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Old 23 Dec 2007
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Been there...... just about everywhere

In 3o years of travelling for work, I have been there...probably.
lakes ok, west coast above there even better,s/west scotland nice and quiet, glen coe fantastic, anywhere north is the best in UK if the weather is OK. Cairngorms Westmoorland, N Yorks whitby (great), West Yorks dales brill. Don't forget Wales but watch out they have a mad chief constable who is a bikeomaniac who wants bikes banned 100%.
We all should do UK, but even better try the Pico's, N Spain, Portugal, all the best of the UK with sun...... sticky side down.
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Bit late i know but thought i would give my 2 pennies. Doing the coast route sounds great. About 2 years ago me my dad and mum did scotland but mostly stayed around the mountain areas, and to say the least they are amazing. Not too much traffic, lovely winding roads, quiet, out in the open. Was very nice some great views in there and some very friendly locals. We travelled all over scotland that time and just took it easy no big mileages, top speed normally around 50mph if that untill we got on motorways which we tried to avoid.
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Just found this thread and the various links so I thought I'd add a few comments if anyone's interested.

Re: accommodation: Youth hostels are a good option if you don't mind somebody snoring half the night. As a walker, I gave up on hostels a few years ago when I couldn't get into Lulworth Cove one night because it was full of weekending townies who'd bombed down from London in their GTi's and obviously couldn't afford a B&B after paying for the petrol to get there.

Wild camping is certainly possible, especially in the Highlands. Also, if you book a month or so in advance, Travelodge do rooms all over the UK for around £29 or less (some are £9 if you book six months in advance). There are also loads of independent hostels in Scotland (there's a map available from somewhere) which can sometimes work out cheaper than a posh campsite (esp. if you're solo).

Scotland: Have to agree with what others have said - fantastic. I went up to Scotland last April (admittedly in my beat-up old Micra) and broke the back of the journey by bombing up to Kilmarnock Travelodge, then took the CalMac ferries across to the Kintyre and Cowal penisulars and on to Mull and Skye, nicer in my view than sticking to the main Glencoe - Fort William route (loads of photos on Flickr if you're interested). CalMac are great if you phone them for advice about a combined island hopping ticket.

Nearer to home, if I need to travel from Leicester down towards Bath or Bournemouth, I avoid the M-ways and take the B4455 Fosse Way through to Circencester or the A361 to Devizes - both great, generally uncluttered, cross-country routes.

If you're coming up this way, the B6047 Market Harborough to Melton Mowbray got voted best biking road in the country a few years ago by Ride magazine, but take care as it can surprise the unwary. Personally, I preper the B664 up to the Harley dealer in Uppingham, then on to Oakham.

And down sarf, there's a great square of biking country from Salisbury - Shaftesbury - Blandford Forum - Ringwood.


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Originally Posted by Indoors View Post
Youth hostels are a good option if you don't mind somebody snoring half the night.
Other people are the downside to hostels. Last one I stayed in, I was woken at 6am by some disabled German lad having a thomas the tank in the bunk below. Not nice.
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I often wondered what made hostel duvets rigid!
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Ahhh, this post is starting to make amusing reading

Thanks for the continuing ideas, suggestions and offers. We're doing that great winter biker activity of getting all the maps and books out and scouring the internet for beautiful, unusual and exciting places to visit on our UK tour.

I'll be sure to post our planned route and a follow up with where we actually ended up, what was great and what was pants.

Here's hoping I've not booked my three weeks to coincide with our indian summer

Keep up the great tips/ideas...and while I think of it, I know (from experience) that Scotland has a bit of a midge problem during the summer. Is this equally bad on both coasts? And the Western Isles (Isle of Lewis, etc)?
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I'll be sure to post our planned route and a follow up with where we actually ended up, what was great and what was pants.
Hi greencat,
You might be interested in this topic in that case:-

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Scotland has a bit of a midge problem
A great understatement. The west coast is the worst for the little sods, who wait until you set up camp and as the sun dips below the horizon rise from the ground to make your life hell! Hard accommodation helps to keep man and midge apart.
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