Highland Fling 2004

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Highland Fling 2004

When the Irish and Scots get together the ingredients are set for a good old shindig. Mix in Bikes and great Scottish roads and the stage was set for a superb weekend.

A phone call in February from Ireland saying “we want to come to Scotland” was all it took and the planning took off. After numerous E mails and phone calls the scene was set.

The welcoming party left Larkhall at 7.30am to meet our new friends at the ferry port at Stranraer early on Friday 11th June. The weather was mixed as we headed for Lochinch for lunch where the remainder of the Scottish contingent joined them. A photograph shows one of the group, Willie McLeod; in the car park lovingly making sure his 23 year old Triumph Bonneville was happy with the spot he’d picked for it . It was and it proudly saw him to Skye and back in true biking fashion.  Lunch, provided by Campbell McAuley, was appreciatively ‘downed’ and following a quick briefing it was off to Fort William. The route took the group up the A82 and through a rainy Glencoe and into the Highland Hotel overlooking Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil.
“Never had so much f…… fun in the wet” someone was heard to say.

Highland Hotel - Fort William - Ring any alarm bells anyone ??

Saturday – and it was an early start {Well, it felt early for some who got in to the spirit of things ‘early doors’ the night before}. It was to be the road to Skye. First stop was the ‘Commando Memorial’ at Spean Bridge and then on to Eilean Donan Castle just outside Kyle of Lochalsh. Both places of memorable scenery but for most of the lads from over the sea all they could remember were the roads – “must have been built by a biker”. A re-group at the toll gate to the Skye Bridge

Skye Bridge.

and some neat negotiating got the group over the bridge for a good price and onto Portree where we stopped for a pre booked lunch at the Aros Experience. The way back saw some of the lads and lassies taking the Skye ferry to Mallaig and the A830 back to base. Others took the opportunity to see more of Skye whilst the remainder wanted another crack at the A87 through Glen Shiel, past Loch Cluanie and onto the A82, Loch Lochy and ‘home’. {There’s a ‘Birds eye view from the bridge if you search the photos}

Skye Bridge.

That evening a group photo was taken – a wide angled lens was needed to get the huge smiles in.

More of the same next year we believe.

Update - Next Year, Friday 3rd June 2005 to Monday 6th June 2005 for Highland Fling 2005 at this Aviemore. Rooms have been booked for 90 people, 30 twins and 15 doubles. More news when it arrives here.


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