4,647 posts

149 months

Tuesday 15th June
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f1_dragon said:
Heading up to Fort William tomorrow, and then covering West and North West sections Thursday and Friday - can’t wait!
Fingers crossed for good weather and fairly open roads.
Thurs
Fort Willliam - Applecross - Gairloch - Arrina - Ullapool - Lochinver
Fri
Lochinver - Unapool - Tongue - Lairg - Glencoe

Any tips much appreciated!

driving
Nothing is faster than the post office van/truck.

GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Tuesday 15th June
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jet_noise said:
Nothing is faster than the post office van/truck.
Is your car silver with a tow bar? If so I saw it outside Spar this morning.

f1_dragon

287 posts

191 months

Tuesday 15th June
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GetCarter said:
If you want a really pretty route, Ullapool to Lochinver go via Inverkirkaig - You'll use most of the other road the next morning on your way to Unapool

This is the road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRsfrcPAJdQ

If you're staying in Inverlodge in Lochinver.. ask for room 11 (it has access to the gardens).

It probably won't affect you but the road here (Applecross to Shieldaig) is closed through the night. Open 6 a.m.

You in the Porker? I'll look out for you.


Edited by GetCarter on Tuesday 15th June 08:13
That's great info - thank you very much.

The Porker is in semi-retirement after many years of faultless service. I'll be in a black 458, also with a blue RS3 and a yellow Perf...so you'll probably hear that before you see us. :-)

Thanks again.

Heidfirst

142 posts

54 months

Tuesday 15th June
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GetCarter said:
I understand it but I suspect that you can't put the cat back in the bag ...

GetCarter

27,738 posts

246 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Heidfirst said:
I understand it but I suspect that you can't put the cat back in the bag ...
We were discussing this earlier, and of course a whole bunch will still go to Applecross because of the Bealach na Ba - but then a whole other bunch will never have heard of it (or Applecross) and just follow the NC500 route like sheep.

I have mixed feelings. Fewer people would pass my house and clog up the single track coast road, but Glen Shieldaig (which is currently quite a quiet relaxed place) will become the next rat-run.

jet_noise

4,647 posts

149 months

Tuesday 15th June
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GetCarter said:
Is your car silver with a tow bar? If so I saw it outside Spar this morning.
Not unless it was taken without consent. And fitted with a towbar wink

The silver shed is usually parked alongside my house with red Git Up! in tandem.
Near the newly signed Rockvilla.

Drive Blind

4,037 posts

144 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Now back home after my road trip.

I did the first route suggested above with the changes mentioned by GetCarter smile
Inverness, Garve, Lochcarron, Applecross,Fearnmore, Kinlochewe, Drumchork, Inverness

The right turn for 2 miles and back at Kinlochewe was most welcome after getting stuck behind camper vans on the single track section between Torridon and Kinlochewe.

The road I enjoyed the most was the A835 back to Garve.

I also noted the points made by mallygreen. The Applecross peninsula had stunning scenery but the single track roads and camper vans don't mix well. Will need to visit the Lairg / Tongue area on my next visit.

Comedy moment was when I stopped after a period of fast A road driving. I had barely taken the seat belt off when a mobile library came tearing past. I hadn't seen anything in my mirrors for ages. laugh

Didn't fancy the trudge back down the A9 so went,
Fort William, Ballachulish, Connel, Inveraray, down loch long and then over the rollercoaster road back onto the A82.

Total miles = 670
Total driving time = 16hrs
Average speed = 42 mph
Average mpg = 52


SteffCTS

1,128 posts

162 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Anyone from here? Sango Sands Oasis posted it earlier today.


bigwheel

1,523 posts

181 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Drive Blind said:
Now back home after my road trip.

I did the first route suggested above with the changes mentioned by GetCarter smile
Inverness, Garve, Lochcarron, Applecross,Fearnmore, Kinlochewe, Drumchork, Inverness

The right turn for 2 miles and back at Kinlochewe was most welcome after getting stuck behind camper vans on the single track section between Torridon and Kinlochewe.

The road I enjoyed the most was the A835 back to Garve.

I also noted the points made by mallygreen. The Applecross peninsula had stunning scenery but the single track roads and camper vans don't mix well. Will need to visit the Lairg / Tongue area on my next visit.

Comedy moment was when I stopped after a period of fast A road driving. I had barely taken the seat belt off when a mobile library came tearing past. I hadn't seen anything in my mirrors for ages. laugh

Didn't fancy the trudge back down the A9 so went,
Fort William, Ballachulish, Connel, Inveraray, down loch long and then over the rollercoaster road back onto the A82.

Total miles = 670
Total driving time = 16hrs
Average speed = 42 mph
Average mpg = 52
That "roller coaster" will be the A817, 10 minutes from where I livebiggrindriving
It is a corker!

jet_noise

4,647 posts

149 months

Wednesday 16th June
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SteffCTS said:
Anyone from here? Sango Sands Oasis posted it earlier today.

I also saw this (or a similar) lot parked at Cafe Ceardach, Strathcarron, Monday.

BrotherMouzone

2,771 posts

141 months

Wednesday 16th June
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I don’t see the attraction of traveling in such large group. It’s a pain for hotel, lunch/dinner, fuel stops, parking etc. Plus you can’t be sure if everyone in the group has the right attitude i.e don’t be a d1ck and ps off locals etc


jet_noise

4,647 posts

149 months

Wednesday 16th June
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Need a midge forecast?
Yes, there is such a thing here

Every day's a learning day, saw it in the NC500 FB group smile

Blown2CV

25,040 posts

170 months

Wednesday 16th June
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BrotherMouzone said:
I don’t see the attraction of traveling in such large group. It’s a pain for hotel, lunch/dinner, fuel stops, parking etc. Plus you can’t be sure if everyone in the group has the right attitude i.e don’t be a d1ck and ps off locals etc
and it's utterly infuriating for everyone when the group goes on a single track road.

f1_dragon

287 posts

191 months

Thursday 17th June
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GetCarter said:
If you're staying in Inverlodge in Lochinver.. ask for room 11 (it has access to the gardens).


Edited by GetCarter on Tuesday 15th June 08:13
Many thanks for this tip, spectacular room! thumbup