Who is Steve and wheres he based?
That looks awesome, thanks for sharing. Got a couple of big driving slogs there but I'm sure it will be a breeze given the roads/scenery. (Aside from perhaps the comfort perspective as you have mentioned!)If anyone was interested in the 3-day routes for the NC500 (or at least, most of it), starting and ending in Glasgow, here's what we're looking at:
Day 1: Get from Glasgow up to the Highlands, via some cool roads. Motel One to Lochcarron Hotel
Day 2: Early start to do Applecross at dawn, then absolute monster drive on Scotland's best roads, ending up around John O'Groats. Lochcarron Hotel to Norseman Hotel
Day 3: Finish off the Northern part, and head back to Glasgow via the Cairngorms. Norseman Hotel to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central
The seasoned NC500-ers amongst you will notice that we've skipped the bottom part of the loop, missing out the fabulous roads around Achnasheen. Sadly it was too big an ask for two massive days of driving back-to-back, and we're fortunate to have done that road the last time we visited the lower portion of the NC500.
Being based in London, and only being able to find 5 days to do the whole trip meant that we were forced to make some concessions, and this was one of them. Either way, I can't imagine three better days of driving! I'm just glad we've booked a nice hotel with a spa for the final night in Glasgow - my poor arse is going to need some TLC after that drive.
We're going as a group of friends in 8 cars (including a 700bhp GTR, a 400bhp Golf R and other such nice metal), so I'm really looking forward to a trip away with some of my best mates as much as anything else. This was supposed to have happened in May last year, so we've been waiting a while!That looks awesome, thanks for sharing. Got a couple of big driving slogs there but I'm sure it will be a breeze given the roads/scenery. (Aside from perhaps the comfort perspective as you have mentioned!)
I've done a fair chunk of the NC500 in my old BMW 330, and it felt a bit too soft and soggy to really get the most out of some of the better roads. Having said that, it's such a comfortable car to do all the boring bits in-between. It and the Mini are chalk and cheese in many respects.I've just done a fair bit of driving around Scotland in my T5 and the thought of doing it in my R53 would depress me lol. Good luck!