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The Easter Weekend
Sat 4th Apr 2015 to Mon 6th Apr 2015
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 14
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The Easter Weekend

Saturday 4th to Monday 6th April

A total of 14 cars and 27 eager drivers/passengers were looking forward to another great weekend at one of our favourite destinations - Ullapool. The weather forecast the previous week did not look great but that would not deter us.
We met up at Tesco Perth for a fuel and caffeine top up before setting off, tops down, to Ullapool via Glenshee, The Lecht, Tomintoul, Granton on Spey and Inverness.

After a stop at Glenshee for the optional toilet visit (was that due to too much coffee or is it an age thing for some of us?) and it was off northwards passing a rather damp and gloomy Lecht ski centre to the Garth Hotel, Granton on Spey for a lovely lunch. The ham platter was excellent although most of the salt from the ham cooking had been imparted to the lentil soup stock we had as a starter. However I thought it was great.
Off again we reached Inverness for another fuel top up at Tesco. Why is it always chaos at this garage? We met up at the Dolphin and seal centre at the north side of the Kessock Bridge to regroup (and another toilet stop for some!!) before our last leg of the day to Ullapool. The weather was still being kind to us and the journey was completed roof down although I certainly had seat and car heater on to keep snug and warm. On arriving at Ullapool we were greeted by Gordon, Moira, David and Sandi who had made their way there independently, waving to us from their first floor balcony terrace

The Royal Hotel booked us all in efficiently and I found that I had been given a four poster bed - jokes of ‘have you any handcuffs with you’ were taken in good stead but I only had cable ties so they would have to do. I think I have Maria to thank for this this extra (bed not cable ties).
Most people met at the bar for post run drinks prior to going off to get changed for the evening and meeting again for pre dinner drinks. Is there a theme here?

After dinner we had the Easter Egg judging completion and Wattie’s Quiz.
The standard of the decorated easter eggs is getting higher every year as can be seen by the pictures. We co-opted Alan and Rosie (who had not done an egg and it was suggested should have been fined accordingly) to judge the male and female entries. Marcia won with a lovely swan and Ian won with his great Alex Salmon lookalike.

Teams of four were formed to take part in Wattie’s quiz and he acted as question master in his own inimitable fashion. If the easter egg decoration standard is increasing then so is the level of difficulty in the quiz questions. Or is it just that my team of Marcia, Raymond, Ali and me are just as thick as last year as we came last both times. Anyway it was a good laugh and many thanks to Wattie for compiling the questions. The worthy winners (???) were Gordon, Moira, Jim and Maria who could spell better than us and also watched more cartoons in a previous life.

Sunday morning arrived and after an early breakfast we assembled in the car park for the pre run briefing. The weather was dry but with sea mist and cloud, but still top down weather.
Heading out of Ullapool along Loch Broom which was flat calm and the mountains reflecting on the water with a layer of sea mist -  a stunning view, our route took us via Poolewe, Gairloch and Torridon to Applecross where we had lunch booked at the Applecross Inn. This route is fantastic both for the views and using the qualities of the MX-5s handling. To make things even better the sun emerged soon after the start and the rest of the day was in glorious sunshine.

As we neared Applecross, I had to move to the side of the single track road to allow two bikes travelling at speed to pass in the opposite direction and hit a pot hole/ rock , puncturing the rear nearside tyre. I was last car, but luckily I radioed to the others and help soon arrived in the form of David, Raymond and Ian. An attempt to repair the leak with plugs was doomed to failure as there were two holes in the side wall - tyre was scrap. Luckily I still had a mobile signal and so a call was made to the recovery service and after a bit of difficulty a flat bed was arranged to pick up the car. Iain, who had parked up at the Inn for lunch, took off his wheel and this was delivered to me by Wattie’s son in law in his BMW X3 - how was that for a coincidence, he was also at Applecross for lunch. I then could drive to the Inn, give Iain his wheel back and have my fish and chips while waiting for the car transporter.

After a super lunch at the pub, I arranged for my wife, Aii to go with David as he had a spare seat and I waved everyone off as they drove up the Bealach na Ba for the next event - the grand easter egg rolling competition.

The winner was the furthest travelled egg and Wattie’s patented launch control device ensured fairness amid much joking and laughter. Ian’s Alex Salmond winning egg design from the night before proved that although good looks are needed, the ability to role downhill further than the completion was even more important as he only rolled a few feet - subtle pre election hint? Anyway the winner of the rolling competition was Ali and I wasn’t there to see it. I think everyone enjoyed the rest of the run back to Ullapool while I was taken to Kyle of Lochalsh for a new tyre.

Sunday evening after dinner we had the raffle and a superb total of £167 (including quiz entry fees) was raised for our nominated charities. Thanks everyone for both buying tickets and providing great prizes.
Later in the bar people were asked about the starting time for the return drive home and all opted for a lie in and later start.

After breakfast we all assembled for the photo session in front of the hotel and then set off for Fort William via Loch Ness and a coffee stop at Fort Augustus. Lunch at the Onich Hotel and off again in super sunshine. Most drivers opted for the great windy road to Kinlochleven before joining the road south through Glencoe and our final stop at Tyndrum where we made our goodbyes.

A great weekend was had by all, the weather was superb and the driving even better. Thanks everyone making it so.

Report by: Drew

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6th Apr 2015 20:31 :: Gordon and Moira
Thanks to Jim and Drew for another great weekend in God's country.Thanks also to Ian for leading a great days driving on Sunday.Glad Drew' s problem was sorted fairly quickly.

6th Apr 2015 20:50 :: Raymond & marcia
many thanks to Maria & Jim for organising a great weekend & also to Ian for leading Sunday's run & also the run round kinlochleven( I'm only just recovered from that). It was a great weekend again with fab weather, hotel, food & not forgetting the wonderful company.

7th Apr 2015 06:26 :: Hugh & Karine
Fantastic weekend, thanks Maria and Jim for organising. This ws our first run with the club, it certainly won't be our last. Fantastic weather, excellent company and awesome roads, what more does anyone need!

7th Apr 2015 12:16 :: Ali & Drew
Great weekend, thanks all for making it so good. Read the report to relive the dream!

7th Apr 2015 12:44 :: Wattie97
Another super weekend with our MX5 cronies. These trips take a lot of organising and I think a huge thanks should go to all concerned.
Those attending the trip also deserve a pat on the back because we all have a part in making it what it was.
I have listened to the moaning about the quiz and will tone it down a bit.
  Wattie & Janet.

7th Apr 2015 13:44 :: Dave
Thanks for organising a great weekend, and a big thanks to whoever organised the weather.

7th Apr 2015 19:26 :: Sandi & David
What a great weekend once again. The scenery was absolutely fantastic "Bonnie Scotland" or what. Thanks to everyone for a great weekend. All the best

7th Apr 2015 19:39 :: Jim and Maria
Another brilliant weekend. Thank you to everyone for making this such a success

7th Apr 2015 20:21 :: alan&rosie
Brilliant weekend thanks to every one who organised it. Weather was amazing. hoods down all weekend and the company was great.

7th Apr 2015 21:02 :: Ian and Irene
Wonderful weekend. Thanks to everyone from organisers to participants for making it such great fun. (Hope the spelling is ok)

8th Apr 2015 19:27 :: Eddie and Sandra
Thanks Jim and  Maria for organising a great weekend.  Really enjoyed the run round the Wester Ross Coastal Trail and Lunch at the Applecross .  Weather great in fact ET thinks he will buy a tent and go back up on a photographic trip.    Really enjoyed the weekend, great runs in great company.

8th Apr 2015 21:05 :: penny& davey
A big thank you for such a great weekend and taking us new bees under your wings!
Look forward to seeing you all again x

8th Apr 2015 23:15 :: Ed
Sounds like you all had a fantastic time. The pictures look amazing.

I will hopefully make the next run with you all.


13th Apr 2015 17:46 :: Steven & Dawn
Sorry its taken me a week to reply but i have only just landed after my "high". Huge thanks to Jim & Maria for organising a superb long weekend. I can score that off my bucket list now. Big thanks also to whoever booked the sunshine. And lastly and more importantly big thanks to everyone who attended and made it a most enjoyable few days away

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