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The Quaich Run
Sun 21st Aug 2016
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 24
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The Quaich Run

Sunday 21st August 2016

Despite the weather on the days before the run it turned out that Sunday weather was brilliant. Roofs down all day with loads of sunshine and blue skies.

We all met up at Muckhart for tea and scones and hit the road just after 10.30am. Must have been a great sight as all 24 cars, from Mk1s to MK4s, left the village, all with roofs down. The initial run up Dunning glen to Auchterarder was great with very little traffic but several cyclists heading in the opposite direction as it is a popular cycling road – a big long climb for them!

After Auchterarder a mixture of backroads leading to Methven followed shortly after with a run to ‘Little Glenshee’. An interesting single track with a ford half way round. Surprisingly little water in the ford however.

After the ‘comfort break’ at Bankfoot we all had to endure the A9 for a couple of miles before getting on to the more interesting backroads heading to Dalguise and Balnagard before heading for Aberfeldy.
At Aberfeldy our fears were confirmed when we discovered the road to Dull was closed due to the Triathlon. We had been told that the road would open at 12.30 but when we arrived at 12.50 it was still closed and reopening was not imminent! We therefore took the planned diversion via Kenmore which added significantly to timescales. However we eventually got to the lunch stop at Highland Safaris in the village of Dull. Dull is twinned with the similarly named town of ‘Boring’ in the USA. The lunch stop was anything but ‘Dull’ or ‘Boring’ and the staff at Highland Safaris were very friendly and helpful.

After lunch the raffle raised the sum of £107 which is great. This was then topped up to £110 by Tony, one of the helpful guys at Highland Safaris. Many thanks Tony.

After lunch we headed off back to Kenmore and on to the single track road from Kenmore to Amulree. Unfortunately somewhere along here we lost Allan who ended up in Killin. Sorry we lost you Allan. Hope to see you at the next one.

Glen Quaich

The single track road from Kenmore to Amulree is a fantastic road and starts with a very narrow, steep climb, through some very heavy vegetation. No places to pass and we were really hoping for no oncoming traffic. We were lucky and soon emerged at the top to some stunning scenery and a glorious run to Amulree.

Heading for Crieff we took a slight detour via Monzie, passing the Famous Grouse distillery. The comfort stop in Crieff was a bit chaotic as the Highland Games were taking place and the car park was full.

Aftyer passing the site of the Highland Games we headed for Kinkell Bridge, Strathallen and then Tullybardine before reaching Auchterarder.

Passing Gleneagles we spotted a Land Rover towing a horsebox in the distance and thought ‘hope he is not going down through Glen Devon’. Sure enough that is where he was going! Although some cars passed the horsebox not everyone did so we stopped in a large layby just after Glen Devon village to regroup.

At this point we were running quite late and made the decision to abandon part of the route so we could get to the finish in a reasonable time. At Powmill we therefore took the A977 towards Kincardine Bridge. Turned out to be very slow for the next few miles! Just before reaching Kincardine we headed off towards Alloa and arrived at Aldo’s Italian restaurant.

Again we were made very welcome and we had a great meal with a certain amount of wine being consumed by those not driving!

We all then headed off home after what seemed to be quite a long day.

Report By: Richard

A short video by Ian

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Your Comments
21st Aug 2016 17:50 :: Mino
Very many thanks for a grand day out
Much appreciated and looking forward to the next one

Mino & Dinaz & Mutley 2

21st Aug 2016 18:41 :: alan & Rosie
Thanks to Bobbie and Richard for a brilliant day very well planned. scones were great.

21st Aug 2016 20:02 :: Dave
Great days run, thanks for arranging the weather

21st Aug 2016 20:19 :: Allan Learmonth
Thanks for a good half day. Second half not so good as when I arrived in Killin I knew I was not going to catch up with the car in front. Need to buy a new car with sat nav or find a codriver! Hope to have a better run next time.

21st Aug 2016 20:47 :: Richard
Allan, sorry we lost you today. Killin was not on the original plan. We had a very large number of cars today and trying to keep track of everyone is almost impossible. However if you had a good 'half day' that is great. Hope we see you at the next one.

21st Aug 2016 20:55 :: Robert craig
What a fantastic day thanks to bobbie and Richard.  Great turn out, cheers to Ian for parts will come in handy

21st Aug 2016 21:23 :: Steven & Dawn
Big thanks to Bobbie & Richard for the planning & execution of a splendid day out. Scones, company, weather & banter was excellent. Choice of route was superb.

21st Aug 2016 21:43 :: Drew & Ali
Suberb run, great weather, meal venues, and organisation (sorry Allan you were in front of me at Kenmore and you missed the turn off) and views of Scotland at its best. Thanks Bobbie and Richard for arranging things. And thanks all for your company.

21st Aug 2016 22:02 :: Raymond & Marcia
Many thanks to Bobby & Richard for all their hard work in organising today's run & arranging for the sun to shine. Also thanks to Bobby for making our pre run scones.

21st Aug 2016 22:31 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Brilliant day, many thanks to Bobbie and Richard.

21st Aug 2016 22:33 :: Susan
Huge thanks to Bobbie and Richard for organising a fab day from start to finish, including the promised weather! Enjoy your trip next week 😎

21st Aug 2016 23:06 :: John
Exilerating day from start to finish. Great organising by all, especially Bobbie and Richard and super commentary in cars. Take a bow all.
Weather fab

22nd Aug 2016 00:11 :: Hugh
Big thanks to Bobbie and Richard for organising a superb day. Sorry I couldn't stay longer at the end, I had to get back and tidy the house before the boss gets home.

22nd Aug 2016 06:20 :: Angus
Bobbie and Richard thanks for a great day out. My raffle prize has got me thinking that I might need to consider an alternative garage for have the  5 serviced

22nd Aug 2016 10:25 :: Wattie97
Super day out form start to finish. Big thanks to Bobbie and Richard for organising it all.
A huge amount of work goes into getting these runs planned and you got it spot on. Thanks again.
    Wattie and Janet.

22nd Aug 2016 12:02 :: Eddie and Sandra
Thanks Richard and Bobbi for  organising a great run.  Sorry we could not make the second half but we are sure it was a good as the first half.  Thanks again for your hospitality with coffee and scones.  Great after a run up from Ayr. 

22nd Aug 2016 13:43 :: Ian & Irene
Many thanks to Richard & Bobbie for a great day.

22nd Aug 2016 15:42 :: Ian
Report now posted

22nd Aug 2016 16:39 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to Bobby and Richard for planning a super day out and for their hospitality, tea and scones.

22nd Aug 2016 20:33 :: Carol & Evan
Thanks to Bobbie & Richard for organising such a great run. Great weather , great company ,great food, only spiolt by my satnav packing in after about 20 miles!

23rd Aug 2016 12:02 :: Bobbie & Richard
Thanks for all the nice comments, folks. We enjoyed the planning and were relieved that the day went well. Thanks also for the flowers and the Jam - blackcurrant is my favourite!

25th Aug 2016 16:35 :: George
A big thanks to Bobbie & Richard for organising the run.  It was my first outing with the new Mazda and really enjoyed it.

... and thanks for organising the weather as well.  The roof was down from the time I left home in the morning till the time I got back.

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