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Sunday in Strontian
Sun 26th Apr 2015 to Mon 27th Apr 2015
organised by Highland Scotland

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The Strontian Run

The weather forecast for Sunday 26th April suggested that we were going to have a repeat  of our Strontian run of two years ago, at a similar time of year. The main difference this time was that instead of having a mix of rain and sunshine we also had sleet, hail and snow, but undaunted the hardy (or foolish) stalwarts drove more or less all day with tops down. It has to be admitted however, that there were a few wimps who did have their tops up from time to time.

We left Aviemore pretty promptly at 10.00am and headed off down the old A9 to Newtonmore, where we branched off to Laggan and Roybridge for our first stop at the Stronlossit Inn, which provided us with very good coffee and scones. From there it was on to Corran ferry, 9 miles south of Fort William and very quickly onto the ferry which takes only 5 minutes to cross the narrow neck of water to Ardgour.

A further 13 miles of beautiful scenery and an interesting road took us to Strontian Hotel on the shore of Loch Sunart, where a light buffet lunch had been organised. We were all very pleasantly surprised by the extent of the spread which confronted us and in spite of our best endeavours  we failed to eat it all. However, feeling suitably refuelled, we now set off on an 18 mile stretch of what is undoubtedly one of the best single track driving roads in the west of Scotland. The scenery varies from grand and rugged mountains to beautiful expanses of blue sea and distant islands, all of which is only for the passengers/navigators eyes of course, while the driver has to give all of his/her attention to the road. The last 4 miles of this road returns to a standard two lane carriageway as it runs along the shore of the Sound of Arisaig, before joining the Mallaig to Fort William road at Lochailort.

At this point we turned East and headed for Glenfinnan and another coffee stop, at the tourist information centre this time. From here on all tops were down and we enjoyed a great drive in reasonable weather until we reached Spean Bridge, where it began to snow. It was here that some of our party continued North on the A82 for Inverness and home, while the remainder split off on to the A86 and drove undaunted and "topless" through the snow to Aviemore, where we enjoyed a final meal of the day at the Rowan Tree Hotel, just south of the village on the old A9.

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Your Comments
26th Apr 2015 18:54 :: ali@Mandy
Absolutely fantastic run, very mixed weather but roof down 95% of it
staggering landscape, great company
Greg an Jean really did us proud!
Interesting run home with Charles an  Bobby with Snow on the ground from around Fort Augustus to Inverness.
Must be the lambing snow!

26th Apr 2015 20:28 :: Bobby & Shane
Big thanks to Greg an Jean what great roads you had as on.
As usual good food great company,hope you all got home ok with all the snow!

26th Apr 2015 21:44 :: Doug & Muriel
Many thanks to Greg & Jean for a super run with great company on great roads. Hoods down all the time even when snowing.

26th Apr 2015 22:38 :: Chuck and Gill
Many thanks to Greg and jean for a great day out. We had it all- sun, rain, sleet and snow. Great roads and great company. Bring on the next one.

27th Apr 2015 10:27 :: Greg & Jean
Sincere thanks to all who joined the Strontian run and made it such a great day.
Report to follow.

7th May 2015 17:55 :: Chuck and Gill
Report now available.

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