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Andy's Scottish Expedition

Post Date 7 October 2019

Forward By Ren Withnell

I have a friend (honest I do) called Andy Grey. He lives in that there London Village somewhere near a little roundabout known as the M25 and there's parking nearby for flying machines. I'm told they now have both gas and electricity to their homes in the village centre but no internet as yet. Outlying areas still depend on the coal man and the post office for survival.

Being a suvvenor he has taken his antiquated vintage BMW GS1200 all around Europe. He also wraps up warm, plugs in his heated thermals and head's oop norf to the futuristic if a little nippy North West of England where I live. Andy has a lot of friends here, the reasons why are lost to the mists of time. Here he receives a warm welcome (not from me obviously) although it is obvious he can't understand a bleeding word anyone says.

It transpires apart from a work trip via flying machine to Glasgow, he's never been to Scotland. Scotland, the most beautiful part of the UK. Scotland, the best riding roads in the UK. We've all been advising him to go but we think he was worried about the cuisine and outlandish accents. After all there's no jellied eels in Scotland and if you've only been to Glasgow...

At some point he must have plucked up courage and headed oop norf, properly oop norf. He recorded his adventure daily on Facebook. Both Sharon and I were impressed with his concise yet informative and entertaining reports and excellent images. As such I have asked his kind permission to re-post and publish his trip here on Bikes And Travels. 

Thanks Andy...

Andy's GS BMW in the remote scottish Highlands

Llangollen Andy starts his trip to Scotland... by going to Wales! It is a long way from London Village to The Highlands though, give the man a break.
Friends And Finally Scotland Day 2 and 3 of Andy's Scottish expedition - and he's only just reached the borders. He's having way too much fun and should be focused on heading North.

Reader's Comments

Marv said :-
Anytime I'm abroad and people I meet express interest in visiting the UK, I suggest they make sure they visit Scotland... I've done a bit of travelling and Scotland isn't just the most beautiful place in the UK, it's one of the most beautiful places in the world IMO!

If the weather has been kind, your friend must be having a great time :o)
7/10/2019 8:52:46 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It certainly is a place that I've fallen in love with Marv. Not having seen very much of the world I can't comment on it's beauty in comparison to other places though. My friend is back home now but you'll have to wait and see as I publish the posts.
8/10/2019 9:34:26 AM UTC
CrazyFrog said :-
Yep, Scotland does it for me too, though Ireland comes a close second. I've travelled pretty extensively in Europe and these are my two favourite places so far.
8/10/2019 12:16:25 PM UTC

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