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FAVOURITE RIDES 2016
« on: June 03, 2016, 05:01:36 PM »

I thought it might be good to share our favourite rides - this is a day ride to me here in Central Scotland although people from all over the UK and Europe will travel to do some of these roads. It can be done in either direction, I happen to prefer doing The Dukes Pass and Glencoe in this direction -

I'll start in Strathblane, a few miles from my home and on the A81 out of Glasgow.  Ride north on the A81 to Aberfoyle, in the Loch Lomond National Park - a favourite stop for Glasgow bikers, and the start of The Dukes Pass.  Ride the A821 Dukes Pass until you meet the A84 and turn left for Crianlarich.  This road becomes the A85, and along this road you can turn off to visit  Killin and The Falls of Dochart, if you want a stop.

Start in Strathblane

Enter the National Park

Aberfoyle and the start of The Dukes Pass

The Dukes Pass

The Falls of Dochart in Killin


After Crianlarich, turn right onto the A82 and head for The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum.  This is always busy with bikes, and is the starting point for the ride through Glencoe. So, head north and just outside Tyndrum bear right still on the A82 and ride up and through Glencoe, with Glencoe village at the west end, overlooked by the Pap of Glencoe, so called....well, because of its shape.....

The Green Welly Stop - a bikers favourite

Glencoe

Glencoe Village and the Pap of Glencoe


When you come out of the glen and reach Ballachulish take the A828, heading south towards Connel, where you cross the bridge and take a left onto the A85 and head back towards Tyndrum.  This road goes through The Pass of Brander, and is cantilevered over the river as you reach Loch Awe.  There is a hydro electric scheme at Cruachan on Loch Awe which is worth a visit - all built inside the mountain like something out of a James Bond movie!

The Connel Bridge

Looking towards Pass of Brander at The River Awe

The Hydro Electric scheme at Loch Awe - all built within the mountain

Heading back to Tyndrum


After Tyndrum take the A82 to Crianlarich, and follow the road for Loch Lomond and Glasgow.  The road at Loch Lomond can get busy at weekends and holidays, but hey, that's what the other side of the road is for, right?  At the south end of Loch Lomond turn into Balloch on the A811, where boat trips run out onto the loch and the Maid of the Loch is being restored.

Loch Lomond looking south towards Ben Lomond

The Maid of The Loch, Balloch


From there you can return to Glasgow on various routes, but I take the A811 road towards Drymen, then the A809 towards Glasgow and cut back over the B834 to the A81, then right towards Glasgow, past Glengoyne Distillery (a visit here might not mix with a bike ride!) to Strathblane and home.

This is a great day ride of around 260 miles, maybe four or five hours plus stops.  I hope you get a chance to try it someday. :)

Glengoyne Distillery


I hope that's not too long and boring a post, but I just love this route.... anyone got a favourite ride they'd like to share?



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Re: FAVOURITE RIDES 2016
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2016, 04:42:10 AM »

looks like a pretty cool route. i might document my next ride and post it here. where do you ride when you visit Auckland?
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Re: FAVOURITE RIDES 2016
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2016, 06:08:25 AM »

An awesome route.

I must do the same for my favourite route.

Hard to shoot though, cause it's so heavily wooded.
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Re: FAVOURITE RIDES 2016
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2016, 12:24:11 PM »

looks like a pretty cool route. i might document my next ride and post it here. where do you ride when you visit Auckland?

My daughter lives in Pukekohe, so I ride around there, out to Port Waikato, over to Thames/Coramandel, down to Hamilton etc.,. just day rides with my son in law.  Great roads around there!
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