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Old 31-07-2017, 05:13 PM   #31
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Pete, which maps/ road atlas did you use?
Any method in picking the roads/ routes/ spots you went to?
Did you just read up somewhere, then started to stitch it together via Gmaps/ maps/ etc?
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Old 31-07-2017, 07:04 PM   #32
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I love it! Take me there!
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Old 31-07-2017, 07:53 PM   #33
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Old 31-07-2017, 08:11 PM   #34
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Pete, which maps/ road atlas did you use?
Any method in picking the roads/ routes/ spots you went to?
Did you just read up somewhere, then started to stitch it together via Gmaps/ maps/ etc?
I did the route planning at home on a Collins Britain Big Road Atlas and which I took along too in one of the panniers, and used a 250 page 'glovebox' size AZ Map in the tankbag window. The small map proved barely adequate (I had to stop and fish out my glasses from my pocket to read it which became a royal pain in the arse) which has convinced me the time has come to go out buy a proper Satnav. I also had a couple of detailed ordnance topographical maps mainly for the walks.

Having a Scottish wife helps, not that she's really into scenery and so on but it means I've already been there a handful of times, so I'd worked out that basically anywhere on the west coast has dramatic scenery. There's an excellent Scottish walking website which I follow, and a couple of the unusual places I visited (like Suilven which will be in the next post) I'd picked up from there - basically locate that place on the map then see if there's a road anywhere near it. Combine that with some ferries, because I like 'em, and wanting to go to the Shetlands, and the bones of the trip came together.

I deliberately picked a lot of single track mainly because I was curious what the area would be like, being drawn to remote places. But in terms of scenery, just about any road can be brilliant. If you planned to go, I would first check the North Coast 500 route. While some of the best roads are on it, if you want to experience quiet places to yourself, perhaps best to avoid it. It's become very popular. I'd know immediately if I crossed it or was on it as the bike traffic would be 50 fold from where-ever I'd just been.
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Old 31-07-2017, 08:22 PM   #35
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