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by phil parker
26 Feb 2020, 6:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2972

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

Cyril Haearn wrote:Rambling +1
Very interesting


Plus 2 - an enjoyable ramble!
by phil parker
26 Feb 2020, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2972

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

Stay at home, self-flagellate and repent your sins... :shock:

..or buy your shopping on Saturday and spend Sunday cycling :lol:
by phil parker
24 Feb 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2972

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

I found a small Chinese takeaway open, not too far from the ‘closed’ Tesco in Stornaway on Sunday evening, which was handy, otherwise it would have been the dregs of my rations at the end of a trip.
by phil parker
18 Feb 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please
Replies: 27
Views: 1430

Re: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please

In the last few months I have seen two Jack Taylor tandems -good, usable machines, not projects- for sale around the £500 mark and neither sold quickly. The vintage bike market is indeed a strange beast; any 'valuation' might be no better than guesswork vs the price it would fetch on the open marke...
by phil parker
18 Feb 2020, 12:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please
Replies: 27
Views: 1430

Re: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please

Hi, My Grandad was Bill Padbury of W H Padbury Ltd of Prestwich if anybody has heard of him. He was the local Raleigh Dealer & cycling enthusiast. Helen That is a lovely bike and I love those hand-hammered mudguards! I can’t remember the bike shop, or at least the name, I do recall one bike sho...
by phil parker
5 Feb 2020, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides
Replies: 26
Views: 1421

Re: Outer Hebrides

If you’ve got time...

I cycled from Glasgow train Station to Ardrossan, ferry to Brodick (Arran), cycled to Lochranza, ferry to Claonaig, cycled to Oban, Ferry to Castlebay. On the way back: ferry from Stornaway to Ullapool, Cycled to Fort William, via Inverness (Beauly) and train from Fort William.
by phil parker
4 Feb 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1151

Re: Mont St Michel ?

I'm pretty sure I just locked up my bike next to the wall on the causeway, but not too close to the entrance?

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by phil parker
29 Jan 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

“Skye is very much the missing link in Scotland’s air network. Let’s put Skye on the map for air services, benefiting locals, businesses and tourists.”


With all that has been discussed here - maybe a bridge too far?
by phil parker
29 Jan 2020, 12:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

I noticed a couple of home-made protest signs, either just before or after Broadford, that declared "We need schools - not Airports". This had me wondering if planning application had been applied for. Although with an adequate air strip at Plockton, I wonder why?
by phil parker
28 Jan 2020, 6:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

...avoiding the busy climb over the Moll peninsula at the cost of a few easy extra miles. I understand that this loop was closed due to a landslip in August 2018 and may still be(?) A collapsed culvert and full-width landslip is mentioned but I'd be surprised if it would prevent a bike being wrangl...
by phil parker
28 Jan 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

There is still a ‘magic’ about the Island that draws me there and i was fortunate in Apr 19 to get good enough weather to ride everyday, which I wouldn’t swap for the world!

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by phil parker
28 Jan 2020, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

The road from Broadford to Elgol was comparatively quiet with views worth the effort on arrival!

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by phil parker
28 Jan 2020, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: Touring on Skye

I first went to Skye in the 90s, both walking, climbing and cycling and have been back numerous times since, the last time being in Apr 19. Many of the locals I spoke to expressed how busy it had become over 20 years. Riding past the Old Man of Storr was at walking pace because of the number of cars...
by phil parker
8 Sep 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: The Scottish midge

The West Coast is definitely the worst - I have to time my tours specifically to avoid the worst of the midges. However, on the rare occasion that I've had to go in the summer months (climbing/walking rather than cycling) I've taken all the precautions possible.

Great photo!
by phil parker
7 Sep 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 2347

Re: Theft from campsites

You took a chef on a camping trip? He was one of our colleagues - and it was a work-related trip, (although we weren't chefs) not quite as ostentatious as it seems! He also needed a break from work (mentally and physically); we wouldn't have otherwise taken a chef, but it was a way of giving him tw...