N.B. This page has the routes as they were planned, and not necessarily as they were executed! For the actual routes ridden, see the route links in the daily write ups for the Scottish trip.
Mull of Galloway to John o’Groats
This route was devised using Youth hostels as accommodation where possible. Since its planning, a number of the hostels have been closed, so most accommodation will now be in B&Bs.
Thursday 19th July 2012: (Cairnryan to) Mull of Galloway to Newton Stewart (66 miles)
Ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan. Cycle down to the lighthouse at the Mull before beginning the route. Route details.
Friday 20th July: Newton Stewart to Lanark (83 miles)
First full day of cycling, with over 6,000 feet of climbing. Route details.
Saturday 21st July: Lanark to Perth (77 miles)
Across the Forth road bridge today, before following the M90 North. Route details.
Sunday 22nd July: Perth to Aviemore (88 miles)
The biggest cycling day, with almost 8,000 feet of climbing in a route that approaches 90 miles and heads into the Cairngorns. I’ll be ready for my bed tonight! Route details.
Monday 23rd July: Aviemore to Alness (66 miles)
Although a shorter day, hardly an easy one, with over 6,000 feet of climbing before I’m done. Route details.
Tuesday 24th July: Alness to Helmsdale (50 miles)
A gentler day to recover before the final assault! Route details.
Wednesday 25th July: Helmsdale to John o’Groats and Thurso (81 miles)
Journey’s end, but not, in fact, as I then head to Thurso for the night, via Scotland’s true most northerly point, Dunnet Head lighthouse, from where I should see the Orkney Islands, given a clear day. Route details.
Thursday 26th July: Travel to Belfast
Train from Thurso to Troon, via Inverness, Perth and Glasgow. I will then get the evening ferry to Larne and cycle home that night.