Featured Touring Pen1$ 287

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  1. doov29

    doov29 Well-Known Member

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    Since I had some free time and the weather was supposed to be good I decided to have a crack at the fabled PEN1$ 287 from The Grand Tour tv show.

    Did it over 2 nights and stayed near Gairloch on the west coast.

    Clarkson and the guys did say it was one of the best driving routes they have ever taken and it certainly did not disappoint. Amazing views and scenery. Fantastic roads and some great food along the way.
    Weather held out although I did get slightly damp in a cloud at one point.
    Surprised how quiet most of the roads were although there were quite a few camper vans to contend with.
    Plenty of bikers as well to chat to when I stopped along the way.

    Would definitely recommend this route and it could easily be done in a day if your starting from Inverness.
    I will be doing it again for sure.
    Also a shout out to the Thruxton R. What a machine! I love that bike more and more every time I ride it.
    On the downside Pirelli Rosso Corsas are very expensive and I seem to have shredded a set in my excitement.
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  2. Cyborgbot

    Cyborgbot Elite Member

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    That looks a great ride and the food delicious.

    Having just done Wales and want to do the rest of it I will postpone re-exploring Scotland.

    I’m also worried about the gnats and accidentally meeting @Dave49

    Just joking.

    An amazing country. Love it to bits.
     
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  3. doov29

    doov29 Well-Known Member

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    just had a look at your pictures. Looks like you had a fantastic time as well.
    It’s great to be so close to amazing scenery and roads.
     
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  4. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème
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    This place looks familiar I'm pretty sure I stopped here when I did the NC500 last year, I was going clockwise.
    Your route looks like anther one for the, "To do " list.
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  5. Markus

    Markus Noble Member
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    Thanks for the great tour impressions!!!
     
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  6. Ducatitotriumph

    Ducatitotriumph Crème de la Crème
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    Initially I thought it was another spam post!
    Looks great and thanks for the posting. I did the nc500 anti-clockwise but I was in a hurry so I’ll get back and very probably do that route.
     
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  7. Oldskool

    Oldskool Senior Member

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    Funnily enough we are near to Scourie just now, on the NC500. Not sure if we will have time to do that route but all of the scenery up here is awesome. I do confess to doing it in the car….. We’ve come up from down south and have done nearly 900 miles over the last 5 days…I have to say I am sick of the rear view of feckin camper vans. They do seem to travel in convoy….
     
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  8. Oldskool

    Oldskool Senior Member

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    Oh my, some of the roads are incredible….

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  9. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

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    It never ceases to amaze me the number of awesome roads that people find and then ride in the UK. It makes me wonder why I have toured so many times in Europe when all this is on our doorstep. :)
     
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  10. Oldskool

    Oldskool Senior Member

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    Probably one of my nicest days drive ever on this island . Although, I go to Glencoe in the morning from here.. that looks promising too.

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  11. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    When your'e in Glencoe village try and fit in the Kinlochleven loop
     
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  12. Oldskool

    Oldskool Senior Member

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    Here now, will check that one out ,,,,after beer! Thanks. I assume that is the route around the Loch ? Looks,great…:cool::cool:
     
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  13. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème
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    Defiantly do it if you can, Dougie recommended it to me, and it's well worth doing. Enjoy.
     
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  14. andyc1

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    And Ireland ;):cool:
     
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  15. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman Crème de la Crème

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    I stayed at the MacDonald hotel in Kinlochleven on my recent short trip to Scotland so my route out each day was on the “loop”, one side or the other. It’s not fast and there are blind crests etc but it’s a great little road. Think I enjoyed the north side best.
     
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  16. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème
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    Unfortunately I did it in a car, :mad: but I really enjoyed it. Got 6 trips booked up for next year, all in the UK. Still not wanting to run the risk of falling foul to Amber, Green and Red lists. Pain in the bloody arse :mad::mad:
     
  17. Oldskool

    Oldskool Senior Member

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    What a great tip Dougie . Even in a car it was a lovely drive . Now sat in The Balcony bar with a beer , cheers .

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  18. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

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    Yes @andyc1 Ireland as well.
     
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