NorthCoast500 Day 3 – Handa Island


My strategy for driving North Coast 500 was to have a beak from driving around the halfway point. My plan for my driving rest day was to walk to Sandwood Bay, one of Scotland’s most isolated and beautiful beaches.  It is a good two hour walk to get there from the nearest car park at Blairmore, a few miles North of Kinlochbervie. The weather however was still not cooperating, so I reverted to Plan B – a day trip to Handa Island, a nature reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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NorthCoast500 Day 2 – Beauly to Scourie


Up bright and early, I enjoyed an excellent breakfast prepared by Isobel before heading off just before 8.30am.  It was a mixed weather forecast and I had a lot of driving ahead of me, so was keen to get going. Continue reading

NorthCoast500 Day 1 – Edinburgh to Beauly


Back in late May, North Coast 500  (NC500) was quietly launched in Inverness.  It is billed as Scotland’s answer to Route66.  NC500 is a 500 mile loop starting at Inverness, taking in some of the most scenic coastal scenery in the most remote corner of Scotland.  I had planned to drive NC500 in June, but snow fell on 1 June, so that put me off and I went to Jamaica instead!  However, I was still mad keen to drive this amazing route before the short days arrive, so this morning I set off from Edinburgh. Continue reading

Flying back in time – the National Museum of Flight


This weekend I was looking around at things to do and discovered there was a “Wartime Experience” day at Scotland’s National Museum of Flight at East Fortune – about 20 miles from Edinburgh.  This day was part of the UK’s 70th celebrations for VE day – Victory Europe, celebrating the end of WW2. Combined with the museum’s main attraction, the “Concorde Experience”,  I drove out the A1 to East Lothian to see some magnificent men and lots of flying machines.  Continue reading