Cycling: Crinan to Glasgow

Portavadie to Dunoon Cycle route

Portavadie to Dunoon Cycle route

Holy shit, completed the cycle from Crinan/Lochgilphead to Glasgow last Friday in even worse weather conditions than the Fort William to Crinan cycle I did last week, there was non-stop heavy rain for almost the entire journey. Someone at Glasgow Central even asked if we’d been potholing which should give you some indication of the state we were in.

My computer packed up due to the rain, as did my rear light, so I’ve used the first two legs of the journey that I saved on MapMyRide and used Google Maps to calculate the third and final leg, in all I estimate the total cycle distance to be about 73 miles (117 km).

We started by heading south along the Crinan Canal then onto the A83 from Lochgilphead to Tarbert where we got the ferry to Portavadie. From there we cycled on the the N75 National Cycle Network route to Dunoon which is the leg of the journey shown on the above map from MapMyRide.com. From Dunoon we took another ferry to Gourock from where we intended to continue along the N75 all the way into Glasgow, unfortunately we missed a turning and ended up going a different route.

Once again we got completely drenched, and, although the hills didn’t seem quite as steep as the terrain between Oban and Crinan, there were several difficult climbs exacerbated by riding with two full panniers and the weather. Thankfully there are showers at Glasgow Central train station where we could wash, dry off and change.

Then it was off for a curry before getting the sleeper back to London.

Winter west coast Scotland cycling is officially now done.

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