The Year Ahead & A Guide To Scotland.

The Year Ahead & A Guide To Scotland.

Here’s a short extract from Mikes’ Blog ‘Winton Massif

Because I’m a bit lazy with the whole writing a blog thing we’ll start this look forwards by looking back. Sort of.
Back in September, to celebrate his retirement Faithir hired a nice house up near Achiltibuie for a weeks holiday. I rode the Africa Twin up taking in Glen Quaich in Perthshire on the way. It’s a great wee singletrack road that runs from Amulree to Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay. If you’re heading north from the Edinburgh area and have the time, it’s definitely worth the detour.

The week was spent chilling out doing holiday stuff and going out on the pushbike with HB. I took the chance to get out on some nice spins on the bike too. Achiltibuie and the surrounding area makes up the Coigach peninsula which is just missed and no more by the North Coast 500 route. (more on that later) Luckily for me this keeps my favourite part of the Scottish mainland relatively quiet, especially when compared with the wee villages north of Lochinver. A big traillie is the ideal companion for these roads, long suspension flatting out all the bumps and relaxed geometry taking the twitchy arse out of the gravel patches. I had a few runs up to Lochinver and round Loch Assynt as well as visiting Scourie and nipping out to Oldshoremore to scope out the camping area for future trips.

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