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Rannoch Station Run
Sun 22nd May 2005 to Sun 22nd May 2005
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 18
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The day dawned dull and very, very damp ? certainly in the East ? though it seems to have been a nice sunny morn on Rannoch Moor! ?Her indoors? breezed in after yet another fun packed night duty, courtesy of the National Health Service, ?It?s bucketing outside, I take it the run is cancelled....?, ?Pardon??, I cried, ? You must be joking......, we only cancel for sheet ice and other major climate changes!? and so it came to pass that we motored off, uncharacteristically ?Top Up?, towards the start point at Stirling services and oh what a vindication - seventeen other like?minded 5?s had also turned up including Tom and Barbara on their inaugural run ? welcome.

17 of us set off at about 10:15 - the 18?th had gone off to ?Phil? themselves up with coffee ? totally oblivious to the clock and the 10:00 start time! We made good time up through Dunblane, Crieff and northward up to Amulree where we branched north-westward over single-track roads, hairpins and spectacular scenery towards Kenmore. And what a busy road it was.... Walkers, Drivers, Cyclists, Cattle-Grids......... and in the latter case, a classic demonstration to us that cycles, rain and cattle-grids just do not mix!

We passed through Kenmore uneventfully, the earlier decision by the local council to close the public loo meaning that we abandoned our customary stop at the head of the loch and so we pressed on northward ? skirting past Fortingall ? in the general direction of the mighty Schiehallion, all 3553 feet of it, in the shadow of which we stopped for a comfort break and an opportunity for 5 number-18 to rejoin the flock!

It was a famous stopping point for other reasons too. It seems that in the summer of 1774, the Astronomer Royal (the Reverend Nevil Maskelyne FRS), set up observatories here, and on the other side of the mountain, to measure the gravitational pull of the mountain. The theory (and the practice) being that the huge mass of the mountain would pull a plumbline towards it and away from the vertical. This became the first determination of Newton?s universal gravitational constant ? anyway, history-lesson over, we set off for Loch Rannoch and a beautiful run westwards along the south shore.

At the end of the loch you hit a T-junction, right takes you to Kinloch Rannoch and left takes you to Rannoch Station and the ?Restaurant at the end of the Eunosverse? where we were to stop for a well earned break. Gavin turned left and beetled off at a great rate of knots followed by Richard followed by........ when, from the right, appeared PC Plod in his Range-Rover, ?Blues and Two?s? flashing and wailing and in great haste. You can imagine the first thought to enter my head, but thankfully ?twas not the case, the urgency was caused by the tragic loss of life, some forty minutes earlier, when a two-seater canoe had capsized in the River Gaur rapids and one of the canoeists had become trapped and drowned.

Lunch, at the Moor of Rannoch Hotel, was indeed a friendly and tasty affair. With thirty-two hungry 5?ers to deal with, the Conway?s had taken the decision to close the hotel to all other diners ? so to give us their undivided attention and a damn good eating too ? Thanks Rob, Thanks Liz. Douglas had organised his customary raffle - for the Co-ordinator?s Benevolent Fund ? and Eileen found herself the proud new owner of a fine Chateau Plonk ? not sure who got the bespoke WD-40 mouth-freshener though.....

The news after lunch was not too good ? the emergency services had turned out in strength at the scene of the tragedy and very little traffic ? and certainly not 18 5?s ? could get through for some time! And so we spent a pleasant hour, in the afternoon sunshine, chin-wagging and taking in the lovely scenery until a quick reccie, by Gavin and yours truly, established that the way was clear for us to head eastward ? along the north shore of Loch Rannoch, through Kinloch Rannoch, to Tummel Bridge where we crossed back over to the south-bank, along a wonderful single-track road, along Loch Tummel and Loch Faskally across which we could see the A9 and the Pass of Killiekrankie. We took the opportunity there to stop for a photo-opportunity at the entrance to the Clunie Power Station before heading into Pitlochry and on down to Logierait, Balnaguard, Dalguise and finally ending our run at Dunkeld. 

All in all, an exhilerating run with more new roads to add to our growing list. What a splendid country we live in ? loads of twisties just made for 5?s! All that remains is for Gavin and I to thank all those who came ? especially on such a driech day ? and that was the true reward for us. 



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22nd May 2005 21:25 :: Graeme Babbs
A long, but fun day. Good to be able to put the hood down for a while. The drive home was good fun too! Thanks to Gavin & Mino for their hard work.

22nd May 2005 21:54 :: Richard & Eileen
Great day, thanks to Gavin and Mino. As for the delay our troubles where minor, found this

Man dies in rapids canoe tragedy 
A man, 35, died in rapids after his canoe overturned on the River Gaur at the eastern end of Loch Eigheach, near Rannoch, in Perthshire.
A second man in the canoe was able to scramble to safety and raise the alarm but his companion, from Sheffield, was trapped underwater.

Firefighters used ladders and ropes to recover the victim, who has not yet been named by police.

He was dead before being airlifted to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

22nd May 2005 22:15 :: Simon
The non-urgency of the emergency services suggested something more sinister had happened :-( 

Thanks Gav/Mino for a great run!!  Was nice to see some old faces again :-)


22nd May 2005 22:56 :: Douglas
Thanks Gavin & Mino, another brilliant run which we must do again.
Thanks to Dave & Caroline for donating a raffle prize.

23rd May 2005 08:47 :: Iain Stewart
Thanks Gavin & Mino for an enjoyable run. The day finished ih East Lothian just as it started pouring rain, well at least the bit in between was great fun.That Hotel kitchen should get Gordon Ramsay in to show them what seasonal veg is!....tinned peas!

23rd May 2005 09:11 :: fee
Sorry I missed it, but had a rather sore head after a Eurovision Party the night before!!

23rd May 2005 09:35 :: John & Heather
Thanks Gavin & Mino for an excellent run, will have to do it again at a more leisurely pace to admire the scenery

23rd May 2005 09:46 :: John & Heather
Thanks Gavin & Mino for an excellent run, will have to do it again at a more leisurely pace to admire the scenery

23rd May 2005 18:04 :: Gordon & Janice
Congratulations to Mino and Gavin for their excellent organisation and for finding some superb roads.

We had a great day out and will certainly enjoy the wine from the raffle.

23rd May 2005 21:20 :: Phil
Thanks to Gavin & Mino for organising the run, thoroughly enjoyed it.

23rd May 2005 21:35 :: Tom & Barbara
Fantastic first run for us, well organised thanks to Gavin & Mino. Everyone so friendly, hope to attend much more.

23rd May 2005 22:58 :: Dave Makein
Could you please delete my tiny photo.I read the instructions incorrectly first time!

24th May 2005 21:11 :: Liz & Don
Thanks Gavin /Mino,

What a great run, lots of nice fast bits on some fantastic roads.


25th May 2005 08:36 :: Si
Dave, tiny photo removed :-)

25th May 2005 18:38 :: madmortons
Thanks to Gavin and Mino that was a great day out.PIP  .

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