A great day with my “wee” brother

11th October 2010


For the past 30 years my motorbikes have all been insured with my brother, Bill, as a named driver. However we hardly find the time to make use of this. At present I have a lovely old XS650 custom. An American import. It is one of the bikes I always wanted and now am blessed with owning.

Well we arranged to go for a wee trip and we ended up in Skye. We left here at 10.30 and picked up petrol at Tesco, Dingwall. Bill took over driving at Fodderty Cemetery. And we moved to the Achnasheen Road via Garve. It was foggy and cold. I took over and we drove onto Lochcarron and turned off for Kyle of Lochalsh. Bill had to answer the demands of mother nature. He is getting middle aged!


The man returns


We drove on a little bit, Bill driving, and stopped for a bite of lunch not much further on. The weather became fantastic – a wonderful day.


We moved onto Kyle and over to Skye. This was just beyond Kylakin.


And onto Broadford. We picked up more petrol, something to eat and then experienced the sanitary delights of Broadford public toilets. I’m an old man too.


Then we headed back but branched off to Kylrea and the wonderful pass over to it.


What’s he looking for?


Found it.


And myself. It is a lovely bike!


Then we got down to Kylrea and to the ferry pier. We waited a wee while but it was lovely. We had a pleasant chat with an English couple. Anne, my wife, and I had our summer holiday at a cottage here the first summer after we were married – 27 years ago. It is a lovely place. I havn’t been here since then. I once crossed this ferry in the other direction on an XS250 bought from Bill. It stalled when getting off and the ferryman had to help push me off. That was long ago.


Here comes our ferry. It’s an old turntable ferry – just great.


The motorbike was steady enough.


We got over to Glenelg and then crossed the Mam Ratagan to Glen Sheil. It rises to over 1000 feet.


Five Sisters of Kintail


We stopped at Loch Ness side – yes for the calls of nature. Well it was very cold by now. Bill had been doing the driving since crossing from Skye. I think he was more than cold – Baltic.


Then onto Drumnadrochit where we had chip suppers. A very healthy option.


All finished. Text the wife. There’s the other sign of middle age – reading glasses.


Then we headed back home via the Coul na¬† kirk. It was getting dark now. All in all a great day. I don’t get much time to be with my brother so it was special. We used to do things like this when we were younger. We once went to Kyle on an RD100. Down one side of Loch Ness and back by the other. That was Bill’s first bike. We like Yamaha. I think the last time we did something like this was on my old JAWA 350 and we were very saddle sore. The XS650 is much more comfortable. The sissy bar helps a lot, though with Bill trying to climb on it can be pretty scary.