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We had a great Weekend on our outing to Skye with 7 cars attending from NESCL and LEGS with a further 2 local cars joining us.   3 Exige, 2 Elise, 2 Esprit, 1 Elan+2, Europa (replaced by Westfield) 

 

Scott’s Esprit Turbo S3 and Ken’s Elise S1 set out from Huntley, Aberdeenshire.  The 2 Lotus’ blasted across to Dufftown and hence through Strathspey bypassing all the famous distilleries before stopping briefly at Kingussie for coffee.  Then the 2 cars screamed thro’ Glen Spean before meeting up with 3 more Club Lotus enthusiasts at the famous Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.  Brian and Belle Swankie with their Esprit Turbo X180, Stewart and Christine Milne with another Elise S1 and Mike and Angela Clark with an Elan+2 S130 were waiting. The cars were getting much attention from a bus-load of Japanese tourists.

We decided to lunch at a close-by hotel but amazingly, they weren’t serving lunch! We headed north up the A82 and stopped at Laggan Locks as there seemed to be a floating bar/ restaurant. Soup and sandwiches were the order of the day which we ate on the deck of the barge with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

Then the five cars were off again on the A87 towards Kyle of Lochalsh.  The scenery was stunning, particularly as we wound our torturous route through the dramatic “Five Sisters” before emerging into glorious sunshine at Loch Duich.  We reached the Lochalsh Hotel, our stopping place for the night, around 3 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. We had travelled about 200miles so we decided to rest the cars and enjoy the local facilities on foot.  The sea over to Skye was like glass – we had picked a good weekend!

A local enthusiast, Peter Rodgerson with his Exige S2 popped by to meet us and confirm details for the Skye run on Sunday morning.  

LEGS members, David and Shirley Darling with an Exige S2 and Andrew and Alistair Laing with an Exige V6 finally arrived to join us for dinner.  They had made a long trip all the way from France to participate; they had only left Hull that morning - that is what you call making an effort!

Another local enthusiast, John Parker, also popped in to check details for the Sunday run.

 

Thus after a hearty Scottish breakfast, we got ready for the run but true to form, disaster struck!  John’s immaculate Europa Twin Cam decided it didn’t want to play. The gear shift end fitting snapped so John was unable to shift gear.  So he had to revert to Plan B – Andrew drove John in the Exige V6 to Loch Carron so John could pick up his Westfield. (OK not strictly a Lotus but pretty close.)

The rest of the Group, led by Peter’s Exige, set off from Kyle of Lochalsh over the infamous Skye bridge (now no longer a toll bridge) towards Dunvegan, stopping en-route for a couple of photo-shoots (Photos 6 & 7).  At the castle car park, we stopped for coffee and to wait for the 2 remaining cars. Andrew’s Exige and John’s Westfield arrived soon after. 

The weather was superb so the next stage of the run up the side of Loch Snizort to Uig, with the tops off, was really great.  Again the cars were much admired by locals and tourists in the harbour car park at Uig.

We had run out of time so the next stage of the run round the north coast was dropped in favour of a quick run back to Portree, the capital of Skye, where we were planning to have lunch.  The chosen place turned out to have a power cut, so we set off instead south on the A87 to the Sligachan Hotel for a tasty bite.  Another local enthusiast met up with us there. He  had seen our run on the Lotus Forums and had followed the route in his Caterham trying to find us.  Luckily he spotted the NESCL / LEGS group at Sligachan and it seems as though will be interested in such outings in future.  

 

Check a couple of the attached photos

 

 

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Well done Ken sounds like it turned out good and the weather was with you. Really sorry we had to miss it but now the challenge is on again. Who is going to top this run for next year. Open for discussion at our anual meeting in a couple of weeks time.

Well done guys.

 

John.

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