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The October Weekend
Sat 7th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017
organised by Central Scotland

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The October Weekend

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th October 2017


Meet at 10:00 for a 10:30ish departure


Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham

For this year’s October outing, and to say our farewell to the programmed runs of 2017, we are starting at Whitelee Windfarm around 1030 - 1045hrs.

The Visitors centre opens at 1000hrs and there is a café on site for that valuable cuppa & snack before we proceed onwards towards Girvan for Lunch, then to our overnight stop at Dryfesdale Country house Hotel in Lockerbie.

Our Sunday run will take us south to the Border & weather permitting, along the Solway coast before returning to Gretna for lunch.  Afterwards we proceed northeast towards Hawick before finishing at Peebles.

Day 1 (131 miles) - From Whitelee the run takes us across to the Ayrshire Coast via Mauchline, Drongan, Maybole, Turnberry & onwards to Girvan where we will have lunch at the Woodlands Bay Restaurant around 12:30hrs. 

Setting off after lunch around 13:30hrs, we will leave the Ayrshire coast and head inland to Daily, Dalmelington, Carsphairn, Monaive, Duncow then onwards to Lockerbie arriving around 16:00hrs.

Day 2 (134 miles) - A leisurely departure time of 10:30hrs will see us heading south to Annan where we will have a refuel stop at Tesco then onwards to Gretna and across the border, where if the weather is suitable, head along the coast to Bowness on Solway before heading back to Gretna & the old Blacksmith shop for lunch around 12:30hrs.

After lunch we head north to join the A7 towards Hawick before heading to Innerleithen and eventually to Peebles where we will finish the run.
The Cross Keys pub is just a short walk for those wishing a quick bite to eat before heading homeward.

Summary of stops

Lunch Day 1 – Woodlands Bay – sandwiches, sausage rolls, cake, tea or coffee at £7.50 pp. 

Dinner Bed & Breakfast – Dryfesdale Hotel – 15 rooms being held for members until end of July, then it will be “by availability”. 
The Hotel cost will be £69 pp DBB with a £15 single supplement. 

Please contact them direct on 01576 202427 mentioning the booking in relation to the MX5 Club.

A non refundable deposit of £50 will be required to secure your booking.

Lunch Day 2 – Gretna at the Blacksmith Restaurant – soup, sandwiches, tea or coffee are available within the complex as well as the following group menu options.

Home made soup or melon cocktail

Traditional haggis, neeps & tatties
Gretna Green steak pie
Chicken wrapped in bacon with BBQ sauce
Scottish haddock & chips

Tipsy Laird whisky trifle
Scottish cheeseboard with oatcakes

All menus are served with either potatoes or chips and seasonal vegetables, tea/coffee and tap water.

One course £7.99, 2 courses £8.99, 3 courses £9.99

We hope to have reserved seating for the group.

Potentially a quick pit stop at Langholm to see if the Ice cream man is there, as enjoyed by many last year!.

Here’s hoping the weather is good to take in the scenery on the routes. 

A raffle will be held with the proceeds this year going to -

Children's Hospice Association Scotland  and  Combat Stress

Donations of prizes are always welcome.

Event Organisers: Marcia & Raymond

Rooms Booked

02 - Marcia & Raymond
04 - Bobbie & Richard
06 - Drew & Ali
08 - Hugh & Karine
10 - Alan & Rosie
12 - James & Joyce
14 - Carol & Evan
16 - Ian & Irene
17 - Dave


1 - Right click here to Download TomTom Sat Nav Itinerary.

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2 - Click here for Google map of Saturday route.


1 - Right click here to Download TomTom Sat Nav Itinerary.

2 - Click here for Google map of Sunday route.

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Your Comments
8th Oct 2017 20:19 :: Bobbie and Richard
Thanks to Marcia & Raymond for a great weekend. Terrific roads, especially Sunday. Great food, wonderful company. Good to see Ally & Drew. Not forgiving Alan for beating us in the quiz though!

8th Oct 2017 20:47 :: Hugh & Karine
Great weekend, many thanks to Marcia and Raymond for organising. Once again some roads I haven't driven before.

8th Oct 2017 21:50 :: Drew & Ali
Hope you all had a great drive after a very pleasant evening in hotel. Missed being in the 5. Apologies for cake picture - pressed the wrong button but if anyone wants one, Deborah makes them.

8th Oct 2017 22:25 :: Ian and Irene
Great weekend. Thanks to all.

8th Oct 2017 22:56 :: alan & rosie
Brilliant weekend thanks to Marcia and Raymond for all their hard work organising it

9th Oct 2017 09:18 :: Ian and Irene
Sorry Alan you went in upside down but Ian says you are heading for Australia.

10th Oct 2017 17:22 :: Carol & Evan
Great WE. Many thanks to Marcia & Raymond for all the hard work they put in in organising the WE.
Loads of great mx5 roads, some new , some familiar.

12th Oct 2017 14:36 :: Drew
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