Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

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Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Gazspurs » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:13 pm

After sitting in the cinema last week admiring the spectacular scenery behind Mr Bond a small group of us have agreed on a long weekend into the Scottish Highlands.

The roads & scenery look fantastic so we have agreed to take our road bikes on the overnight train from London.

Was just wondering if anyone had done a similar sort of weekend, any advice on where to go, routes to plan.

The idea is to have a hotel (base) for 3 nights & just ride out from there each morning as we want to be taking minimal kit out with us in the day.

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby cougie » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:22 pm

I know they filmed in Glencoe - so Fort William might be a good bet if you want to retrace those steps ?

Maybe save it til Spring though ?

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby amaferanga » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:29 pm

I'd get the train up to Alness and spend a couple of days riding around Sutherland. Glencoe may be spectacular, but it's a horrible, horrible road to cycle on busy weekends.
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Drumlin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 14:37 pm

You could base your weekend on the route of the now-famous Snow Roads 300 viewtopic.php?f=40007&t=12888810
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby jfrankland1991 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 15:19 pm

Overnight sleeper to Fort William and base yourself there. I agree that the Glencoe is an awful road when its busy despite the beautiful scenary. However, there are still some quiet roads to be had in the area. The possibilities are Neptune's Staircase and the Great Glen to the north-east, the Corran ferry can take you across the other side of the loch for a nice circular, the train to Mallaig, Morar etc. and also across to Skye. However, the roads can be busy in the area. A train to Oban may also be an option with possible day trips to the Inner Hebrides

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby declan1 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 15:49 pm

As above go to Alness (I live less than 2 miles away) and definitely cycle over the Struie - a beautiful road. You could go to Lairg, then Golspie and back to Alness in a day, which is a lovely route.

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Richard Farrant » Tue Nov 20, 2012 16:43 pm

The scenes where the house was located were actually filmed on Hankley Common, nr Farnham in Surrey...

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby cougie » Tue Nov 20, 2012 16:56 pm

Hang on - you're not telling me that it wasn't real ? It must be - cos I saw him jump out of that helicopter at the Olympics ?

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby thegreatdivide » Tue Nov 20, 2012 17:03 pm

You could head North West and do the Bealach na Bà. The only 11/10 in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.

http://100hillsforgeorge.blogspot.co.uk ... na-ba.html
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby mallorcajeff » Tue Nov 20, 2012 19:19 pm

You could probably have a week in the sechells cheaper than what the train will cost you. I would love to do Scotland looks beautiful

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby amaferanga » Tue Nov 20, 2012 19:46 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:You could head North West and do the Bealach na Bà. The only 11/10 in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.

http://100hillsforgeorge.blogspot.co.uk ... na-ba.html


Probably the best climb in the UK, but a bugger to get anywhere near by train.
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby thegreatdivide » Tue Nov 20, 2012 20:30 pm

You can get about 4 trains from Inverness direct to Strathcarron on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. Stay at the Strathcarron hotel, do a loop out and over the Bealach na Bà then collapse (after you've had your dinner) :-)
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Monty Dog » Tue Nov 20, 2012 20:49 pm

I would suggest you go to Oban rather than Fort William as the roads will be quieter and you could even venture over to the Isle of Mull for a day. Whilst Glencoe is spectacular, it's a rotten place to ride a bike because of the traffic.
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby declan1 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 21:55 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:You can get about 4 trains from Inverness direct to Strathcarron on the Kyle of Lochalsh line. Stay at the Strathcarron hotel, do a loop out and over the Bealach na Bà then collapse (after you've had your dinner) :-)


You can just get the train from Inverness then change at Dingwall. Kyle is really nice (even though there's not much there) and you could cycle over to Skye (really nice scenery).

Kyle station looking over to Skye:

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Tue Nov 20, 2012 22:04 pm

thegreatdivide wrote:You could head North West and do the Bealach na Bà. The only 11/10 in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.

http://100hillsforgeorge.blogspot.co.uk ... na-ba.html


This is the first time (and probably last time) I will say this:

I want to go to Scotland! :mrgreen:

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Gazspurs » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Thanks for all the responses guys, very much appreciated.

Has certainly given us an idea of where to plan jounreys, been doing tome reserach online as well & it does look so beautiful.

As pointed out though, have you seen the price of the train.....WOW! Ive paid less for holidays.

Another idea is to fly from Southampton to Inverness with Flybe but I'm sure we'll get bent over when we mention bikes as luggage.

Might be that we take turns in driving & split the petrol 4 ways, will be looking to do spring/summer next year but outside any kids holiday time.

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:00 pm

Yeah, I think you should consider the car option. It means you can go from hotel or B&B and ride various areas.

Probably best not to camp though - you will be eaten alive on the West Coast. I took the bike to Lewis and Harris in Sept and rode a superb route through the Harris mountains - it was almost Alpine in spots. Stopped at the top of one particular climb to survey the scenery and within seconds I was being chomped on!
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby amaferanga » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:10 pm

A car or a van would make more sense and you'd be able to get to some of the more remote parts more easily. But it's a bloody long drive from London. You should be able to get some fairly cheap train tickets up to Edinburgh or Glasgow around 2-3 months before you want to go and then hire a vehicle from there maybe.
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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby Navrig » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:27 pm

If you are going by train I would suggest that you target the immediate Inverness or Fort William areas. The train frequency and speed north and west of both Inverness and Fort William is not conducive to a long weekend from Southampton. You'll spend far too long waiting for or on a train.

You can easily setup some great scenic riding from both Inverness and Fort William.

Driving - head for Oban.

That was always my favourite destination on the motorbike. You can easily avoid Glencoe and the scenery is fantastic. There are at least two hostels in Oban, a decent curry house, a decent seafood restaurant and plenty of pubs.

Flying - Inverness or consider Glasgow then train to Oban but again it will take too long IMHO.

In all reality a long weekend is too short. Take a week and really enjoy it.

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Re: Scottish Highlands - Mr Bond

Postby sbbefc » Wed Nov 21, 2012 13:34 pm

Its probably easier getting to the alps from london


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