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by skicat
24 Nov 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Re: Shetland in 2 days

The ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall arrives around midnight. So accommodation can be tricky. Yes, I think the timetable says 11pm. I was planning to stay in a pub I think (preliminary research), so I would book this in advance and make sure they are prepared to makes arrangements in case the ferry g...
by skicat
22 Nov 2016, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Re: Shetland in 2 days

I wasn't aware of the British Cycling Quest Challenge - I wish I'd known a couple of years ago as I could have ticked off the outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland and large parts of Scotland (as well as the IOW and many other areas of UK)!! I know how you feel. I found out about it 2/3 of the way throu...
by skicat
22 Nov 2016, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Re: Shetland in 2 days

More details on the Quest, please. Details of the British Cycle Quest are here: http://www.cyclinguk.org/british-cycle-quest . Essentially it's like a treasure hunt with 402 points to visit throughout the British Isles. They're broken down into 6 per county, and there are also 6 on each of Shetland...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Re: Shetland in 2 days

I must say, travelling out to the Shetlands, and then only sending two days togging up and down the main road, seems like a bit of a waste to me. That has occurred to me, however I am fairly "time-starved" and I was planning to get the Orkneys on the same trip. By the time I've added the ...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Re: Shetland in 2 days

Perhaps I should allow more time. I hate that "range anxiety" feeling when I have to be somewhere (e.g. a B&B) and it seems almost impossible to make progress. At least going from A to B and back in the same day will probably mean a tail wind 50% of the time. Statistically speaking. No...
by skicat
20 Nov 2016, 10:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 36664

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

The early booking deals usually have the option of a bed at not a lot more . . . and certainly worth it if you're intending to cycle for any length of time on the day you arrive. Oh yes, I wouldn't contemplate the seat option. I got a bed when I went to Aberdeen a couple of years ago, but that was ...
by skicat
19 Nov 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shetland in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2172

Shetland in 2 days

I'm doing the British Cycle Quest (BCQ) challenge and trying to plan how to cover Shetland. Is it feasible to start from Lerwick and get to Garths Voe and back in a day? And likewise, is it realistic to do do Lerwick to Sumburgh and get back to Sumburgh by 5pm ? I appreciate this very much depends o...
by skicat
19 Nov 2016, 4:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 36664

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

Without any real advance booking or internet delving I managed to obtain tickets for myself and bike from Weymouth to Waterloo for £14 followed by a seat on the Euston to Inverness Sleeper for £55. Which website did you use (I'm assuming website - perhaps it wasn't online) ? I haven't seen any disc...
by skicat
14 Oct 2016, 7:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Father of the Bride speeches
Replies: 18
Views: 1103

Re: Father of the Bride speeches

One of the funniest quips I ever heard: "The wedding organisers here at [Name of Venue] asked if we could bring along an interesting or poignant photograph of [The Bride] to use in the display. We looked through the album and came across one of her on the rug in front of the fire, completely na...
by skicat
9 Sep 2016, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?
Replies: 40
Views: 5064

Re: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?

I can't proclaim to have used Bart's maps but I do enjoy maps generally. It occurs to me that it should be possible to produce a modern-day version of these maps using up-to-date data from OpenStreetMap combined with the content, colours and style that make the original Bart's maps so popular. It's ...
by skicat
29 Aug 2016, 2:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maps for Etrex 30
Replies: 17
Views: 1873

Re: Maps for Etrex 30

For cycling I use OpenFietsMap ( http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe ) which is free and in the main, very detailed and accurate. The OFM(EU2016_GB_GPS).zip should comfortably fit in the 1.7Gb Etrex memory when unzipped. If you wanted to add other maps you would need to buy a micro SD card. ...
by skicat
22 Aug 2016, 9:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John Ogroats to lands End route advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 4356

Re: John Ogroats to lands End route advice please

TBH, I've never found the search function particularly helpful. I agree. I searched for "YHA" the other day and got the message "The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: YHA" . I agree it's a short word but I wouldn't say it was co...
by skicat
22 Aug 2016, 6:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2086

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

Travelodge works like budget airlines, with variable prices that can be competitive with B&B or YHA if there's 2 of you. Yes, I stayed at the Edinburgh Travelodge during my JoGLE 2 years ago. As you say, you know what you're in for but I have to say it was the worst breakfast of the entire trip...
by skicat
21 Aug 2016, 11:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2086

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

The one single thing that stopped me using YHA and SYHA, is that even if you book and pay in advance, you can be fobbed off with no meals or access to the kitchen because there's a school booked in at the same time as you. I'm not too bothered about access to the kitchen - the last thing I feel lik...
by skicat
21 Aug 2016, 11:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA - advice for a rookie
Replies: 44
Views: 2086

Re: YHA - advice for a rookie

andymiller wrote:Yes I'd definitely second the advice on getting a good pair of earplugs.


That shouldn't add too much to the weight count :lol: