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The Callander Weekend
Sat 21st Aug 2010 to Sun 22nd Aug 2010
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 13
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The Callander Weekend

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August 2010

The Saturday Run

Twenty one people in twelve cars assembled at Tescoís in South Queensferry for the start of the days run to Callander. Actually we all seemed to assemble in the burger isle in the shop gathering up essential provisions for the BBQ and social evening. We also had a well travelled group for this run and that was before it even started. With two cars coming all the way from the Yorkshire Ridings Area to partake of some great driving roads and Scottish hospitality, Sue, Lindy and Neill were not to be disappointed on either count. Also joining us for their first ever run were, Mary & Davy, Dennis and John, we hope you all had an enjoyable day.

We were heading to Callander, 40 miles and 45 minutes that should do it. Wrong, remember this is an MX-5 run we never take the direct route, more like 130 miles and around 5 hours, of course this did include a lunch stop. With burgers packed it was time to head off, the first cultural view for our English guests was the two Forth Bridges, this wonder of the world was also being admired from a huge cruise ship anchored below.


We wound our way along the back roads of the Kingdom of Fife, through Auchtertool, Auchterderran, Kinglassie and Leslie before descending down into the very picturesque town of Falkland. Passing by the Falkland Palace in tight formation we made a great spectacle, the tourists could only watch and admire our sleek machines gliding by.

Having judged the pace of the dayís group it was time to head for some more interesting fun roads, following a blast up to Strathmiglo and a few miles west along the A91 we found them. The road to Dunning via Path of Condie with its hairpin bends, was entertaining, the horse riders certainly thought so and became very excited as we passed. We were joined by Richard at this point when in stealth mode he surprised the back marker, slipping expertly into the pack. Onwards we went through Auchterarder and over the river Earn at Kinkell Bridge to Crieff for lunch.

At The Famous Grouse Experience we all parked beside the giant bird and then eagerly headed towards the restaurant for some well earned sustenance. All the food looked good but the delicious haggis, neeps and tatties with the whisky sauce was a fitting choice for this establishment and enjoyed by many.


After lunch it was time for the best part of the run, The Sma Glen and Glen Quaich. With the purple heather in bloom and the sun shining, conditions were perfect to enjoy one of the best roads in Scotland.


For some it was their first time on this particular road and they were blown away by the hairpin bends and the fantastic views. The run ended in Callander in time to hit the off licence, book into our accommodation and get ready for the eveningís entertainment.

The Saturday Evening

In time honoured tradition we all assembled in the marquee and enjoyed a few pre BBQ drinks along with the normal jovial banter. Meanwhile our host and head chef Richard was busy sweating over the hot BBQ preparing lots of scrummy food for us all to devour. For the first time in many years our resident entertainer Sandy was unable to attend, this did present a bit of a dilemma as this weekend has always had a musical element. We wondered if Sandyís apprentice could step up to the mark as he had been shadowing him for many years and should know all his songs by now, unfortunately this was not to be as the only song he knows all the words to was Alice. After much debate Maria came to our rescue, she knew a very talented singer who would be happy to come along and entertain us for the evening.

Enter Ian Scott, Ian an ex history teacher, historian and singer with a wealth of stories and jokes at his finger tips immediately had the assembled audience eating out of his hands. Also within our small group was our own Ian Anderson club member and weel kent face among the Jedburgh music scene and very talented singer and musician.


Alternating between them, the two Ianís and the apprentice kept us well entertained until the end of the evening.

The Sunday Run

On the Sunday morning we awoke to torrential rain and very heavy skies. The original plan was to have had a short run around the Trossachs followed by another BBQ, unfortunately due to the weather this was cancelled.

I would like to end by thanking Eileen and Richard who every year provide us with the marquee, open up their home to us and put in a great deal of work which allows this great event to take place. Itís greatly appreciated by everyone.

Report By: Ian Ness


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Your Comments
22nd Aug 2010 09:29 :: Gordon & Sue T
Excellent run on Saturday.  Thanks to Eileen & Richard for your hospitality, once again.  Sorry if we were impolite in departing quietly, but didn't want to disturb the flow.

22nd Aug 2010 12:53 :: Sarah & John
Great run, sorry that we didn't stay on the for evening, but I was feeling way to tied and was glad to get home.Sarah

22nd Aug 2010 17:06 :: JimF
Thanks to the run organisers and to Richard and Eileen for their superb hospitality. Another great Saturday night in the Callander tent.Good to meet new members and our friends from Yorkshire. Glad that Ian enjoyed his blue label Becks, don't think that the next ones will have any blue colour on the label though.
Jim and Maria

22nd Aug 2010 18:45 :: Gavin
Another grear Callander weekend. Great run on Saturday, organised by Ian. And thanks to Eileen and Richard for hosting the evening. Thanks also to Maria for booking Ian Scott and also to Ian Anderson for his musical renditions.

22nd Aug 2010 21:16 :: davy and mary
Hi we had great fun on the saturday run looking forward to the next one thanks

22nd Aug 2010 22:00 :: chic and heather
Enjoyable weekend in Callander once again starting with a great scenic topdown run followed by a fine haggis at the Grouse experience and concluding with an entertaining evening.
Thanks as ever to Eileen and Richard for their hospitality. Thanks to Maria for arranging the entertainment and to Ian Scott and Ian Anderson for keeping us entertained throughout the evening.Good to see that Ian took it so seriously that he stayed on the alcohol free lager to make sure he was able to perform at his best....dont think Blue is Ian's favourite colour

22nd Aug 2010 23:06 :: Fiona and Ian
Another great party in the tent.    Thanks to Richard and Eileen for all the work they put in once again, it was very much appreciated.  Last years Callander weekend was our first club event so thats our first year in.  Thanks must go to Ian and Chic as the club just keeps going from strength to strength.

.......and I take it I'll never hear the end of the blue lager....?

23rd Aug 2010 08:08 :: Ian
Another excellent Callander weekend, many thanks to Eileen and Richard.

23rd Aug 2010 20:47 :: dot and chas
Excellent weekend ,fabulous run on some fabulous roads (the ones without speed bumps).Great entertainment from Ian and Ian on Saturday night.Many thanks to Neil for his excellent BBQ skills.Thanks as always to Richard and Eileen for their special hospitality.
Gavin ........spelling!

24th Aug 2010 16:55 :: Gavin
Sorry, I meant grate :-)

25th Aug 2010 12:31 :: Susan & Dennis
Thanks for another well organised weekend, especially to the entertainers and Richard & Eileen. I hope the dog didn't suffer for all the sausages it got sneaked under the table ;-)

25th Aug 2010 19:14 :: wattie97
Sorry we couldn`t be with you all on this run. Sounds like you all had a great time. Sorry to hear that Ian has had to lay off the bevvy for a wee while. Perhaps someone will invent an alcoholic ice cream just for him. See you all soon.
Wattie & Janet.

25th Aug 2010 19:26 :: Neill and Lindy
Thank you to everyone who helped make last weekend wonderful!  To Eileen and Richard (and Cara) for their amazing hospitality; to Ian Ness for planning and leading the Saturday run and to everyone who attended the day and evening event.  We had a great time!  And the live entertainment at the end of the evening was terrific.
Thank you all so much!
Looking forward to next year!
From Sue, Neill and Lindy

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