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    Anyone done this and have top tips?
    We're off up to Scotland in 2 weeks and plan to book the first night then wing in.. Tents and B&B where we can.
    I think finding campsites will be OK (or wild camp) but it's a popular route and not many B&B's.
    Also need to think about tourist spots rather than blast it in3 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmacsurfer View Post
    Anyone done this and have top tips?
    We're off up to Scotland in 2 weeks and plan to book the first night then wing in.. Tents and B&B where we can.
    I think finding campsites will be OK (or wild camp) but it's a popular route and not many B&B's.
    Also need to think about tourist spots rather than blast it in3 days.
    intend to do this in September (in a car)... so will watch with interest. And more likely to B&B and hotels ....

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    I did it in September. I was meeting mates for a few days in/around Pitlochry. It's so far from Essex and the weather was good so I stayed on and did the NC500. I just got away with getting rooms last minute but it was touch and go. I def recommend booking ahead. I didn't have a lot of time so can't really comment on things to visit. I would say go anti-clockwise as otherwise the subsequent days might be an anticlimax after the Western Coast. The NE side was fast flowing roads and I pushed on : Pitlochy / Loch Ness / John O'Groats / Dunnet Head / Tongue.
    The NW is much more technical, much is single track and it's a lot slower going : Tongue / Durness / Clachtoll / Ullapool / Kinlochewe.
    The third day was mix of everything : Kinlochewe / Applecross / Fort William / Carlisle
    Home for lunch the next day.
    Thoroughly enjoyable and would like to do it again with more time. Pictures really don't do it justice but I had to post at least one!

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    West is best!

    We are close to Eilean Donan Castle and have various accommodation.
    Or just pop in for some refreshments.

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    Hmm. Two things would put me off. Cold and wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    Hmm. Two things would put me off. Cold and wet.
    Me too, but there is some people on a mercedes forum i'm on, doing it at present and they've had the roof down every day as its been very good weather there last few days, and it looks spectacular!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Me too, but there is some people on a mercedes forum i'm on, doing it at present and they've had the roof down every day as its been very good weather there last few days, and it looks spectacular!
    Oooooooh. On a Mercedes forum. Get her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    Hmm. Two things would put me off. Cold and wet.
    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.

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    It has been incredible weather for a little while now.
    Looks to be changing at the weekend.

    If you are camping then be sure to pack/buy some Smidge.

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    Youth hostels? YHA website.

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    I did it in a camper van a couple of years ago, anti-clockwise. West coast is much more scenic and much slower. Plenty of campsites and we didn't have much trouble finding a suitable site for the night, we did overnight stops at Tongue, Clachtoll and Applecross.

    I'm going again in a week (25/5 - 1/6). Going on the bike this time with a mate, and going clockwise. We've booked camping huts or youth hostels, and have planned a couple of detours; a day down to Campbeltown and a day on Skye

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    Youth hostels? YHA website.
    Your link doesn't cover Scotland, you need Hostelling Scotland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    Hmm. Two things would put me off. Cold and wet.
    In my mind John O'Groats was grey wind swept baron and wet. Not necessarily!

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    A good cafe in Portree: http://cafearriba.co.uk/

    A good hostel in Uig: https://www.skyecowshed.co.uk/

    Avoid the Aros centre, even by Skye standards it's a badly run tourist trap.

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    Great, thanks for the links!

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    More as I think of them.

    Best cafe in Fort William is in the train station, Morrisons supermarket for the toilets. Nothing special, but they are free. Cheapest fuel too IIRC.

    Good cafe just north of Crianlarich on the western side of the road, the name will come back to me. http://artisancafetyndrum.co.uk/

    The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum is much better than The Green Welly.

    Cafesia in Broadford is OK, but the rest of Broadford is a bit meh.

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