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Post by AntC » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:05 pm

In late May my wife and I are joining some friends to do the Caledonian Canal trip from Inverness to Fort William and back which, apparently, takes a week. It seems a waste of a 500 mile drive to get to Inverness to come straight home and I am thinking that I shall probably never get the chance to do it again, so am contemplating doing the NC 500. So that will be 1500 miles in the SE5. I haven't mentioned the second part of the journey to her yet, need to research it a bit!


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Post by 02Anders » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:36 pm

The opportunity is there - grab while you can. :wink:
A good friend of mine did it in his Mini back in 2017: https://viaretro.com/2017/08/north-coast-500/
To this day he still won't stop talking about it... :lol:
So much so, that some friends and I have loosely begun planning our own NC500 roadtrip for this summer. I'm still undecided whether to take my '78 Scimitar or my '73 BMW 2002 - but regardless, I'm convinced it'll be a fabulous experience!


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Post by scimmy_man » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:55 pm

we did it in 2017 in a group of landrovers, the single track bits at the top were stunning.


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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:54 pm

Dave Peek, Ruta and I plan to do the NC500 in 2020. We have already mentioned it in SLICE and there will be more details (possibly) in the next issue. We met earlier this year to plan it. If anybody is interested in joining us keep an eye out for the details.


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:22 pm

scimmy_man wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:55 pm
we did it in 2017 in a group of landrovers, the single track bits at the top were stunning.
i've thought about doing this in my land rover but it's probably not the best vehicle to do it in i've looked at a few pictures of others doing it and the roads don't look like much of a 'challenge' for a land rover if you know what i mean
might be better to do it in the Scimitar might have it on the road by 2020 :D



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Post by scimmy_man » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:44 pm

we didnt stick rigidly to the 500 route, we camped on a beach one night,
the landrovers height meant the co pilot could see better,


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Post by Rattling » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:45 pm

CarlosVanDango wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:22 pm
scimmy_man wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:55 pm
we did it in 2017 in a group of landrovers, the single track bits at the top were stunning.
i've thought about doing this in my land rover but it's probably not the best vehicle to do it in i've looked at a few pictures of others doing it and the roads don't look like much of a 'challenge' for a land rover if you know what i mean
might be better to do it in the Scimitar might have it on the road by 2020 :D
More challenging for the land rover would be General Wades roads which I did in the 70s in the highlands,but probably aren't green roads anymore :D


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Post by Stoddy » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:35 pm

Go for it. I did it last year with friends in the SS1 I had over 3 days and I would do it again in a heart beat. It was magic. We did it at the end of April and the weather was mixed (We got heavy hail one day!) Couple of thoughts for you to consider. If I had a passenger I would take an extra day or two so your not rushed. I've also heard that in May that it starts to get busier so that will slow your pace anyway. Also think whether you want to do it clockwise or anticlockwise. Either is fine but the roads are definately busier up the east coast to John O Groats. If you get the chance on route use the A93 rather than the A9. It's a great road takes you right into the mountains past Glenshee and Braemar. It's a detour but well worth it.

If you want to get in the mood watch the Petrolheads 2018 NC500 tour by Joe Achilles. They started in loch Lomond and we sw them on the A93 and on the route, so they'll take in a lot of the roads you'll be on.

All the best and happy planning :D

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Post by ScimiTom » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:47 pm

It's clearly a 'bucket list' experience for any keen driver, as evidenced by the comments above. I fully intend to give it a go sometime too. The issue for me is that, as a teacher, I am limited to the 'peak' times of year, when it'll be busy with tourists... :?


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Post by AntC » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:01 pm

Well, that's a resounding "yes" so far!

I should have done it last year in my V8 S1 Land Rover - it may not challenge an S1 much, but a better view!

I am hoping that end of May early June, the weather might be kinder and the traffic not as bad as when schools have broken up. Plan at the moment is to do it anti-clockwise from Inverness.

Thanks for the replies and advice - much appreciated and lots of planning still to do!

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Post by ScimmyMike » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:33 pm

Hoping to be along with you Jim Ruta and Dave looking forward to it tbh, just got to break it to Mrs Scimmymike now


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Post by Shaun Pierce » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:36 pm

I am planning on doing the NC500 either this year or next in my SE5a and would be happy to join up with other like minded folks. Just need to get the car back on the road after re-doing the carpet, headlining and electrics. Looking at 1,500 mile round trip as I live in the south.

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Post by David Lanceley » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:54 am

Did it last April in my SE5a, see article in SLICE 282. Brilliant trip however you do it. Photo gives you a taste of the scenery.
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