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Post by Peng on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 07:58

Hey dudes,

as I mentioned I will visit scotland in september this year.

I was thinking about starting in Newcastle and then goin round in the highlands.

I'm not having an exact plan yet when, what and how I will do the trip. The only thing I know is, I need to see scotland. I will come on my own...none of my buddies have the time to join,so I need to do that alone.No problem at all...

I have a tent with me and was thinking of taking the tent and sometimes B&B over there.

Do you have any recommendations about what I have to see absolutely ???

And maybe some insiders about how to survive the legendary midges bastards ?? :-)

I am not really sure if 2 weeks will be adequate. But it has to be, because there is no chance to get some more days of holiday.

I will take the ferry to newcastle, think thats the best way to start.

I hope the scotts will speak kind of slow, otherwise I will understand absolutely nothing i guess....hahaha

maybe it is a prejudice, but whenever I heard or was talking about scotland everybody says: You wont understand them, they do not talk english like you know !!! affraid

Are there any mechanics or assistance in the highlands in case of !?

*tocktocktock* I don't need hopefully, but who knows. My babe is about 16 years old right now thumbup


Ok, thats all for the moment


Take care fellows hippy


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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Firebladeradmin on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 08:06

Hi Peng

This is your best bet for the midges...and it works!!!!



Here's a link where you can buy it from..

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The West Coast of Scotland is the best for the roads, but also the worst for the midges! but should be better in September.

Also, watch out for tourists, they tend to forget which side of the road they should be on affraid

If you are coming up the east coast, give us a shout and we'll take you out on some excellent roads. We have a spare room too, you are welcome to stay thumbup
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 09:17

Hey nutty,

thx a lot...wow, thats pretty kind

I will let you know,when I am on the road. Yeah, perfect...locals as guides...nothing better

I have to learn to drive on the left as well...could be a bit hard first, specially when turning left or right :-)

So, when you see a black 93er on the right...should be me ;o)

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 11:04

Likewise mate. I'm around 2hrs North of Newcastle, spare rooms available. Smile

Not sure if you can get a ferry in to Rosyth from Imogen or if you have to got o Belgium for that ?

As Nutty say's, the west coast offers the best roads, up around Glencoe up towards Ullapool & Skye.
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 11:07

Theres also plenty camping areas & B&B's around there Smile

Two weeks should be more than enough.

The faster you go, the more midgies you kill Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 11:41

There are some good raods round my area but the scenery isn't quite as good as the Highlands Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 12:55

Howdie Kaiser,

funny name btw :-)))

OK, I had a look for the ferries and they are about 350,- euros two way from Amsterdam to Newcastle. I think I will catch one of them.

And the midges...yepp,I think thats quite the right way to reduce them...driving a lot and in a fast way...so the less are left :-))))

Die midges, die !!!!

Harharhar....cool boys 'n' grils...really looking forward to the isle

Greets

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 12:58

If your around, welcome to give me a shout Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Wed 24 Jun 2009, 13:05

Kaiser wrote:If your around, welcome to give me a shout Smile

I will, thx mate thumbup
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Tazfiend on Thu 25 Jun 2009, 10:49

You've gotta do the Mallaig road to Sky and the Kyle of Lochalsh road back, they're both fantastic and lead you past the gorgeous Eilean Donan Castle. A few of us from another forum did a tour last week and it was great, the Sky roads being the highlight.

If you're looking for somewhere cheap to stay and there end up being a few of you this place was excellent - £15pp/pn for four of us and the bar and excellent restaurant right beside us! Very Happy
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Thu 25 Jun 2009, 11:00

It certainly is really nice up that part of the world Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by bazza on Thu 25 Jun 2009, 13:27

looks like you,s had a good trip TAZ ... nice one mate thumbup
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Tazfiend on Thu 25 Jun 2009, 22:40

We were touring Scotland, some of the best roads in Britain, how could we have anything but a good time? Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Fri 26 Jun 2009, 12:14

Can't beat the Highland roads Smile
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Fri 26 Jun 2009, 22:15

Oh yeah folks...I cant await cruising scotland :-)
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 16:19

Kaiser wrote:Can't beat the Highland roads Smile

Well, the black forest roads are pretty damn good as well Wink
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 16:29

Kaiser wrote:
Kaiser wrote:Can't beat the Highland roads Smile

Well, the black forest roads are pretty damn good as well Wink


Oh yeah kaiser,

thats true...the south of the black forest is awesome to ride....was in Italy the beginning of July for one week and travelled home via Switzerland...Then in the morning through the black forest, the whole thing....wow yes man...Rock 'n' Roll woot

But, the dolomitis in Italy are also a really really great spot to kick ass arse

Greets from incredible hot germany

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 16:33

How was the Tirol (assuming you went through the Tirol mountains ??) mountains ?

I wish I was over, just haven't had the time this year due to work.

Greets from a rather driech, wet Scotland pullhaur2 pullhaur2 badmood

Not long now until your over our side of teh channel dance
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 16:34

p.s. Driech is Scottish slang for miserable
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 17:02

Kaiser wrote:How was the Tirol (assuming you went through the Tirol mountains ??) mountains ?

I wish I was over, just haven't had the time this year due to work.

Greets from a rather driech, wet Scotland pullhaur2 pullhaur2 badmood

Not long now until your over our side of teh channel dance

Well Tirol is quiet good for a fast ride,but the austrian cops are pretty tough and they are allowed to guess the speed pullhaur2

and they are all over the road...so could become an expensive tour in worst case affraid

But the real good things are the passes (right word ?? ) in the alps....

Mendelpass rocks da house...

Ofenpass in switzerland, Fluela Pass... there are a lot more...for hacking the tyres in the tar punk

Yes man, I am really excited about coming to scotland...hoping for good weather...which means not raining the whole trip hippy

I made about 8000km this year...need new tyres and then I am ready to drive the Isle thumbup

*driech* that sounds cool Laughing

Greets

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 17:10

Really - I wasn't aware they could guess your speed. I best behave the next time I'm over !!! digging digging

That's the right word mate "passes". dance

8k is a decent amount of riding dude, I wish I had the time & we had the weather to let me do that. punk punk thumbup

Your tyres must be in bits !!!

Have a good night cheers

I'm away to the Brauhouse for some much needed Lowenbrau cheers punk drinking
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Post by Peng on Tue 21 Jul 2009, 17:52

Kaiser wrote:Really - I wasn't aware they could guess your speed. I best behave the next time I'm over !!! digging digging

That's the right word mate "passes". dance

8k is a decent amount of riding dude, I wish I had the time & we had the weather to let me do that. punk punk thumbup

Your tyres must be in bits !!!

Have a good night cheers

I'm away to the Brauhouse for some much needed Lowenbrau cheers punk drinking


Har Har Very Happy

Yeah,had a Weissbier right now...icecold with a crown of foam...like it hast to be punk

Didnt do the 8k's with one tyre...have now the conti sport attack which lasts now for over 4k...quiet astonishing...never had before

maybe they will take a 1000more km but I need some new one's for scotland for sure.

hey bro, enjoay having Löwenbräu drinking But remember, Löwenbräu is the sponsor of 1860 Munich, the local rival from FC Bayern...no red one would drink a Löwenbräu, even if he would goin to die because of thirst paranoid Laughing

Nevertheless, beer is a basic need here in bavaria...so in really really worse situations it is allowed to take a Löwenbräu...or maybe five Smile

See you in September

Greets and slansibar

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 22 Jul 2009, 08:47

Ye, I know.I get abused terribly when I catch with my friends in Munich, they are on the Paulaner (which I can drink here as well) but I just love teh taste of Lowenbrau. The closest I've tasted in terms of quality is a beer called Zillertal brewed locally in Zellum Zilla in Austria, around 25km from Insbruhk ??

There is nothing better than a nice cold German beer, don't drink anything else. Even locally, I buy Perlinbacher from Lidll drinking drinking cheers

I order some beer in from Beersofeurope.com. You can get Dortmunder, Veltins, Krombacher superb !!

Have a good one thumbup
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 07:07

Hey Folks,

now the time has come. Will start to Holland ina few minutes and the taking the ferry from amsterdam to newcastle on Friday.

I think i will heading to edinburgh on saturday first, finding a campsite and watch your fabolous capital.

Next stops...i have no idea, will see where the wind is blowing me :-)

Hope to see some of you on the road

take care mates

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 09:22

Ideal timing, the ewather is meant to be getting a little better

I'm just south of Edinburgh, welcome to give me a shout for a ride out / beer ?

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by bazza on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 19:01

have a good trip Peng and take plent of pictures mate
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Tazfiend on Wed 09 Sep 2009, 19:26

Good thing you weren't coming up a week or two ago! Razz
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 10:19

Peng - oddly, I've went the other way to Munich. catching a few games & some biking along with a lot of beer & schnaps

Are you still in Scotland ?
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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Peng on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 11:07

Yo fellows,

just came back yesterday

What can I say ??

Scotland was fantastic !!!!!

It was an awesome trip, you have one of the most spectacular countries ever and it is made for motorbikes.

Yeah,I am still like on drugs. I made about 4000 miles all together.

Wow, started at Newcastle, went up to Edinburgh. Stayed there to nights at North Berwick on a campsite. Had one day for visting E...unluckily I left my helmet at the bike for a smoother walk through the city. Had it at the Wayverly station. Came back two hours later...no hemlet anymore :-(

Stolen! Shit...including gloves and belt...so I had to buy a new one on a sunday. Luckily the local Hein Gericke is open on sundays, so Police took me there and waited until i had a new one. Then they drove me back to my bike...They were absolutely friendly, it was really more than gentle.

Well, then heading further north to Dufftown over Braemar. From Dufftown to Inverness via Dunrobin Castleon the east coast to Reay next to Thurso. Fantastic views,unbelieveable roads and well, the friendliest people ever.

Wherever I stopped or had a talk,it was so kind and easy and everybody was so friendly. Thats a big difference to Germany.

From Reay i headed over the northcoast via Durness to Ullapool. West Coast rocks da house !!!!!

Bad luck second part: nail in my rear tyre, puncture :-((

I asked at the local Bosch service for a motorcycle shop. They told me to drive to Inverness. On the way to Inverness I saw next to the road somewhere a Motorcycle shop. Just pulled the break and stopped at BRC Mototrcycles in Muir of ord. Funny city names by the way...

There there were two amazing mechanics. Looked like ZZTop in their best times and where as well so bloody friendly and helpful, I nearly couldnt believe. They had a look at my tyre,where phoning with a couple of people....but I didnt got a word when they were talking to each other...Extrem scottish akzent...wow, quite hard. But in the end they arranged a tyre for me further on in Cromarty...So I went here to HMD performance tuning.

There as well, incredible friendly dudes around. Checking my tyre nd had one in spare for me. so I had a funny afternoon by crossing around for a new tyre and finally got one over there.

Then back to Ullapool further south over Gairloch and Applecross (kicks ass) via kyle to the Isle of sky

Oh man, I loved every day in Scotland, the grampian mountains are great to ride, the coasts are fantastic, the highlands are real fun and the west is the most amazing bike parcours ever !!!

Weather was excellent, just the last two days it was raining.

I took the ferry from Skye to Mallaig and rode the coastal route. And that is by far the funniest street I've ever seen.

Up and down,blind summits and one wheely after the other. So I was turning around and drove it four more times...hahahaha

Sensationell...

Then I wanted to do the rest of the west but weather went really bad, so I crossed back to the east to Stonehaven. Braveheart here I come !!

Wonderful weather, great castles, good roads, no traffic. I never expected it that great. I knew when I was planning the trip, scotland is quite cool, but never thought it would be THAT rocking cool !!!

All the scottish people I met over there were extremly friendly,helpful, interested and kind. Really, it was a great experience about you scottish dudes. Sometimes hard to understand, but always more than good for a talk or a cigarette or whatever.

Well, all together 12 amazing days with the best roads I've ever seen, fantastic weather and awesome locals all over. South, east, north, west...doesn' matter...they were all super.


So, I have to come back for sure, because I havent seen enough and I was falling in love with Scotland

Thx for listening :-)

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Re: Scotland September 2009

Post by Kaiser on Thu 24 Sep 2009, 11:13

Glad you had a good experience mate. You should have given me a shout, I live beside North Berwick.

Not so good that someone stole your helmet etc, that's one thing in this country, never leave anything unattended. It's not quite like Germany that way, too many little ned's waiting to take advantage of something like that.

The north is really good, good roads like you say.

If your over again, give me a shout.

Im in your homeland just now. Been over for over a week, went to the Nurenburg game, Oberhausen & am going up to Hamburg to watch the game, stay with my family & then back down for the Juve game, then I fly home.
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