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by gloomyandy
26 Feb 2020, 2:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 57
Views: 1427

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

Many years ago I had the best telling off ever. It was my first visit to the Hebrides (as a 19 year old) and a group of us had a set of Wind surfing boards and canoes with us up there, which we used on Loch Seaforth on a Sunday. Not long after we had a note from the man that owned the "Big Hous...
by gloomyandy
23 Feb 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 57
Views: 1427

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

The thing about a Gatliff Trust hostel (and I've stayed in all of them a number of times in recent years) is that there isn't anyone to turn you away. There is a warden who usually lives near to the hostel who will pop in at some point (usually in the evening), to collect money and have a chat, but ...
by gloomyandy
10 Feb 2020, 7:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides
Replies: 26
Views: 1157

Re: Outer Hebrides

We go every year, in the summer. Tell me, did you do any cycling in November? I've often thought of going in the Feb half term, or October half term, or some time like that. When the B&Bs will probably be free without booking, but I worry about the weather making it miserable. Low temperatures ...
by gloomyandy
10 Feb 2020, 10:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1551

Re: Touring on Skye

Navrig wrote:Don't count on getting B&B on spec during the summer months. The island is at times "full".


Indeed we are travelling to the Outer Hebrides via Skye this July and most of the B&Bs we contacted told us they had been booked solid for some time.
by gloomyandy
10 Feb 2020, 10:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides
Replies: 26
Views: 1157

Re: Outer Hebrides

One thing to watch out for on the ferries from Mallaig is that they can sometimes be disrupted dues to tidal and other issues, this seems to happen more often than the Oban/Barra ferry. Also the arrival and departure times from Lochboisdale can be a little awkward for matching up with accommodation ...
by gloomyandy
15 Jan 2020, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Pannier bags - What accesories when mounting to Tubus Racks?
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Ortlieb Pannier bags - What accesories when mounting to Tubus Racks?

I don't think you will need anything other than what comes with the bags. You may need to change the inserts that adjust for the width of the rack tubes (but that is easy to do). You will also need to adjust the bottom "hook" and depending on your particular setup you may find that swappin...
by gloomyandy
10 Jan 2020, 9:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1551

Re: Touring on Skye

Main road from Portree to Broadford can be busy (and scary, cars can be very fast at times). Not sure about general parking, but I've left my car at Uig (in the long term ferry parking) lots of times (for up to a couple of weeks) with no problems at all.
by gloomyandy
5 Nov 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have you cycled up Bealach-na-ba?
Replies: 51
Views: 9027

Re: Have you cycled up Bealach-na-ba?

I seem to remember the getting started after pulling in to a passing place (the road was quiet busy and this was before the NC500) being rather tricky, I had front and rear panniers and getting enough forward momentum to get started was hard! I was passed by a guy on a "racing" bike with l...
by gloomyandy
24 Oct 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 2852

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

I've spent a fair bit of time touring and camping in both the Outer Hebrides and many other of the Scottish islands. The main thing I'd add to all of this good advice is that the weather can play a huge part in any trip to that part of the world, especially if you are in a tent. I've mainly toured i...
by gloomyandy
13 Oct 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Thanks everyone. We are here now! Yesterday we cycled out to Scarborough and back. We set off along the "Cinder Track" cycle path which runs from Whitby all the way to Scarborough. But we found it very rough in places and very busy with walkers etc. so when we got to Ravenscar (which by th...
by gloomyandy
4 Oct 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Thanks for the suggestions so far... Hills are fine (well within reason, I'm not sure I'd want to do Rosedale chimney more than once!). Does anyone know what the cycle path that runs from Whitby down to Robin Hoods Bay and on to Scarborough is like? Oh and anyone have any experience of taking a coup...
by gloomyandy
3 Oct 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Hi, we are off to stay for a week or so in Aislaby (near Whitby), which is not an area I've ever cycled around. I'm looking for recommended day rides (ideally starting from Aislaby) up to around 40 miles (though shorter rides are also good) and especially for some good cafe stops! We will have touri...
by gloomyandy
24 Aug 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1238

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

I seem to remember that the "standard" temperature measurement is not only inside a screen but also that the screen has to be placed above some sort of standard surface of a certain area (sorry can't remember the details it has been a while since I worked on some weather related software!)...
by gloomyandy
16 Aug 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way
Replies: 14
Views: 3174

Re: Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way

Might be worth checking that the route is currently passable. I think there was a fair bit or road damage in the Grinton area recently, but I can't work out exactly which roads have been closed as a result (sorry!). I did the route a few years ago (clockwise) camping at Goredale (near Malham), Dent,...
by gloomyandy
9 Aug 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these are actually "traffic lights"?
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: If these are actually "traffic lights"?

Has anyone else here ridden this new section of the cycle way? I'd be interested in other views on these lights. I've no idea if the intention is that they should be compulsory or not. But I do know that it is frustrating to sit waiting for them when crossing an empty road, particularly when what is...