Monday, 16 June 2014

Applecross 2014

Another motorcycling weekend at Applecross in the Scottish Highlands.
Pitstop at Achnasheen railway station (and no, that wee building isn't the toilets, they're around the corner!)
The Flower Tunnel - minus the cafe-bar
Bit of a problem this year as the Flower Tunnel café-bar on the campsite had closed for some reason. When we asked about this the answers we got didn’t make much sense, to be honest.

Other Terry and his ZZR1400
Having a drink outside the Applecross Inn waiting on our dinners
However, it meant rethinking our plans for the weekend as we had been planning on eating there and avoiding the pub, which gets far too busy in the evenings. The food is excellent, but there's never enough room. So, the pub it was then.

Everything is better after a cup of tea
Deer foraging on hillside behind the Applecross Inn
Taking the Landie lifestyle a bit too seriously
Gareth inspects a replica iron-age roundhouse
Dutch clogs are called Klompen, much like the noise that they make
A generally lazy few days, with only Stuart and Other Terry kitting up and going for a spin on the Saturday afternoon. 

As usual, the weather was a bit unpredictable. Bright and sunny one minute, drizzly rain the next.  Not to worry, sometimes it’s just good to get away for a few days.
The view towards Raasay and Skye from the top of the Bealach na Ba
The long and winding road
Obligatory photo of the roadsign at the foot of the Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle).
This is as close to an alpine road as you can get in the UK, a single-track road with a very steep gradient and a number of tight switchback hairpin bends.

Normally great fun on a bike, but less so when I arrived on Friday as most of it was covered in mist and drizzle, with very limited visibility making it quite hard work and without the great views from the top. Much better coming back over this morning, though, in the sunshine.
"What have the Romans ever done for us?" 

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