Gravel bike6:39:19 81.82 km (4:53 / km) +812m4:39 / km ahr:110 max:159
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 6 - Glencoe to Tummel Bridge Delay at the start as the only road through Glencoe was shut so Bentley could film a commercial. At least it meant that there was so much traffic built up that it had to pass up slowly. Stopped below the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor for a lake breakfast by the river, before hitting the the off road section. The section on the track across Rannock Moor was much better than expected and was easy to cycle. The 3km hike-a-bike section was also not to hard (much easier than yesterday's) and the final section down through the woods to Rannoch Station was lovely (passing a surprising sandy beach at the end of Lock Laidon).
Great cafe at the station and could have spent ages in the sun there, but we didn't have a plan for dinner and didn't know was available down the valley. Lovely section of road down to Kinloch Rannock, which was a lovely wee village but unfortunately only had a posh hotel that was only serving food to guests. The waiter suggested Aberfeldy (another 20 miles and a big climb...). Set off to see what Tummel Bridge had to offer.
Delighted to discover that the caravan park, it's shop and take away were open there! Off to the lake to find a place to camp and have a wash before returning to the takeaway for rather too many chips (but a full stomach at least). Another amazing day in the saddle.
Gravel bike2:41:17 22.11 km (7:18 / km) +438m6:38 / km ahr:109 max:149
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 3 - Ardnamurchan. What a great place, remote and quite. Morning ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan from where we took the road less travelled along the northern side of the peninsula. I say road, but actually a lane that turned into a track and then a footpath and then a bog. About an hour of hike-a-bike but worth it to get to the empty white sands of Singing Sands for a mid morning break (forest here would make an awesome map, loads of contour and rock details, mostly slow run, but also a sign saying unexplored munitions...)
Gravel bike3:18:56 51.97 km (3:50 / km) +574m3:38 / km ahr:111 max:147
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 4 - Singing Sands to Corran. Plan had been to have lunch at Strontian, then take the wee road over to Pollack and the loch-side track to Glenfinnan. However, after the morning's hike-a-bike and a particularity bumpy (up and down) section of road prior to Strontian, we realised that we would run out of daylight to get to Glenfinnan, as there that was no other dinner options in that direction it seemed like a bit too big a risk! So headed east instead (along a surprisingly good road).
Gravel bike33:30 10.56 km (3:10 / km) +99m3:02 / km ahr:111 max:128
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 5 - Corran to Glencoe Arrived at the ferry to be first in the queue, but as per usual, bikes get on last. Just as the last car loaded an ambulance turned up with lights flashing, drove straight onto the boat and it immediately departed! But can't complain about giving the ambulance priority and it was only a 20 minute wait in the sun. Stopped in Ballachulish to stock up on breakfast for the following day and went to find a camping spot via a very cold wash in the river. Got to the only restaurant 5 minutes after last orders, but they thankfully let us in (very close to not being so understanding with the ambulance!). Another epic day of sun and scenery.
Gravel bike1:26:08 21.3 km (4:03 / km) +274m3:48 / km ahr:115 max:148
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 1 - Taynuilt to Oban. Got the train from Tyndrum to avoid a dull road section, but hopped off in Taynuilt to do the nice bit on the lanes over to Oban. Chain came off on the first hill (which was the only mechanical of the trip). Tesco in Oban for lunch supplies to be eaten on the Mull ferry (caught a glimpses of a porpoise).
Gravel bike4:39:12 78.26 km (3:34 / km) +867m3:23 / km ahr:116 max:147
Western Scotland Gravel bike adventure - Part 2 - Mull. Surprisingly busy for the time of year, but I think many people also taking advantage of the excellent forecast. Road along the northern shore was the highlight of the cycle, with cliffs, green grass and a blue sea - saw an otter and possibly an eagle (had a chat with some bird watchers who had seen a couple). Tough end of the cycle to Tobermory (pretty and colourful wee town) but found a lovely remote camping spot overlooking the sea and there was plenty of choice for food in the town. Great day.
Trail run1:19:33 12.84 km (6:12 / km) +154m5:51 / km ahr:128 max:156 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser 20 (orange)
Run exploring some random farmland and a bit of the coast with Matt and Rcro from Wick. Another super mild evening, but at least this evening there was no mist. Quite a few over grown styles, but surprisingly, everything was passable! Nice and social run.
Trail run1:20:12 13.64 km (5:53 / km) +436m5:04 / km ahr:152 max:159 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser 20 (orange)
MDC run from Margam. Glorious day which turned into heavy mist as soon as we got to Margam, which stayed put for the whole run, pretty muggy though. Really struggled on the climbs and my hear rate was way up there just about all the way. Speedy group out tonight so bagged the trig point in the woods. Got a bit dark on the way back down, glad I had my head torch.