Following our fab weekend last year at Bridge of Cally, we hoped our good fortune would not desert us.
We booked the Whitebridge Hotel as our base. It is situated opposite Ft Augustus on the South Side of Loch Ness, some 9 miles up a single track road. Dave Stewart has experience of this road which joins the A9 at the other end, and is, as we found, “fantastic- single track some of the time but good surface and reasonably straight.”
We started @ 9.30am at Milton, stopped @ Tarbet for coffee, then avoided Inveraray as convoy system at The Rest. So via Crianlarich, Green Welly, Dalmally, Connel, lunch at Cuil, where we had a minor kucking falamity with a certain Gold Wing- the restaurant wanted to provide us with a challenge by keeping the half barrels rather close to each other, in order to deter cars.
Then by Ballachulish, Fort William, Invergarry, Ft Augustus where we stopped for ice creams and watched the canal gates being operated etc.
Here, Grumpy came out with his famous comment- when ordering ice creams he tells the ice cream lady, “I shouldn’t really be having this”. What’s she supposed to say, Norrie?
Then to Whitebridge Hotel- a very pleasant surprise, the place couldn’t be more ideal. We had the place more or less to ourselves, the hosts, David & Sarah were very pleasant & hospitable & provided food so fresh, attractive to the eye & mouthwateringly tasty. The best we’ve experienced for, I don’t know, how long- a real find..
On the Saturday, 9.30 am- off towards the North, then North West- Drumnadrochit, Beauly, (coffee- Fiona’s idea), Muir of Ord, Contin, Garve, Achnasheen, alongside the south banks of Lochcarron (views to die for) to Stromferry, then to Plockton for lunch. Some had not had the pleasure of visiting this Haven of Beauty- just magical
We returned by the coast road to Sky of Lochalsh, Eilean Donan Castle for fotos etc, Inverinate, Cluanie, to Glengarry- these are the very best of biking roads known to man.
Then “home” via Ft Augustus to Whitebridge.
A good soiree, fab food again, & some sore heads in the morning
Home via the B962 to Daviot on the A9. Thereafter South to Carrbridge, We then headed for Grantown on Spey, (here, some ne’er do well imitated The Pied Piper, leading the weak willed for an early coffee etc, which didn’t half put the mockers on the planned coffee/lunch stop at Tomintoul) A short stop at Tomintoul, then Bridge of Cairn, Braemar- great roads again, to Dunkeld for lunch.
Change of return route at Braco (JG contact lens probs), by the M80 home.
Fackered but happy. A great weekend.
Next year- Dunbar, up north again?- has to be new & out of range of our Spring Run. We can always return to Whitebridge at a later date- God willing
Some Photos of places we were near or passed by.