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by matt2matt2002
18 Jun 2017, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Outer Hebrides

I spent 6 days in Leverburgh in June 2014 on my Scottish end to end. Weather was fine but the sea swell prevented the boats going out to St. Kilda. So frustrating since the day before I arrived folk had been out and came back sunburnt. In May this year I took the Oban ferry and followed your route n...
by matt2matt2002
8 Jun 2017, 1:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Crask Inn
Replies: 4
Views: 6567

Re: Crask Inn

Great news.
Any idea if camping is ok in the garden or if accommodation is available?
by matt2matt2002
4 Jun 2017, 9:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Next trip suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 6597

Re: Next trip suggestions

Snap.
I did the OuterHebrides. In May.
Great trip.
My previous great trip was a month in Sri Lanka.
And if you liked the O/H you will love an end to end of Scotland. Shetland to Mull of Galloway.
by matt2matt2002
25 May 2017, 5:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring in Sri Lanka
Replies: 5
Views: 3862

Re: Cycle touring in Sri Lanka

Looks good! I've never ridden in Sri Lanka but have visited and, having ridden in India and spent quite a bit of time there, Sri Lanka strikes me as how India would be if things worked properly! Plus much more orderly on the roads. Couldn't agree more. I was there last year for 30 days. Only bad po...
by matt2matt2002
15 May 2017, 2:22pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 440

Re: 10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_(Scottish) Best explained by Wikipedia but my take on it is they're Glaswegians who go out of the city for a night out drinking heavily. Often located within easy reach of Glasgow such as east side of loch lomond. Use of fires, irresponsible disposal of waste (in...
by matt2matt2002
15 May 2017, 2:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland
Replies: 11
Views: 440

Re: 10 of the best wild camping sites in Scotland

Joe.B wrote:Talisker Bay on Skye would be my addition to the list.


Dam. Now it's not secret.

Ha ha - yes indeed.
One of my fav places.
by matt2matt2002
12 May 2017, 11:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Yobs in cars shouting abuse at cyclists for no reason?
Replies: 73
Views: 20669

Re: Yobs in cars shouting abuse at cyclists for no reason?

I had an empty beer bottle thrown at me.
Missed me by inches.
Heard laughter from the car as it passed by.

On the whole more positives than negatives.
But I tend to remember the near misses rather than the thumbs up.
by matt2matt2002
8 May 2017, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Butterflies and Bats - Cycling Around the World
Replies: 15
Views: 6734

Re: Butterflies and Bats - Cycling Around the World

Best of luck with your tour. I'll second or third, Sri Lanka. Excellent location. But pick your time of year. Monsoons from different directions........ Re costs; cheapest countries for me were Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Plus great folk and scenery. But definitely not a winter location. It's not goi...
by matt2matt2002
8 May 2017, 9:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 8417

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

Well, much less traffic for sure. But extra ferry costs. Looking back, I didn't find the Outer Hebrides that interesting. But on balance I'd take that route over Oban Fort William Mallaig. Less chance of being squashed. Is it only major highways on the Oban/Fort William/Mallaig route? Lots of traff...
by matt2matt2002
7 May 2017, 10:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike transport Ullapool to Inverness - Sharing Costs
Replies: 8
Views: 3387

Re: Bike transport Ullapool to Inverness - Sharing Costs

Me too.
I've cycled it x2.
Last month at the end of my Hebredian Way trip.
Bit of a hill after 10 miles outside Ullapool but then almost all down hill.
Great SYH at Inverness.
by matt2matt2002
5 May 2017, 8:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 8417

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

Well, much less traffic for sure.
But extra ferry costs.
Looking back, I didn't find the Outer Hebrides that interesting.
But on balance I'd take that route over Oban Fort William Mallaig.
Less chance of being squashed.
by matt2matt2002
5 May 2017, 7:55am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 8417

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

I'm just back from a south to north Hebridean Way trip.
Ferry from Oban to Castlebay then Stornoway to Ullapool.
Plenty of hostels. Flat in south. Couple of big hills on Harris.
Nice scenery/ beaches.

A few years ago I also did Ullapool to Wick. Minimal traffic.

Pm me for any other info

Matt
by matt2matt2002
24 Apr 2017, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar extentions for touring?
Replies: 15
Views: 746

Re: Handlebar extentions for touring?

So, Sheldon is a real person?
I recall reading about him years ago. And I picture showed an old guy ( like me!).
I presumed he was a pen name for a group.
Please correct me....
by matt2matt2002
20 Apr 2017, 2:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How to React to Bad Drivers...?
Replies: 44
Views: 4946

Re: How to React to Bad Drivers...?

The main problem for me in this situation is that I just don't know who I'm going to be dealing with. I know what I'm dealing with; someone who has, in my opinion, has made a mistake. But is the driver drunk/ armed/ prone to use violence/ an habitual criminal/ banned and uninsured? Well, you get the...
by matt2matt2002
19 Apr 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No nose saddles
Replies: 0
Views: 207

No nose saddles

Anyone any experience of no nose saddles?
I came across a new to me type on eBay
Called All-wings.
As the name suggests, it looks like a dragonfly wings.

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