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Scenic rides in Scotland

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:03 pm

A few pictures from this afternoons little ride in Highland Perthshire and Stirling...

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Glen Ogle

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Loch Earn

Just 135 miles to get me back into the mood.
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Postby DEEP DIVER » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:53 pm

Rob you live in a beautiful area of the UK. I rode around Scotland twice and always want to go back.
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Postby gogs01 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:04 pm

Fabulous pictures Rob - I wish I could capture scenes like that.
Unfortunately the photos I take ever seem to capture what I can see.
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Postby Jockboxer » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:08 am

Rob, apologies in advance for the thread hijack but talking of Highland Perthshire ...

A week ago, I did a run up to Tyndrum to meet up with a couple of friends who'd been in Skye. Rather than take the usual route via motorway to Stirling then Callander, Lochearnhead etc, I went via the new Forth crossing then to Glendevon and over to Crieff. Then over the hill to Buchany, the Sma Glen, the road to Kenmore, along Loch Tay to Killin and then to the Lix Toll. There's a lot to be said for exploring Highland Perthshire rather than hooring up the road to Glencoe, as so many do.

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Pictish cross at Fowlis Wester

some detail ...
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The high road to Kenmore

This is how quiet it was: walkers in the middle of the road. I felt guilty disturbing them!
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Half way up with the Sma Glen in the distance.
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Postby Ruralman » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:26 am

Great pics of a Great Country !
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Glen Quaich Road (Amulree to Kenmore) 12th April 2018... The signs mean exactly what they say. No, I didn't try to get through... it was at least four or five feet deep!!! There hadn't been any real snowfall for at least a month.
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Postby Jockboxer » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:30 pm

During the big freeze in 2010, a German couple took their camper from Loch Tay to Bridge of Balgie. Well they tried! They had to abandon it and walk back. They came back to collect it the following Easter!

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:08 pm

Yes, people don't seem to get it... when it says 'No through road in Winter conditions' it isn't just some bureaucrat playing games, it means 'NO THROUGH ROAD' with side helpings of sudden freezing death if you're not prepared... even if its rather more than twice as far by the other route. I was speaking to a local recovery driver. He said that that road was their best earner in the winter. The best ones are the delivery drivers following sat navs. 600 metres up in thick snow on a road 6 inches wider than your vehicles width and absolutely nowhere to turn round.

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Postby Tincan3 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:38 pm

. . . . .and don't forget the Inverness to Wick train that got lost in the snow for quite few hours one winter . . . . . . !

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Postby Mjolinor » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:41 pm

I miss that weather. Sold my Land Rover in 1986 and haven't had a need for it since.

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Postby windmill john » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:07 am

Yes, people don't seem to get it... when it says 'No through road in Winter conditions' it isn't just some bureaucrat playing games, it means 'NO THROUGH ROAD

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Unless of course.... you’re 18 years old, prepared, popped a shovel in the back, grabbed your friend so there’s two of you.... to help with your digging and then crash through the drifts to enjoy frolicking, read spinning the car round, :grin:

Ahhh.... I remember Heptonstall Slack, great when closed. :grin:

Oh I’m far more mature now..... I live in the south and there no snow.



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Postby Mjolinor » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:22 am

Yes, people don't seem to get it... when it says 'No through road in Winter conditions' it isn't just some bureaucrat playing games, it means 'NO THROUGH ROAD

Rob

Unless of course.... you’re 18 years old, prepared, popped a shovel in the back, grabbed your friend so there’s two of you.... to help with your digging and then crash through the drifts to enjoy frolicking, read spinning the car round, :grin:

Ahhh.... I remember Heptonstall Slack, great when closed. :grin:

Oh I’m far more mature now..... I live in the south and there no snow.



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Unless of course.... you’re 18 years old, prepared, popped a shovel in the back, grabbed your friend so there’s two of you.... to help with your digging and then crash through the drifts to enjoy frolicking, read spinning the car round, :grin:

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There's an adjective that tends to describe people who do that on these roads - Late.

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Unless of course.... you’re 18 years old, prepared, popped a shovel in the back, grabbed your friend so there’s two of you.... to help with your digging and then crash through the drifts to enjoy frolicking, read spinning the car round, :grin:

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There's an adjective that tends to describe people who do that on these roads - Late.

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Postby windmill john » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:04 am

Even though I'm a lot more mature now........ ahem..... I still don't see an issue. We had the right clothes, stuff to dig us out, no pedestrians, animals, road signs, ditches etc. Not too far from houses if we needed to walk if there was a major issue.
Wrong maybe, I still enjoyed it.

Therefore... I assume the adjective you were looking for could have been:

Dazzling
Magnificent
Wonderful

:grin:

Oh, we are not the sort that if we had damaged something, we would have disappeared. We would have rectified it.
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:34 pm

Even though I'm a lot more mature now........ ahem..... I still don't see an issue. We had the right clothes, stuff to dig us out, no pedestrians, animals, road signs, ditches etc. Not too far from houses if we needed to walk if there was a major issue.
Wrong maybe, I still enjoyed it.

Therefore... I assume the adjective you were looking for could have been:

Dazzling
Magnificent
Wonderful

:grin:

Oh, we are not the sort that if we had damaged something, we would have disappeared. We would have rectified it.


No, just... Late :twisted:

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:54 am

Today was the day. I took my 'RS for it's MOT ( a trip of some 30 miles one way) and it passed. I couldn't resist a little run to celebrate. Lunch in East Coast Burgers at Montrose (GOOD burgers!) and a run home through some of the stunning backroads along the Southern edge of The Cairngorm National Park. About 170 Miles all told.

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Montrose



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Postby gogs01 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:58 am

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More great pictures, Rob.
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:50 am

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More great pictures, Rob.


The burgers at 'East Coast Burgers' are as good as ever... Bizarely, the playpark behind the cafe was packed but the beach was nearly empty :dontknow: there's nowt so strange as folks!

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Postby Jockboxer » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:18 pm

Go anywhere near Friockheim?

(Shall we have a compo to see who can pronounce it???)

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Postby Mjolinor » Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:35 pm

Go anywhere near Friockheim?

(Shall we have a compo to see who can pronounce it???)
We can all pronounce it right in our own opinion. Just because everyone else does it wrong is not relevant. :)

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Postby windmill john » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:15 pm

Worked in the travel trade many moons ago. I had to book someone to Fukuoka.
I didn’t know how to say it, so when speaking to the airline, I gave them the flight number instead.

By the way, it’s pronounced fooker yoka

Booked someone to Bugibba in Malta. I said buggy bar, when apparently it’s pronounced bujeeba



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Postby Mjolinor » Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:32 pm

You don't need to go that far, Hawick is like a pig with no hens.

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:07 pm

Go anywhere near Friockheim?

(Shall we have a compo to see who can pronounce it???)


Not really... I went along the B9113 then the A934 through all the little place names ending in 'ton' (Dubton, Maryton, Bonnyton) on the outward journey, then the A935 to Brechin on the way home.

I could have a stab at the pronounciation if it were in Norway but how the scots pronounce it is anybodies guess. Strangely, according the Wikipedia, it's not an ancient name... it was first used officially in 1824, Prior to that the village was called just Friock...

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Re: Scenic rides in Scotland

Postby george baker » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:38 pm

Hi
following on from WindmillJohn, a mate of mine in South America somewhewre ended up with a flight to the wrong airport due to pronunciation problems. In fact she ended up in the wrong country.

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