Give it some Welly

A bril­liant biker haunt

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - By Justin Hayzelden

To the north of the Trossachs, at the south­ern edge of Ran­noch Moor, lies the small Scot­tish vil­lage of Tyn­drum, a re­mote ham­let whose lo­ca­tion at the junc­tion of the A82 and A85 puts it firmly on the map as the gate­way to some of the finest mo­tor­cy­cle rides on the planet - be it west to Ar­gyll and the Is­lands or north through Glencoe to the en­tire High­land coast­line, there are spec­tac­u­lar roads in sim­ply ev­ery di­rec­tion.

At the height of the sea­son lit­er­ally thou­sands of bikes pass through this point and al­most all of them will take a break at Tyn­drum’s world fa­mous land­mark, the Green Welly Stop. Es­tab­lished in 1965 by Les­lie Gos­den and his wife Betty, this once hum­ble fill­ing sta­tion known as ‘Gos­den’s of Tyn­drum’ has grown into a thriv­ing stag­ing post that’s ready to re­fresh even the wea­ri­est of trav­ellers.

To­day it’s still a fam­ily-run busi­ness, with Les’ grand­daugh­ter Fiona Robert­son and her hus­band Ed­ward now at the helm; both are avid mo­tor­cy­clists and know how im­por­tant it is to of­fer fa­cil­i­ties that cater for their fel­low bik­ers, not to men­tion a warm Scot­tish wel­come.

Be­sides fuel and as­so­ci­ated sales there’s a take away café, self-ser­vice restau­rant, gift shop, an out­door cloth­ing store – handy if you’ve for­got­ten to pack your ther­mals – and a hard­stand­ing for up to 50 bikes. All food is pre­pared on the premises, in­clud­ing the best-sell­ing Cullen Skink soup, one of five va­ri­eties al­ways avail­able.

Spend any time here at all and you’ll meet a huge va­ri­ety of rid­ers, from IAM groups on a lo­cal ride­out to in­ter­na­tional mile munch­ers on a grand tour – when it comes to bik­ers, the Green Welly is a true cos­mopoli­tan cross­roads. And al­though not a tra­di­tional hang out, the Green Welly is be­com­ing some­thing of a des­ti­na­tion; through­out the sum­mer there will be a se­ries of dealer demo days, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Du­cati, Yamaha, BMW and Suzuki dis­play­ing their lat­est mod­els - there can’t be many sur­round­ings more idyl­lic in which to take a test ride! WHERE IS IT? Q Tyn­drum, Perthshire FK20 8RY. WHEN IS IT? Q Open 7 days a week, hours vary so check web­site RIDE IT Q See page 37 for a great route CON­TACT Q 01838 400271 www. the­green­wellystop.co.uk

The soup is su­perb and the wel­come is warm. Make it part of your Scot­tish tour Hard stand­ing for 50 bikes and the views are amaz­ing You don’t need to use the Force to have a great time at the Welly

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