More tiny Mac, than wee Mac, but still a great day out.

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Post  johnelcoat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 09:39

Hi everyone,

I haven't posted on here for ages, been lurking though green smile, due to a move to Aberdeen, but I would just like to say hello again and impart some info on a little bimble out that I had yesterday.

I set off from Aberdeen and was headed to Findhorn bay on the Moray firth, but as I got to Huntly on the A96, I remembered a guy at work telling me about Dufftown and Tomintoul. The sign appeared and I made a snap decision to take said road. Now I know I'm new to riding and bikes in general, but it was one of the most, if not the most, amazing experiences I've ever had on 2 wheels. I thought the ride to Dufftown and Tomintoul was awesome, but then I got over the crest of the hill, just after Lecht ski centre, and it felt like I was standing at the top of the world! This, I found out when I got back, is because it's the second highest road in Scotland (644m) and the ride down, through some pretty tight twisties, was more than spectacular. Onwards to Ballater and then back through the amazing Deeside views to Stonehaven for ice cream. 140 miles in the saddle and a massive grin on my chops. Needless to say this was me all day green smile 

Have fun peeps and ride safe.

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Post  prime on Sun Aug 11 2013, 10:52

hi and welcome back mate.
sounds like a nice ride and looks like you got good weather or have you photoshopped a blue sky? im going Scotland next year for a wedding so I might try a few of the roads you mentioned. all the way to dornoch from Manchester ive got to go so im making a good bike trip out of it.
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Post  Wooster on Sun Aug 11 2013, 11:07

Sounded ideal. Cool

I've only driven those roads, but they are corkers.
I see last Clarkson tested the new Jag F-Type on the Braemar to Blairgowrie road on Top Gear last week (even though he mumbled something about it being 'another great road in Hertfordshire')



p.s. Could they have added any more to that cone? green smile 
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Post  Eddie990 on Sun Aug 11 2013, 12:11

I'm from that area originally, love the lecht. As Wooster says, next time turn right at Ballater, head to Braemar and follow the A93 South to Blairgowrie.

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Post  Snowcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 18:42

Sounds like you had a great ride out John and I'm glad the old mistress is still putting a grin on someone's face, nice one pal Smile
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Post  Rosco on Sun Aug 11 2013, 19:05

Lurvely. Smile
Glad you enjoyed it.

There is a chance Big Mac might be heading your way next year......watch this space.

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Post  Wooster on Sun Aug 11 2013, 20:43

Is that for the roads, the chance of slightly better weather, or for The Whisky Trail? Laughing 
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Post  Eddie990 on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:00

All of the above?

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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:06

Wooster wrote:. . . . or for The Whisky Trail? Laughing 
There's a Whisky Trail ?  Bike2
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Post  Wooster on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:27

Yep.
Sort of like the West Highland Way, but wobblier. Smile

I suppose someone would have to come up with some form of trailer to hook up to the back of a bike, and have a designated rider to pull it, if anyone fancies it though.
Or we take some rope and hire 15 pairs of roller blades.
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:33

Or some idiot with a PSV licence volunteers to drive the mini bus
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Post  Eddie990 on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:40

0ldcat wrote:
Wooster wrote:. . . . or for The Whisky Trail? Laughing 
There's a Whisky Trail ?  Bike2
Au contraire Terry. There's THE Whisky Trail!

And no, I won't drive the minibus green smile 

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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:47

Eddie990 wrote:
0ldcat wrote:
Wooster wrote:. . . . or for The Whisky Trail? Laughing 
There's a Whisky Trail ?  Bike2
Au contraire Terry. There's THE Whisky Trail!

And no, I won't drive the minibus green smile 
Ah Toff 

I'll Drive the mini bus . . . if I get a miniature from each of the distilleries visited . . . (I'll need to catch you all up later)
If the vista is as good as the taste of 'the water of life' . . . it'll be worth watching you all doing the wobbly walk green smile 
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Post  Eddie990 on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:48

Deal!

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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:52

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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:54

Now all we have to do is co-ordinate the whole thing and mix it in with a touch of biking
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Post  johnelcoat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 21:56

You won't regret it. I didn't even know there were any distilleries until I got to Dufftown. Now, I was tempted, but the roads were more so than the local water green smile 
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Post  0ldcat on Sun Aug 11 2013, 22:03

I feel a . . . . "Whisky Mac" coming on  . . . . . . . .Smile
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Post  Wooster on Sun Aug 11 2013, 22:39

green smile 

I forgot to mention at the time, but some on the Big Mac tour might recall passing this place on Day 1: LINK
That was the "Highland" distillery that featured in the movie The Angels Share.
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Post  furball on Mon Aug 12 2013, 18:15

After reading this at 1am this morning, it put me in a Whisky mood so as of 2pm today, i'am now the owner of a bottle of Old Pulteney, and i recon by 730pm i will have to go to bed quite a bit pissed.

Thanks a wobbly Davie......

PS: Hope i don't have a hangover...............
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Post  Eddie990 on Mon Aug 12 2013, 18:21

Good stuff there Davie, enjoy!
There was a bottle of Balvenie Signature calling to me in Tesco yesterday. I resisted, but don't think my willpower can last much longer.....

I blame Billyw

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