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    I can't help much for the east and north coasts as I don't go there very often. I'll be in Ullapool for a couple of hours on Friday so might be able to find a tolerable cafe.

    There's an excellent fish restaurant in Scrabster and a good tapas bar.

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    I'm off up there in a couple of weeks time too (first week June) with a couple of mates- definitely not into tenting it so we've got pre-booked B&Bs/Hotels
    Not doing the NC500 as such, this was last year's route, this year we're varying it a bit going the other way around and up through the Cairngorms, but pretty much the same stopover locations



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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post

    There's an excellent fish restaurant in Scrabster
    Yeah the restauranteur is a miserable bastard but they have good wine!

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    Wave as you go past!

    Or pop in if you want to be sociable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmacsurfer View Post
    You forgot the midges!

    This is my first time taking a tent on the bike as I'm not a natural camper. Just gives more options though.

    Is there a good time to do this to avoid the worst of the midges? (NOT winter!! LOL)

    I turn into a walking buffet for midges and other bitey insects as does my best mate. If I was going to do something like this, it would be with her and her other half, so timing to avoid the worst of the midges would be important!!

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    IMO May is the most reliable option for weather, lack of midges and reasonably quiet roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    IMO May is the most reliable option for weather, lack of midges and reasonably quiet roads.
    Perfect. I'll have a chat with them as May is generally good for me! Hope they like the idea too! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    IMO May is the most reliable option for weather, lack of midges and reasonably quiet roads.
    First 2 weeks of May. Late May can still have midges as a nuisance, although Smidge does work for well over 90% of people I know (including me, and I used to suffer hundreds of bites at a time)...while Avon Skin So Soft, even before the supposed reformulation was at best 25%.
    ISTR that statistically May is drier (dry being a relative thing) than July and August.
    September is normally a pretty good month, though can easily be a bit wild if unlucky.

    Anyway, midges produce character...mostly madness!

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    Ooh bit o politics!



    Or at least what passes for politics in the remote wastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutin View Post
    Youth hostels? YHA website.
    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    Your link doesn't cover Scotland, you need Hostelling Scotland
    Oops! Sorry about that. But you get the idea.

    Really liked the hostel in* Tongue - an old hunting lodge apparently.

    * Well, when I say "in" I mean about a mile and a bit away....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutin View Post
    Oops! Sorry about that. But you get the idea.

    Really liked the hostel in* Tongue - an old hunting lodge apparently.

    * Well, when I say "in" I mean about a mile and a bit away....
    This one?


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    Watch out for all the camper vans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutin View Post
    Really liked the hostel in* Tongue - an old hunting lodge apparently.

    * Well, when I say "in" I mean about a mile and a bit away....
    To be fair there's not actually much there anyway! I stayed in the Tongue Hotel. I'm sure it was onlyavailable due to the cost. Was a nice place to stay with excellent local food and drink but it wasn't cheap. The bathroom was bigger than most other bedrooms. LOL

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    It's worth asking in any hostels if they have part used gas canisters, Fort William certainly does. People fly in to Glasgow, head north to wander about for a bit and then fly out. They can't take the half empty cylinders home.

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