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The Easter Weekend
Sat 19th Apr 2014 to Mon 21st Apr 2014
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 15
 
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The Easter Weekend


Saturday 19th to Monday 21st April




I opened the curtains and the sun was shining, hoping that this was a good omen for the weekend to come. We drove up to Perth where we had planned to begin our journey. We decided to arrive early so that we could have breakfast in Tesco’s café; well nearly everyone had the same idea. The café manager was fantastic and made us really welcome and wished us all a good weekend when we left. After our ‘group hug’ 12 cars left Perth and headed north.

We had our usual comfort break and today it was at the Glenshee Ski resort. [A massive difference from last Easter when we could not stop due to the volume of skiers and snow] The temperature had certainly dropped since leaving Perth. On route we met up with Irene and Ian at Blairgowrie [now there were 13 cars] off we went through Braemar and Tomintoul heading for the Garth Hotel Granton on Spey. WoW! What a lunch – soup and meat platter, we all needed a sleep after that but off we set towards Inverness to fill up with fuel and we would regroup at the Dolphin & Seal Centre.

Temperature had risen again and next stop was Ullapool. We met Jacqueline & Ian, Moira & Gordon in the car park which now made our party 15 cars and 30 people. We were also greeted at the entrance by Neil the manager with all the room keys, comments were made regarding a bunch of keys and a car club,[ I will say no more] Once we were settled and had a stroll along the waterfront we all regrouped in the bar.

After a lovely dinner, the evening entertainment committee took over [Walter]. First off was the decorated egg competition, Gordon & Janet were the judges. I must say that the standard of workmanship was outstanding this year especially the men section. Judges came into the bar and announces that Raymond and Irene were the winners with the Ladybird and Bird. Judges kept to a nature theme.  We all went into the dining room to hold the quiz. Quizmaster was Walter and keeping the scores was Janet. What a laugh we had and we raised £31 towards our chosen charity.



Some members went off to bed exhausted with all the laughing and the hardy bunch departed to the bar and reminisced of the day and looking forward to the MX5 style roads and the entertainment for the rest of the weekend. Well done to everyone who made the day so enjoyable.

Saturday Report by: Maria


Sunday

After stoking up on full Scottish breakfasts, kippers etc. we were ready for the Sunday run, and if you thought the weather on Saturday was good then you needed to be in Ullapool on Sunday to experience an even better, brilliant sunny morning.




We headed off from the hotel heading for Coigach and Assynt. We had a stop at Achiltibuie for a photo opportunity and a ‘little boy’s game of Sink the Bismark'. Unfortunately most stone throwers had weak arms and only managed to push the Bismark further out to sea. Marshall (the jolly green giant) was the only one with big enough biceps to actually land a bomb on target.

We then headed on towards Lochinver with fabulous mountain and sea views in every direction. We saw Stac Pollaidh and other majestic peaks in all their glory but I would have to ask Chic to name them all for me. On reaching Lochinver, we had a relaxed and tasty lunch at the LochInver Larder, famous for its homemade pies.

We then headed off again on the A837 and B869 towards Clashnessie for the Easter Egg rolling competition. After parking at the same spot as in Easter 2011, Wattie extracted his secret easter egg rolling launcher to eliminate the cheating that went on at the 2011 event. Once set up at the top of the hill everyone queued up to launch their eggs. It seemed a pity to destroy such amazing decorated eggs but it had to be done. I am not saying that someone had a bit of pre run launch practice but guess who won the competition - Wattie the eggy master supreme - and well deserved too. The seagulls enjoyed the egg remains  - shells and all - blooming cannibals.



Back in the cars and an amazing run over twisty, narrow single track roads to Kylescu viewpoint where another 1000 photos were taken of cars, bridge and drivers and crews.
Just as we were about to leave, luck played its part and 5 cars from Highland & Moray turned up on their ‘Roon the Tap‘ trip. They were heading to Ullapool for chips so we invited to the hotel for a chat and a drink.
After another few libations everyone drifted off to get ready for dinner (and a quick nap in a few cases). The hotel staff provided excellent service at dinner and following a very nice meal, we moved through to the bar where the centre table began to groan with raffle prizes.
Ali and Maria sold the raffle tickets and even persuaded a group of fellow hotel residents to buy some after Chic described the good causes. A total of £242 was raised from quiz entries, raffle and sale of  a customised MX5 doll which Evan and Carol won. A tremendous total and thanks to everyone. Chic and Heather even got a large bag full of pants and other ladies garments to send to the Pants for All charity.
The toll of two days of hard driving, alcohol, food and good company started to show and everyone started drifting off to la la land.

Sunday Report by: Drew


Monday

Another dry, bright morning but a bit windy and the fleeces started to come out. We had a photo shot in front of the hotel for our charity and also for the Royal Hotel to put on their advertising and then we were off, heading towards Muir of Ord, Loch Ness, and Fort William. Funny how the sun disappeared when Marcia and Raymond left us to head for a few days in Skye. However we had a spirited drive over the hills through the mist on the A833 between Beauly and Drumnadrochit. A coffee stop followed at Fort Augustus and then on to Fort William and lunch at Onich. The sun was again blazing and we had a second blast on the B863 from North Ballachulish and Kinlochleven, back to the A82. A great road just meant for an MX5. A final stop at the Green Welly at Tyndrum for  a drink and then everyone made their own ways home.

A truly great weekend with super runs and good company. Many thanks to everyone who arranged things or just turned up to enjoy the event. It was you who made it so good. See you next year!!!

Monday Report by: Drew


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Your Comments
19th Apr 2014 12:59 :: Brian - part of FAB
Where are you guys Sunday lunchtime? The Hi-5s are coming down the west coast from Tongue and could meet somewhere?!?! Kyles ku??

21st Apr 2014 19:08 :: Marshall and heather
Had a great weekend, weather was cracking, company was even better, roads I've never been down with amazing views, can't wait till next time

21st Apr 2014 19:10 :: callander
Once more Maria & Jim, our thanks - what a fabulous week end, and again you managed to get the sun to shine with no rain! We know it takes a lot of time to arrange a week end like this, and we do appreciate all you have done.  Thanks also to Ali and Drew for their help. Looking forward to our next meeting.  Rosie & Frank.

21st Apr 2014 21:40 :: alan & rosie
what a fantastic weekend a huge thank you to maria and jim and also ali and drew for organising it.i must tnank walter for his usual hilarity with his quiz.looking forward to the next run.alan & rosie

21st Apr 2014 21:57 :: Drew & Ali
What a great weekend, thanks everyone for making it so special

22nd Apr 2014 09:38 :: Ian and Irene
Great weekend, thanks to all who worked so hard.

22nd Apr 2014 09:51 :: Wattie97
Another super weekend . Weather, roads,Hotel food,drink and company could not have been better. Huge thanks to the organising team for all the hard work they put into this. I know we had a great time and hope everyone got home safely.
  Wattie & Janet.

22nd Apr 2014 10:11 :: Jim and Maria
A big thank you to all the members who made this a wonderful weekend, thanks to Wattie for his evening entertainment and egometer, what would we have done without it.

22nd Apr 2014 11:05 :: Gordon and Moira
Another great weekend in God's country. Many thanks to everyone involved in the
Organisation.

22nd Apr 2014 14:19 :: Carol & Evan
Great weekend, Great company, Great weather, Great countryside and deserted MX5 type roads. Many thanks to all who made this weekend possible.

22nd Apr 2014 14:29 :: Jacqueline and Ian
Another brilliant weekend. Fantastic company, roads and weather, just perfect.

22nd Apr 2014 16:36 :: Marcia & Raymond
A brilliant weekend away in great company. Thanks to all the organisers involved, making it memorable for us all. Apologies for apparently taking the sun with us, we had similar dank weather until nearing Kyle, then glorious. We even encountered a convoy of Lotus 7's  heading north & have not seen one MX since we left you!

22nd Apr 2014 19:45 :: Sandi & David
What a truly fantastic weekend. For our first tour we couldn`t have asked for better.The company,weather, scenery and choice of hotel was first class. A big thank you all organisers and to everyone for making our first experience a memorable one for all of the right reasons.

22nd Apr 2014 23:59 :: Margaret & David
Had a fantastic weekend, everything great.  Thanks to all for the organisation.  Roll on October weekend.

23rd Apr 2014 19:01 :: Gavin and Eileen
Great weekend, weather and company. Well organised.
Raffle money collected was actually £242 and went into the club account this morning.

24th Apr 2014 13:07 :: Heather and Chic
Fabulous weekend, big thank you to all the organisers. Thank you to everyone for their support toward Smalls for All we collected 35 packets of pants as well as some bras.  I would also like to say a special thank you to Irene and her friends for their donations of pants.

Heather & Charles

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