The 5 ferry route – what is all the fuss

Friday morning, I look at the forecast and it looks good for the weekend. I decide to do the 5 ferry challenge and take the touring bike with panniers and spare just in case the scottish fine weather also includes hail, snow, sleet and pouring rain as it is want to do.

Friday evening and a few too many whiskies whilst listening to my new valve amps …. so Saturday 7am blurry eyed I wake and zip into town to get tickets and the 8:30am train from Glasgow to Ardrossan. There is comic con in town so lots of weird and wonderful kids (and kidults) in costume are everywhere.5 ferries bike ride-2 5 ferries bike ride-3

long weekend and on this Saturday morning everyone with a bicycle is getting squeezed onto the Ardrossan ferry for the sailing to the island of Arran. I have done trips to Arran many times and have never seen anything like it. There is carbon and ti bike porn everywhere, skinny tyres and portly riders in a long snake pushing onto the vessel.

5 ferries bike ride-8

5 ferries bike ride-5

5 ferries bike ride-7

Breakfast on the ferry is a custom so despite only cycling 5km so far – I have to partake.

5 ferries bike ride-9 5 ferries bike ride-10

Up the east coast – its 19 miles to Loch Ranza but its slow going as I stop about 5 times to take pics – letting the portly 3 musketeers overtake me 3 times and then i catch up again.

5 ferries bike ride-12

The road throws in one fairly stiff climb before the descent into Lochranza. Quick photo and i just make ferry number two.

5 ferries bike ride-24

5 ferries bike ride-15

We climb and then drop down to work our way up the coast road to Tarbert. It has a busy harbour fringed by tourist shops, cafes and bars we miss this ferry by 3 minutes and see the ferry pulling out so I head back with 2 other roadies to a cafe for soup …

5 ferries bike ride-16 5 ferries bike ride-28

The ferry takes us across Loch Fyne to Portavadie and another climb. There are stiff little grunting climbs, but the views are wonderful.

5 ferries bike ride-31 5 ferries bike ride-33 5 ferries bike ride-34

Over on ferry number four to the small island of Bute for quite an easy section of riding. This is a good thing as my legs are shot. In Rothesay I admire the loos as I have been here a few times on the yacht … but I don’t need to pay to spend the proverbial penny this time …

5 ferries bike ride-36 5 ferries bike ride-38 5 ferries bike ride-39

Boat then train home – a very quick steak then out to the pub with a pal and a perfect excuse for 4 pints

5 ferries bike ride-41

Screenshot 2015-09-27 20.17.05

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “The 5 ferry route – what is all the fuss”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s