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The Scottish Section May Bank Holiday Hotel weekend. 3rd to 6th May 2019

For 9 years now we have been holding a Hotel weekend the first weekend in May. We alternate between the Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfolye and Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Green.  This year, 2019, we were at the Rob Roy Hotel on the edge of Aberfoyle.

As we have done for the last 9 years Marjorie, Eric, Jim and I booked ourselves into the Hotel for the Thursday night so that we could be in the car park to welcome Club members and guests as they arrived on Friday.

154 Club members and guests from East Anglia, Mercia, Midland, Northern, North East, Scottish and definitely last but not least Yorkshire sections gathered at the Rob Roy Hotel on the edge of Aberfoyle. Around 90 bikes and 6 cars started arriving at mid day one of the last to arrive were Helen Beer and friends from the Exeter area making their annual pilgrimage to Scotland. At roughly the same time a couple of Scottish section members arrived from Stonehaven having had a very challenging journey during which they had ridden through a very heavy hail storm.

Within 30 minutes of arriving “Bed Breakers” Gill & Nick set the tone of fun and laughter for the weekend. Nick’s words “I only sat on it” yeah right and we believe that they are Yorkshire section members after all.


Friday evening after dinner Club member John Fergusson, author of The Motorcyclists Guide to Scotland gave a very entertaining and interesting talk on how his book came into being.

Ride outs:  The plan was that there would be 4 different routes 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday each ride leader only leading one ride. We had 4 volunteers for ride leaders Jim Lepley, Nigel MacDonald, Duncan Colburn and Billy Gregor which was perfect. Tail enders Marjorie Burnett, Drew Nicholson, Piers Kurrein and Billy’s tail ender.  Everyone doing a grand job with no losses reported.

Saturday Rides:

Trossachs and Campsie route led by Jim Lepley with Marjorie Burnett as a very able back marker. Jim had adapted The Campsie Fells and the Trossachs Tour from John Fergusson’s book.  Jim led a brilliant ride at the perfect pace which enabled the 20 bikes following to enjoy the scenery. The coffee, lunch and viewpoint stops worked perfectly. I think Jim has earned himself a job for next year. As did back marker Marjorie Burnett.

Tighnabruaich route devised by Drew Nicholson led by Nigel MacDonald with Drew as back marker.

Saturday evening after dinner our Lighthouse Bill gave an informative and  interesting talk and slide show on his European Capital Cities Tour.

Sunday Rides:

Billy Gregor led a ride to the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies. Billy led a very wet ride to the Kelpies last time we were at the Rob Roy in 2017. So the dry weather this year was very welcome.

Duncan Colburn with Piers Kurrein as back marker led a ride to Faslane, Inverary,Dalmally, Tyndrum, Lochearnhead and Dukes Pass. Duncan had adapted a Dave Foster route to a shorter distance.  Duncan reported  “My ride went well after people initially sorted themselves out,  joined the group they intended to (after following the wrong party) and finally believed me that Piers WAS our back marker!” All good fun I am sure!

Sunday afternoon before dinner our Lighthouse Bill hosted a “quick fire quiz”.  Great fun and we even managed to answer a lot of the questions.  Participants particularly liked the early musical section which offered the chance for a bit of singing. Well done Bill your quizzes are becoming legendary.

Sunday after dinner small prizes were presented for:

Best Classic R75/5 owner Paul Wilkie

Best Modern K1600 owner Ali Johnston

Our judge was Mick Holmes who is a Scottish Section member from Essex.  Mick is very hard man to please he has been riding and building bikes for over 50 years and is very much a Norton man.

The Furthest travelled prize went to Helen Beer this year. Distances are calculated by Jim using the members post code and the most direct route to Aberfoyle.

The raffle draw followed and was well run by Duncan Colburn and Billy Gregor.  Prizes in no particular order:

The Rob Roy Hotel donated a dinner, bed & breakfast voucher along with 2 bottles of booze.  

Motorworks, for the third year running, donated vouchers worth £50 and £25.

Artist Jane Bayliss donated one of her paintings.

Dave Foster donated a Haynes service and repair manual for BMW R Series 2 valve twins 70 – 96.

Bill Gault donated at least 2 bottles of booze.

John Fergusson donated a copy of The Motorcyclist’s Guide to Scotland.

The Yorkshire Section donated 3 tee shirts. 

The Scottish section purchased  an Emergency Jump Starter/Charger Kit specifically for Motorcycles, a Visor Cat and various BMW Regalia items.

The Rob Roy Hotel is just amazing value it is a 2 star hotel which offers a 5 star service.  The rooms are clean and warm.  The food is good.  Plenty of comfortable seating in the bar area and there are quiet areas to sit in other parts of the hotel. There is plenty of excellent parking.  All the staff provide a first class and friendly service.

Thanks to the Scottish committee and to everyone who helped to make the weekend fun and very enjoyable.  A folder of photos can be found in our Gallery.

A grand time was had by all with just about everyone there making a point of coming to say goodbye and tell us how much they had enjoyed themselves before they left on Monday morning.  A lot of people asking about next year.  We will be at the Gretna Hall Hotel details as follows and several folk have already booked.  So if you want to be sure of getting a room I suggest you book it now.

1st – 4th May: Scottish Section Hotel weekend Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Green, DG74 5DY. The hotel is situated just off the M74/M6 and is a perfect base from which to ride glorious quiet roads in every direction. Many attractions to visit in the area. Cost: £150.00 per person for 3 night’s dinner, bed breakfast based on 2 sharing. Single supplement £15.00pppn. Deposit of £30 pp on booking. Full payment required 28 days before event. To book telephone: 01461 338257 please quote BMW Motorcycle Club 2020. More information on Click Calendar or contact Judy: tel.01592 874592






Scottish Motorcycle Show 9 & 10 March

Come and visit us on the Club stand in the Lomond Hall.  You might even be lucky enough to be offered a cup of coffee. Not guaranteeing that of course!!!


We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members who joined the Club and Scottish section at Motorcycle Live and also those who joined on line after the show. Jim and I spent 10 days working on the Club stand and thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with new and existing members.


Bill Gault reports there were 10 members at the Hopeville on 25 November a good time had by all. Gerry & Cherry, Pete & Diane, Somersal, Norman & his wife, Bill, another couple (apologies) whose name he’s forgotten.

All Section members welcome to join them for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on Sunday 23rd December at the usual time 12.30.


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