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Whiskycycling - Island Tour

"Going the Extra Isle, cause the Proof is in the Pedaling"

📅
Thu August 4th to Thu August 11th, 2022
Cycling tour is 5th to 10th


💪
Stats
: 155 miles / 10,400 feet climbing / 5 days riding (less than 5 miles the first and last day)

☀️ Weather
Please plan for highs (50s to 60s) and lows (40s to 50s). There is a strong chance of some rain during our tour (an average of 12 days of rain in August) and coastal ranges can have a large amount of wind.
Sunrise: 5:30 AM, Sunset: 9:00 PM

📏 Additional Details
Does anyone want apparel? What kind? Here’s a
for inspiration.
This trip will be all
self-supported
. We will be leaving extra luggage at
(our rental shop). Pack light to bring home more whisky. Ortlieb Panniers (bags) can be rented from our rental shop or brought with you. The bikes we’ll rent are
and they all will have racks.
Let me know if you plan to bring your own bike soon
.
eBikes
- I will be riding an ebike around Scotland (both as a backup for injuries and also to ensure that I’m the always chipper guide). If you would like to rent an ebike, please let me know.
Timing
for this trip will be
very important
. Because of the use of ferries to transport the group, if you are unable to be on time and/or cycle to specific locations, you may need to make your own plans to catch up with the group. I will of course help you with logistics when able, but I want to set this expectation early.
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Day 1 - Glasgow to Ardrossan - Thu Aug 4th
🚲
Meeting point
:
In Glasgow at Gear Bikes
(details TBD)
Tools will be available if you are bringing your own pedals
Helmets, locks, puncture kit, spare tube, pump, tyre (ha!) levers, and panniers available from bike shop. Bring your own lights if you’d like them (they didn’t list them in the rental options)


🚉
Train from Glasgow Central to Ardrossan
(details TBD)

🏨
Hotel
:
Lauriston Hotel
15 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan

Day 2 - Ardrossan to Lochranza - Fri Aug 5th
🥞 Breakfast:
Included in hotel price. (details TBD)

🚲 Group meeting time:
Arrive ready to cycle

⛴️
Ferry leaves at 9:45am.
We will arrive by 9am to load our bikes on the ferry.


💪
Stats
: 16 miles / 1,100 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🏨
Hotel
:
Butt Lodge
Address is Lochranza (small town).

🥃
Distillery:

🍜 Dinner

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 3 - Lochranza to Campbeltown - Sat Aug 6th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 30 miles / 2,500 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🥃🏨
(whisky-centered)
Kilkerran Rd, Campbeltown

🥃
Distillery:

🍜 Dinner:

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 4 - Campbeltown to Port Ellen, Islay - Sun Aug 7th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 33 miles / 2,888 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🏨
Hotel
:
1 Charlotte St, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay


🍜 Dinner:

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 5 - Port Ellen to Bowmore, Islay - Mon Aug 8th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 34 miles / 1,200 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🥃🏨
(whisky-centered)

🥃
Distilleries

🍜 Dinner:
Whisky-paired dinner. Details TBD.

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 6 - Bowmore to Jura and Back Again - Tue Aug 9th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 28 miles / 2,000 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🏨
Accommodation
:

🥃
Distillery:

🍜 Dinner

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 7 - Islay to Oban - Wed Aug 10th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 6 miles / 350 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🥃🏨
(whisky-centered)

🥃
Distillery:

🍜 Dinner:

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

Day 8 - Oban to Glasgow - Thur Aug 11th
🥞 Breakfast:

🚲 Depart:


💪
Stats
: 2 miles / 100 feet climbing

🏞️
Ride highlight
:

🥪
Lunch
:

🚲 Return Bikes:

🏨
Hotel
: TBD

🥃
(Scotch Malt Whisky Society) Tasting
:
They are a renowned blender of whiskies

🍜 Dinner:

🥃
Whisky/Food Suggestions:

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