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Cycle Tour of Scotland 2018

Day 1 - Glasgow to Campbeltown (38miles with 500m of climbing)

Day 2 - Campbeltown to Lochgilphead (73 miles with 1850m of climbing)

Day 3 - Lochgilphead to Oban (56 miles with 1300m of climbing)

Day 4 - Oban to Fort William (50 miles with 650m of climbing)

Day 5 - Fort William to Inverness (67 miles with 1150m of climbing)

Day 6 - Inverness to Kincraig (50 miles with 1100m of climbing)

Day 7 - Kincraig to Pitlochry (72 miles with 1200m of climbing)

Day 8 - Pitlochry to Callander (60miles with 1150m of climbing)

Day 9 - Callander to Dumbarton (42 miles with 900m of climbing)

Day 10 - Dumbarton to Glasgow (17 miles with 150m of climbing)



Cycle Tour of Scotland 2018


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The tour lasted 10 days covering 525 miles with ~9,950 metres of climbing. The route intended to follow National cycle routes 75 and 7 out of Glasgow to get to Ardrossan, for the ferry to Campbeltown. Then we would take route 78 to Inverness and follow route 7 back to Glasgow.



Day 1 - Glasgow to Campbeltown (38miles with 500m of climbing)


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River Clyde and Finnieston Crane
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Finnieston Crane
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Ian's new bike?
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Might be a bit big even for Ian?

Ian and I used the earlier train from York to get to Glasgow; the rest would follow on later trains. We were intending to wait for Nick, Sally, Pete and Ken before setting off but it had stopped raining after sheltering in a café in Glasgow. We decided, to make our way while the going was good (it was forecast heavy rain showers). Stopped off at Morrison’s Café in Johnstone (which was just off the cycle route?) before continuing onto Dalry where road works prevented us from using the cycle route (I’d missed seeing the route 7 diversion sign), this meant using the main road to the ferry port in Ardrossan.

Once we got to the ferry port we found out that the ferry to Campbeltown wasn’t running, however a bus had been laid on to take us to Campeltown (this I where we became a group of 8, and the bus took our cycles). This turned out to be 180 mile round trip, going back through Glasgow where we had cycled from that day. We ended getting to Campbeltown around 10.30pm and to the B&B who had been notified earlier about the ferry cancellation.



Day 2 - Campbeltown to Lochgilphead (73 miles with 1850m of climbing)


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Light house on island of Davaar
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Group on undulating coastal road near Campeltown
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looking South along coast towards Cambeltown
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Ferry leaving Lochranza on Isle of Arran
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View towards Isle of Arran
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Ferry slipway at Claonaig Bay
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Tarbet Harbour
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Ferry at Kennacraig
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View towards Islay and Jura
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View towards Islay and Jura
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View of Point of Knap with Jura in distant background
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Nick and Sally near Balure
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Nick and Sally near Balure
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View of Point of Knap along shoreline
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Memories of a previous Tour?
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Local Agriculture in Achahoish

This was forecast to be another day of rain showers, but also one of few places to have café/pub stops. This turned out to be the longest and hilliest day of the tour, with one main stop at Tarbert (This meant diverting off route).

Three of us decided to do the full ride by retracing to cycle route 78, while the others took the direct route to the B&B in Lochgilphead. This turned out to be a rather nice ride after having a heavy rain shower leaving Tarbert. It was an undulating single track road for most of the way, overlooking the islands of Islay and Jura in the distance, followed by the biggest climb of the day to join with the main road A83. At Ardrishaig we joined the tow path of the Crinan Canal and left for the B&B in Lochgilphead.



Day 3 - Lochgilphead to Oban (56 miles with 1300m of climbing)


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Sailing boat (Crinan Canal) at Cairnbaan
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Dunardry Locks (Crinan Canal)
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Local on a sand bank near Crinan
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Fortified House at Crinan Ferry
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View of Black Rock from Crinan
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Beacon Tower at Crinan
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Sailing Boats at Crinan
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Slockavullin Stone Circle
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Carnassarie Castle
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Ian on track near Carnassarie Castle
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Sally (Peter in background) on track near Carnassarie Castle
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Peter and Ken on track near Carnassarie Castle
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Alpacas at Creganterve Beg near Ford
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View over Loch Awe
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Peter and Ken (between Ford and Dalavich)
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View over Loch Awe
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View over Loch Awe
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View over Loch Tromlee
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Ian with first puncture of the tour (Taynuilt)
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Highland Cattle Calfs
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Highland Cattle across the road (view back towards Taynuilt)
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High Pasture (view back towards Taynuilt)
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Farmer Making Hay while the sun shines
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Sally, Peter and Janet
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View of McCaig's Tower at dust in Oban



Day 4 - Oban to Fort William (50 miles with 650m of climbing)


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Corran Ferry view up Loch Linnhe
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View of Fort William (Loch Linnhe)
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View across Loch Linnhe
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View of Fort William (Loch Linnhe)
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View of Ben Nevis in Cloud
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Leaving Ferry in Fort William



Day 5 - Fort William to Inverness (67 miles with 1150m of climbing)


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Statue at start/end of West Highland Way (Fort William)
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Low cloud above Corpach
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View towards Ben Nevis
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Rail and Foot brige over River Lochy
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Beacon Tower at first lock gate of the Caledonian Canal
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Neptune's Staircase on Caledonian Canal (9 locks)
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View of Ben Nevis (top showing through cloud)
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View across Loch Lochy
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Cloud descending hill side
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Route 78 off road section along Loch Lochy
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Eagle Barge Inn at Laggan Locks
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View along Loch Oich
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Ruston Shunter at Invergarry Station
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Short Tunnel on the old Invergarry railway line
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Locks on the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus
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View back at Fort Augustus
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View down Great Glen
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View of Loch Knockie
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View over Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle
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Status of The Three Graces in Inverness



Day 6 - Inverness to Kincraig (50 miles with 1100m of climbing)


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Group on the old A9 near Tomatin (car free NCN 7)
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Slochd Viaduct Inverness main line
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Sally, Pete and Nick (alternative NCN 7 off road)
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Nick and Pete (alternative NCN 7 off road)
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Sluggan Bridge over River Dulnain
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On alternative route to Aviemore
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Castle remains in middle of Loch an Eilein
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Visitor Centre at Loch an Eilein
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Exposed tree routes at Loch an Eilein
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View down Loch Insh



Day 7 - Kincraig to Pitlochry (72 miles with 1200m of climbing)


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Accommodation in Kincraig
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B9152 along the side of Inverness mainline
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View up Glen Truim
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Distillery at Dalwhinnie
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Ian and Pete at Snack Shack in Dalwhinnie
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Balsporran Cottages
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View of Geal-charn (mountain on the right)
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Pass of Drumochter
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View back (NCN 7) to Pass of Drumochter on the old A9
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Near Dalnaspidal Lodge view back along NCN 7
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View over Glen Garry
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View along NCN 7
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Waterfall on River Garry
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Blair Castle in Blair Atholl
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View of Loch Tummel from Queen's View
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View over Loch Tummel
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Clunie Dam
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Tree with Fungi
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Enterance to Clunie Hydro Electric Power Station
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Pitlochry Church of Scotland



Day 8 - Pitlochry to Callander (60miles with 1150m of climbing)


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Accommodation in Pitlochry
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Old railway bridge at Logierait
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View up Strath Tay valley near Balnaguard
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Castle Menzies
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Nick taking photo of Dull paired with Boring
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Crannog at The Scottish Crannog Centre
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Fungi growing on a tree
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View along Loch Tay from Ardtalnaig
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View along Loch Tay
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Mill at Bridge of Dochart
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Falls of Dochart
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Old railway line near Bridge of Dochart
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NCN 7 meets Rob Roy Way
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NCN 7 off road
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NCN 7 near Strathyre
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Animal art in Strathyre
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View of Loch Lubnaig



Day 9 - Callander to Dumbarton (42 miles with 900m of climbing)


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Accommodation in Callander
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What happens when you do too much cycling? (Spot the mistake with the bike?)
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Ben Ledi (mountain) with mist in Pass of Leny
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Mist over Loch Venachar (reservoir)
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Nick and Sally look over Loch Venachar
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View over Loch Venachar toward Carsaig
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Ken cycling along NCN7
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Red Fungi
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Morning dew on spider webs
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Waterfall near Aberfoyle
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Group waiting for Terry to fix puncture
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White Fungi
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Cycle Gate onto A821 at Aberfoyle
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View back towards Gartmore
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Contrast of road side vegetation
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Ken and Sally before descent into Drymen
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Janet crossing A811 after descending stepped cycle path at Drymen
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View towards Loch Lomond
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Balloch Castle
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Ian, Ken, Janet and Nick descending to Loch Lomond
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View over Loch Lomond
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Seaplane taking off on Loch Lomond
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Boats moored on River Leven
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Heron on bank of River Leven
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Dumbarton Castle



Day 10 - Dumbarton to Glasgow (17 miles with 150m of climbing)


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Group outside accommodation in Dumbarton
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Boats moored on Forth and Clyde Canal
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Winch Bridge over Forth and Clyde Canal at Dalmuir
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Beardmore Sculpture in Clydebank
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McMonagles (Fish & Chips shop)
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Bizarre buildings line cycle route through Glasgow
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Group walking on pedestrian street towards railway station
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Train at York Station




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