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      04-29-2014, 06:39 AM   #1
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In Search of...... The Ultimate Driving Roads - Scotland.

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In search of......... The ultimate drivers roads!

2yrs 4 months, 21,000 miles on the clock, weekends, numerous PH Sunday Services and the following:

Wales x 2 (Brecon Beacons, Elan Valley, Snowdonia National Park & the Evo triangle)
Isle of Man
Peak District
Exmoor National Park
France
Switzerland
Italy
Austria
Following alp passes:
Col de Turini
Col de la Bonette
Col d’Izoard
Col du Galibier
Col de l’Iseran (highest in the Alps at 2770m)
Col des Aravis
Grimsel Pass
Furka Pass
St. Gotthard Pass
San Bernardino Pass
Fluela Pass
Ofen Pass
Umbrail Pass
Stelvio Pass
Gavia Pass
Nockalmstrasse
Grossglocker High Alpine Road
Gerlos Alpenstrasse

Germany
Nurburgring x 2

Euro/Alp Tour
Wales... A drivers playground
Tour... Exmoor National Park
Peak District Tour
Isle of Man
Weekend in Wales

And now,
the latest tour in search of (19/04 - 26/04)
1 M3, 3 1M's and the token M (M135i)

Northumberland National Park
Scotland
Pennines / Yorkshire Dales

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms...124&dg=feature

A pictures worth a thousand words as the saying goes.....

Starting point Northumberland National Park - Falstone..





Kielder Water










And onwards we go...






First casualty on one of the many mountain 'tarmac rally' stages


Quick tour and taste testing on route









Further into Scotland we go





First departure from the main group, Mark and his M135i make way for Inverness to sort out his bulge issue, tyre that is ; ) The rest of us make for Loch Ness




Oil top up time & a bit of road surfing on the baron plains




Loch Ness bound off the beaten track










Loch Ness...... heavily fogged over.




Casualty 2


Loch Ness and the little M135i fresh on a new front set of Michelins








Making track for John O'Grouts



















West we head...















Heading south west





Windy is an understatement










Ullapool region
http://www.ardvreckhouse.com/ nice place to stay.































Isle of Sky







Eilean Donan Castle



Commando Monument











Loch Lomond




Back across the boarder to some wet weather after a dry run around Scotland
Pennines/Yorkshire Dales











Great trip, hard on the cars but BMW M's are built for driving and not collecting dust parked up in a garage. Now in need of a new windscreen, that be number 3.

Thanks to Marcus for organising the great route and itinerary, Hetan, Mark and Jana for the laughs and driving company.


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      04-29-2014, 06:59 AM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. Seems that you had another blast.
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That is an amazing road trip! Thank you so much for sharing!

My wife and I did a road trip up to Ullapool for our honeymoon. I had a Mountune Fiesta MR200 and not the 1M then but I have promised her that we will do the trip again now that we have a car worthy of those roads.

There were so many empty roads with breathtaking views and scenery.

This was my favourite image from the trip...

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They did it again!
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Now looking towards the next, hmmmm Norway, maybe Spain / Portugal, how about Iceland

Anyway, have a heap of gopro driving vid to go through now....

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That is an amazing road trip! Thank you so much for sharing!

My wife and I did a road trip up to Ullapool for our honeymoon. I had a Mountune Fiesta MR200 and not the 1M then but I have promised her that we will do the trip again now that we have a car worthy of those roads.

There were so many empty roads with breathtaking views and scenery.

This was my favourite image from the trip...

Your 1M will really thank you for it, gotta be done
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Or Morocco! Awesome pics, mine to come on m3post soon.
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Thanks... Great pics. Think you have been to more places in the UK than me and you're Australian! I must get out and about with my 1m more. Cheers for the inspiration.
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Thanks for sharing! One question though, how do you manage busting windscreen so often? 3 already?! o_O

That cockpit Picture is just perfect!
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Great pics mate. I'll be in Edinburgh for 4 nights as part of a UK tour soon. Driving from London, go South to Winchester, Cotswalds, York, Lakes, Scotland, across to Belfast, Galway via Sligo, Dublin via Kilkenny. Driving day trips from our various bases. Hiring a Jag Sportbrake for the UK leg and I hope it's up for it.
Hmm, maybe I should take out windscreen cover.
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Very cool tour!
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Thanks... Great pics. Think you have been to more places in the UK than me and you're Australian! I must get out and about with my 1m more. Cheers for the inspiration.
And I have driven a lot more In my wife's old corsa VXR we did the entire coast line of Wales (south to north) plus an entire coast to coast drive around Ireland and our old astra VXR took us from Bristol and followed the Devon and Cornwall coast and made our way all the way up to Morgate then back into London, plus it seen most if not all of the BTCC circuits around the country when I use to organise events for VXRacing. Not much more to see now in the UK/Ireland but go back over some of the routes I previously missed

Get out there, the country is full of top driving roads and many not to far away or weekender's.....
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Thanks for sharing! One question though, how do you manage busting windscreen so often? 3 already?! o_O

That cockpit Picture is just perfect!
These sort of drives and the poor surfaces, plus one was at the ring. Luck I guess but a new windscreen gives a fresh new view on the trips to come
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Great pics mate. I'll be in Edinburgh for 4 nights as part of a UK tour soon. Driving from London, go South to Winchester, Cotswalds, York, Lakes, Scotland, across to Belfast, Galway via Sligo, Dublin via Kilkenny. Driving day trips from our various bases. Hiring a Jag Sportbrake for the UK leg and I hope it's up for it.
Hmm, maybe I should take out windscreen cover.
Great trip and nice car to be touring in, shame you dont have the time to do the entire coast line of Ireland as it sure is worth it. Take and old map book and hit the offbeat roads, plenty to drive in your intended route and much more enjoyable than hitting the motorways.

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Thanks mate, just finished checking out your latest. Very nice alp drive and would you agree, much better passes than Stelvio
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Thanks mate, just finished checking out your latest. Very nice alp drive and would you agree, much better passes than Stelvio
Stelvio's road surface is bumpy and poor, yes. But it has that OMG wow(pucker) factor!

I really liked Selle Pass, though. I am thinking we could do both this year.
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The views are spectacular that I must admit and it is a place that needs to be done.

I took this pic early morning from the mountain hut we stayed in

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Shame that I missed you guys, you must have driven right past me
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Chances are yep, probably most of you guys up there
You have some of the best roads on this island and your selling up for a diesel

Much of what we drove and the in-betweens
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms...124&dg=feature
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Chances are yep, probably most of you guys up there
You have some of the best roads on this island and your selling up for a diesel

Much of what we drove and the in-betweens
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms...124&dg=feature
Yep you were very close to where I live.

Pmd you.
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Yep you were very close to where I live.

Pmd you.
Some of the best drivers roads right on your doorstep
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If the opportunity to be part of the next road trip comes up then I would be up for joining! - Be it UK or abroad, would be good to meet up with some like minded people!

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