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by keithg
21 Sep 2019, 1:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 cycle path closure
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Re: A9 cycle path closure

The route is now completely open and cyclable. There are a couple of bits of really excellent newly surfaced track totalling about 3 miles which has hugely improved the worst bits. Local Sustrans are trying to pressurise Bear, the road maintenance folk to repair the other sections on this stretch so...
by keithg
31 Aug 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Dunning to Kinross - Path of Condie
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Cycling from Dunning to Kinross - Path of Condie

They’re both good rides on scenic country roads. My preference too would be the Tulloch Road.
Have fun.
by keithg
24 Jul 2019, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendations Needed for Iverness to Edinburgh Route
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

Re: Recommendations Needed for Iverness to Edinburgh Route

Both routes via Sustrans NCN 7 and Dalwhinnie and the Braemar way are good choices. The latter has a couple of very impressive hills but is more scenic. You won’t go wrong with either. The former may have a section of track south of Dalwhinnie which is being resurfaced in August and will offer a sho...
by keithg
14 Jun 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps

Mmmm, very nice.
Enjoyed that mini virtual tour, done bits of it myself but it was great to revisit and armchair bike-tour, thanks.
K
by keithg
31 May 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4557

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I think Mark Beaumont’s route previously linked is an excellent idea and one I’ve done myself, missing out the JOG and Wick top left (NE) corner and using the A836 or A897. The former is a lovely road via Altnaharra in its own right. Going in May will produce (slightly) quieter roads and no or very ...
by keithg
13 May 2019, 5:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 Perth to Inverness
Replies: 3
Views: 2821

Re: A9 Perth to Inverness

The “special road status” for those not-in-the-know means (if it gets this), it will not automatically have open access to non-motorised vehicles like horses, pedestrians and, most relevantly cyclists. I’m not so sure, its a very long road and it would be unprecedented...I think, for such a long tru...
by keithg
9 May 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Croatia to Montenegro border
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Croatia to Montenegro border

We had a similar experience a couple of years ago where a border crossing marked on maps and signed from Albania into Montenegro was closed to foreigners and open to locals, meant a substantial detour and ride back. Something to do with a shortage of border officers. No one was very concerned except...
by keithg
3 May 2019, 11:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Glasgow via route 78 or route 7
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: Inverness to Glasgow via route 78 or route 7

Quite a good route choice, there are also several whisky distilleries en route too! For example, Dalwhinnie and at Pitlochry, there are 2, Blair Athol as you leave the village and Edradour which is a couple of miles off route. Also Aberfeldy which is a little off route too. The first is worth a visi...
by keithg
28 Feb 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling out of Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

Re: Cycling out of Edinburgh Airport

I think he means abandoning an empty (disposable) cardboard bike box from a bike shop, pick up another one on departure, they are usually easy enough to get from a bike shop. There are several bag drop facilities in Edinburgh (cheapish) and one at the airport, I think, which is expensive. https://ww...
by keithg
18 Feb 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albanian free camping facilities
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

Re: Albanian free camping facilities

I was in Albania last year and hardly saw any of these. Expected to see them all over the place but I think they’re either overgrown, or converted. There really didn’t seem to be any available for overnighting that I could see. Great country though. Campsites are few and far between in the countrys...
by keithg
12 Feb 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cardiff to Aviemore
Replies: 4
Views: 1368

Re: Cardiff to Aviemore

You could pick up NCN 7 near Galloway and follow it to Aviemore.
Can only speak for the Perthshire section which is well signposted on minor roads and traffic free bike tracks of variable quality.
The final section at Drumochter about 20 miles south of Aviemore has a broken but rideable surface.
by keithg
12 Feb 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albanian free camping facilities
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

Re: Albanian free camping facilities

I was in Albania last year and hardly saw any of these. Expected to see them all over the place but I think they’re either overgrown, or converted. There really didn’t seem to be any available for overnighting that I could see. Great country though. Campsites are few and far between in the countrysi...
by keithg
31 Oct 2018, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 927

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

There’s some very good riding to be had around Annecy with several good climbs (Col de la Forclaz among others) and nearby is Lac du Bourget which is better, quieter and prettier with even better riding, Col de Chat, Grand Colombier etc. Annecy and Aix les Bains have excelllent cycle paths for tootl...
by keithg
22 Oct 2018, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 991

Re: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, died 1999

A quick Google on the name Mick Great batch & came up with this article from Castleford Tigers in 2010 featuring his daughter. That might give you someleads to follow up. Castleford Tigers Cheerleaders, ‘The Claws' will be taking part in the Starlight Walk fundraising event for the Prince of Wa...
by keithg
17 Oct 2018, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore

Turn left off the A822 and go over the Glen Quaich road to Kenmore. From Dalwhinnie, take the Glen Truim road and then back on A9 cycle path to Kingussie. Then B970 to Aviemore. The Glen Quaich (from Amulree to Kenmore) road is a belter, the most scenic road in the area by a long way. By scenic of ...