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October weekend
Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
organised by Central Scotland
 Meeting Point : Erskine Garden Centre 
 Departure Time : 10:00: 

The October Weekend

Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th October 2018


Meeting point – Erskine Garden Centre

0930 for departure at 1000hrs
Caulders Garden Centre, Erskine

For this year’s October outing, and to say our farewell to the programmed runs of 2018, we are remaining on the west coast roads this year in the Argyll area. 

Day 1. – 112 miles

Saturday 6th – setting off from the Garden Centre, the route will take us over the back roads through Houston, Kilmalcolm, Achengoyle before descending into Greenock where we will take the “normal” road to Lunderston Bay and onward to Western Ferries at McInroys Point. This should take around an hour.

Taking the Ferry across to Hunters Quay which takes around 25mins, the route will continue up Holy Loch then on towards Tighnabruaich before stopping for lunch at Portavadie parking at the Leisure centre.

No set lunch has been organised but the prices for soup/sandwich & drink were reasonable within the Leisure centre.

Setting off again, we will head to Inveraray, heading north to Otter Bay before cutting across the forestry road back to Glendaurel and onwards to the Hotel.

We have available Ferry tickets at the discounted rate should you not have any – Car/Driver at £8.39 and Passenger at £2.31.

The hotel is fully booked with another event taking place so parking spaces, I imagine, will be at a premium.  Parking in front of the hotel is limited but hopefully there should be room at the side of the hotel (through the arches) to accommodate us.

Costs are £65 DB&B per person and there is a £25 supplement for a single occupancy.

The Inveraray Inn

Day 2. – 151mls

Sunday 7th - Setting off from the hotel, the route takes us to Oban where we can have a pit stop & refuel for any.  Resuming, the route takes us south to Crinan where, if there is room in the car park & weather is kind, will allow a stroll around before heading off again along to the Cairnbaan Hotel for lunch of soup, sandwich & a drink for £10.50 per person. 

Setting off again we will keep to the main roads towards Lochgilphead, heading back to Inveraray and a stop at the Tree Shop at the head of Loch Long for a cuppa.

The final route will take us passed the Rest n be Thankful down to Arrochar, then along Loch Long towards Faslane before taking the Haul Rd back to Loch Lomond Shores car park where we say our farewells.

A raffle will also be held with the proceeds this year going to our chosen charity for 2018.

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

Donations of prizes are always welcome.

Event Organisers: Marcia & Raymond

Rooms Booked

02 - Marcia & Raymond
04 - Ali & Drew
06 - Rosie & Alan
08 - Maria & Jim
10 - Janet & Wattie
12 - Carol & Evan
14 - Dawn & Steven
16 - Peter & Fiona
18 - Chris & Deborah


1 - Right click here to Download Day 1 TomTom Sat Nav Itinerary.

2 - Right click here to Download Day 2 TomTom Sat Nav Itinerary.

3 - Right click here to Download Day 1 Garmin Sat Nav Itinerary  - hope it works! Please let me know.

4 - Right click here to Download Day 2 Garmin Sat Nav Itinerary.

Click here for instructions on how to download this file to your TomTom.

5 Google map of day 1 route.

6 - Right click here to Download Day 1 Route Guide.

7 Google map of day 2 route.

8 - Right click here to Download Day 2 Route Guide.

Your Comments
26th Jan 2018 16:34 :: Alan & Rosie
Room Booked

31st Jan 2018 16:21 :: Jim and Maria
That's Maria and I and also Walter and Janet booked rooms. It's getting busy as the receptionist told me they only had one double room left outside of our bulk booking.

31st Jan 2018 17:00 :: Carol @ Evan
Room booked we'll be tgere.

1st Feb 2018 12:48 :: Dawn & Steven
Room booked just now. According to Receptionist only 1 x double room remaining. Looking forward to the run & to seeing you all again after Dawns recent operations. Hope you are all OK

1st Feb 2018 20:51 :: Ian and Irene
Room booked.

5th May 2018 11:23 :: Glenys & David
Just back from holiday on the 5th Oct, will try and make the run only.
Only 1 hour from our house to Inverary.

22nd Jun 2018 19:30 :: Peter & Fiona
Room booked so we’ll be there.

14th Jul 2018 09:42 :: Glenys & David
Sorry now unable to make the run due to a 40th birthday party in York - just typical when so close to home

17th Aug 2018 21:54 :: Ian and Irene
So sorry just realised we have double booked and not back from holiday in time for this outing.

18th Aug 2018 14:59 :: Chris & Deborah
We will come, just booked a room.

4th Sep 2018 12:38 :: Hugh & Karine
Sorry can't stay overnight stay this year as we have a 60th birthday party in Glasgow on the Saturday night. I will do as much of the run on Saturday as possible and if the head is not too sore I will be back up on Sunday.

13th Sep 2018 13:20 :: Drew
A double room is now available at the Inveraray Inn if anyone wants to join us. Please quote MX-5 OC if booking.

19th Sep 2018 08:41 :: Glenys & David
Typical! We now are attending a 40th birthday party in York on Sat 6th Oct. just when we would have been so close to home 🏡 have a great trip you will love the west coast scenery
Boat tickets can be purchased at the co op just leaving Greenock, just past McMillan Garage.

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