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    Done it more or less annually for the last ten years or so. This year it was over the Easter bank holidays and the weather was superb for once.

    Campsites we’ve used and would use again;

    faichemard Invergarry
    Applecross
    clachtoll beach
    ullapool
    durness
    lairg
    cumberland fort augustus

    The midges will be starting to get vicious - campsites by the coast rather than in wooded/wet areas will help.

    Consider a detour on to skye and loop the north coast.

    if you want pub grub on a night then applecross, Ullapool and fort Augustus are the ones to go for.

    Unless you particularly want to go to jog it’s worh cutting back south at tongue - the east coast is a bit naff.

    If your tank range is poor then be careful with your fuel stops. They can be a bit scarce when you get up high.

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    Nice one, I'll add to the route plan thanks.
    Was thinking of Jura for the distillery if have been?
    I've bought a tin of Smidge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelnut View Post
    If your tank range is poor then be careful with your fuel stops. They can be a bit scarce when you get up high.
    A lot of local ones are moving to have PayAtPump 24/7 ones.
    Unfortunately the Cluanie is still being redone so the pumps are out of action, but the new pumps in Kyle are 24/7 as are/will be the new ones in Broadford.
    Pretty sure the pumps at Applecross are also card 24/7.

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    When you all say midges, do you mean gnats then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmacsurfer View Post
    Nice one, I'll add to the route plan thanks.
    Was thinking of Jura for the distillery if have been?
    I've bought a tin of Smidge!
    Jura is worth it for the ferry crossing alone. There's some fearsome currents so it's doesn't go straight there. Most distillery tours will give you a driver's dram to take away IME.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Corryvreckan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    When you all say midges, do you mean gnats then?

    Come up and find out. Stand outside on a warm, still and slightly damp night. Preferably while doing a selfie video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kneerly Down View Post
    Pretty sure the pumps at Applecross are also card 24/7.
    They are. As are the ones in Durness now. I noticed the Cluanie was being renovated the other week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmacsurfer View Post
    I've bought a tin of Smidge!
    Tbh, I find it a bit awkward doing touristy stuff when we’re on the bikes. I find the bike gear uncomfortable when tromping round distilleries and towns.

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    Just a few random thoughts ;

    try and hit Ullapool at mealtime - the fish and chips there are superb.
    Couple of good places for breakfast that I remember, Harry’s at Kyleakin, Skye on the quay. Kylesku hotel, the Scottish shop as you come into Ft William from the north (better than Morrison’s).
    New coffee shop at applecross is great, as is the inn for food.
    Make sure your tyres have plenty life on them - the roads up there are grippy as fuck, but they rip tyres to bits.
    if you like twisty roads it’s worth incorporating the dukes pass which drops down into Aberfoyle.
    the road that loops round loch leven (b863) is possibly the best 12 miles of road in Scotland.
    ft Augustus is a great stop for a night - good campsite at Cumberland and some great pubs (we normally go to the Bothy).
    not sure which way you’re heading up but it’s going up the side of kielder and then taking the b6351 to Hawick - a brilliant road. And if you want a campsite in the area there’s a good one at Innerleithen.
    have a run through the Cairngorms on the way up - the Laggan road to get you west to spean bridge is great.
    if you’re going to Skye, go on via the glenelg ferry and off via the bridge. Plockton is worth a visit when you drop off the bridge.

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    I would say go to the coffee and chocolate shop in Kyle, but we haven't opened it yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    Come up and find out. Stand outside on a warm, still and slightly damp night. Preferably while doing a selfie video.
    I just googled it. I think its fair to say I shall probably end my days with visiting Scotland again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    This one?

    Yep, that's the one.

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    If you're going to Skye and assuming you're going clockwise, consider taking the Corran ferry before you get to Fort William (which is a dump), and the scenic route to Mallaig via Strontian and Salen. Loch Sunart is one of Scotland's most beautiful. The new A830 is not the same as the old Road to the Isles but it is a nice ride. If you arrive around 10.30am the Bakehouse in Mallaig will be taking their sausage rolls out of the oven, best in Scotland. Decent coffee as well. Ferry from Mallaig to Skye isn't expensive by Calmac standards, and I always find a ferry journey adds romance to a tour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harum-scarum View Post
    If you're going to Skye and assuming you're going clockwise, consider taking the Corran ferry before you get to Fort William (which is a dump), and the scenic route to Mallaig via Strontian and Salen. Loch Sunart is one of Scotland's most beautiful. The new A830 is not the same as the old Road to the Isles but it is a nice ride. If you arrive around 10.30am the Bakehouse in Mallaig will be taking their sausage rolls out of the oven, best in Scotland. Decent coffee as well. Ferry from Mallaig to Skye isn't expensive by Calmac standards, and I always find a ferry journey adds romance to a tour...
    He better take the bumming hat then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    I shall probably end my days with visiting Scotland again...
    Don’t lie around here smelling the place out- Die somewhere else!

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