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Hello Scotland!!

Anyone going to the Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic in September??
It's like a Mini-Goodwood, but without Southerners. It's on the Isle of Bute which is to the West of Glasgow. Any locals know which end of the Isle has the ferry crossing??
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Wondering about making a holiday out of it....
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Rick, Go for it! The Isle Of Bute is very pretty as is the whole surrounding area. You can get the ferry from Wemyss Bay which is to the north West of Glasgow and comes in to Rothesay (the main town) sort ofhalf way up the island on the East side. I believe Johnny Dumfries's gaff is just outside Rothesay. The reports from last years event sounded very good though I believe the format is similar to Goodwood FOS ie Big house owned by titled nob, passion for racing, rich chums bring lots of lovely old cars along and thrash them for the general enjoyment of the paying hoi polloi. I suspect it should be better than Goodwood is now as it should be a lot less busy and still have a pretty good atmosphere.
I used to go out with a lassie from Rothesay many moons ago and that part of Argyllshire is beautiful as is going further north a wee bit. A very good place for a driving holiday but remember your midge repellant and assume it will rain every day!
Oh, there used to be a ferry at the north end of the island connecting with the road from Loch fyne but I'm not sure if it runs all year round or not.
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Cheers nervous!!

Will it still be midgey in mid-September??
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Yes it will Rick. It's only not midgey between Jan 13-16.

I might be interested in going.....
 
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Is that a factamundo??


It looks a long way from..... well, anywhere really!!
If we go for a week, what else is there to do??

Lips, Fraser, Mr. T..... help!!
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I'm thinking of a fairly longish weekend.

I could combine it with visiting the area where my grandparents lived during WWII, Poolewe.

Also, I have a pal, he's my next door neighbour actually who's parents live close by in Torridon (where they filmed Loch Ness!).

 
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After much research (looking at a map), it is too far for Tom to travel this year.

Shame, because the missis had found a castle or something to stay in.
Maybe next year....
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If I go, I'm going camping.

You are right Rick. That would be a bit of a long journey for baby Tom.

Could always leave him behind with a load of open jars of Cow and Gate products and a giant nappy?
 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by RicksAlfas:
<strong>After much research (looking at a map), it is too far for Tom to travel this year.

Shame, because the missis had found a castle or something to stay in.
Maybe next year....
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Rick,
Its hardly any distance at all for you. Leeds/Bradford to Glasgow shouldn't be more than 3.5 hours even in a diesel. Glasgow to Wemyss Bay 1 hour max. Ferry to Isle of Bute 30 minutes.
If the son and heir isn't a good traveller try doing it overnight when there's hardly a thing on the roads north of Lancaster.
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Cheers nervous.
We couldn't get a castle near Bute, so it was going to be at least another hour North. And then that plonked us in the middle of nowhere.
We are off near Jedburgh now.

Maybe next year!!
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Sorry Rick, not been on the forum much since the my work gave me the heave ho.

Your planning a trip to Scotland then? But not Bute?

Jedburgh ain't that far from me so give me a shout if your up. You'd have been welcome to stay but don't have a room for the whole family.

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Will do Mr.T!
Thanks.

Sorry to hear about your work.
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Can't wait to see the RickAlfa's family, mind you with all my holidays at the moment I will be down in the Promised Land very shortly.

A nice handshake has ment I can enjoy myself for a few months as long as I find another job soon. So everything has it's good sides .
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That's good to hear Mr.T.
Enjoy your Summer.
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So that means you can come to Northern Alfa Day in Leeds Neil?


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Sorry I missed this Rick...

Jedburgh?! I'm sure you'd much prefer Glasgow (Biased? Moi?) If you stay in Glasgow you've got a cool city - bars, restaurants, shops - and yet you're 20 mins away from Loch Lomond, and the gateway to the Highlands. AND maybe it would be a good excuse to organise a mini meet with some other Scottish peeps...?

Jedburgh, indeed!

Think about it...

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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by UnpredictableLips:
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We couldn't find any cottages near Glasgow. We wanted peace and quiet and trips out. Four months old lads don't really like shopping.... and neither do their Dads!!

Thanks anyway.
We will plan next years trip to Bute in more time, and maybe have a better choice of cottages. We are now going to a farm in Roxburgh, about 20 mins from Jedburgh.

I remember when this was a field of 156s.
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Boo,hiss...

Have fun anyway.

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I'll come instead and maybe have a drive in your Ducato van wink
 
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Sorry, guys - just spotted this thread. The Mount Stuart weekend is very good, spent a day there in glorious weather last year. Rally sprint was spectacular, with some idiot in a 6R4 who gave it everything. This years event seems to be bigger and better, and includes drives round the island in classic cars and supercars (as a passenger, I'm afraid) with proceeds going to charity.

Only one thing - catering was a bit disappointing, maybe best to bring your own food. I'll be going with friends and family, but only for one day (don't know which one yet).

Lots to do in and around Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The world's your lobster, really. You can even get to Edinburgh in an hour or so.

BTW, shuttle buses are run from Rothesay pier to Mount Stuart, so there's no real need for the expense of taking your car over to the island.

Have to say, Roxburgh's a long way from Bute.
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Fraser ~ Thanks for that valuable input, now I have decided not to go to Bute this year.
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Sorry Rick, just an observation. As a plus point - the roads are brilliant down there
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OK, so who is going to Mount Stuart then?
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Fraser:
<strong>OK, so who is going to Mount Stuart then?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">His missus? wink
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Yeah Fraser I'll be going if I know when it is.
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