HELP NEEDED - North Coast 500

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    I'm doing the North Coast 500 at the beginning of June with 3 friends and getting up there is proving a mighty challenge.
    Trains seem to be the best option but the direct route from London only has x4 bike spaces on the whole train. We were thinking of bagging up our bikes and taking as luggage (in this or similar)

    Does anyone have any experience doing this?
    Does anyone have any similar bike bags to the above that they are looking to shift?
    Do you think it would be possible in to take the bikes, wheels etc in a standard bike box and some idea blue bags?
    Any suggestions on storage of said bags/boxes (and assembly tools) in Inverness to collect for the return train back to London?

    I know lots to ask for and we may have bitten off more than we can chew but we are committed now! Any help really greatly appreciated. Available for a phone call if anyone cant be asked to type.

    Also if there are any threads that are v useful to scour for this type of thing a nod in that direction would fantastic too

    Thanks in advance


  • There is an NC500 thread, search for that. I’m riding it in mid May.
    I also have a very large bike hard case you could borrow and leave at a left luggage point if that’s of any help.

  • Taking bikes as luggage on a busy train with many stops has the potential to be be a miserable experience.

  • Can't you just book a train where all of you reserve all 4 bike spaces?

  • I took the coach up when I did it - you have to have your bike in a bag (but any cheap old thing will do). The coach is far less comfortable, but may be an option if you're stuck

  • The storage unit they have those bikes is not the biggest and usually they have few other stuff in there. If you can package down the bike into the box, you can get away I think. I was lucky and got it booked way in advance. An other option maybe would be to courier it to Inverness?

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HELP NEEDED - North Coast 500

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