Route to “The Shetlands”


We will be following much of the route taken by the Bedford OB Coach but taking a much shorter time (these cars can travel faster than 35mph achieved in the Bedford)! and also missing out some of the detours.

Day 1 Saturday August 24th 2019  The journey is to depart from my home in Weybread, Suffolk, to Norwich on Saturday 24th August 2019 and we shall take a route through Thetford to Kings Lynn then A17 to Newark. Join A1 north and take exit 47 west onto A59 (Knaresborough).  In Knaresborough take B6165 (Ripley Road) for a few miles to a roundabout, 2nd exit onto A61 for a short distance then back onto B6165 to Birstwith. Just before village turn left into Clint Bank Road which takes you to Station Hotel Birstwith on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  208 miles

Day 2 Sunday August 25th 2019 - Birstwith to Kilwinning   Take A59 via Bolton Abbey to Skipton then A65 to Kirby Lonsdale over M6 to Kendal (A591) Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere to Thirlmere. Take right turn on B5322 to Penrith via A66.  M6 north to junction 41, turn right onto B5305 and join old north road A6 north. Rejoin M6 at junction 42 to junction 45 and turn left into Gretna. A75 to Dumfries, then A76 to Kilmarnock, A71 to Irvine. A78 north to A737 to Kilwinning. Continue past town to Dalgarven House Hotel, Kilwinning.  227 miles

Day 3 Monday August 26th 2019 - Kilwinning to Corran  Leave hotel onto A737 and use this road all the way to M8 then M898 over Erskin Bridge. Follow A82 alongside Loch Lomond the left onto A83 via Inveraray to Auchindarrach.  Take A816 north to Oban. Leave Oban on A85 to Lova Falls Bridge, A828 to Ballachulish Bridge, A82 to Corran Bunkhouse near Fort William.  169 miles

Day 4 Tuesday August 27th 2019 - Corran to Lochinver   Leave early, A82 to Fort William, stay on A82 alongside Loch Lochy to Invergarry.  Take left turn onto A87. Turn right onto A890 (Auchtertyre). At junction turn left onto A896 – long way past Torridon onto Kinlochewe (Petrol), turn left onto A832 to Gairloch (lunch at Old Inn)? onward to The falls of Mesach where we turn left onto A835 via Ullapool (petrol) to junction where we turn left onto A837 to Lochinver. Polcraig Guest House.  237 miles

Day 5 Wednesday August 28th 2019 - Lochinver to Thurso    Leave Lochinver A837 after about 2 miles turn left onto B869 (singletrack) to Newton and join A894 via Kylesku Bridge to Laxford Bridge when take A838 left to Durness (petrol). Continue A838 via Tongue where join A836 left and on to Thurso where you join A9 through town and across river.  Take left turn on A836 through Castletown, Dunnet to crossroad. Take right turn onto minor road then finish at The Lau-ren House, Barrock.  142 miles

Day 6 Thursday August 29th 2019 - Thurso to Shetland  Early start for Scrabster to catch Ferry to Orkney (Stromness) leaving 8.45am. Spend the day exploring Orkneys before catching Ferry late evening for the Shetlands, for sailing 23:45.

Day 7 Friday August 30th 2019 - Arrive Lerwick, Shetland early morning. 

Day 8 Saturday August 31st 2019 & Day 9 Sunday September 1st  2019 - Travelling as required around Shetland in the two cars and the Coach.  Will publish some photos.