• Neil's Great Scottish Tour For X-Plane 11 Vol. 1

    Neil's Great Scottish Tour For X-Plane 11

    Volume 1

    By Neil Birch

    In Memory of my late friends Sadly Missed

    Bryan Lockyear
    Bob Sidwick

    This book is just for fun and is aimed primarily at the microlight/GA pilots who enjoy exploring the wilderness and like testing their skills. In this book we're going to explore the wild parts of Scotland and discover areas that not many people have really seen, plus there are a few challenging fictional strips (ramp starts available). I am going to write it like all my guides in bite-size chunks. The book is written so as to be used in conjunction with Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain North, but can also (possibly) be used with any photographic scenery. However, Orbx also supply most of the AGN, and as Orbx's scenery covers "ALL" of Scotland including all the islands, it is well worth purchasing it, plus they drive on the left. In between the flights I will also fly you around the islands telling you as much about them as possible (you can miss these chapters out if you like). I strongly recommend you buy or borrow some maps of Scotland so it will give some idea of where we will be going.

    We start our journey where my last guide book ended (Settle-Carlisle Railway Tour) at Carlisle Airport. Volume 1 will cover our journey up to the Isle of Skye. I have created a few fictional airports on the way up as well as dollied up a few real ones. There is no need to download any other libraries as they are all included in this package. I am cheating and have designed my scenery using FSX and Instant Scenery and simply converted it using Jonathan Harris's excellent FS2xplane tool, as well as WED for creating the airports. Again I would strongly recommend a good map!

    Neil's Great Scottish Tour for X-Plane 11

    For all my flights I am going to be using the Columban Cri-Cri. As you can see from the image above, it looks tiny parked up at Carlisle Airport. Not sure about the pony tail!

    Chapter 1
    Carlisle to Kirkcudbright
    "Following the Romans"

    As I have already mentioned, I am going to be using the Columban Cri-Cri. I have just discovered this little beauty. It's a single seater so we have great visibility, two engines for our overseas flying and almost enough instrumentation (could do with a timeclock though). A great turn of speed with a stall speed of around 50 kt. Well worth the measly asking price of $15. The Cri-Cri is the smallest twin engine aircraft in the world and comes in both 2 stroke and jet powered guises. Personally I am waiting for an electric version). Oh...did I mention it's also very aerobatic (in the right hands).

    Neil's Great Scottish Tour for X-Plane 11
    Starting our Adventures at Carlisle Airport

    Below is a map of the route. The first leg to Kirkcudbright is 43 nm @ 265°. The second leg to Castle Kennedy is just 31 nm. Use whatever aircraft you wish, just bear in mind many of the strips are grass and short.

    Neil's Great Scottish Tour for X-Plane 11 - route map

    Our first leg will take us to the first of my fictional grass strips I have created near to the town of Kirkcudbright, but you can if you wish fly straight onto Castle Kennedy airfield in one hit, depending on time. First we head over to Carlisle Airport and choose a GA parking spot. We'll start our tour on June 8th @ 11.00 hrs. Load my Carlisle to Castle Kennedy flight plan, contact tower on 123.6 (not compulsory) carry out your checks, and set your weather as you like. For myself, I set visibility to 25 nm which is about right for the UK most of the time. Next we taxi around to 19.

    Half flaps, final check, power up and let's begin. Turn onto track when you reach 200 feet AGL and almost immediately on our left is the massive 18 hole Eden Golf Club. Opened in 1992 it has become a premier golf course and hosted the British Seniors Championship.

    Cruise altitude 2500 feet.

    Next we cross the river the golf club is named after, the River Eden, snaking its way towards the Solway Firth.


    8 Comments
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Lovely work Neil, very much appreciated!

      Cheers

      Dom
    1. SkipFerg's Avatar
      SkipFerg -
      I've flown both Volume I and II of Neil's Scottish Tours and find them very entertaining. He brings a good deal of history into his narratives and has provided me with hours of pleasant low and slow VFR flying through Scotland. If you enjoy it as much as I have, do consider making a donation.

      Can't wait for Vol. III
    1. sfgarland's Avatar
      sfgarland -
      Great reading. Oh, how I wish I could see Scotland in the real! Keep up the great work, sir.
    1. BarryDon's Avatar
      BarryDon -
      Really enjoyable reading Neil. A truly stunning area of Scotland!
    1. neilfb's Avatar
      neilfb -
      Quote Originally Posted by DominicS View Post
      Lovely work Neil, very much appreciated!

      Cheers

      Dom
      Thank- you sir
    1. neilfb's Avatar
      neilfb -
      Quote Originally Posted by SkipFerg View Post
      I've flown both Volume I and II of Neil's Scottish Tours and find them very entertaining. He brings a good deal of history into his narratives and has provided me with hours of pleasant low and slow VFR flying through Scotland. If you enjoy it as much as I have, do consider making a donation.

      Can't wait for Vol. III
      Thank-You Mr.Skipferg!
    1. neilfb's Avatar
      neilfb -
      Quote Originally Posted by sfgarland View Post
      Great reading. Oh, how I wish I could see Scotland in the real! Keep up the great work, sir.
      Thank you dear sir, it's nice that people enjoy your work. Neil
    1. neilfb's Avatar
      neilfb -
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryDon View Post
      Really enjoyable reading Neil. A truly stunning area of Scotland!
      Thank you dear sir but as the saying goes `you ain't seen nothing yet. Wait for Volume 3 Wester Ross. If you thought `The tour of Skye was scenic wait till you see the mountains farther up in Wester Ross. Thanks Neil
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