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petervanglabbeek

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Hello,

To start with our life on the road, my girl friend and me will visit the UK and Ireland in spring/summer.
I bought a good Michelin road atlas of the countries, i love those maps.
Also I have heard of and read about the Sustrans cycling network and downloaded the map.

The reason of my post here, is to ask if anyone has good ideas for any more adventurous cycling.
I know that real adventure in the wilderness is hard to find in developed western Europe.
But maybe you know about a remote dirt road through the mountains or forests?
We like the kind of stuff that is not on a normal map, where you have to push your bike, lift it over fences, cross streams.

All other ideas about cyling in the UK and Ireland are very welcome as well.

Cheers,

Peter
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Peter, I can not make comment on Ireland, be it Eire or Northern Ireland. However, I can suggest that you consider the North Yorkshire Moors, The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. All offering outstanding scenery, wild landscape, minor roads and tracks, and possibilities for wild camping. 

If you are a real punishment seeker, then I recommend that you definately do this Scottish Route.  Basically it consists of riding through the Heart of the Scottish highlands. Starting from Stirling in Central Scotland, heading north east to Crianlarich, then up to Fort William (you could here take a diversion and visit Loch Ness the home of Nessie  :D The Loch Ness Monster.)then to the Isle of Skye, crossing the Skye Bridge, then cycling up across Skye, through the Cullin Mountain Range to the Port of Uig. Catching a ferry (2 hours) across the sea to the Island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, cycling down through North Uist and South Uist, to the Port of Loch Boisdale, catching another (this time overnight - 8 hour crossing) ferry to Oban in Western Scotland then heading back to Stirling.

An absolutely fabulous, stunning, exhilarating and demanding ride/tour.  It's not that far really, approximately 700 - 800 kms, but is well worth the added effort and time.  This was one of the first tours I did. I took my time with it and made it last three weeks. I cannot recommend this enough. I fell in love with every heartbreaking hill, every view and every mile of the journey. Absolutely fantastic and stunning.  (Ooops, getting carried away with the praise for this route.)

It's a shame you are coming over this year, if it was last year I would have honoured and proudly guided you round this particular tour. Unfortunately this year (in 34 days) I set off on my own long distance tour heading towards Turkey and beyond.

Please, if anything else, just check out this route, give it some consideration, and research all the places along the route, I really really do recommend it 1000%
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petervanglabbeek

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Thanx, that sounds like our kind of traveling. Great plan.
The islands must be fantastic, I see that there are a lot of castles as well.
The only thing I am worried about is the price of the ferries.
We have such a tight budget, that 8 hour ferry rides could be to much.
Any suggestions for making it to the islands in a different way?
Peter
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Peter, unfortunately that is the only way of reaching the islands, by ferry. Oh, unless you fly over, but then you have to get a plane from Glasgow Airport, and it lands at the airfield on Benbecula.  For the information - Benbecula, though it has the largest comglomeration of housing in the islands, and the largest population, (well if has the airfield too), there are or were only 21 miles of tarmac road around the island. Benbecula is central of three islands, North Uist, where the ferry arrives from Uig, Benbecula, and then South Uist. South Uist has the ferry port for Oban.  One claim to fame I do have after being up to the Uists - Outer Hebrides, is that I have actually pedal cycled across the North Atlantic Ocean  :o  Well there is a bridge joining two islands togeather  :D :D :D  You could of course double back on yourself and get the same ferry back to the main land as you did to get to the islands.  I think it is the UIG - Loch Maddy ferry.  Sorry, can't be of any more help to you.


Ferry prices are UIG - Loch Maddy £5.05 approx 8 euros (can't find my euros button) per person, bicycles are free.

Then return Loch Boisdale to Oban £11.20 per person, again bicycles are free.

Again, just check out the timetable and see what deals you can get.  you'll be pleasantly surprised I think.

http://www.calmac.co.uk/Timetables-Fares/summer-timetables.html

You want North Uist: Uig - Lochmaddy, and SOUTH UIST: Oban - Lochboisdale
« Last Edit: March 10, 2010, 09:37:53 AM by On Two Wheels »
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Great ferry prices and bikes for free!
I am pleasantly surprised indeed.
Peter
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hello there...am from ireland (eire) & in the summer its always great to cycle...am doing 4weeks of touring / camping of the west of ireland....cant wait...ill post up pics when all done....eire is great for wild camping & cycling is loved.. rd's are great. & lots of places to see while cycling...
peace :o