Loch Jumping

After hitting the beaches on previous journeys, I thought I’d head for the Loch’s this time. Starting, by crossing the River Clyde, over the Erskine Bridge and heading for Dumbarton, Cutting up North on the West side of Loch Lomond. I don’t mind keeping in with the slow traffic on this road, as the views are stunning, but after Luss the trees take over, so overtaking on the wide roads is easy. Before you know it your at the Tarbet Hotel and heading left to Arrochar, that sits on the banks of Loch Long. Arrochar has a biker friendly cafe called the pit stop, but no time to stop here. I follow the road west, passing the rest and be thankful, another beauty spot where you have a choice of hot food and drinks curtsey of the burger van (well, it is Scotland). Keeping on the road you get to Loch Fyne, which has the amazing Fyne Ales brewery at the top end of the Loch. Further round and I arrive at Inverary. It’s a nice day, so I grab something to drink and look out on the Loch for a while, before starting my journey back. Heading back the same was is something I try to avoid, so I take the same road back…. Only until I reach Arrochar, where I take the cut off that goes down the side of Loch Long. The twisty single track road takes you down to Faslane and along the side of Gare Loch until it joins the Clyde estuary, through Helensburgh and onto the town centre of Dumbarton. A good 2 hours on the bike with amazing scenery and a good view of what Scotland has to offer. Here is the map.

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Blow off the cobwebs 2015

A nice sunny, warm day in March? can’t pass up a chance to clean the cobwebs off my bike. This is the first time this year, so it’s the “start of the season”, thought I’d just go a wee run round the block, try and re-acquire some skills I have forgotten since the last time I put the bike in the garage. After a shaky start, I soon found my smile again, and had a great wee time, done some overtaking, breaking, accelerating and screaming. On the way back I stopped into Ride-on’s new showroom in Hillington, just to see whats on sale. Hope it’s a good long spring-summer-autumn. Here is the map.

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Racking up some miles

Saturday
I started off the weekend with a trip to Largs. I followed the M8 to Greenock and took the Old Largs Road that takes you out just north of the centre of the seaside town. The Old Largs Road is a single track road that has lovely scenery, winding roads and not a lot of traffic. The problems with this road is there is not a lot of space, so it can be difficult if a car is coming in the opposite direction, or if you want to overtake. There is a lot of loose stones on the middle of the road and on corners, which can make it quite tricky, and the sheep are allowed to roam free, so they just appear on the middle of the road and watch you go round them. Apart from that, the road is a lot of fun. On the road home I made a wee de-tour to the car park in the sky for some stunning views over the Clyde Valley on such a nice, sunny day. Heres the map
Sunday
A longer run for Sunday. Went up along side Loch Lomond and onto Crianlarich. Then took the road to Glencoe, with stunning views and good roads. Stopped at the Creagan Inn after Glencoe for a cuppa, and to top up my tan, by now, a brighter shade of red. The road into Oban reminded me of the road into Monte-Carlo, with the blue sky and elevated winding road that overlooks the town, and the sun hit ocean in the background with boats dotted around the shoreline, or maybe I had took in a bit to much sun at my last stop, but it was a nice site. After Oban I took the A816 all the way down to Lochgilphead, then onto Inveraray. The road home was the first bit of traffic for the day, but I couldn’t complain. As expected, lots of bikes filled the roads, if only every weekend could be like this. Here’s the map of Sundays adventure.