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by gloomyandy
9 Jun 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

So just a quick update. In the end I used the Gills Bay (Pentland Ferry( route to get to Orkney and parked my car for just under two weeks there. No problems at all. Had a good trip and my planned route worked pretty well allowing me to visit all of the islands I'd got on my list. Of the places I st...
by gloomyandy
11 May 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Thanks for the Gills Bay update. I've spent a fair bit of time on Hoy in the past (and very much enjoyed it), Rousay is on my list along with N. Ronaldsay, Westray, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Eday! But mt head is currently spinning trying to make sense of the ferry timetables!
by gloomyandy
8 May 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

The JoG ferry does look good, but unfortunately the timetable does not work well for me as I will probably not arrive until early evening (and it May the last sailing is 16:30). It could be an option though if I can't find a place to park and end up travelling on the Monday instead. It is certainly ...
by gloomyandy
7 May 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

My current thinking is that it is likely that the car parking at Scrabster will probably fill up on Thursday/Friday/Saturday, but there is a fair chance that one or two cars will leave on the Sunday (folks needing to leave early) and I may get a spot. If not I will either go via one of the other fer...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Oh and I guess the folk festival will mean that the car parks on the mainland are likely to be busy, possibly full which would be a pain. Perhaps arriving on the Monday might be a better option (I'm likely to be catching the late ferry over, which I think leaves at about 19:00). But even on the Sund...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Ah bank holidays I'd not thought about that! I am planning on heading up there on Sunday 26th and was planning to camp near Kirkwall on the Sunday night. Do you think that is likely to be a problem? If need be I can probably wild camp somewhere. My main constraint is that I need to catch an "ex...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Hi thanks for info so far. If anyone else has any recent experience I'd love to hear of it. Currently thinking of going the Scrabster route as I've not been that way before and would rather like to have a different arrival to the islands. This trip is really all about visiting some of the islands I'...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 751

Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

I'm planning on visiting Orkney for around two weeks. Plan is to drive up and leave my car on the mainland and then spend a couple of weeks visiting some of the outlying islands. Not a lot of mileage, but the bike makes it easy to carry my camping gear and it is good to have to explore places. My ma...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 705
Views: 105378

Re: Cycle Travel question!

That seems quite likely (GPX is a pretty common format, TCX not so much). But I agree it is a pain. Not sure what you can do about it, perhaps try contacting google, I got in touch with them about problems with my google drive space, and they were actually very good, both in helping me fix the probl...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 705
Views: 105378

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Quick heads up. For some reason Google has decided that the .tcx file download from cycle.travel is not a safe file and will not allow the download to a Chromebook (well to my Chromebook at least). I had to disable the website protection feature to allow me to do it. It seems to be only the .tcx fil...
by gloomyandy
17 Apr 2019, 6:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quiet site near Loch Ness
Replies: 27
Views: 751

Re: Quiet site near Loch Ness

I thought the Camping and Caravan Club had a special rate for "backpackers" that also applied to touring cyclists? I'm sure I've used that on the site at Poolewe a couple of years ago. Thought it was good value and they had great facilities for washing clothes etc.(Though you may not need ...
by gloomyandy
14 Mar 2019, 9:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 45
Views: 16148

Re: Solar panels

I'm considering getting one. I carry a powerbank and use this to charge my Garmin and phone, but I tend to wild camp a fair bit (the occasional lunch stop may give me chance to grab some sort of charge, but most places I visit don't seem to have charging facilities), so there is the problem of charg...
by gloomyandy
5 Mar 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Re: Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale

Unfortunately we go home Friday! Got out yesterday and did a loop around the reservoirs south of Middleton and then looped out towards Stanhope. and on to Newbiggin. Oh my the wind! At times I was struggling to keep on the road, and had to pedal pretty hard downhill just to make headway! Wonderful c...
by gloomyandy
2 Mar 2019, 9:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Re: Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale

Brilliant thanks! Now all we need is for the forecast for sleet and high winds to be wrong!
by gloomyandy
1 Mar 2019, 5:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Cafes & Routes around Middleton in Teesdale

So for the next week we are based in Middleton in Teesdale and looking forward to exploring the area (assuming Storm Freya does not get too bad!). Can anyone recommend any good cafes and/or routes for us to try?