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The Easter Weekend
Sat 26th Mar 2016 to Mon 28th Mar 2016
organised by Central Scotland

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The Easter Weekend

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th March 2016


Saturday Report By: Drew

Ali and I are safely back home after a fabulous 600 mile round trip weekend to Ullapool and surrounding areas with a great bunch of fellow MX-5 fans. Nineteen members in ten cars met up at Tesco, Perth cafeteria for the pre run refreshments and the odd full Scottish breakfast on a fairly grey Saturday morning.
Welcome to new members Grant, Gail and David on their first club run.
The forecast for the weekend looked pretty grim with storm Katie expected to hit north west Scotland over the weekend. But we were not to be denied a drive in a great area of Scotland and the weather would keep the usual easter tourists away. So, after the briefing by Jim, I led the convoy from Perth, up the A9 before turning on to better suited MX-5 roads to Stanley and Blairgowrie and onwards to Glenshee where we stopped for a comfort break. The ski area looked pretty grim with hardly any snow, grey overcast sky and smoke from a big fire ablaze at the side of the car park blowing over the road. Time to move on to our lunch stop at Granton on Spey via Braemar, the Lecht and Tomintoul. A good pace was maintained as the roads were pretty quiet and I even managed to convince some to put roofs down on the Cockbridge to Tomintoul road, but it didnít last long and I had roof back up at Tomintoul as my bare head was getting rather cool.
Lunch at the Garth Hotel was up to its usual standard - especially the meat platter with more than enough to keep everyone satisfied - even those who ordered chips!!!.
Leaving Granton on Spey we headed for Inverness via Cawdor where we fuelled up at Tesco. It was the usual congestion there made worse by a broken down camper van being pulled on to a low loader blocking 3 lanes of the fuel station. We then proceeded over the Kessock bridge (thankfully bridge repair works being complete) and regrouped at the Dolphin & Seal Centre.
We then set off on the last leg to Ullapool still with roofs up but at least the weather was fairly kind but grey with the odd shower of rain.
We had drinks in the hotel lounge prior to dinner and Alan informed us that he had forgotten to pack Rosieís easter bonnet and eggs so he was in the hen house.
Following dinner we had the Easter Bonnet and decorated egg judging. As Alan did not have either, he was nominated as a judge along with new member Dave. The standard of egg decorating gets better every year but even this looked like it would be outclassed by the easter bonnets which were superb. Who would have thought we had such skilful designers in our midst and three of them were male!!!

Competition winners were as follows :-
Ladies bonnet         Karine
Mens bonnet         Hugh
Best decorated egg Gail

Well done to the winners and thanks to all who submitted entries. The rest of the evening was spent in the hotel lounge where conversation flowed and the friendly atmosphere was super. As the clocks went forward that night people drifted off to bed looking forward to another great day in the morning.



Easter Sunday Report By: Maria

After having to rise early due to the clock going forward, it was lovely to see that the Easter bunny had left mini eggs and chicks [not real chick of course] at our breakfast table. After a first class breakfast we set out to our cars for a group hug and to find more Easter eggs on the cars. [Thank you Easter Bunnies Marcia and Ali]

We headed off from the hotel with the roofs down heading for Coigach and Assynt. We had intended to stop at Achiltibuie for a photo opportunity and a competition of skipping stones. Unfortunately the grass was too wet for us to park the cars, so we then headed on towards Lochinver with fabulous mountain and sea views in every direction. We did not see Stac Pollaidh and other majestic peaks in all their glory due to the low lying clouds; however they were still spectacular to view. On reaching our car park in Lochinver, Dave saw some lovely caravans he was thinking to rent in the future Hee! Hee! [[Letís see the photos Dave] we had a lovely lunch at the LochInver Larder, famous for its homemade pies. Some people took a carry out of pies for another day.

We then headed off again on the A837 and B869 towards Clashnessie for the Easter Egg rolling competition. We managed to park all the cars and headed up the road to our usual spot for the perfect egg rolling. Walter produced his patented egg ometer to eliminate any cheating. Once Walter set it up at the top of the hill and explained the rules, everyone queued up to launch their eggs. Ali went first as the current winner from last year, after a few eggs down the hill Jim took the lead for a while, then Karene smashed it with her egg, she was still in the lead with a few abated breaths. [WE really do not take this serious do we!!!] When it was Raymondís attempt panic set in as his egg rolled closer passing Jimís but just stopped before Karenís egg. Karene won the Ladies Egg rolling and Raymond was the winner of the men. A hard line Jim, there is always next year and thank you for donating the winnersí eggs. Walterís egg ometer was a success once again. Back in the cars we had an amazing run over twisty, narrow single track roads to Kylescu viewpoint where photos were taken of the cars, bridge and beautiful background scenery. Then it was a spirited road back to the Hotel.

After another lovely evening meal a presentation and a medal was awarded to Allan, as he never wins anything. He gave us a wonderful Oscar style acceptance speech before we ascended on the locals in the bar. Neil the Manager set out two large tables for us. Ali and I sold the raffle tickets to EVERYONE in the bar. We had the usual great fun and guess what; Allan won the first prize HURRAH!!! You can guess how happy Allan was, a total of £124.00 was raised. It was then time for our quiz and the quiz master was Walter. Ali and I enticed the locals and even the Hotel staff to make up a team consisting of the hotel owner Franco, Neil Hotel Manager, Duty Manager, the Chef and a friend. We had such good fun and collected a further £22 for our charities. Big thanks go to Walter for all his preparation, carrying out the quiz and donating the team winning eggs. So many people work together to make this Club such fun, and we thank you for all your prizes, donations, cash and enthusiasm.



Monday Report By: Raymond & Marcia

In a change to the programmed route for the return South, it was decided to take an alternative route to minimise the time on the Loch Ness run which can be slow due to traffic. This meant missing out on the Fort Augustus refreshment stop and an alternative sought.
With the roofs down, hats and scarves on, Ali stood poised by the roadside to take the exit photos as we left the Hotel.

Setting off back along the A835 towards Inverness, we turned right before Garve onto the A832 for Kyle of Lochalsh - the alternative route. With breakfast now "settled" after this 45 mile stint, a quick pit stop/comfort break was taken at Achnasheen. †Just as we were leaving the minibuses with tourists turned up, some faces we recognised from the previous days run - hard not to remember someone in the middle of the road more concerned about the perfect camera shot than the cars heading towards him! †A quick wave and we were soon off again along the mainly empty road until reaching the single track areas where numerous large artic lorries coming the other way saw us dashing for passing places. †This split the convoy up but we re-grouped at Strathcarron & headed off along the remainder of the A890, soon seeing the Kyles and Skye ahead as we descended on to the A87 at Loch Alsh.

Turning left and on past Eilean Donan castle (photo opportunity!) then the Llamas at Inversheil, a couple of young goats bounding across the road slowed the traffic briefly then it was onwards past the Five Sisters down to the Cluanie Inn where we pulled in for refreshments and cake.

Setting off again, the traffic was now increasing and as we headed to Invergarry, progress was less brisk due to a campervan who was frustrating many drivers stuck behind him. Rather than split the group, we tailed him to Fort William where we pulled off for a re-fuelling stop before resuming onwards to Onich for our afternoon lunch stop at the Onich Hotel.

After lunch Drew took the lead car position as we headed for Kinlochleven on the B863 for a bit of "spirited driving" before hitting the A82 down to Tyndrum where we would end the Easter run and say our farewells.

The roofs had been down all day which was a great way to end the weekend, given that the weather did not look all that settled when we set off on Saturday. †Hoping you all enjoyed the wee detour as much as I enjoyed leading you.

PS:- just in case anyone wondered...the campervan man was encountered again at Loch Lomond as we headed home....still frustrating all with his slow driving and road positioning!


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Your Comments
28th Mar 2016 21:11 :: Alan & Rosie
Thanks to Jim and Drew for organising a brilliant weekend. and also to walter for his quizmaster skills. It was just a laugh the whole trip .

29th Mar 2016 08:32 :: Karine & Hugh
Thanks Jim, Drew, Ali and Maria for another superb weekend. Walter you are the Quizmeister supreme. A bundle of laughs with wonderful company, that's what it's all about..

29th Mar 2016 12:26 :: Gail & Grant
Thank you for a fun, fast and enjoyable weekend. You were all so welcoming. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

29th Mar 2016 14:28 :: Drew & Ali
Superb weekend, even the weather was kinder than expected. Thanks to all for a great atmosphere, hyper Alan for lively entertainment and not forgetting the Wattie quiz - team 'losers again' won.
No truth in rumour that Wattie set it at our lower standard this year.

29th Mar 2016 17:09 :: Raymond & marcia
Many thanks to Maria & Jim, Ali & Drew for organising a great Easter weekend away. Also a big thank you to Wattie for doing the quiz & making it  bit easier this yr. many thanks to everyone who went on the weekend & made it such an enjoyable event .
P.s. Unfortunately we met up with THAT camper van heading down Loch Lomond his driving hadn't improved nor his speed .

29th Mar 2016 18:47 :: Bobbie & Richard
Thanks so much to Ali and Drew and Maria and Jim for a fantastic weekend.  The improvement in the weather helped but the main thing was a really great social weekend. Everyone joined in and the highlight was Wattie's quiz which was great fun. (Not that being in the winning team has made us biased. Great to see the new members there too.

30th Mar 2016 21:26 :: Dave
Fantastic weekend, and who could have predicted the roof would be down so much.  Thanks for all the fantastic organisation.

30th Mar 2016 22:24 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to everyone who made our Easter weekend another great success. Thanks to Wattie for his quiz on Sunday night. Congratulations to all our winners over the weekend, a lot of work went in to the hats and bonnets and decorated eggs.

1st Apr 2016 17:02 :: Wattie97
Fab weekend as usual with MX5 crowd . Nice to welcome new members again and hope they will come back and see us.
Well done to organisers a super weekend.

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