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Post by T-Modell » Sat 17 Sep, 2016 7:37 pm

Hello down-under,

after having seen a documentary on TV about Scotland, which looked absolutely beautiful and remembering how much we enjoyed our trip to Ireland, we decided that it wold be a good idea to do the same in Scotland … take the SL and drive where our noses led us. Having made that decision, we also thought it would be a good opportunity to combine it with a visit some friends in England …

This time the SL played up; it started already in France when the idle dropped, but always recovered. In the UK it continued with not revving up smoothly, like intermittened, which got worse. But we made it home, Monday it goes to Mercedes. Fuel consumption btw. (fully loaded) was only 12.1 litres / 100kms.

Here's the story:

So in the morning we headed towards the Eurotunnel, French Autobahns and 42 Euros Toll:
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Finally - after 1 hours passport control - we entered the train, where by the way, the air-conditioning wasn’t working and inside it reached temperatures of 38 degrees!!!
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Visiting friends, one training dogs :laughing6:
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... who went with us to a local car show in Pershore, heaps of cars and special people dressed like their car:
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We also found some of the warning signs rather amusing …
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… and as always during long drives, at some time of another, nature calls and here a sign I found very amusing in the Men’s toilet!!!!
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… we certainly saw some odd locals hanging around …
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Although we weren’t greeted by wonderful weather, it was actually very wet and cool … the SL still shone!!!!
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we decided to drive to Grantown on Spey, so after a spot of rain …
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… it cleared long enough for us to put the roof down for a while …
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… before visiting the Glenlivet Distillery, where thank goodness we thought to put the roof up again (just in case), because … you guessed it, while the tour was progressing … the rain came back!!! We must point out, that by the end of the holiday, we had become masters at putting the roof up and down rather quickly, several times a day ;-) … anyway, back to Glenlivet, visiting it was a good suggestion from Steve, we enjoyed it very much and found it very interesting, even brought a bottle back home with us!!!
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… and through fields of heather …
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… until our coffee stop, where although the coffee was undrinkable, the signs more than made up for it :laughing6:
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We again checked the weather forecasts for Harris and Lewis and because unfortunately there wasn’t any change in the weather conditions, we had to make a decision. Feeling rather disillusioned with the experience thus far, we considered aborting the trip and going back home … but we couldn’t bring forward our reservation on the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam and since driving through the UK, more than 1000 miles (incl. through London) didn’t appeal to us as well, we decided to continue on, but drive north to sunnier skies.

So here we are:
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The town we headed for was Dornoch, where we were greeted by sign after sign of ‘No Vacancies’. Panicking a little, we visited the Information Centre and asked for help, where a really nice lady agreed to ring around for us and see what accommodation she could find!!!! Believe it or not, on the first call she found us a room :laughing6: … apparently the people that had booked it before us, just didn’t turn up – how lucky for us!!!! … and of course of the SL adding to the beauty of the place :laughing6:
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… we were lucky enough to witness a Scottish band playing bagpipes …obviously the front guy has a very important job …
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Next day we decided to tour the north east, Duncansby Head, then we headed back. The roads were quite deserted, so we were able to take in the atmosphere …
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After our time in Dornoch, although the weather forecast for the west coast hadn’t changed, we decided ‘to heck with it, let’s just go there!!!’ … sounds pretty simple, right? … wrong!!!!, after checking for accommodation in Harris, Lewis and even Skye – no luck – everything booked out!!! Talking to the locals later, we found out that you can’t just ‘go there and decide on a B&B’, you have to book at least a year in advance!!!!
Well, with this little bit of information and our tail between our legs … we took the decision to go to Rothes …
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… and it even reached a scorching 22 degrees!!!
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... heading to the Glenffidich Distillery. This was especially nice for my wife, as Glenffidich was her beloved dad’s favourite Scotch. She had enjoyed many a drink of it with him and so visiting its ‘home’ was rather sentimental for her …
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After a very interesting and professional tour of the distillery, we got to try the product … here we are enjoying it!!!
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Then onto Speyside Cooperage, where we learnt all about how they make the enormous barrels, where the scotch is aged. It was amazing to see how these are made, very hard work for the men, but as they get paid by the barrel, it’s important to them to not linger over one too long :laughing6:
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Last stop was Edinburgh … and, as of course in most cities around the world, we found the ‘Aussie corner’!!!
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Next day, it was a drive to Newcastle and onto the ferry to Amsterdam … and home!!!
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… and after 4066 kilometres!!! … we were very happy to be back in Weinheim :-)
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Resume:

People are very friendly and welcoming, the landscape is pretty similar everywhere in the East where we've been (unfortunately can't comment on the west for obvious reasons). So more tours with the car weren't our choice. Although a few villages were really pretty, in all honesty a number were rather dull (they seemed to lack greenery, eg. gardens!! - contrary to Ireland). Accomodation is really a problem in Scotland, being a fishing, hunting and golfing destination. Even in Dornoch we were just lucky, that someone didn't show up, so we could get a room in a B&B.

On the negative side, it's still really expensive. We tracked the cost last year in Ireland and this year in Scotland and it's roughly 20% more expensive. Taking into account that the pound dropped around 12%, this totals to 30% more expenses for a very similar holiday (and to add insult to injury, we found out that our local supermarket sells Glenlivet AND Glenffidich cheaper than their distillerires !!!).

So mixed emotions now, first bigger trip where we got stuck and pretty frustrated. Funnily we didn't read anywhere about the accomodation problems. One B&B owner said, the season is so short, that there's just not enough beds available.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

With my best regards
Thomas
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Re: 4,000kms - doomed - Scotland SL Tour ...

Post by markb » Sat 17 Sep, 2016 9:42 pm

Great thread Thomas,
Scotland is beautiful and your trip makes us Aussies forget how close everything really is in the EU. I am also bias as 1/4 of my G'parents was Edinburgh-born, thus have loved the sights...

Your beloved does indeed look like an Aussie girl, the opposite of my now Sydney-based brother, who's wife is from Stuttgart...prost :occasion5:
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Post by redlaser » Sun 18 Sep, 2016 9:08 am

Ffffascinated as I've never been (or likely to go ) to Scotland...Looks like the heather was blooming too..are those bar prices per glasss or bottle??...the SL's a treat

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Post by T-Modell » Mon 19 Sep, 2016 9:35 pm

Thanks for your comments; the problem with the SL seemed to be identified today: The ignition distributor got water and some "burns" inside; one seal ring wasn't mounted properly, so it got wet in Scotland. Will replace the cap, finger and plugs.

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Tue 20 Sep, 2016 10:26 am

Great pictures! At least the fix is something simple too. Looks like it was a fantastic trip!

Just noticed the outside temperature gauge in the centre of the dash - did you add that in or did it come like that from the factory because you have the super-fantastic optional trip computer?
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Post by T-Modell » Tue 20 Sep, 2016 4:38 pm

pastelgrey300D wrote:...
Just noticed the outside temperature gauge in the centre of the dash - did you add that in or did it come like that from the factory because you have the super-fantastic optional trip computer?
David,
that was standard after mid-1985 with all SL's ("MOPF"); so it has nothing to do with the "Reiserechner".

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Post by Greg in Oz » Wed 21 Sep, 2016 12:07 am

I always enjoy seeing photographic records of your holiday travels Thomas. Thanks for posting!
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Post by AndrewsSL/SEL » Mon 05 Dec, 2016 9:35 am

Great post Thomas,

I did a UK trip in November 2011 [unfortunately in a diesel Mondeo wagon not a R107] and loved it. Fortunately I had family I could stay with in the western Isles [Isle of Scalpay] but the roads from Glasgow to Inverness, over to Ullapool [for the ferry] and down to Oban were spectacular. The price was expensive re the Aussie dollar and I also learned while touring the Eradour distillery in Pitlochry that the prices are marked up 30% on the local shops for the same scotch. Getting a good coffee over there is almost impossible. After a while Costas coffee does grow on you but......it's crap.

At least you were lucky enough to get to drive some distances with the roof folded away.

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Post by T-Modell » Wed 07 Dec, 2016 6:59 pm

Thanks Andrew,

sounds like a similar experience ... the SL problem was solved in the end; on top of the distributor cap it turned out that an animal bit in one of the ignition cables and - while changing the sparks - we found, that one spark plug was never screwed in properly .. at least for the last 12 years :laughing6:

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Post by TheMadRacoon » Wed 07 Dec, 2016 11:23 pm

T-Modell wrote: - while changing the sparks - we found, that one spark plug was never screwed in properly .. at least for the last 12 years :laughing6:

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Same with my 350SLC when I purchased it: one plug wasn't even finger tight...can't recall precisely but I think it was one closest to the firewall. PO did his own servicing and likely just found it too difficult. Not sure why, though, he used FIVE different spark plugs in the V8.

By the way Thomas, what do you mean "an animal bit it"? Are you describing the appearance of the marks, or explaining what actually happened? I hope it wasn't a Jaguar, hehehe.
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Post by T-Modell » Thu 08 Dec, 2016 12:10 am

TheMadRacoon wrote:...
By the way Thomas, what do you mean "an animal bit it"? Are you describing the appearance of the marks, or explaining what actually happened? I hope it wasn't a Jaguar, hehehe.
It were clearly biting traces, so here in Germany (or Europe) it was most likely a marten ("Marder"), some sort of a weasel. It could hardly be seen, but the guy at Mercedes found out as he touched the cable while the motor was running :laughing6: :laughing6: ... he said the electric shock went up to his shoulder :whistle:

One advantage if you bring your car to a workshop :occasion5:

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Post by AMG » Sun 11 Dec, 2016 3:53 pm

T-Modell wrote: :laughing6: :laughing6: ... he said the electric shock went up to his shoulder :whistle:
One advantage if you bring your car to a workshop :occasion5:
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Post by Marcel107 » Mon 12 Dec, 2016 12:47 am

Hi Thomas,

very nice information and pictures about your Trip to Scotland.
Btw: I have changed you license Plate from 5555 to 500H in the Clubdatabase

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Post by T-Modell » Mon 12 Dec, 2016 1:03 am

Marcel107 wrote:Hi Thomas,
...Btw: I have changed you license Plate from 5555 to 500H in the Clubdatabase
Best regards
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