Scotland - NC500

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  1. bryandh

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    North Coast 500 route features prominently on our summer planning calendar, just cannot decide I it should be summer 2016. Can existing facilities cope, are new ones ready for what will surely be an onslaught in the first summer season since opening?
    Fuel availability?

    Be interested to hear the opinions of members who may already have completed the entire route, not just parts of route which may have been completed to fit a different travel itinerary.

    Any recommendations for stopovers, must see places etc., will be avidly read. Our route will also take in the Falkirk Wheel and Neptune's Steps near Ft William.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/t...te-66-named-six-coastal-road-trips-world.html

    Bryan
     
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    It looks like a great route.
    Interested in your responses.
     
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  3. bryandh

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    Hi, Sue, how been. Morocco bound?

    Bryan and Anna (Co-Pilot)
     
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    Read the Scotland thread under rally planning some good information there.
    Sorry can't put a link to it as I am on my tablet.
     
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    Has anyone done this? Definitely on the list now.
     
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    Never been one for following tourist 'routes' .. either at home or abroad.. it makes it (for me) too commercial .. much prefer finding my own way and avoiding tourist traps.. which these kind of routes are designed to funnel you into

    to be honest.. you can hardly take a wrong 'route' in Scotland.. everywhere you drive there is plenty to see and finding by yourself you won't be surrounded by tourists ...
     
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  8. bryandh

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    Times have changed hugely in tourism and Scotland is no different to any other such area in the world.
    Born and dragged up in Scotland's " second" city my pals and I had a short B&B break in Ft William in 1961, courtesy of a doting dad....... Not mine I hasten to add! On going out on Sunday evening the landlady politely asked,"Are yous awa' doon the Kirk boys? Naw, says I, were awa' doon the Gaumont."
    On our return some hours later we were greeted by our bags and baggage on the doorstep!!
    Tourism, and time have clearly changed those attitudes and think it is time you got on board @scotjimland and push for the success of such innovative schemes.

    Bryan
     
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    I want to do that route later this year when I retire,but what is the best month to go to avoid the midges?
     
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    did I knock it ?

    just said it wasn't for me.. that's my choice..

    don't need told what to do thank you
     
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    No idea, but somebody will be along with best/worst dates. Just hang around a while.

    Bryan
     
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    I have ridden it numerous times on the motor bike. Driven it once in the motorhome. I can tell you definitely which is best. Will be doing it again this summer both on the bike, with some mates ( lads trip) and in the motorhome. It is great fun either way BUT which do YOU think is best?
     
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    Question I wanted answered, but in a different context.
    Which way round? Given the starting point in Inverness ( great stopover) is clockwise or anticlockwise best and does it really matter?

    Bryan
     
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    We have ridden it both ways and I do not think it matters which way you go. However and this may sound strange. It is very different going the other way. Like a completely different ride. Hope this helps, even a little bit.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::reel:

    Was fishing for ideas, but don't think SWMBO would stand for clockwise 2016 and the other 2017...... Will give it a go. Might like it so much we can turn straight round......... And do the reverse run. Ta!

    Bryan
     
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    Yes it did occur to me that any route around there would be lovely but it's nice to travel a route with camping mapped out for us and suggestions what to do and see etc. Also we'll probably be doing it out of high season so it'll be less commercial.
     
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    the worst months for midges are June to September
     
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    The N500 has been dreamt up by the Scottish tourist board and well done to them , as long as people doing the route spend some money with the locals im sure that all will be happy , its the ones that load up at their local supermarkets and dont spend whilst doing the tour that will give the others a bad name.
     
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    good info thinking of going up April maybe for a few weeks then on to Ireland for a few weeks, heres hoping wanted to do so for a while , we have friends in Ireland so be good to see them , cross over to Larne from Cairnryan, and return via Rosslare to Fishguard, best laid plans eh
     
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