Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

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Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by Steve T » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:30 pm

Weather for the west coast of Scotland was forecast to be excellent, so who am I to deny myself the enjoyable job of accompanying eldest son and his lady on a ride to the sunny side of Scotland (well, it’s sunny today . . . .wait a while and it can change . . . dramatically).

Took Dads route out, avoiding as many main roads as possible, because that’s where the bends are to be found. As we headed further into the Highlands, the better the weather got, with gloriously blue skies with nice fluffy white clouds as contrast welcoming us as we neared our destination.
Headed for that well documented pass over the hills to Applecross and for the first time ever we were met with NO TRAFFIC :shock: , either coming the other way or getting in our way :mrgreen: .

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After a brief rest in the shade whilst we nibbled our cucumber sandwiches (no crusts) and sipped our tea, we headed back over the pass and wended our way to the picturesque village of Plockton. The views on route were stunning. Traffic had, however, built up – I think we passed at least two cars.

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After Plockton, following more bendy roads, we found ourselves parked next to this iconic landmark castle . . .

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Back along the shores of Cluanie Loch and then Loch Ness on very, very empty roads in either direction, back through Inverness and then home.

290 miles on the old thrumming Transalp, with the growling R1200GS LC always in my mirrors.

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by Teflon Jnr » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:52 pm

Beautiful pictures I loved my trip up to apple cross when we stayed in ullapool what a majestic place
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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by Steve T » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:52 pm

If I've got th right guy, I remember meeting you and your dad over at Slaggan Bay over that Ullapool weekend. Was your dad on a white & blue 1150GS?

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by RandG » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:22 pm

5 miles she said, 5 miles.

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by boboneleg » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:38 am

That looks like a bloody excellent day out Steve.
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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by PaulinBont » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:24 am

Nice trip , here in Wales, Kim Jong- Un Drakeford has decided we can only go 5 miles from home :(

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by Teflon Jnr » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:04 pm

Steve T wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:52 pm
If I've got th right guy, I remember meeting you and your dad over at Slaggan Bay over that Ullapool weekend. Was your dad on a white & blue 1150GS?

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No pal I was on my versys 650 and my dad was on a red 1200 gsa and norm was on a red 1200 gsa it was 5 years ago.we bumped into some abr lads and gundog gave us a flat mate can as I had a slow puncture in the front
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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by Steve T » Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:59 pm

boboneleg wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:38 am
That looks like a bloody excellent day out Steve.
Twas indeed a grand day out Bob :mrgreen:

Paul - North of the wall we too are allegedly still in lockdown, cos the wee witch Jimmy-Krankie-look-e-likey, having taken "advice" from some professional "guessologists", advises us to go no more than 5 miles from home. I, and many others like me, choose to use common sense - we fuel at pay at the pump petrol pumps, take our own food & refreshments, so no need to visit any local shops.

Teflon Jnr - my mistake :oops:

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by simonw » Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:18 pm

Maybe a bit controversial, but don't you find Applecross a bit over-hyped compared to some other roads in the Highlands? When a friend and I rode the NC500 (or 800, for us!) I was looking forward to Applecross having heard so much about it, and when we eventually got there I thought we'd done more interesting and engaging roads in the NW and down the west coast.

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Re: Weathers nice outwest- Applecross anyone?

Post by PaulinBont » Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:14 pm

Steve -agreed, unfortunately Officer Dibble is applying the customary zeal normally reserved for speedists

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