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Seeking BF members in Scotland

Old 09-23-04, 10:29 AM
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Seeking BF members in Scotland

Anyone out there live in Scotland? I am beginning to get serious about planning a bicycle tour of Scotland for next October. I would appreciate hearing from members from as many parts of the country as possible to begin getting advice.
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I live in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. I've ridden pretty extensively around the northern half of the country over the last fifteen years, both on and off-road. It's a beautiful destination which most cyclists would enjoy exploring........
not sure about october, though! It can be cold and wet enough in july and august! October days are shorter as well..... Others may disagree but I've always loved riding (and mountain walking) in may and june.

Where did you figure on riding? Light loads or heavy? Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast or camping?


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Originally Posted by Flaneur
I live in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. I've ridden pretty extensively around the northern half of the country over the last fifteen years, both on and off-road. It's a beautiful destination which most cyclists would enjoy exploring........
not sure about october, though! It can be cold and wet enough in july and august! October days are shorter as well..... Others may disagree but I've always loved riding (and mountain walking) in may and june.

Where did you figure on riding? Light loads or heavy? Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast or camping?
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Eric,
Thanks for the note. I realize October is not great weatherwise; I was thinking in terms of taking advantage of off-season airfare and room rates. I originally was thinking of camping, but not if I do it in October. As much as I would love to camp, even if I do it in better weather, that's a bunch more stuff to get over there then haul around. So fairly light loads. I'm thinking in terms of whatever I can get in my Ortlieb Mini Biker Lite commuting panniers plus a rack trunk and bar bag if needed - a change of cycling clothes, a couple of sets of street clothes, rain/cold gear, toiletries. I travel enough on business that I am used to packing light.

As to where, there is a method to my madness and madness it may be. My objective is to combine two of my favorite things - cycling and single malt whisky - while visiting the "land of my fathers", so to speak. Most of my ancestors were from Scotland and England - Stewart, Nuckolls, Eason. I have a (growing) list of distilleries I would like to visit. Although I have marked many on a map, I have not sat down to figure mileages, etc., to see what is practical. I plan to spend a minimum of two weeks, and hopefully three. Where available, using trains may offer some extra flexibility, and there seem to be ferries to get among the islands in the west - Skye, Mull, connecting through Oban down to Islay and Jura. Although I started toying with this idea three or four years ago I only just decided to seriously look at doing it next year. I still don't know if I will be able to actually put it together, but I am going to start putting together a plan.

Thanks, again. Any advice would be appreciated. If you, or anyone else reading this, would like to join me for any of this, you would be most welcome.
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re info try the henry henniker book 101 bike routes in scotland
great info on the highlands and islands also rides in scotland

isbn number 1-84018-843-x

101 bike routes in scotland link for amazon.co.uk
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Thanks, Stever! I just ordered a couple of books, one of which happens to be Scotland: The National Cycle Network by Henniker, Harry! I thought it would be a good place to start. I will put the 101 Routes on my list.

BTW, for the sake of simplicity, if anyone else wishes to reply would you mind going over to the Touring forum to reply to a similar thread there? I posted in 3 different forums to get more exposure.
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