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post #1 of 15 Old 07-21-2017, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Southampton to the North of Scotland and Back

A year's mileage in three and a half days. That was the longest I could take away from my family and business but in that time I rode 1640 miles. I got from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland and saw some really great places. Here are a few photos:


I rode through a couple of hours of this on the first day. A cycling waterproof over my regular riding jacket kept most of it out.


Day two, on the road to Glencoe.
IMG_1238 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

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The Commando Memorial at Glencoe.
IMG_1242 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

A castle near Fort William.
IMG_1244 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

View from the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
IMG_1245 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

Looking back down the Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle), the highest tarmac road in Great Britain.
IMG_1254 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

Wednesday evening I met up with a friend who lives up that way and we went for a mountain bike ride.


Thursday morning. Altnaharra, a farm, a hotel and frequently the coldest place in the UK in the weather reports.
IMG_1264 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

Loch Eribol, a sea inlet and looks like a great place to take a kayak to explore those little islands.
IMG_1272 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

The beach at Durness, the most north-westerly village in mainland UK.
IMG_1280 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr
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Apparently John Lennon's aunt is buried here!
IMG_1285 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

Nothing more out there until you get to the Arctic.
IMG_1281 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr


Then it was time to head back south. I got as far as Glasgow late on Thursday evening and on Friday rode about seven hours to get home in time to take my son out for a birthday evening meal.
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Beautiful country. Probably have less rain than I do this year.
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That's some journey, good effort. Lucky to catch that rare Scottish sun too!

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That is an amazing ride! Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.
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Here's a link to the video I shot going up the pass to Applecross.

https://youtu.be/wNqWEApFdNA
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Fantastic trip and photos! I always enjoy a good ride report with great pics of the trip. Thank you!
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Super report and pictures.
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like the video...looks like a lot of fun
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Here's a link to the video I shot going up the pass to Applecross.

https://youtu.be/wNqWEApFdNA
Awful. You never exceeded 100mph, didn't drag your knee and didn't overtake that SUV where real men would have (in blind corners, forcing the car half of the road and waving your middle finger at him for not vanishing into thin air). The engine noise is way too quiet and I bet you even wore gear while riding....

This is a forum frequented by beginners, how are they supposed to learn from that?

*If anybody finds irony/sarcasm they can keep it*
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Looking back on this thread recently I noticed that a couple of the photos had disappeared, presumably because they were stored in Facebook rather than Flickr where all the others are. As the original post cannot now be edited here's an update for anyone struggling to make sense of the captions to missing photos:

At the top.

I rode through a couple of hours of this on the first day. A cycling waterproof over my regular riding jacket kept most of it out.
Wet M6 by Keith Whitten, on Flickr

And about half way down.

Wednesday evening I met up with a friend who lives up that way and we went for a mountain bike ride.
Evanton by Keith Whitten, on Flickr
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