I was delighted to complete the 5 ferries challenge in the west coast of Scotland with my mother yesterday. This is a 70-mile route by bike with 5 ferry legs. Given my preparations regarding training could best be described as minimal, it was a relief to make it round in one piece.
- What are the 5 ferries?
The route that we took is below, comprising of a circuit round the Clyde
|Ardrossan – Brodick||Brodick – Lochranza||14|
|Lochranza – Claoanig||Claonaig – Tarbert||11|
|Tarbert – Portavadie||Portavadie – Colintraive||19|
|Colintraive – Rhubodach||8|
|Rothesay – Wemyss Bay||Wemyss Bay – Ardrossan||19|
2) How long does it take?
It’s a 70 mile cycle with breaks on the ferry legs. It took us 5 hours of cycling 🚴🏻♀️ with c 1300 m of climbing.
3) What food can you expect along the way?
4) How do you store your bike on the ferry?
There are a number of bike racks on the ferry, again a welcome change from when I first cycled this route five years ago (see photo).
It’s in the only such challenge in the UK and it’s the chance to see some stunning scenery in the sunshine (if you pick the right day!).