Well given we had tons of time to get up there, I set the cruise control on the K1200GT to 68mph on the motorway..... I'm not normally known for restraint but this time it resulted in 65mpg ....
I got 310 miles out of that tankfull
We stopped over at our usually stop in Glasgow, the Erskine Bridge Hotel, £27 for bed and breakfast, including use of the swimming pool and jacuzzi etc which is nice after a day in the saddle
Next day over towards Inveraray
and then up to the Corran Ferry
and a spot of lunch at the Ardgour Inn.
Then on the A861, gorgeous road, through Strontian which apparently gave its name to the element
Then up to Mallaig to get the ferry over to Skye through the endlessly gorgeous scenery and exquisite roads. My riding companion, Ian had to get fuel from a small village just off the main Mallaig road... £1.60 per litre .... ouch
Over Skye and its impressive bridge and through to Eilean Donan castle for the ubiquitous touristy photo.
From there onto the even quieter roads via Lochcarron to the start of the Applecross Pass.
It's a stunning place
With awesome views
but low cloud was an issue
Some midgies managed to get into my helmet vent while taking pics .... nasty little bastards
Then stopping over at the Applecross Inn for the night, and a gorgeous bowl of Mussels starter with a huge mixed seafood linguine main course washed down with a Chilean white ... yum!!! One of the waiteress's was from South Africa, turned out from not far from where I'd worked out there, small world I guess!
After a good nights kip and a HUGE breakfast the next morning it was on around the Wester Ross coastal trail. Again stunning views.... and had to wait for a couple of locals to clear the road
Looking back over to Applecross
Sadly I believe this is where the tragedy involving this weekends canoe drownings occured
Stopped at Kinlochewe at a little cafe mid morning for a fresh banana milk shake ... yum
Got into a crazy dice with a local in a Focus ST after Poolewe, had a real hard job keeping him in sight ... at one point his car was on three wheels around a corner!!!
I really should grow up.
He turned off and normal bimbling recommenced well until we turned on the Ullapool road, that's a fast road
Had fish and chips from the excellent Seaforth and sat on the front to eat them
Then back track to Loch Ness for the night at the gorgeous Loch Ness Inn. Excellent food although the breakfast was not as good as the Applecross Inn.
Next day stop to take a couple of pics of Urqhart Castle
The days riding was in glorious weather, down to Fort William, Oban and the A83 and back to Glasgow to the Erskine to over night before facing the challenging weather home today