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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkShelley View Post
    I always say do it clockwise but don’t do the East Coast. When you reach Bettyhill head South via Altnaharra, Lairg and Bonar Bridge. Very quiet roads and lovely countryside.
    I like the run down the east coast,, but whichever way you go, cut across to Dornoch (the Carnegie Courthouse cafe is really good) and south from there take the ferry from Nigg to Cromarty, much more interesting than staying on the A9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkShelley View Post
    I always say do it clockwise but don’t do the East Coast. When you reach Bettyhill head South via Altnaharra, Lairg and Bonar Bridge. Very quiet roads and lovely countryside.
    I always say do it whichever way you fancy but don’t miss the East Coast!

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    The scenery up from Dornoch isn't as amazing as the west coast typically is, but, on a warm day you could believe you were in the Mediteranean when in some of the villages. Plus the A9 is a good fast A road, with plenty of overtaking opportunities. And if you want to go on a road less traveled, with a road surface a superbike would hate, then hop along to here: https://www.google.com/maps/@58.1258...7i13312!8i6656 just watch out for sheep sleeping on the road! And if you love wide open spaces, then north of Helmsdale is for you, just hope that it's not too windy.

    However once done you might not feel the same pull as you do with the west coast, then the suggestion of cutting the corner off going via Altnahara is a great one, but, only after exploring the bleak lonely roads around the Forsinard Flow country.

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    Always enjoy that road through Glen Loth, but the surface gets more and more grass down the middle! Good views over the Helmsdale...

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    You might want to do the Straths, I call it the "Ws" as you zig zag up and down them.
    Here is a report I did from 2014 way before we had the NC500 rush.
    The roads really were empty.
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...Sutherland-etc

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    I’m booked in to do this at the end of May, 26th onwards I believe, four days and I’m doing it clockwise. I’ve done it before but since getting the GS I want to experience it on that. I always book my accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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