A good friend of Bridge Classic Cars, Sam, along with his friends are currently on a road trip through the beautiful scenic routes of the Scottish highlands on their motorbikes. They set off from Easton on Sunday and we hope to keep up to date with their week away.
In order below:
Heading up beside Lock Restil.
Loch Restil lies in the pass between Glen Croe and Glen Kinglas on the Cowal peninsula, Argyll and Bute, West of Scotland. One of the main roads to the west of Scotland coast, the A83, passes Loch Restil. The burn that flows from Loch Restil is one of the feeds of Kinglas Water, in Glen Kinglas, which flows under the Butter Bridge.
Loch Restil lies within the Argyll Forest Park which is itself a part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Monday, they made it to Appin where they stopped for a debrief! Next stop, the Isle Of Skye…
Today, the boys have stopped off with the beautiful backdrop of Ben Nevis, the mountain with it’s head in the clouds.
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of Scotland, close to the town of Fort William and is affectionately known as ‘The Ben.’
Ben Nevis attracts an estimated 125,000 complete and a further 100,000 partial ascents per year, most of which are made by walkers. For climbers and mountaineers the main attraction lies in the 600-metre (2,000 ft) high cliffs of the north face. Among the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom, they harbour some of the best scrambles and rock climbs at all levels of difficulty, and are one of the principal locations in the UK for ice climbing.
Now heading up towards Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries.
Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.
There are four generations of the MacRae family past, present and future who are still the Constables of Eilean Donan Castle today.
Tuesday saw Sam and the boys just south of Loch Ness, running beside the Caledonian Canal.
Wednesday was not such good news as their plans were delayed due to hitting some rubbish weather. At least they had chess!
Back on the road again. This time, Sam and the guys are in the Cairngorms National Park.
The road trip is finally coming to an end, almost 3000 miles now as they start to head home now via Glen Coe.
Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins, in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies in the north of the county of Argyll, close to the border with the historic province of Lochaber, within the modern council area of Highland. The glen is noted for its scenic beauty. A review by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2010 made reference to the “soaring, dramatic splendour of Glen Coe” and “the suddenness of the transition between high mountain pass and the lightly wooded strath” in the lower glen. It also described the journey through the glen on the main A82 road as “one of the classic Highland journeys”. The main settlement is the village of Glencoe located at the foot of the glen. Glen Coe is regarded as the home of Scottish mountaineering and is popular with hillwalkers and climbers.
And one final picture of the boys as they head home…
We love a road trip at Bridge Classic Cars and as Summer is just round the corner, the sun is shining, let’s check out the Best UK Road Trips For The Summer
With 2020 being a strange, difficult and particularly stationary year for many, we thought we’d set our sights on the new year. To get your petrol head wanderlust minds ticking, we wanted to take a look at some epic road trips, from small and local to long and international. There’s something here for everyone.
When it comes to road trips, there are various ways you may choose to go about it. Some plan theirs around motoring events or cultural checkpoints, others may be all about the landscape of the journey. You may plan your trip with a certain car in mind or with the location taking centre stage. But however you go about it, you’re in for a memory making experience.
We start with a short and sweet route, however, it is not one to be overlooked. Travelling from Llandrillo to Llandudno passing through Snowdonia via the mountainous A55 really is a pass straight through the dragon’s heart. As you wind your way through Snowdonia National park, you’ll encounter rolling hills, might peaks, glacial lakes and darling villages. Stopping off in Cym Idwal for a walk around the lake or up into the peaks is a well-advised stop off. Additionally, taking a lunch break in Betws Y Coed to see Swallow Falls. Finishing in Llandudno rewards you with a traditional seafront, local ice-cream and tea shops, but for the more adventurous, I’d advise driving to the top of the Great Orme where you will be greeted with a stunning view-point. As you wind your way around the limestone headland, you’ll see everything from seals to daring climbing who teeter off ledges above your motor. This route treats you with views that vary from mountains to seaside, with chances to both hike and eat.
You can find more variations of this route here.
At 42 miles long, its another short and sweet road trip. Rather than the more open roads of Snowdonia, this pass travels through Derbyshire’s section of the Peak District. You’ll be experiencing tight turns and forest framed tarmac that leads you through the Pennines and Ladybower Reservoir. Following the A57 you can expect magnificent views of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate.
From glamorous cities to white sand beaches, this route gives you the best of both worlds. Great food, fine wine, European high culture and the mecca of European motorists: Monaco. This route is around 76 miles and can be done in less than a week, leaving time to explore all major locations. Recommended by Vogue, it goes without saying that this trip is filled with stunning visuals worthy of gracing any classic car wing mirror.
Starting in Nice, you could take the quicker mountainous Grande Corniche to Monaco, or if you have time, take the Basse Corniche, the longer coastal route. Once you’ve arrived in Monaco, visiting the Monaco Top Cars Collection and Saint Nicholas Cathedral must be among your top stops. From Monaco, head to Cannes where you can then visit the Lerins Islands. From Cannes, head down to Saint Tropez to enjoy the stunning white sand beaches and crisp blue waters. If you can afford a longer route, head up to Verdon Gorge before heading back down to the coast. This stunning river canyon is well worth the detour.
If you’re after some sand, sun and wine, then Portugal to Morocco is the way to go. Beginning in Porto and finishing in Tangier, there’s plenty in-between to keep your taste buds going. This is the ideal classic car road trip, with fine wines and great cheeses on the agenda. You’ll need 10-14 days for this trip but it’s well worth the expedition. Travel 42 miles from Porto to Amarante to experience some fines wines and excellent cheeses. Then head to Figueira Da Foz, another 118 miles where you’ll find a bustling coast, ideal for surfers. The next stop takes you 90 miles down the road to Perniche where you can indulge in fresh seafood and a walled historic centre. Travel onwards to Ericeira, another 60 miles where you’ll find a natural harbour between Cascais and Peniche that holds 30-metre high sandstone cliffs and more stunning beaches. From here, travel to Lisbon to discover stunning white-domed cathedrals and bohemian bars. Get back on the road and travel s170 miles south to Algarve where you can explore Cliff Richards wine estate; Quinta Do Miradouro. Algarve to Algeciras is the longest stretch of 235 miles where upon arrival, you can explore more beautiful beaches before taking the ferry to Tangier, Morroco, which serves as a warm introduction to Afro-Arabic culture.
You can see other classic car recommended road trips here.
One of the most famous road trips of all time is well worth experiencing. The majority of Route 66 is still accessible and it’s decorated with motels, diners and gas stations. This route, although accessible to any vehicle, is best experienced in an American motor or beat generation VW Camper. Starting in Chicago and taking the highway through Chicago, Pontiac, Springfield, St Louis, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Winslow, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and ending in Los Angeles. This route is the perfect mix between open sky country and historic cities. You’ll experience national parks, bustling cities and beautiful coastlines of LA.
Travellers are advised to stick to Spring or Autumn to avoid summertime ’66 traffic. Guidebooks and maps are essential for this trip as satnavs have been known to lead people astray. This 2,448-mile trip is best enjoyed over 3-4 weeks however you can opt to just explore sections of Route 66 for a shorter road trip.
This 11,806-mile trip is not for the faint-hearted. This route can be done from London to Singapore or in reverse from Singapore to London in an alternative route. It follows in the footsteps of the historic ‘First Overland’ expedition in 1955 done in a Land Rover 86″ station wagon by the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition team. This epic road trip was the first of its kind and a publicity stunt done by Land Rover in support of their Series One Station Wagons. The original route passed through France, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore
This iconic expedition was recently recreated in reverse where a modern team ventured from Singapore to London.
Although originally done in a Land Rover, this route could be tackled in any car however a sturdy 4×4 is advised.
Last but by no means least is the Pan-American Highway. Stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, this road trip is an epic 30,000 miles. The highway is the worlds longest motorable road and is made up of a network of roads crossing through The USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. You can see a more in-depth look at the route here.
There are many other epic road trips such as Cairo to Capetown, Cairns to Brisbane, and John O’Groats to Landsend. Whether its a modern car or a timeless classic you’re wanting to take on your adventure, the road is out there.