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Our Trip to Scourie and Kylesku

Another successful and enjoyable outing took place when the Club motored north west to go to Scourie and Kylesku on Sunday last.

In bright and dry weather they stopped off at the wonderful Pier Café in Lairg and enjoyed a coffee break before enjoying the run up to Laxford Bridge and Scourie where they stopped off at the Harbour to take pictures of the cars and stretch their legs.

Ian McHardy’s Porsche Boxster suffered an overheating problem on arrival at Scourie necessitating an AA call-out which transferred the car to the Porsche guru in Ardgay and Ian returned home in Gil’s BMW Z4.

Then off to the Kylesku Hotel where they were treated to a great meal. Gil received a very nice e-mail from the hotel when he returned home to say they were very pleased to have such a nice visit from us.

The winners of our 2 Scratch Card competitions were Harry Henderson who won the Whisky and Club Mug and John Morris who won the Club Umbrella and Mug. Many thanks to Lynn Clark who helped Gil with selling the Scratch Card spaces.

The run home was taken by the road to Bonar Bridge although some travelled via Ullapool thus ending our longest day run to date.

Fort Augustus / Spean Bridge / Kingussie Trip 26th June 2021

18 Cars and 25 People joined the club’s outing on Saturday 26th June which took us down the A9 as far as Daviot before we branched off to motor to Fort Augustus via Farr, Errogie and Whitebridge and the steep descent of Glendoe to Fort Augustus.

One of our members Gordon MacAskill in his TVR broke down near Loch Tarff but Gil Graham and John Parker went back from Fort Augustus to see if they could help and after consulting the car manual it was an electronic glitch which was sorted and the car was able to continue on the trip.

We had a leisurely 2 hour stop in Fort Augustus to have coffee and spectate at all the boat traffic negotiate the locks on the Caledonian Canal. The sun started to appear and by the time we stopped at the Commando Memorial north of Spean Bridge it was warm and sunny.

Then we had a leisurely drive along a lovely route from Spean Bridge through Roy Bridge and along the side of Loch Laggan to our lunch stop at the Monarch Hotel. It was great to see all our cars parked there and with the weather being so good we sat at tables in the wonderful garden and enjoyed a wonderful buffet meal provided by the nearby Laggan Bothy .

The Scratch Card winners were Mike McHardy who won the Club Monogram Shirt and Mug and Ed Lowdell who won the Bottle of Whisky. We then made our way home via Newtonmore and Kingussie before joining the A9 North.

Club trip to Glenelg 6th June 2021

The weather was wonderful for the whole of this trip via Invermoriston, Cluanie and Shiel Bridge  and wonderful photos were taken from the large lay-by site high up the Mam Ratigan climb to reach Glenelg. Looking down on Loch Duich, Inverinate and the 5 Sisters of Kintail in such weather provided spectacular pictures.

The Hotel in Glenelg coped in 2 sittings with an excellent lunch for us all. The owners were delighted to have us and took many photos of all the cars. The party returned home through Dornie and then on the lovely road via Strathcarron. A most successful trip which was much enjoyed by all so thank you everyone who made the trip.

Jim Clark Museum Trip

In good weather the club were pleased to go on their most ambitious trip to the Borders and were almost the first visitors to the Jim Clark Museum on Sat 15th May which only opened that day after the Covid Lockdown.

They were very impressed with the displays there and also visited Jim Clark’s graveside at Chirnside  before returning to the King’s Arms Hotel in Melrose for their 2 night stop.

They were treated very well at the Hotel with excellent meals and accommodation.

On the way home on the Sunday they called in at the East Fortune Museum of Flight and were rewarded with a wonderful presentation of the famous supersonic Concorde as well as many other interesting exhibits.

Thanks to everyone who made this trip so memorable.