Cicerone Route: A few questions

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LukeCrawley
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Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby LukeCrawley » 25 Apr 2019, 11:20am

Cycling from Lands End in May.
On the last leg of the route does anyone know if the cafe at Bettyhill is still open as its Facebook page suggests permanently closed? And if it is, does anyone have any alternatives for a cafe/sandwich stop either before or after? Anyone used the Betty Hill Hotel and Restaurant?

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby Paulatic » 25 Apr 2019, 11:50am

There was a pop up curry night there on 9th March
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A few reviews on Tripadvisor suggest the owners were getting tired and grumpy :D As you do.
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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby bogmyrtle » 25 Apr 2019, 5:03pm

Cafe businesses in remote and fragile areas are generally not viable long term. Stroppy reviews from demanding customers who don't understand that things run out and the nearest supplier is 45 miles away don't help the situation.

Last time I was up that way the hotel had been taken over by locals in an attempt to try and get it back up and running which it looks as though it's now operating fully as a seasonal business.
A quick Google throws up a couple of food possibilities but don't expect choice and depending on your timing they may not be open.
It's better to carry some reserve foods just in case. If however there is a cafe open then use it and support the local community.
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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby LukeCrawley » 25 Apr 2019, 5:43pm

Thanks to bogmyrtle and Paulatic for the info. We will be expecting to carry reserves of food but if it is open it will be getting our custom if only for a sit-down, coffee and cake!

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby FasterFerret » 25 Apr 2019, 5:51pm

Go to the hotel instead. Great food, reasonably priced and the view is great.

Not sure why the cafe seems to be the only thing mentioned in discussions on places to eat in Bettyhill.

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby LukeCrawley » 26 Apr 2019, 4:50pm

Hi FasterFerret
I'm not sure why but thanks for the recommendation for the hotel.

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby LukeCrawley » 26 Apr 2019, 5:44pm

Oops. Should read "I'm not sure why the cafe is the only thing mentioned either but thanks etc"

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby FasterFerret » 26 Apr 2019, 8:08pm

LukeCrawley wrote:Oops. Should read "I'm not sure why the cafe is the only thing mentioned either but thanks etc"

Don't worry, I figured that's what you meant.

If you are going that way I can also recommend the beautiful remoteness of the road alongside Loch Navar and also the Banana bread in the Crask Inn (and a nice AirB&B in Ardgay). I don't really know the way that Cicerone takes you.

Just bear in mind that there isn't a great deal between Altnaharra and Bettyhill if you do take that route.

Also, it would be a good idea to ring-up places that you might want to stop at to check they will be open on the day and time you might be passing - for those of us used to shops being open all day every day it can be a bit of a culture shock and you certainly don't want to be planning on getting fed only to find that they are closed!

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby althebike » 27 Apr 2019, 11:26am

darn it , missed the curry night. I did make a stop at a shop in Reay, it is by the petrol station. They did sandwiches , fruit and other goodies for the ride.

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby Jamesh » 4 May 2019, 8:10pm

I've just got this book the route through Cornwall made me dizzy!
And up over Dartmoor!
Does it straighten out as you go up though the country?!
Trying not to binge read it lol!

Cheers James

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Re: Cicerone Route: A few questions

Postby heathfield55 » 18 May 2019, 1:53pm

I did cicerone last july, my pitstop at bettyhill was abt 5o metres past the hotel, on the left, where there is village post office that sold hot snacks and I think had a hot drinks machine\, certainly had ample snacks anyway.