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#500764 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 05 July 2015 - 10:19 PM

I've attached the route details from our trip so you guys can drive some of the roads yourselves if you get the chance. Mileages are the actual ones I recorded from home back to home so you have an idea each day pans out. 

 

We left around 9am each morning after a hearty full Scottish breakfast and with stops for food and drink and lots of photo taking stopped at around 7pm. So long days but to be fair they passed pretty quickly as each day was just wow can the views and roads get any better? 

 

I would probably change one or two of the routes taken as some of the roads were just a little too tight, the single track roads slowed us down as you really couldn't see more than a a few yards at times because of tight bends and blind summits. 

 

I've included names of the hotels we stayed in, only one I'd change would be the one in Ullapool as it was a bit tired. All can be booked online and cost around £35 per night each.

 

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Finally to save me time inserting links I've created a playlist on YouTube, here's the link to my channel. I've still got a lot of footage to edit and upload yet, (how slow is YouTube!!! and it kills the quality from what I have on my laptop) Keep checking back to see new videos.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2W9fj4OPql98fYCYPGgIYg 




#500743 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 05 July 2015 - 09:21 PM

Few more video's added. 

 

road to Glencoe, stunning.

 

https://www.youtube....X5jmiEFC7NIIAhZ

 

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Then a couple from day 2 after finishing Applecross pass this is coast road with views of Skye, narrow one track road with passing places. At the start of this one you can see  group of deer just by the side of the road on the right.

 

Here's a couple of pictures I took as I drove past, could almost reach out and touch them

 

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https://www.youtube....7NIIAhZ&index=7

 

https://www.youtube....7NIIAhZ&index=8

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#499805 So I Crashed :(

Posted by Philf1 on 01 July 2015 - 09:02 PM

Did you collect the road kill though?




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#499302 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 29 June 2015 - 10:37 PM

Sorry guys this should have been the first video really as we cross the border, take a note of the music that was playing at the time quite appropriate in a way, and then the A83 from Arrochar to Inveraray.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=7cJncQhPZnI




#499033 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 28 June 2015 - 07:22 PM

Next installment from day three, Lochinver to Ardvrek castle, not much left of the castle but well worth the slight detour.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=EPbd9-VPEAg

 

 

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#498993 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 28 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

I'm using GoPro studio to snip and stitch them together and it coverts them to mp4 ready for upload to youtube. All takes a lot of time as files are pretty large as filmed in full 1080p HD. Still feeling my way around it all as well. Have a look at this from a guy who pretty much sums up some of the "issues"I've already encountered. Warning some of the language is colourful

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=OY91KPpqvrU




#498900 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 28 June 2015 - 11:06 AM

I've got a gopro hero 3+ silver. Really pleased with the quality as its first time I'd used it in anger. Got hours to trawl through and edit but will post more soon



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#498733 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 27 June 2015 - 11:39 AM

Here's the video I shot of the drive over Applecross

http://youtu.be/dGdvPl16qTw

Also Fort William to Invergarry.

http://youtu.be/5RiTvYTy1k4

More to follow guys


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#496639 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 19 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

Sorry I didn't update this last night was wracked when I got home.

Got to keep the cars clean before setting off

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A long day saw the Falkirk wheel and the forth bridges

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And finally home. This is my trip mileage

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Going away for a few days in the Dales now to recover. I will upload more photos and some videos next week.


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#496638 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 19 June 2015 - 12:49 PM

Sorry I didn't update this last night was wracked when I got home.

Got to keep the cars clean before setting off



A long day saw the Falkirk wheel and the forth bridges



And finally home. This is my trip mileage



Going away for a few days in the Dales now to recover. I will upload more photos and some videos next week.


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#496311 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 17 June 2015 - 09:49 PM

End of day four in Pitlochry. Day started with a near 100 miles drive from Wick down the coast to Dingwall just outside Inverness. Then across country ending up at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. I have to say I'm really disapointed with this place. £8.50 entrance fee and you can't hardly see the castle without paying, I managed to snap this through the trees.

 

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Loch Ness is huge seems to go on for miles but views of it are pretty limited compared to what we had on the Western side of the country. Up the other side of Loch Ness to see this road in front of us

 

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Then onto the Cairngorms and over Lecht Pass and Cairnwell Pass. Stunning roads and great drive but in all honesty Applecross beats them hands down probably because it's sea level to 2000'+ whereas these start at 1000' so not quite as impressive. Still interesting to see the ski lifts sat all redundant

 

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We also clicked over 1000 miles.

 

Last day tomorrow unfortunately.

 




#495999 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 16 June 2015 - 09:44 PM

Day 3 started well. Good weather again and more great roads and views. Went to Ardvark castle, what a great place, not much left after 400+ years of neglect. Beautiful location.

 

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Then about 1pm the rain started, well this is Scotland and we were warned. Pity the rain persisted all day. 

 

We drove up to Durness then across the north coast. These A roads are single track with passing places most of the way. With the wet narrow roads took us a little longer then expected. But we got to Dunnett head, The UK mainlands most northerly point

 

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then on to John O'Groats.

 

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Finally we bedded down in Wick. Hopefully the weather will improve tomorrow.




#495766 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 15 June 2015 - 08:39 PM

Day 2 and we're up in Ullapool. Small fishing town and ferry terminal. Weather has been kind again warm and sunny most of the day.

A picture for those of you forces guys the commando memorial with Ben Nevis in the background

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And our motors

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We then went on to the infamous Applecross pass. OMG what a road that is rising from sea level to over 2000' then back to sea level 1in 5 hairpins the works. If you ever get to Scotland you must drive it. Unforgettable.

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Sorry some ugly mug got in the way haha

More tomorrow


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#495500 New Tyres For A Fiesta Metal?

Posted by Philf1 on 14 June 2015 - 10:02 PM

Best to stay on the road though, no point having long lasting if you're in a ditch!




#495499 Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

Posted by Philf1 on 14 June 2015 - 09:59 PM

So day one is done and we have arrived in Fort William. Wow this country is amazing. Every corner brings another outstanding view and the roads are so quiet compared to back home. Weather has been pretty good, few showers but dat ended with bright sunshine and blue skies.

 

We went to the Lockerbie to see the memorial a very emotive place and the list of casualties brings home what a disaster it was.

 

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Still snow on the tops of the mountains, yes it might be June but it is definitely snow. Who needs the Alps when there are views like these. 

 

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We've been for a curry for our evening meal, can't leave West Yorkshire totally behind can we? Hottest vindaloo I've ever had, ouch. Can't say I'm looking forward to Ghandi's revenge tomorrow.

 

Hopefully day two will continue the same and we're getting into the real high mountains as well.

 

I'll update again tomorrow evening.