The Highlands.

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    Just spent a weekend hooning around Skye, Applecross, Glencoe and other glorious roads. If you've not done it before stick it on your list. Stunning, just stunning drives, views and scenery to die for.
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    what day did you go up to Skye?

    l came from fort William over Glencoe and down to Loch Lomand on Friday morning and there was a lot of traffic heading north on the A85 and traffic reports were saying that the A85 was closed by Crianlarich early afternoon on Friday
     
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    Went up Friday morning. No issues with traffic all weekend and likewise on the way back home today. A87, A82, M898, M74 then south to the Lakes.
     
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    glad you had a good weekend, the run over Glencoe on Friday was stunning, the lochs were all flat calm and the reflections of the mountains n the water would have made some good pictures
     
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    Thanks mate. Superb weekend. 20190920_142734.jpg
     
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    So you were contributing to Fort William being busy on Friday morning. :) Never saw your car.

    BTW... it's the A82.

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    Yes Friday was a superb day, glad you enjoyed my back yard. :D

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    Nice trip. I hope that you took the anti midge spray with you?
     
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    We’ve done well this summer, not many midges in our part of the Highlands. There was the prediction we would be having a plague of them, due to the early summer weather.

    I’ve used hardly any ‘skin so soft’ this year. :whistle: Even working outside in the evenings.

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    I remember fishing Loch Awe for salmon some years ago. I had a small dingy + outboard, and as I headed back into the small bay where we had a log cabin, I noticed an evening mist. It turned out to be a huge swarm of trillions of midges. I must have looked a real sight, running full flat out, with arms flailing and smacking my head like a crazed lunatic. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Aye, it's beautiful up here - one of the best kept secrets seems to have leaked out.....:D
     
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    Just beware the potholes - one took out a perfectly good Goodyear Eagle F1 tyre - then stranded for 3 hours looking at Dumbledore's burial place!
     
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    I've got a couple of weeks of gardening leave at the end of November and I'm considering taking my motorhome back up to the far NW of Scotland for about 10days of wild camping and hiking. Can't get enough of the place. It's been 2.5yrs since I did my first solo expedition up there shortly after separating from my ex wife and it was so good for the soul. It will be 2yrs since doing it first with my girlfriend and it's a special place for us too. Sadly she can't make it with me as she has to work, but I'm very excited nonetheless about getting some recuperative time away in some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in the world.
     
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    Yup. Two lads goosed an alloy each :(
     
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    We've all been there. I did the same on a coast road near Dumfries 18 months ago. Fortunately BMW ES services turned up within 30 minutes.
     
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    @Peter

    lt was just a flying visit on Friday down from drumnadrochit and straight through Fort William on the way south and that would have been around 10.00am

    l did spend a lot more time in Fort William on Wednesday and the weather was horrible the car was parked in the small long stay by Lidl for about four hours and then we went down to mallig for a spin and then back to Fort William for tea and scones n M&S before heading back to drumnadrochit

    the news story that l saw said it was the A85 that was closed a mile south of Crianlarich so l guess its the the road that heads over towards Perth
     
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    I was on the road in Fort William on Friday, about 10:00am, heading for Morrisons. Also in the area on Wednesday, in North Road around lunchtime.

    Understand the A85 reference... when you mentioned Glencoe and Loch Lomond was thinking just of the A82. I live north-east of Fort William, prefer the A9 for heading south. A82 is not always the easiest drive, depends on what time of day (or night). I've driven up the A82 late evening, with hardly any other cars heading north. Makes such a difference to how long it takes, particularly around Loch Lomondside. Too much 40mph traffic these days.:(

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    @Peter l did the A9 on the way up from Dundee to lnverness l also did a few loops around speyside that included sections of the A9 so l thought for the run home we would go the A82 for a change of scenery and it was a wise choice from a tourists point of view if not from a drivers point of view
     

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