Who’d have thought that when we embarked on our eight day tour of Orkney and the West Coast of Scotland it would have been in such fine weather. Only thirty minutes, on two separate days, did we have to put the hoods up because of rain.
Twenty seven cars took part in event that took us from Stirling to Tain, Orkney, Tongue, Little Loch Broom, Fort William then back to Stirling. A round trip of nearly a thousand miles, or less if you took the shorter route option.
Orkney itself was by far the best part of the trip for most. Visiting archeological digs, ancient monuments, museums, distillery and also some retail therapy. The roads on the island were exceptionally good as were the road surfaces. There was a cruise liner visiting Orkney so our tours were organised to avoid the numbers from the ship. There was also plenty free time to do what we all wanted during our stay in Orkney. The Standing Stones hotel where we were based for our evening meals was very nice. Plenty chat and hilarity and a quiz on one evening which we all enjoyed. All the meals were pre-booked and thankfully Douglas had a spreadsheet with who was having what. Most people stayed at the hotel but a few stayed in nearby bed and breakfasts due to small number of rooms available in the hotel. Bed and Breakfasts in Orkney are superb.
All the hotels that were used were mostly picked because of the distance between each of them due to the high mileages each day. Some were better than others, but all in all it was a fantastic trip. One to remember.
We were fortunate to have the combination of great organisation, great weather and great company. Many thanks go to Douglas and Tilly Arthur for all the time and effort they put into this memorable trip and to Keith and Juliet Middleton for their help with routes.
A special mention goes to Marion Quarrington on her first MG tour. Marion has just returned home after a round trip of nearly 1900 miles in her RV8. Marion enjoyed the Bealach na Ba – (pass of the cattle) so much she did it twice. Yes, right around twice.
She said, “Just a quick note to thank you and all the team for a fantastic tour, and the chance to enjoy your wonderful country from the driving seat of an MG, with like-minded travellers. It was lovely to meet you all, and thank you for the warm reception you gave to me, a total stranger. This was my first MG Tour and it will definitely not be my last, although whether any other tour can live up to this one remains to be seen.”
Says it all really.
A more detailed report will be in the October issue of Safety Fast.