FILL YOUR BELLY AT THE GREEN WELLY

This bril­liant bik­ing stop-off sig­nals the start of Scot­land proper

MCN - - LIFE ON BIKES - By Justin Hayzelden MCN ROVING RE­PORTER

The Green Welly in Tyndrum has been a land­mark for more than 50 years and is seen by many as the gate­way to the High­lands, Is­lands and West Coast of Scot­land. Since its hum­ble be­gin­nings as a fill­ing sta­tion, this stag­ing post has evolved into a bustling cross­roads where tourists from all over the world ‘bide-a-wee’ be­fore push­ing on to ex­plore this spec­tac­u­lar re­gion. With thousands of vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing by car and coach it’s great to see that mo­tor­cy­clists get pride of place with dedicated hard stand­ing right at the front of the site. “They’ve got it bang on,” says Ko­jie, who is a reg­u­lar along with pal Billy. “There aren’t many places that ac­tively sup­port bik­ers and they re­ally care about us here.”

The Green Welly has sev­eral op­tions for food, de­pend­ing on how long you want to stop. There’s the fill­ing sta­tion shop, a take­away café and self­ser­vice restau­rant. Ev­ery­thing is home-cooked and pre­pared on the premises, with qual­ity lo­cal pro­duce where pos­si­ble. We plumped for the café’s ba­con roll. With just the right amount of crispi­ness and a freshly baked roll it’s cer­tainly a cut above. It’s a great place to meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple. The Royal Ma­rine As­so­ci­a­tion Rid­ers Branch, for ex­am­ple, dropped by en route to Spean Bridge. “It’s per­fectly placed as a ‘wets stop’ be­fore we head up to the Com­mando Memo­rial,” spokesman Si Capon told MCN. “With good food and great fa­cil­i­ties, it’s a ver­i­ta­ble biker’s oa­sis in a desert of moun­tains.” “We pride our­selves on of­fer­ing some­thing for all,” says owner Fiona Robert­son. “But be­ing avid bik­ers, mo­tor­cy­clists are so im­por­tant to us.”

First-timers Scott Nel­son and Avril Gad­des were im­pressed

Own­ers Fiona and Ed­ward Rober­ston know what we want; they’re keen bik­ers them­selves

The Royal Ma­rine As­so­ci­a­tion Rid­ers Branch

Peter Webb and Denise Tay­lor take a breather

Freshly baked roll, crispy ba­con fill­ing

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