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At the back end of Summer 2004 my lad Ben who'd just turned 18 at the time had a couple of weeks to kill before he returned to college, so I suggested we give the neighbourhood moggies a break to let their arses recover after the BB gun episode and we could do a run up to Scotland. He'd not long passed his bike test and bought himself a Yamaha  XJR 400. 

There'd already been a run up to Scotland earlier in the year for him with a couple of his mates, but he was quite keen to go on what would be his first long run with his Dad, God only knows why! The route we chose was based around the one I did with the "All England Squirrel Batting Team" in 2003 but missing out Skye. It's a nice run with some great roads and not too far to ride each day for a newby rider on what was a very underpowered bike for touring.                      


Once again the big Beemer is loaded up and ready to go. Ben's XJR can just be seen
   in the background, and you'll notice he's not even packed yet!


  This is the road to Oban


Loch Garry (I think! )as seen from the A87. We're now headed for the Kyle of Lochalsh where we'll pick up the Wester Ross trail to Ullapool


Rest break at the Loch Carron Viewpoint


Somewhere nice 'n Scottish


Loch Carron from Lochcarron Village 

There's a little cafe in  Lochcarron Village   called the "Waterside".  If you're ever up here it's a cracking wee place to stop for a bite to eat.  Good food great milk shakes and that view, can't beat it really.  

After taking these photos the weather closed in so we made a dash through Wester Ross for Ullapool where we stayed in the Riverside Hotel  great place though it should really be re-named, "The Bit of Grass and a Street Cornerside Hotel".  Very biker  friendly and a great brekky but not a river to be seen anywhere near the side of it.  After a nights stay there we made for Edinburgh in the pouring rain, met my daughter and took her out for dinner then headed for home next day.

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