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    Old Military Road, rest and be Thankful - is it legal/passable?

    This one here just off the A83, starting at (56.20099956175816, -4.8255598144568825).

    Is it legal? Is it passable? Is it worth it? Is it paved or unpaved?


    Are there any more?


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    find the definitive rights of way map for the local council. it will be online and include all BOAT's etc

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    It's paved. It's been used several times recently as an alternative to the modern road which has been closed by landslips. Here it is being used in a BoS ad ...



    Is it worth it? There are better roads to ride ... Not sure about access but it's unlikely to be too difficult for a bike. One of the weegie brethren will doubtless know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil W View Post
    find the definitive rights of way map for the local council. it will be online and include all BOAT's etc
    It’s Scotland. There are no BOATS.


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    As far as I know you can use it. Last time I was on it was when the ,proper, road was closed. There’s not much point though. It’s only a short stretch and the main road has good views.

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    Thanks all, just looking to see what there is in the way of alternative routes.


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    Old Military Road

    Rest and be Thank full was regularly used as a Hill Climb venue cars and bikes. . Was also used as a rally stage on the Scottish International several times. Can`t remember last time used but I used it in 1980. Someone here will know.

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    A couple of alternatives ...

    1. The single track road which overlooks Faslane and takes you to Garelochhead.

    2. Then on to Portavadie via Tighnabruich. Take the ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert. Then do the loop around Kintyre or take the ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza and Arran
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Den View Post
    Rest and be Thank full was regularly used as a Hill Climb venue cars and bikes. . Was also used as a rally stage on the Scottish International several times. Can`t remember last time used but I used it in 1980. Someone here will know.
    I think Jim Clark started his career doing hill climbs there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Posh Pete View Post
    A couple of alternatives ...

    1. The single track road which overlooks Faslane and takes you to Garelochhead.

    2. Then on to Portavadie via Tighnabruich. Take the ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert. Then do the loop around Kintyre or take the ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza and Arran
    Good ones too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Posh Pete View Post
    It's paved. It's been used several times recently as an alternative to the modern road which has been closed by landslips. Here it is being used in a BoS ad ...



    Is it worth it? There are better roads to ride ... Not sure about access but it's unlikely to be too difficult for a bike. One of the weegie brethren will doubtless know.
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    Mrs Berin has been watching Susan Calmas series, says its very good.

    We're really looking forward to this trip, did a lot of diving off the west coast years ago, even out to St Kilda on one trip. Mrs Berin's second big motorbike trip was Scotland, the weather was shite and we camped till I got fed up of it and we switched to hotels. Mrs Berin nearly binned her F800GS at Applecross on the hairpins, by trying to go around them upright


    Here's the route plan. On account of Covid, we've taken the unusual for us step of planning out the whole route and booking digs at each stop.

    We've got most of the time in the Western Isles and Sky, with 2-3 nights at each stop so we can have an explore around.

    We're planning to stop at Harris Tweed, to get some tweed, see the golden eagles on Mull, Mrs Berin has been tracking otter sightings out on the islands so we'll maybe go otter spotting,

    Possibly, if it's worked and anyone gives a monkeys, the trip can be viewed here



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    Got to visit Callanish while you’re on Lewis. Fantastic place.
    And the ride all the way round the dead end road to the little jetty after Breanis is worth it too. So secluded and peaceful it’s great for relaxing for a few hours. Be careful of going for a paddle though because the riptide will take your feet from under you!

    There was a campsite on Lewis at Shawbost that was owned by a chap that used to make Harris Tweed on a loom in an outbuilding. Absolutely amazing to watch. And noisy! Still got some somewhere that he made while I was there. I’m going back 20+ years so may no longer be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Posh Pete View Post
    A couple of alternatives ...

    1. The single track road which overlooks Faslane and takes you to Garelochhead.

    2. Then on to Portavadie via Tighnabruich. Take the ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert. Then do the loop around Kintyre or take the ferry from Claonaig to Lochranza and Arran
    I’ll check that out, thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Udders View Post
    Got to visit Callanish while you’re on Lewis. Fantastic place.
    And the ride all the way round the dead end road to the little jetty after Breanis is worth it too. So secluded and peaceful it’s great for relaxing for a few hours. Be careful of going for a paddle though because the riptide will take your feet from under you!

    There was a campsite on Lewis at Shawbost that was owned by a chap that used to make Harris Tweed on a loom in an outbuilding. Absolutely amazing to watch. And noisy! Still got some somewhere that he made while I was there. I’m going back 20+ years so may no longer be there.
    Callanish was on the list, but the Breanis diversion sounds great! Thanks


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