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NC 500 Day Two: Dornie to Badrallach (The Isle of Skye)

Day Two

NC500 Day Two Isle of Skye

NC500 Day Two

Route: Dornie – Badrallach, via The Isle of Skye

Weather: Overcast with heavy showers

Distance: 184 miles (353)

Drop Counter: Jenny 1 (3) / Ian 0 (2)

The Isle of Skye

Another day of grey skies, high winds and heavy rain. Fortunately the morning stayed dry for our foray onto Skye. Taking a turn at random on Skye, we ended up on the A851 which leads down to Armadale. We stopped a little way down this road at The Gaelic Whiskies and had a wander round a local gallery before trying a very wee dram of a few whiskies.

Local artist Derek Robertson showed us his current field study drawings of an otter and let us use his telescope to see some porpoises he’d seen across the bay. His artwork was stunning, although sadly we could only afford to take a few cards home with us. The whiskies we tried were all very tasty, and not being connoisseurs couldn’t taste the difference in quality between the single malt and the blended. So, naturally, we bought the cheapest, “Té Bheag”, which according to the label is pronounced chey vek and is the affectionate term for a wee dram! Continue reading

NC500 Day One – Inverness to Dornie (Bealach na Bà)

Day One

NC500 - Day One

NC500 – Day One

Route: Inverness Castle – Dornie

Distance: 169 miles

“Drop” Counter: Jenny – 2 / Ian – 2

Our first day of travelling the NC500 ended in a quaint “bothy” listening to the rain lash against the tin roof. Occasionally a particularly heavy lashing caused a light mist to rain down on us as the weather found gaps to push through. Doing the NC500 whilst the tail end of three hurricanes battered the U.K. was perhaps poor timing, but now we were here we were going to make the most of it!

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NC500 – The Next Adventure…

The Next Adventure

With New Zealand becoming a distant memory, a new adventure was required! Needing something a little less expensive, a little closer to home but something equally exciting we settled on the NC500. Touted as Scotland’s rival to America’s Route 66, it encompasses 500 miles around the northern reaches of mainland Scotland.  With a friend’s wedding in Inverness providing the perfect excuse, we got down to details. Continue reading

Geothermal Wonders – The Road to Rotorua

There is a plethora of geothermal attractions in the Taupo-Rotorua area. So much so in fact that the road between them is know as the thermal Explorer highway . There are a range of options that can be tailored to suit most budgets. I’d recommend researching each before you go and work out what you want to see and go from there. There is everything from beautiful pools of varying colours, to bubbling mud, geysers, rising steam, and of course hot pools.

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Akaroa

An Unexpected Visit

Akaroa was an entirely unintentional foray. After waking up slightly damp after Cayley’s roof leaked in a storm, we were unable to go “onward” past Arthur’s pass because the self containment sticker was still in the postal system – and due any day back in Christchurch. So leaving the angry squall nestled in the mountains behind us, we headed back to the sunshine that glistened over the Canterbury plains. Akaroa had been on the periphery of our planning, as somewhere ‘nice’ to go, but not “nice enough” to make it onto our must do itinerary. It made up for the rather dismal start we’d had thus far in Cayley and set us up for the rest of the trip.

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