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Adam17



Member Since: 15 May 2018
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X4SKP wrote:
We have been planning this trip since last year, and are off towards the end of
August running into September... with 2-3 weeks at our 'disposal'...

Timing
Lower 'midge count' Evil or Very Mad and tourists Smile , also most Scottish Schools are back
mid -2/3s through August, ahead of England...

Route
We are breaking the journey in the Lake District, over night, both there and back,
and tackling the NC 500 Clockwise, if we explore for 2 weeks + on the West
and North Coasts then that's fine by me, although my wife if from St Andrews,
so we will probably get round to the East Side and complete the '500'.

I have 30+ areas on our to-do list...but are viewing this as guidance only, the main
plan for us is to explore the route as we go, even if this makes it a return trip to complete.

Really looking forward to it... Thumbs Up

Mode of transport and accomodation...

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Everywhere (probably) is possible apart from the Applecross Pass (although it say's 'ADVISED')...



https://www.northcoast500.com/


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Prepare for some holiday snaps... Shocked



HI X4SKP

I don't suppose you would be kind enough to post a list of your todo points of interest would you...?

My wife and I are planning to do the north 500 next month God willing...

Hope to hear from you.. Regards
Adam

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Post #718541 19th Jul 2018 10:23am
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X4SKP



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Hello Adam17

Sure...I'm just about to travel, back mid next week, so will put up what we are 'aiming for' then
defiantly with west coast bias...

Here's a few links to get you started...

https://www.alongdustyroads.com/posts/2016...d-planning

https://independenttravelcats.com/north-co...500-route/

https://www.northcoast500.com/itineraries/

Good Luck... SKIP.

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Adam17



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That's very kind of you. Thank you. Regards
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Post #718557 19th Jul 2018 12:13pm
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cozz



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I'm planning going up there in camper last week in aug, first weeks of sept too

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VeeTee



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H’mm, I had the idea of doing this nc500 with my son in september, but I checked the ferry prices and IJmuiden-Newcastle v/v was 700 euros! Shocked A bit too much now. And to go via Calais-Dover adds to much travel across Belgium and the UK and costs alsoo few days, and we only have a week.
So I think we go for the alternative, a trip to the Alps... Cheers, Vincent
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DSC-off



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A great place to stop off for a bite to eat between Applecross and Loch Carron is the Kishorn Seafood Bar.
The salmon, gravadlax, languistines, scallops were superb. All in a hut that is literally in the middle of nowhere.
Check opening times though.

http://kishornseafoodbar.co.uk

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Countryman2



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Download a gpx file from google onto your satnav. Worked well on the SW300 for us. Could enjoy the scenery rather than staring at a map. Most roads were small and no signing. Will do the same for the NC500 next year.

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m3vert



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Countryman2 would you care to expand on that please? I have Apple Carplay and found that on our recent trip on the South coast I ended up having issues when I lost mobile signal on the Apple iPhone Maps app I was using. Is there a way you can download the maps so they are there even if you are not getting a signal?? Thanks in advance.

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Countryman2



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I used a garmin satnav rather than a mobile phone. Afraid I don’t know how you could do this with a phone - suspect it may not be possible if you are reliant on a phone signal. Perhaps one of the other members may know. Sorry.

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SonicFields



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Just use the Google Maps App on your iPhone. Download the maps for your area of interest, whilst at home over Wi-Fi to save your data usage, as some are quite large, then you can use them offline whilst touring with no connection by using the default map overlay, or simply keep the blurry offline satellite overlay which will sharpen to HD when in a good signal area.

I normally switch the mobile data setting off for the Google Maps App and use the default map overlay when travelling along main roads/major routes etc. to save data usage, then switch it back on and use the satellite imagery for touring around minor roads, back-roads, tracks etc.

The satellite imagery provides a much better view of your surroundings, something which is lacking with a dedicated GPS navigator.

If you have the Defender Alpine CDE-133BT Radio then when paired with your iPhone via Bluetooth the turn-by-turn directions can be heard over the vehicle audio system rather than the quiet iPhone speaker.

You will need to set the Google Maps App to update approx. monthly, otherwise you will lose your downloaded maps.

Happy touring!

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X4SKP



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Hello All

Well here goes...at the risk of blowing up Martin's Server ( Shocked )

I thought I'd start by just posting some Photos, so if you're not into to Scottish Scenery, Food or Labradors
then this isn't for you...

In short we were amazed at the West Coast of Scotland...we did the NC200 really from Applecross to Durness
and back down again, together with exploring many side roads off the 'official' route.

As soon as you get north of Glasgow it's all good, 1700Miles round trip for us,
got up there in one go, but stayed in the Lakes on the way back.

If you think you may like this sort of trip then GO Thumbs Up

We had 2 Weeks, were more or less self sufficient, we booked no-where, and stayed in the middle of it,
we didn't visit any islands, and were lucky enough to only see rain twice.

I'll add some 'foot notes' in time, but you should get the picture from these...


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Where am I... Question SKIP.

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LandRoverAnorak



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That'll be Glen Etive, where they filmed a scene for Skyfall.

The scenery is stunning. By coincidence, my folks are touring that area at the moment and were stood on that little suspension bridge last week.

I'm intrigued by this picture - is the rest of it under there somewhere??


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 Darren

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Looks a great trip, stunning scenery and lovely food! Thanks for posting. James
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X4SKP



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Hello LRA

LandRoverAnorak wrote:
That'll be Glen Etive, where they filmed a scene for Skyfall.
...Thumbs Up

LandRoverAnorak wrote:
I'm intrigued by this picture - is the rest of it under there somewhere??



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No as Myla (our Labrador) all but dug it out that single tyre... the rest must have been lost at sea... Exclamation SKIP.


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X4SKP wrote:


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That's James Dunn‎ from Expedition Ready Defenders on FB, just been looking at his photos of the trip.


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 James
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