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The Cruachan Run
Sun 22nd Apr 2012
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 22
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The Cruachan Run

Sunday 22nd April 2012

Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 departure
Loch Lomond Shores (Blue Car Park),
Ben Lomond Way,
G83 8QL

Google Maps Link to Loch Lomond Shores

For those coming from the East why not meet up at Stirling and drive in convoy to Balloch?

Meet at 09:15 for a 09:25 departure
Stirling Motorway Services,

Junction 9 M9/M80

Google Maps Link to Stirling Services

Situated amongst some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, lying deep within Ben Cruachan is one of the country's most amazing engineering achievements.

Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe is Cruachan Power Station.

Here, a short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground.

At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London! Here enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity, available to you in your home at the flick of a switch.

The hollow mountain is a place like no other. An underground world on a spectacular scale.


Cruachan Power Station


As you may have guessed, this will be the destination for this event. We will all meet up at Loch Lomond Shores before driving along the side of Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne and Loch Awe to Cruachan. We plan to arrive around 12:30 where we'll have plenty of time to enjoy lunch in the cafeteria or your own picnic in the garden before taking the 14:00 or 14:30 tour deep into the mountain. After lunch and the tour we'll continue on to the end of the run at Tyndrum.


(a) The 14:00 tour is now fully booked.

(b) Lunch will not be pre-arranged for this event. Please bring your own picnic or use the cafeteria.

(c) You must book your own 14:30 tour in advance. To book click here. Only 6.50 per person.

Event Organiser: Ian

Charity Raffle

Due to us not having an organised lunch at this event there will be no raffle held on this run.

Members attending (22 Cars)

14:00 Tour (Now Fully Booked)

02 - Jacqueline & Ian 14:00 hrs tour booked
04 - Marcia & Raymond 14:00 hrs tour booked
06 - Ali & Drew 14:00 hrs tour booked
08 - Moira & Gordon 14:00 hrs tour booked
10 - Deborah & Chris 14:00 hrs tour booked
12 - Pamela & Steven 14:00 hrs tour booked
14 - Rosie & Frank 14:00 hrs tour booked
16 - Janet & Wattie 14:00 hrs tour booked booked
17 - Jim 14:00 hrs tour booked booked
19 - Marg & David 14:00 hrs tour booked booked
21 - Dianne & John 14:00 hrs tour booked booked

14:30 Tour

02 - Ally & Al (Highland & Moray) 14:30 hrs tour booked
04 - Frankie & Brian (Highland & Moray) 14:30 hrs tour booked
06 - Beverly & Andy (Highland & Moray) 14:30 hrs tour booked
08 - Heather & Marshall 14:30 hrs tour booked booked
09 - Angus 14:30 hrs tour booked booked
10 - Suzanne 14:30 hrs tour booked booked
12 - Robert & Craig 14:30 hrs tour booked booked

No Tour Booked (As far as we know.)

01 - Gavin
03 - Linda & Bill (Highland & Moray)
05 - Val & Dave (Highland & Moray)
07 - Susan & David

If you If you wish to attend this event, please read the Drive Guide then post in the comment box below.


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Your Comments
22nd Apr 2012 19:30 :: Brian - part of FAB
A huge thank you to Al and Aly, Andy and Beverly for your company on a really great day out.  A massive thank you to "Central" for hosting such a brilliant day.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and it was great to meet up and put faces to names.  We hope it isn't too long before we meet up again!  Thanks everyone - Brian and Frankie (that's FAB)!

ps - we almost made it home before the weather but when the cockpit is half full of hailstones it's probably time to pull up the roof!! lol

22nd Apr 2012 20:31 :: robert craig
Thanks for a good day, nice run home to, great scenery.
robert and gary

22nd Apr 2012 20:44 :: pamela and steven
Absolutely great day :) really enjoyed the drive and the tour round the power station. Lookingforward to meeting up with everyone again on the next run.

22nd Apr 2012 22:57 :: Andy & Bev
Thanks for great day out guys , great roads , great company  see you all soon. Andy & Bev

23rd Apr 2012 06:05 :: Marshall and heather
Great day out , it was good to meet old friends and new, the weather was kind and the power station was fascinating :-)

23rd Apr 2012 15:27 :: John and Dianne
Thanks for organising a great run out in the car. I think Dianne felt part of something quite big - 19 cars in convoy is some sight to behold! Hope to be along to a run sometime soon.

23rd Apr 2012 15:29 :: Jim Ford
Thanks to Ian and Jaqueline for this run and their hard work, really enjoyed myself and will return to Cruachan in the future. Always nice to meet new people coming along for the run, hope you all enjoyed yourselves. 

23rd Apr 2012 15:30 :: Ali & Drew
Lovely day out, great turnout and weather was kind for roof down driving. Great to see so many classic cars on the road (and that's only the 5s)

23rd Apr 2012 16:50 :: wattie97
Yep another great day out with our MX5 cronies. Trip around power station was very interesting.Big thenks to Ian and Jacqueline for organising this event. Looking forward to the next one.
  Wattie & Janet.

23rd Apr 2012 17:05 :: Gavin
Great run out. Great venue. First Mountain I've been to the top of as well as underneath, well inside then.
Thanks to Ian and Jacqueline for organising. I hope the troublesome oldies at the back of the bus didn't spoil it for anyone. Can't take them anywhere these days.

23rd Apr 2012 20:41 :: Marg & David
Thanks for organising a great day out, great route and the tour also.  Looking forward to meeting you all soon

23rd Apr 2012 21:00 :: Marcia & Raymond
Thanks to Ian & Jacqueline for their work in planning the run and the visit to the power station which was very interesting (can't get "the wheels on the bus go round and round" out of my head, courtesy of those up the back!  A great day out & classic cars passed along the way to boot! Nice one.

24th Apr 2012 20:38 :: Gordon & Moira
Only just home after the detour south along Loch Lomond to go North to Dunkeld where we enjoyed a relaxing night at the Hilton.
Thanks to Ian and Jacqueline for a great run and getting us to visit Cruachan after passing it many times on the way North.

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