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

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Hi-5's go to Strontian  - THE JACOBITE EXPERIENCE

Sunday 26th April 2015

Greg and Jean have volunteered to organised a run to Strontian.

Details will follow

(Moidart & Ardgour)

STARTING POINT:- AVIEMORE (A) - Meet in the car park next to the police station, which is on the LHS of the road just after the first , approaching from the North (via Granish junction on the A9), or A940/A939/A95 from Forres/Elgin.

STARTING TIME:-  10.00am.

>The drive will proceed south along the B9152 (old A9) as far asNewtonmore (B) where the route bears right onto the A86 to Roy Bridge. A coffee stop is planned for the Stronlossit Inn (C)&(L) on RHS with good parking, at the entrance to the village.

>The route then continues for a short distance on the A86 to Spean Bridge (D) where it bears left onto the A82 to Fort William (E) and Ballachulish.

>Approximately 9 miles South of Fort William we arrive at Corran Ferry (F) where we turn right into the car park and re-assemble before joining the ferry queue. The ferry cost will be somewhere in the region of 7.90 to 8.20 per car and it is requested that you should have sufficient cash to cover the exact fare in order to speed up departure. The fare structure is under discussion at present, which makes it impossible to give an exact figure.

>For the benefit of those who may not have used this ferry before it is worth noting that the crossing time is very short (about 5 minutes), the boat is modern with easy access and can carry about 32 cars as long as there are no timber wagons crossing.As the drive is taking place on a Sunday we should hopefully be free of large vehicles.

>On leaving the ferry the route turns left onto the A861 which is a standard two lane carriageway for 12 miles, after which it becomes a single track road with passing places, for the next 18 miles. However, after about 1 mile of single track road we arrive at The Strontian Hotel (G) situated on the shore of Loch Sunart, where we stop for lunch. Once again it has adequate parking and good food.

>After lunch the drive continues on the single track road, passing through Salen and Acharacle (H), returning to a standard two lane carriageway in a further 4 miles at the end of Loch Moidart from where we continue to Lochailort ( I ) at the junction of A861 and A830.

It is worth pointing out that while the route from Corran Ferry to Lochailort is a great driving road, the single track section in particular, requires the driver's undivided attention, because it consists of a series of blind crests and unpredictable sharp bends, but none the less great fun if you enjoy driving.It is important on this section that cars are well spaced out because the passing bays will generally only accommodate two cars.

>On arrival at the Lochailort ( I ) junction the route turns right onto the A830 heading towards Glenfinnan, Corpach and Fort William, but after about 10 miles we arrive at Glenfinnan (J) where we should be able to obtain a cup of coffee before heading towards Corpach (K) and Fort William.

>Approximately 2 miles after passing through Corpach the A830 intersects the A82, at which point the route turns left and heads for Spean Bridge (D).

>On arrival at Spean Bridge drivers have a choice, to either continue on the A82 to Inverness, OR turn right onto the A86 and head up through Newtonmore to Kingussie  where they can join the A9 for Inverness.

>For those not wishing to travel via Inverness the route from Spean Bridge is via A86 to Newtonmore, B9152 to Aviemore and A95 to Grantown and onwards to Forres / Elgin / Lossiemouth / Aberdeen.

>Arrangements have been made for all those wishing to have an evening meal on the way home, to stop at The Rowan Tree Country Hotel (M) (formerly the Lynwilg Hotel for the benefit of those among us who can remember that far back!!) which is about 1.5 miles South of Aviemore on the B9152.

We can also make arrangements to meet in Inverness and travel to Aviemore - probably 9.00am at DFS carpark.


>Attending so far: 7 Cars

2 Greg & Jean (meet Aviemore)
4 Charles & Gillian (meet Inverness, no dinner in Aviemore)
6 Ali and Mandy (meet Inverness, no dinner in Aviemore)
8 Debbie & Bobby (meet Inverness, no dinner in Aviemore)
10 The Als (leaving from Elgin, dinner in Aviemore)
12 Jimmy & Jill (meet Aviemore, no dinner in Aviemore)
14 Doug & Muriel (meet Inverness)

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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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