Miata Club of Sweden goes to Scotland, Aug 2006!

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Miata Club of Sweden goes to Scotland, Aug 2006!

Postby roland » Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:26 pm

Hello MX-5 friend in Scotland! :lol:
We are some MX-5 enthusiasts from Sweden planning a trip to your wonderful country next August.

We have already studied maps, guidebooks and tourist brochures in order to find out the most interesting roads and worthwhile visits/places (whisky dist.) when we visit Scotland.

We expect to be somewhere between 10-20 cars coming to visit you.

We are contacting you early so that we can book hotels in plenty of time, since we will be a rather large group of up to 40 persons, maybe already before the end of this year.

We would appreciate any suggestions the local MX-5 club can offer.
And of course, if it would be possible to meet some members in ?The MX-5 Club of Scotland? a day or two, would make our visit to Scotland even greater.

We would also appreciate suggestions on good hotels.
Especially in Braemar(or nearby), Oban and Dumfries.

We hope that some of you can take a moment to look at our preliminary route, to see if it?s a good one.
Here it is:
17/8 by ferry from Sweden to Newcastle and arriving at Edinburgh in the evening
18/8 we spend the day in Edinburgh, evening Military Tattoo
19/8 driving and visiting Balmoral Castle, the night in Braemar
20/8 driving and visiting Glenlivet, the night in Inverness
21/8 the whole day in the Highlands, and the night in Inverness
22/8 we say hello to Nessie in Loch Ness, and spend the night in Oban
23/8 driving and spending the night in Dumfries
24/8 we leave Scotland and drive to Newcastle and finally ferry back to Sweden

This is just how our plans look today.
We hope that if you guys can give us some further information about really great ?Miata-roads? and other nice stayings and events, we would appreciate it very mutch.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Postby PaulDS » Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:36 pm

Hi Roland,
You are going to enjoy your trip to Scotland, particularly driving through the Grampians around Breamar. I live on the Moray Firth Coast and when I have the time regularly go for a run through this area. The roads are brilliant for our cars and I never tire of the spectacular scenary. I love the A939 Ballater to Speybridge.
Look forward to meeting you all.
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Postby DouglasH » Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:28 pm

Hi Roland,

Thank you for posting on our forum, I have sent a pm to you.

I am sure we could arrange to meet you on Saturday 19th August 2006, where we can escort you to the Aberdeen area using the most interesting roads, after which some of the North Scotland Club would be happy to meet with you.


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Postby roland » Sun Jun 11, 2006 5:39 pm

Hallo MX-5 friends in Scotland

Now it’s only two months left until we hopefully will meet some of you MX-5 members of Scotland.

There will be 20 MX-5 cars from Sweden arriving in Scotland on the 17th of August.

We really hope that we will meet you some day or evening, and perhaps some of you can join us in our journey one day or two. Maybe you can show us a good pub in the evening?

We are now done with the planning and all hotels are booked
After some trouble in getting beds for 38 people, we were forced to make some changes in our route.

Our tour in Scotland will now be as follows:
17/8 – arriving in Newcastle and driving to Glasgow, staying at hotel Holiday Inn
18/8 – driving to Edinburgh, staying at hotel Caledonian Hilton
19/8 – driving to Pitlochry via S:t Andrews, staying at hotel Dundarach Hotel
20/8 – driving to Inverness via Braemar, Tomintoul and Kingston, staying at hotel Royal Highland
21/8 – driving to Isle of Sky, staying at hotel Dunollie Hotel
22/8 – driving to Oban, staying at hotel Royal Hotel
23/8 – driving to Crieff, staying at hotel Crieff Hydro Hotel
24/8 – driving to Newcastle and the adventure in Scotland had reach its end

We look forward to hear from you.

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Postby Richardn » Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:55 pm

We must be able to organise something the Saturday 19th and/or Sunday 20th
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Postby DouglasH » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:51 am

Yep that's why those dates were kept free. Had to make sure the Swedish Owners club were definitely coming before planning anything concrete.

Couple of ideas:-

1. Additional Pub Meets in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, either a meal or a drive round the city outskirts.

2. Arrange a two day route to St Andrews and Pitlochry, we find a hotel or B&B in Pitlochry. Escort the group to Inverness via one of our routes.

3. If available our one or two... Skye, Oban and Crieff members could arrange to meet at the various hotels.

4. If anyone else has time off or would be available to escort the group when in their patch, would be useful too.

Obviously a lot of this depends on what the Swedish group have planned already and what they want to see on their visit.

I have mailed Roland with our offer of assistance.
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Postby DouglasH » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:04 pm

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Postby roland » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:24 pm

Hi Douglas

Thanks for your quick reply!
We have all the hotels settled and also the routes for each day, except the second day when we leave Glasgow and go to Edinburgh, we have here decided that the participants can decide by themselves witch city and touristattractions they prefer. This evening we are booked on the Military Tattoo, but it would by nice to meet you before or/and after this event.
Regarding the other days we would appreciate some company at the routes, we have plotted all the routes on maps, but it would help us not to get lost if we could show you our planned tour (of course its possible to do minor changes in our planning) and then you take the lead of the caravan.
And then there is every evening in each city where we like to meet you in some pub that you can recommend.

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Postby Richardn » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:44 pm

Not Caravan :shock: -Convoy
Caravan is a tin snail! Image

Still...Roland's English is better than my Swedish
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Postby DouglasH » Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:33 am

Richardn wrote:Not Caravan :shock: -Convoy
Caravan is a tin snail! Image

Still...Roland's English is better than my Swedish


Yeah and I wonder what's Swedish for pedantic :wink:
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Postby rockdoc » Thu Jun 15, 2006 4:23 am

I,d be happy to "escort" through the grampians on the 20th :D
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Postby kristoff » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:39 am

DouglasH wrote:
Richardn wrote:Not Caravan :shock: -Convoy
Caravan is a tin snail! Image

Still...Roland's English is better than my Swedish


Yeah and I wonder what's Swedish for pedantic :wink:


Don't come a knockin' when the caravan's a rockin'! :wink:
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Postby graeme » Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:21 pm

... but a long line of camels going in the same direction is called a caravan, which is why the MG club call... no I won't be cruel :lol: :lol:
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Postby Richardn » Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:56 pm

pedantiskt ......................................easy!

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby roland » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:09 pm

Correct translated Richard!
And when if we shall keep on being pedantic, I just have to correct witch hotel we are staying in Edinburgh, its Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor!!!
By the way, nice MX-5 you’ve got Richard – I’ve also got a 10AE.
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Postby Looow blue » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:52 pm

Hi, all MX5 friends.

Looking forward to meet you all on our tour to Scotland. For me and my wife, Eva, it,s over 22 years, since last visit. We still have a great memory of that time. Her name is Annica, and is our daughter of 21...

Anyway,... counting days now. It,s always nice to meet fellow enthusiast abroad. I just read the article in last number of PC mag, Elan vs Miata. They stated that the number of MX5:s in GB was well over 70.000. Incredibly.
In Sweden we have around 2500 cars, of wich nearly 800 had joined the club. And remember, most of us take it of the road in wintertime.

So, convoy or caravan...pedantic or "besserwisser" ( or "Messerschmith" as we joke about in in Sweden ) as long as we understand each other, no problem will occur. I,m known to be the quite little man....Hmmmmm

See you all soon
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Postby kevham » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:17 pm

The Swedish contingent sound mad :shock: :lol:

I wish I was going to be around when they come over - it would have been nice to meet up.

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Postby findlay » Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:28 pm

A little input for our visitors regarding sampling our fine scottish cooking!

20/08 - On your drive to Inverness stop at Taste - Braemar http://www.taste-braemar.co.uk/ is my best suggestion on your route for lunch. You could take the Glenshee Chairlift up to the top of the Grampians for a terriffic view on a nice day - should work up an appetite.

21/08 - If you don't mind driving a little distance to eat there is a gorgeous village called Plockton just a few miles from Kyle of Lochalsh. It is very pretty and is the only place in Scotland where Palm trees grow naturally. Eat at Off The Rails - http://www.off-the-rails.co.uk/ if he has enough room for you all! Again, between the castles, the Cullins and all the other attractions you'll need every minute you can to get a feel for the place!

22/08 - Oban is the gateway to the western islands and there is so much to see and do around there. Stay on the mainland and, as no doubt some of you will be interested in sailing, try eating at the Wide Mouthed Frog http://www.widemouthedfrog.co.uk/ just 3 miles from Oban. I'm sure the owners there could arrange transport to pick you up from your hotel and drop you off after your meal. We have hired part of their restaurant in the past for a party, however i'm sure you would be very well looked after anyway.

I hope this helps with your holiday, I'm sure you will all have a wonderful trip.
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Postby roland » Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:17 pm

Thanks for the lunch-tips! I'm sure we will use some of them.

Now I'm wondering if we will get some company the 19/8 in Pitlochry, we are planning a small evening trip who goes like this:
Pitlochry - Killieckrankie - Blair Castle - Bruar Falls - Dalchalloch - Dunalastair Waters - Queens View - Pitlochry.
We planned to start at 16.00 and hope to be back at the latest 19.00.
We would really appreciate if some of you could join us and plan were to stop, and how we get the most out of this little trip.
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Postby DouglasH » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:36 pm

I'm looking for a volunteer from Edinburgh, someone who could meet with the Swedish Club at or near their Hotel and guide them out of Edinburgh to our main meeting point (possibly Corus Hotel) across the bridge before heading East. Gavin and Mino are both on Holiday so I would appreciate some help please.
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