Posts by Throttled

    This is a good idea;…id-influx-of-visitors?top

    "Highland Council is to ease licensing regulations to enable landowners with suitable sites to provide continental style motorhome stopovers, known as ‘Aire’."

    I can still see problems, since allowing stop over sites works for self-contained campers, but what about the many that have no toilet? The news article points out that there are 360,000 campers in the UK and most will not be able to go abroad this year. That may balance out with fewer foreign campers arriving in the UK.

    I did the NW500 twice, before it was official and even then it was busy. The first time I stayed at Sango Sands, I had to wait for an hour for a table for dinner. The next year I took food with me. Living near Loch Lomond and having worked around Balloch for a while, I am not surprised this has happened.

    We are sadly a nation of litter louts, who think nothing of messing up the environment. I have recently started volunteer litter picking in my local area and I can litter pick in the morning and by the evening, passing cars have dumped more fast food packaging and cans. Look at how ranger fans celebrated their win. They trashed George Sq twice. What a bizarre way to celebrate, by creating a huge mess costing apparently around £60k to clean up.

    Throttled, am I correct in remembering that you just turned up at the site and the nice man gave you a pitch for a few£ ???

    (Not that that matters if it is shut!).

    They knew I was coming, but did not take a booking as such, which I found happens a lot when I say it is a bike and tent. But, what with all the staycations, I wonder if it will be so easy going when demand is expected to be high.

    I seem to recollect that Andy camped in that site.

    But that's wrong --

    Checking the recommended camp site list it was THROTTLED !

    Three Dawg - is the toilet block open ? That's the key question I think.

    Yes, I have camped there and am not a member.

    I clicked on my toolbar link today and logged on successfully for the first time in a while. I had been getting "400 - Bad Request Your browser sent a request this server could not understand" when I clicked on my toolbar link. I could find the forum by searching ADV Scotland, but it would do nothing when I tried to log in.

    No specific plans for me, just want to do some more miles than the paltry couple of thousand I did in 2018. Planning will start for the big one for 2020 and the USA.

    The Scotland in miniature is so true. Great roads (though not been for a while so cannot speak to road surface conditions) and you can do a figure of 8 round the island with north and south loops going on the String road both ways. Lots to do and see and great places to stop for a coffee.

    I have never heard of salt in the soap. I do use garage washers. I cover the bike in the foam using the brush, but not touching the bike with the brush (as they often have bits of grit in them). I wait a bit and then rinse, standing well back and not blasting the bike. I find I can easily clean the bike that way for £1 in my local place, as £1 gives me 3 minutes. It is not a very thorough wash, but it does to keep it reasonably clean.

    Otherwise, buy a big B&Q orange bucket, a sponge, Muck off spray, a shammy, a soft brush, some degreaser and ACF50. Then make friends with someone who will store that lot for you, has a driveway and a hose and give your bike a thorough clean a couple of times a year.

    Supplement with the local car wash.

    Is this the consequence of the NW500 and reports of a big increase in traffic and clueless drivers/riders?

    I lived in Argyll and know when I had 50 miles to do to get to a shop, I would often just go for it. Then you round a corner and a tourist has stopped somewhere stupid for a photo or drifted onto the wrong side of the road or gets confused about how to use a single track road.

    It works fine when most of the road users are locals or where I was, tourists who come back every year and also know the roads. It goes wrong with inexperienced or foreign drivers/riders.

    Lovely island I have driven around. You can do the whole lot in a morning top to bottom and a trip across the causeway to Vatersay. Time going to the airport so you see a plane land/take off from the beach. The castle at Castlebay is work a boat trip. Eriskay has a few dead end single rack roads and the Am Politician pub did nice meals when I was there (20 years ago). Expect it to be windy.

    Both are about the scenery and sea views.