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Skye and Localsh Weekend
Sat 7th May 2005 to Sun 8th May 2005
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 17
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Although the 155 miles to Lochalsh does not seem like any great distance, it is all too easy to be tricked into using average journey times when planning your trip?as we discovered to our cost last year, so with that in mind and the objective to spend as much time on Skye as possible we kicked off our Run 30 minutes earlier. Fifteen cars met at Callander and picked up another two North East members at Tyndrum. The A82 through Glencoe was as per normal; stunning, atmospheric, beautiful and dry?yes dry just for a change, it really makes you feel privileged to have on your doorstep such wonderful driving roads coupled with awesome scenery, also makes you forgiving of the Coaches and Holiday traffic that can occasionally halt progress.
Lunch was at the popular Stronlossit Inn where we enjoyed the famous steak sandwiches before hitting the road again for the last leg. The A87 from Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh always feels a long 67 miles but it is 
undeniably one of the best driving roads in Scotland. Through the town of Lochalsh and zig-zagging the now redundant tollbooth buildings before crossing the free bridge to Skye did have a kind of eerie feeling about it. We soon reached the car park in Broadford where Trish and Cliff, North Scotland members and Skye residents were waiting for us as pre arranged. A quick refreshment break was followed by a mini tour of Skye led By Trish and Cliff who took us over some interesting single track roads which really did the scenery justice. Time soon got the better of us although we had managed to fulfil our objective, so it was back to Lochalsh and to the Hotel.
Trish and Cliff joined us for our evening meal and took part in the celebrations as we surprised Sandy, who had reached a milestone birthday and was fair taken with his cake, decorated with an iced replica of his own red car.
Back in the lounge we were suitably entertained by our own members; Chas and Sandy, complete with guitars and song sheets.
Sunday arrived sooner than some of us had expected and before long we were back on the road stopping briefly at an advantage point to get the now obligatory Mx-5 and Eilean Donan Castle pictures.
At this point the group split up so that the direct route home members could depart, closely followed by the long road home convoy.
Richard once again led us over the A86 alongside Loch Laggan to Laggan Bridge where we stopped for lunch at the Monadhliath Hotel, just before Dalwhinnie. A few miles down the almost deserted A9, through Drumochter Pass and then turning off at Dalnacardoch, winding downhill over one of my favourite single track roads to Trinafour, through Tummel Bridge to Fortingall and then joining the A827 to Killin where we said farewell and headed to our East, Central and West locales.
A superb weekend all round but one can?t help feeling its over too soon, perhaps that speaks volumes for the company we were in and perhaps we should contemplate an extended trip next year, to allow for a sortie further north.

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8th May 2005 18:58 :: Dot and Chas
Thanks to everyone who helped organise this weekend.It was fantastic,great scenery,great roads,great company,great entertainment and mostly good weather!

8th May 2005 20:09 :: lochpark
Great weekend, thanks to everyone who helped in the organisation and led the runs.

Mary send a special thanks to Sandy who took the time to learn a couple of new songs specially for her.

Maybe this should be a regular feature on future runs "Challenge Sandy" suggestions on a post card to....

What do you think Sandy ?    Bohemian Rhapsody maybe ??

9th May 2005 10:21 :: chic and heather
Thanks to everyone involved in arranging another enjoyable weekend and to all who attended and made Saturday evening another quiet night

9th May 2005 12:51 :: Iain & Anne
The weather was kind to us, the scenery was fantastic.Long 2 day drive but worth it.Thanks to Douglas for all your hard work, nice to see Linda there enjoying herself.We arrived home about 16.00hrs after many picture stops. Thanks again for a smashing time.

10th May 2005 14:17 :: Sandy
Another great weekend. Thanks to all the organisers. Also thanks to you all for the surprise gifts for my 21st birthday? Margo says I was in very good form at the end of the night. (ha ha)
Shaun: I don't know about Bohemian Rhapsody. Are there three others in the club who could sing the harmonies? (Don't ask Charlie!)

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