Welcome to a brand new event, a long weekend away we are christening the 'Assynt Ascent'.
This mini tour will be a highlight of the R2 calendar, with an epic trip to Assynt and the Flow Country, in the far North West of Scotland. This area of Scotland is magical, home to the most dramatic scenery in the UK, and arguably Europe too. It has a diverse range of driving roads, from tight technical work to flowing ribbons of tarmac through one of the last true wildernesses.
There are spaces for 10 cars on this trip.
Our tour will begin mid morning at the Finzean Farm shop, south east of Banchory. Setting off, we will head for the Cock Bridge and the mountain pass over the Lecht, to Tomintoul. Continuing North, we will cross country to the ancient burgh of Nairn where we will stop for lunch.
Striking out west, over the Kessock Bridge and beyond, our route will take us along the breathtaking Loch Maree, until the land runs out at Gairloch. We will stop again around Kinlochewe, before making the final dash to the Dundonnell Hotel in early evening. After a couple of hours rest, we will eat together in the hotel before retiring to the bar.
On Day 2, we will once again head north, making for the North Western tip of Scotland and the settlement of Durness. We will stop in various places of beauty, including the famous Kylesku Bridge and Smoo Cave. With no more north left to go we will turn east, heading along the vast shores of Loch Eribol, whose scale needs to be seen to be believed. Opening out onto faster roads, we make for Tongue, our last stop on the northern coast.
From here, we will turn south and head for Altnaharra, the last settlement for more than 20 miles to the south. As we head over the vast, open moors, with no human touch except the tiny strip of tarmac, we will stop at the tiny Inn at the summit of the pass.
Moving on south and back to Civilisation, we will come through Lairg and then on to Inverness by around 4pm.
At this point, you can either head home...
OR you can break the journey home and join us for an optional second night in Inverness. Although it's not fancy, the central Travelodge has secure parking, is low cost and crucially, is close to one of our favourite restaurants in Inverness, the mexican and cocktail restaurant called 'Escobar'.
All in, this will be a trip to remember, with an intimate group size on small roads making it as enjoyable as possible.
So, how much is this going to cost you?
The main event, including the room, dinner and breakfast at the Dundonnel Hotel, rally plaque, window stickers and guide pack, has a cost of £200 per car, based on a couple sharing the room.
The optional second night bed and breakfast in Inverness will cost about £70, plus around £6 for overnight parking. Dinner on the second night, whether you come out with us or stay in, will be at your own expense.
We estimate you will use 2 to 3 tanks of fuel on this trip, car dependant.
If you are single crewed, please speak to us about pricing.
Booking is not yet open.
COVID-19 Precautions - This event has been fully risk assessed.
Further rules/guidance will be added nearer the time, when the gov't restrictions for August are known.