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Post Easter Weekend - Ullapool
Sat 7th Apr 2018 to Mon 9th Apr 2018
organised by Central Scotland

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The Post Easter Weekend - Ullapool here we come again.

Saturday 7th to Monday 9th April 2018

For our 2018 Easter weekend run (not quite Easter as we have moved the dates to the following weekend) we’ll be returning  one of the very best areas of Scotland in which to enjoy driving your MX-5, Ullapool, Wester Ross.

We absolutely love this wild and beautiful area of Scotland, dominated by imposing mountains and breathtaking scenery. When you include some of the very best MX-5 style roads in Europe (which should be even quieter after the Easter weekend), the area is absolutely worth visiting whatever the weather.
We are also lucky to go over the Bealach on the Sunday (weather permitting) as it is closing for cable installation from Monday 9th April.
What more could you ask for - great scenery, egg rolling, Wattie's famous quiz and good company.

Read all about our previous visits to this area in 2015, 2015 and 2017


Our accommodation for two nights will be at The Royal Hotel, Garve Road, Ullapool. IV26 2SY Tel: 01854 612181

Once again Maria has managed to negotiate a great deal with the hotel with only a very modest increase of £5 per couple (the first increase in over 4 years).

  • Dinner Bed and Breakfast in a balcony room overlooking Loch Broom for only £140.00 per couple per night.

  • Royal Hotel Menus
    Saturday Evening 

    Homemade Soup of the Day
    Chicken Liver & Bacon Bacon Pate
    Smoked Trout
    Langoustines [extra cost]

    Main Course
    Steak Pie
    Haddock and Chips
    Mandarin Duck
    Spaghetti Bolognese
    Lasagne al Forno
    Selection of Salads

    Cheese Cake
    Selection of Ice-creams
    Cheese & Biscuits

    Sunday Evening

    Homemade Soup of the Day
    Chicken Liver & Bacon pate
     Smoked Trout
    Mussels in white wine

    Main Course
    Spaghetti Carbonara
    Salmon Tarragon
    Chicken al Pepe
    Pizza [choice of toppings]
    Langoustines [extra cost]
    Selection of Salads

    Apple Pie
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Selection of Ice-creams
    Cheese & Biscuits

    If anyone has a vegetarian or dietary requirement could you please let me know so that hotel can be advised.

  • A balcony room for single occupancy is £70 DB&B per night.

  • The hotel is holding 20 rooms for us until the end of January. To avoid disappointment make sure you phone the hotel to book your room asap. Make sure you quote The MX5 Central to ensure you receive the above rates.

    Run will start at Tesco Perth with a lunch stop at the Garth Hotel, Granton on Spey.

    The Sunday lunch stop will be at the Applecross Inn, a beautiful location and famed for their excellent bar lunches. And of course we have the stunning drive over the Bealach Na Bah.

    On Monday we will drive back via Inverness, and Granton on Spey, with a lunch stop at The Winking Owl, Aviemore before heading via Tummell Bridge to the end of run at Lochearnhead
    Event Organisers: Raymond & Drew


    Once again we intend to have an Easter egg rolling competition. However we have decided not to have the decorated egg or easter bonnet competitions (easter will have passed by then) but that does not prevent you from painting your rolling egg and using Wattie's patented egg launcher.

    The Egg  Launching Competition

    A raffle will also be held with the proceeds this year going to our chosen charity for 2018.

    Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

    Donations of prizes are always welcome.

    Royal Hotel Rooms Booked To Date

    02 - Maria & Jim
    04 - Wattie & Janet
    06 - Ali & Drew
    08 - Marcia & Raymond
    10 - Rosie & Alan
    12 - Irene & Ian
    14 - Karine & Hugh
    16 - Bobbie & Richard
    18 - Mariya & Dave
    20 - Fiona & Peter
    22 - Carol & Evan
    24 - Pam & Clive
    26 - Dawn & Steven


    Start point: Tesco Car Park, Crieff Road, Perth (Assemble 9:30 for 10:00 Start)
    1st Stop: Glenshee Ski Centre (Toilets)
    2nd Stop: The Garth Hotel, Granton on Spey. (Lunch - Starter & Main with tea or coffee for £9.75 per head. Menu choice will be emailed to all attendees to select prior to trip.)
    3rd Stop: Tesco Extra, Inverness to top up with fuel
    4th Stop: Dolphin and Seal Centre, North Kessock (Toilets & Re-group)
    5th Stop: Ullapool

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

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    3 - Click here for Google map of route.


    Start point: Royal Hotel, Ullapool (Assemble 9:30 for 9:45 Start)
    1st Stop: Gairloch (Toilets)
    2nd Stop: The Applecross Inn (Lunch - choose from their normal lunch menu)
    3rd Stop: Bealach na Ba (Egg rolling - Bealach viewpoint car park)
    4th Stop: Lochcarron (Toilets & Re-group)
    5th Stop: Achnasheen (Toilets)
    6th Stop: Ullapool

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

    2 - Click here to download route document. Print off your own copy if you want it.

    3 - Click here for Google map of route.


    Start point: Royal Hotel, Ullapool (Assemble 9:45 for 10:00 Start)
    1st Stop: Tesco Inverness for petrol and toilet.
    2nd Stop: The Winking Owl, Aviemore (Lunch - Choose from lunch menu. Menu choice will be emailed to all attendees to select prior to trip.)
    3rd Stop: The House of Bruar Toilet stop - ladies no shopping unless with driver's approval!
    4th Stop: End of run -  Lochearnhead car park and toilets

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

    2 - Click here to download route document. Print off your own copy if you want it.

    3 - Click here for Google map of route.

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    Your Comments
    9th Apr 2018 17:39 :: Bobbie and Richard
    Brilliant weekend as always. Great drives, great company and even the weather played along. Thanks to Ali and Drew and Marcia and Raymond for superb organisation and to Wattie for excellent quiz. See everyone at the next one!

    9th Apr 2018 22:14 :: alan & rosie
    Thanks to Ali and Drew,Marcia And Raymond for organising such an amazing weekend.Thanks to quizmaster Wattie for producing the most challenging quiz yet !!!!

    10th Apr 2018 08:28 :: Irene & Ian
    Thanks to all for another great weekend.

    10th Apr 2018 09:41 :: Hugh & Karine
    Another fantastic weekend, thank you Drew, Ali, Raymond and Marcia for organising and also Maria for negotiating a good rate again with the hotel.

    10th Apr 2018 10:07 :: Wattie97
    Fab weekend big thanks to the organising team. Runs were superb company was great. It takes a lot of work to coordinate these days away and everything was spot on.

    10th Apr 2018 12:18 :: Jim and Maria
    Thanks to Drew,Ali,Raymond and Marcia for superb organisation. Wattie for first class entertainment and all the members who made this the superb weekend  that it was.

    10th Apr 2018 12:55 :: Dawn & Steven
    Huge Thanks to Drew, Ali, Marcia & Raymond for a well planned & executed weekend. Company was excellent & even the quiz exceeded my expectations. I would like to pass on a special thanks from me personally to Raymond for the run from Ullapool to Applecross on Sunday morning. I'm still smiling. Cheers Raymond

    10th Apr 2018 14:10 :: Drew & Ali
    Thanks all for your comments, they are much appreciated - it is the people who make the weekend great. Report added. See you all next year!

    10th Apr 2018 20:36 :: Peter & Fiona
    What else could you add? Nothing!
    It was a superb weekend from start to finish. Extremely well organised by Drew, Ali, Raymond and Marcia. Great venue in The Royal Hotel - thanks Maria. Fun and Games with the Wattie Quiz and the egg rolling! Great roads and scenery, even the coos at the side of the road! Why drive an MX5 - simple! Great company and weekends away like this.

    11th Apr 2018 21:05 :: Dave
    Wow!  What a great weekend and great company.  Roll on Easter 2019.

    12th Apr 2018 06:57 :: Raymond and Marcia
    Thanks to Drew & Ali for all the work put in to making this another memorable event for all with a great drive & commentary. Thanks to Maria for undertaking the hotel arrangements and not forgetting Wattie, our quiz master supremo.

    16th Apr 2018 21:52 :: Carol & Evan
    Many thanks to Drew, Raymond, Ali & Marcia for organising another great WE. Thanks also to Wattie for the quiz and egg rolling. Great company, great roads & great weather. what more could you ask for.

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