North London head North of the Border 10th -17th June


North London Venture into Scotland. 

Steve Jones arranged an eight day trip for our Branch up into Scotland for 10-17th June and seven of us ventured forth.

Steve was joined by myself (another Steve), Martin, Richard, Christopher, Stuart and Gary. We had great weather, great roads, great views and no problems.

The only issue of significance was that Steve’s bacon was never quite crispy enough and the rest of us failed to give him due credit for having a big petrol tank, though since it was not a Honda I don’t think it counted.

Also Martin’s breakfast permutations confused many a waitress. None of us fell out, which is a plus, as was my Karaoke singing when I was easily the worst to give it a go, non of the others daring to try.

We journeyed up via the boring A66 to Scotch Corner and cut across the lovely North Pennines to Alston before the A7 to our first nights stop near Hawick.

We then went due north to Nairn, a nice day compromised by some heavy rain and a road closure on the nice A93.

We stayed five nights at the Havelock in Nairn, quite nice but poor value overall.

While their we met Martin’s sister in law Morag whom it was nice to see.

Ride outs included John O Groats, Braemar, a loop via Tomintoul and the best day that was Applecross and Shieldaig.

Our route home took in the glorious A82 past Loch Ness, Glencoe and Loch Lomond before a last night at Somerton hotel in Lockerbie.

This was our best night’s accommodations of the trip. We all got home safely on the Saturday, tired but happy and with bodies full of saturated fat and whisky! We would all like to thank Steve J for organising and leading the rides with myself helping.

Steve A