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KP964
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Longers wrote:
The positive comments on here confirm just how good it is up there.

However rather than the "NC500" I prefer the "NW350 + The Cairngorms". By that I mean go up the North West coast but instead of heading to the North East cut across to Inverness and enjoy the roller coaster roads through the Cairngorms. The North East is ok but the roads and scenery are nothing like as good as elsewhere.

The Cairngorms are very different to the North West coast but equally brilliant. Less craggy scenery with fewer tight twisty roads but rolling hills and lots of open flowing stretches.

Avoid school hols if you can. May is the best time of year - fewer people, generally dry (I've only had 1 wet day in lots of visits) and no midgies.

If you need any help with places to stay or routes then let me know.

Cheers,
L'rs


As you say lots of positives here .... im all for experiencing the best driving roads , i will plan my route carefully on google earth , tempted to stay somewhere nice but at the same time camping has its attractions for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A group of us are planning to do it at the end of the season, late September anyone done this time of year??
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, late September before the end of the season can be pretty good if you get the weather for it!
Usually better rates for accommodation too if it's out of holiday time too.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clanky wrote:
Yes, late September before the end of the season can be pretty good if you get the weather for it!
Usually better rates for accommodation too if it's out of holiday time too.

Cheers, I’ve done the west coast for work and know it’s a beautiful part of the world Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add some balance OP. The West coast vs East coast thing is subjective. I stuck to the coast road as best I could up to Aberdeen as the A9 between Dundee and Aberdeen is dull as. Though still with the odd bit of scenery those down south can only dream of.

Same from Aberdeen to Inverness. I stuck to the coast road and really enjoyed the views over the North Sea. I even stumbled upon a lighthouse museum in Fraserburgh.

The road from Fraserburgh to Inverness via Pennan, Banff and Macduff I also enjoyed. Sure they’re more populated than the west but I still had fun.

Out of Inverness and up to John O’groats was a road I really enjoyed. Even though it was misty and rain soaked when I did it. From Wick to John O’groats was sublime. With the bleakest landscape I’ve ever seen. But I did it st a decent whip. While the stretch across the top from John O’groats to Bettyhill via Thurso was terrific.

Not as deserted and striking as the west, true, but lovely in its own way.

But that’s the thing about taste, it is highly subjective. Hope you enjoy your tour whichever route you take thumbsup
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Paul in that the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road is not the best driving road - ave. speed cams etc. I would take the road to Fettercairn from Lawrencekirk and head over the Cairn O Mount towards Huntly and pop out at Portsoy which has a very scenic harbour - have some Cullen Skink for lunch and continue along the coast route to Inverness....sorted.

Not missing much from a driving perspective by missing Aberdeen - Peterhead - Fraserburgh especially with the on-going AWPR
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am off to do it anti clockwise starting this Sunday.

Planning on a 7 day trip with some visiting and hill walking whilst I am at it.

Done it before on my push bike.

It is a trip that I would say not to give it much of a second thought as you could not be disappointed.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the nc500 in the middle of october 2016. We did it over 5 days and the weather was great and it was very quiet.

5 days including travelling up and down from nottingham was pushing it, we had a couple of days where we drove several hours in the dark but I also did fit in a 4 hour sprint up and down ben nevis on the last morning.

Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Ride magazine have constructed a south coast 500 that starts and ends at folkstone that I will be having a go at later this year.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant trip this is. I'd recommend doing the old military road towards Balmoral before heading over to Aviemore and then Loch Ness. You can do a great drive around here before arriving at Inverness. Check out Henry Catchpoles Old Military Road video on YouTube.
 



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We did it late in September (IIRC) 2015 and the weather wasn't too bad at all.

See Jackals write up of our trip.

http://www.jackals-forge.com/lotus/scotland%202015/scotland2015.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JonnyBaddeley wrote:
Brilliant trip this is. I'd recommend doing the old military road towards Balmoral before heading over to Aviemore and then Loch Ness. You can do a great drive around here before arriving at Inverness. Check out Henry Catchpoles Old Military Road video on YouTube.


Absolutely this. Aberdeen to Aviemore via the Lecht ski resort. Did it in late July/early August last summer. Saw less than 10 cars in 100 miles.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from the NC500 today, took a steady week to complete.

We did the route anticlockwise but the first leg was from Dumfries (met up with an old mate) to Inverness via the Old Military Road, which was superb up their with the best roads i've driven in Europe or the USA.

Our stopovers were Inverness, Wick, Tongue, Braemore, Lochalsh and Fort William.

Weather was superb, a mixture of cloudy, sunny and a little rain too.

Roads were pretty empty, i wouldn't like to do it in the height of summer.

Scenery was breathtaking, the photos we took don't do it justice.

Met a friendly stag too !

Scotland is a beautiful country its a must for your bucket list.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James M-S wrote:
JonnyBaddeley wrote:
Brilliant trip this is. I'd recommend doing the old military road towards Balmoral before heading over to Aviemore and then Loch Ness. You can do a great drive around here before arriving at Inverness. Check out Henry Catchpoles Old Military Road video on YouTube.


Absolutely this. Aberdeen to Aviemore via the Lecht ski resort. Did it in late July/early August last summer. Saw less than 10 cars in 100 miles.


Blairgowrie to Braemar my fav bit of road then many options on how to get to Inverness.

If you need any pointers Keith drop me a note once you have your route figured out

Gaz
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