Hi guys, this is the road trip I’ve been banging on about. I’ve finally got around to making actual plans.
We are doing this on the 14th,15th & 16th of May, 2014. Yes I know its only November but if you’re like me, you’ll need time to save/prepare for this.
This is open to anyone who wishes to come, the more the merrier. All riders, seasoned & novice.
The whole idea of this is to be a ROAD TRIP, not just a big shred. So this is going to be an 800 miles, 3 day trip taking in some of the best roads & sights that Scotland has to offer. I’ve broken it down like this:
Day 1: My house to Edinburgh Castle (I’ve never seen it) - 3hrs
Edinburgh Castle to Inverness (cairngorm route) – 5hrs
300 miles, 8hrs. this includes estimates for stops, food, fuel, cigs etc etc. May take longer.
Stay overnight at Inverness Travelodge - £36 per room
Day 2: Inverness to Applecross (check Youtube for videos because this road is tight)
Applecross (doubling back to take Loch Ness road) to Fort William
200 miles, 6hrs. This doesn’t include stops or “let’s do that bit again!”. Estimate 9hrs.
Stay overnight at Fort William Travelodge - £39 per room
Day 3: Fort William to my house.
Taking in Oban, Loch Lomond & the coastal road through Greenock.
300 miles, 8hrs. Including stops etc.
All in around 800 miles. All times are estimates but be prepared to spend 8-10 hrs a day on the bike. Plenty of stops to stretch, eat, smoke, pictures etc. Like I said it’s a road trip & there will be a lot of places that I’ve never seen so I want to enjoy it.
It’s a group ride so the pace will be one which I feel is comfortable for all. Faster riders can go to the front if you know where to go, but I won’t leave anyone miles behind. We leave as a group, ride as a group & return as a group, its about enjoying the journey, not the speed.
I’m hoping to have radios & headsets for this, if you have your own then great, it’s nice to have a bit of banter on something like this.
Here’s a breakdown of costs.
Fuel: estimated 8 tanks @ £20 per tank - £160
Food: depends how much you eat, estimate £100
Spending: souvenirs etc - £100
Travelodge - £75 total or £37.50 to share with someone.
Edinburgh Castle Tour - £16 per ticket
Total per person - £420 approx
I’ve priced everything on the high end of the scale just in case.
Other things you’ll need include: a rain suit or waterproofs, it’s Scotland, IT WILL RAIN SOMEWHERE! Breakdown cover that covers you NATIONALLY, for example MCE’s “free” breakdown cover only covers you up to 10 miles from your house, so check. Puncture repair kit or that tyre foam stuff, better to be safe than sorry.
So let me know if you’re interested & we can start making arrangements, bookings etc
Some vids (not mine)